Hotels That Allow Pets in Tampa, Florida

by Tricia Chaves
Tampa offers plenty of outdoor space for strolling with your dog.

Tampa offers plenty of outdoor space for strolling with your dog.

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Tampa is abundant in pet-friendly lodging, but some stand out among the group with services and amenities geared toward your needs -- whether you're on a low-cost trip, a long-term visit, a business trip or a luxurious getaway. If you travel to Tampa with a dog, be sure to check out the Tampa Parks and Recreation department’s four leash-free dog parks. Dogs are not permitted on public beaches and must be leashed in areas not designated leash free.

Budget Travelers

Motel 6 offers two budget-friendly motels in Tampa that welcome your well-behaved pet for free. Locations include Fowler Avenue downtown and East Tampa near the fairgrounds on US 301. Both properties have outdoor pools and coin-operated laundry facilities. Rooms have direct access to the outside, ideal for quick potty breaks. While you stay at either location, give Barker’s Mobile Pet Grooming a call. The company has more than 20 years of experience in cat and dog care and uses high-quality products.

Corporate Travelers

Frommer’s calls the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel one of the city’s better lodging options. The hotel accepts pets up to 80 lb. Take advantage of the Link@Sheraton business center, small informal meeting areas and work spaces equipped with computers with Wi-Fi printing and scanning capabilities. A fax machine and shipping service is also available. Frommer’s suggests paying extra for a west-facing room for the balcony and river view. Dine at the hotel’s waterfront American restaurant Ashley Street Grille or walk your dog .7 miles southeast to the pet-friendly patio of Café Dufrain, an international fusion restaurant with lots of seafood selections. The Channelside Bay Plaza dining, entertainment and retail complex is less than a mile from the property.

Long-Term Travelers

The Marriott ExecuStay at Seaport Channelside offers corporate apartment-style hotel rooms for long-term guests and their pets. Accommodations offer stained concrete flooring, fully equipped open kitchens, spacious work stations and separate sleeping and living spaces. Amenities include an outdoor pool, billiards room with a poker table, fitness and business centers, lounge and spa. The hotel is located in a thriving urban entertainment area called the Channel District of downtown Tampa. During your stay, give WestFetch pet and personal concierge service a call. The staff can take your dog for a walk and do grocery, pet or office supply shopping. The Channel District Kennel Club, a private 25,000-square-foot landscaped dog park, offers memberships for $25 a month.

Romantic and Shopping Getaways

The Hyatt Regency Tampa underwent a multimillion dollar renovation in 2009. The highlights of the 521 guestrooms are custom Hyatt Grand beds and spacious bathrooms with granite counter tops and marble flooring. The hotel's getaway packages include a romance package with champagne and in-room breakfast and a shopping package with shuttle service or valet parking at the International Plaza. The hotel offers plenty of opportunities to stay active during your trip, with a lap pool, the StayFit center and the YogaAway workout program. Walk your dog on the property's eight-acre nature trail, situated among salt marshes and mangroves. The romantic AAA Four Diamond award-winning Italian restaurant, Armani, overlooks Tampa Bay and the airport from the 14th floor. If you want someone to take your pet for walks while you're out sightseeing, Barks n' Wags Dog Walking & Pet Sitting is licensed and offers service in the area.

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