Hotels That Allow Pets in Orlando, Florida

by Cicely A. Richard

Orlando’s large concentration of amusement parks makes it one of the top family vacation destinations in Florida. It also features hotels that allow visitors traveling with pets. Select pet-friendly hotels go beyond just accommodating animals, providing treats, bedding and pet-sitting services. In addition to pet-friendly hotels, Orlando has nine dog parks, including Dr. Phillips off-leash dog park.

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Airport Hotels

Residence Inn Orlando Airport hotel is 2 miles from Orlando International Airport and offers airport pickup. The hotel accepts dogs up to 50 lbs. for a nonrefundable cleaning fee. All 132 suites have kitchens with ovens and full-size refrigerators, living rooms and Internet access. Hotel amenities include grocery shopping service, restaurant delivery, a complimentary hot breakfast buffet and dry cleaning. Howard Johnson Inn near Orlando International Airport is 5 miles from the airport and allows pets for a nightly fee. The number of pets and size is determined on a case-by-case basis. Hotel amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, laundry facilities and a guest computer in the lobby. Guest rooms have refrigerators, Internet access and televisions.

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the Hard Rock Hotel, part of the Universal Orlando Resort family, offer the Loews Loves Pets program, which allows two pets per room for a cleaning fee. Pet owners must bring health certificates and make housekeeping arrangements. The hotel provides pet bedding, leashes, pooper scoopers, treats, and pet-walking and pet-sitting services. Loews Royal Pacific Resort has a lagoon-style pool and beach, beach volleyball and spa services. Its kids program offers welcome gifts, kids menus and tour options. Guest rooms have LodgeNet On-Demand movies and games, robes and bath products containing natural ingredients. The Hard Rock Hotel features Camp Lil’ Rock, a supervised kids program that offers movies, games and arts and crafts. Its kids suites have activity tables, separate rooms and televisions. Both Universal hotels are AAA Four Diamond Award winners.

International Drive Hotels

Doubletree Castle Hotel, at 8629 International Drive, resembles a medieval castle. The hotel allows pets less than 50 lbs. for a nonrefundable fee. The hotel provides shuttle service to Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Universal Studios and sells attraction tickets. Guests get Doubletree’s chocolate chip cookies upon arrival. Accommodations include two televisions with pay-per-view movies. Select suites have sofa beds, wet bars and microwaves. Rosen Inn, formerly Rodeway Inn International, is at 6327 International Drive, across the street from the Wet 'n Wild water park at Universal Studios. It allows pets less than 50 lbs. for a nightly fee. Pet owners must keep pets leashed in public areas and place a “Pet in Room” sign on the door. The hotel also offers babysitting assistance, attraction tickets and shuttle service. Guest rooms have laptop-size electronic safes and refrigerators.

Reservation Instructions

The Orlando/Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau website lets visitors create an online profile and book their reservations to area hotels. Pet owners must inform hotels of the size and number of pets they plan to bring. Hotels penalize guests who bring pets and don’t register them. At times, hotels make exceptions as to the number and size of pets they allow in one room. For instance, they might allow more pets if at least one pet is a service pet. If guests have a bunch of tiny dogs, they might accept five or six animals.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .