Austin, the capital city of Texas and home of the University of Texas at Austin, is a pet-friendly town. The city offers several parks with areas where pooches can romp off of their leashes and also hosts the annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk, a charity event that attracts thousands of dogs and their owners. Luckily, Austin also has a number of fine lodgings that are pet friendly.
The Driskill Hotel
This stately downtown hotel, which was built in 1886 and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, goes beyond pet friendly. The Driskill welcomes both cats and dogs with a custom pet bed, designer dishes and a mat, plus a host of other goodies including a souvenir pet toy to take home. This hotel charges a nonrefundable $50 per pet fee and allows a maximum of two pets per room. Each pet must weigh no more than 35 lb., and dogs must be of a non-aggressive breed. Because pets cannot be left alone in a room, you can arrange with the concierge ahead of time for pet-sitting service.
Staybridge Suites Austin Arboretum
If you are interested in saving money on meals, you might choose the Staybridge Suites Austin Arboretum. Guests are treated to a daily complimentary breakfast and also to the hotel's Sundowner Social, which features complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In addition, all of the rooms in this all-suites hotel feature full kitchens. Both cats and dogs under 80 lb. are welcome. This hotel charges a non-refundable $15 per pet for the first night and $10 for each additional night. A medium-size area is designated for pet walking. Although Staybridge Suites does not have a set maximum for pets, it reserves the right to limit the number of pets per guest in a room.
Mansion at Judges' Hill
The Mansion at Judges' Hill is an elegant boutique hotel that welcomes your pets with a pet bed and porcelain food and water bowls. The hotel has two sections -- the Goodall Wooten House, also called the Mansion, and the North Wing. Rooms in the Mansion are furnished with antiques, while the North Wing rooms have custom-made mahogany furniture. The hotel charges a $50 cleaning fee per pet. Cats, dogs and the occasional rabbit or ferret have enjoyed a stay at this hotel, which is located near the University of Texas at Austin. There is no size limit on pets. Although the hotel doesn't have a set policy, it reserves the right to limit the number of pets per room.
Decker Creek Bed & Breakfast & Biscuit
When a hotel incorporates the word "biscuit" -- as in dog biscuit -- into its name, it is definitely announcing to the world it is pet friendly. This bed and breakfast features two cabins that sit on 50 acres of woods and meadows. Decker Creek's favorite word seems to be "no," as in no extra fees or deposits for pets, no maximum pet limit, no limitation on dog types allowed on the property and no maximum pound limit for a pet. Even your horse does not have to feel left out, as there is a equestrian boarding facility across the street -- although since that is a separate business, you will have to pay extra for your equine companion. The cabins feature a fenced yard, a kitchen, dog bowls, beds or crates and even homemade dog biscuits.
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