Nashville Pet Hotels

by Pamela Wright

Travelers visiting Nashville, Tennessee, with their pets have plenty of options for lodging in the city, particularly at well-known chains like Sheraton, La Quinta and Best Western. Hotels typically charge $10 to $25 extra per night for each pet; some have weight restrictions on pets. The city has two dog-friendly parks: Centennial Park near the West End and Shelby Park in East Nashville.

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Sheraton Music City Hotel

This 410-room hotel in downtown Nashville, six miles from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, welcomes pets up to 80 lbs. for no additional charge. Special dog beds are available for canine guests. All rooms have patios or balconies, where leashed pets can hang out. The hotel, with a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and on-site spa, is also near a jogging trail, another place to walk your dog.

Hutton Hotel

Selected in 2010 as one of Conde Nast Travelers' Hot Hotels, this hotel throws out a big welcome mat for visiting pets, with its "Happy Tails Pet Program." Upon arrival, your pets will receive a welcome treat and water and food bowls. In the room they'll have their own bed and get nightly turn-down treats. Litter boxes and scratching poles are available for your traveling felines. The concierge also has a list of local grooming, walking, vet and pet sitting services. The contemporary hotel, decorated with local art, is located in the West End, near dog-friendly Centennial Park, and Vanderbilt University. The hotel's hybrid car will shuttle you and your pets to downtown attractions.

La Quinta Inn Airport Nashville

Pets up to 50 lbs. are welcome at this 134-room hotel near the airport for no additional charge or deposit. The hotel, with free parking and continental breakfast, is six miles from the Country Music Hall of Fame. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary airport shuttle.

Best Western Music Row

You're welcome to bring your pets to this hotel located in the heart of downtown, but be sure to reserve their special pet rooms well in advance. The pet-friendly property, near the Riverfront District, reserves six second-floor rooms and charges $10 per night, per pet guest fee; there are no restrictions on weight, breed, or number. Guests can walk their leashed pets in nearby Riverfront Park.

Loews Vanderbilt

Your pets will receive their own welcome bags when they arrive at this hotel, including a bowl, treats, and a temporary pet identification tag. Two-legged guests get a list of local pet providers, like area pet shops, veterinarians, and pet groomers. The hotel also provides suggested walking routes and a special room service menu for your pets. Dog and cat beds, bowls, litter boxes, leashes and collars, and an assortment of dog and cat treats are also available. The 340-room contemporary hotel, in the West End near Vanderbilt University, charges a $25 extra fee per stay for guests traveling with pets.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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