The best dog-friendly hotels in the UK for pampered pooches

Luxury London

9 June 2022

From city breaks to spa retreats, discover the best luxury hotels catering to both human and hound

9 June 2022 Luxury London

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hose planning a great British staycation needn't banish their four-legged companions to the kennels, thanks to a wave of luxury retreats that are extending their five-star treatment to man's best friend. From treats created by Michelin-starred chefs to doggie spa days, these specially designed packages will leave you and your pooch feeling seriously pampered. Never fall foul of your pet’s puppy dog eyes again with a staycation that excels in creature comforts at one of the UK's best pet-friendly hotels.

Shangri-La The Shard, London

Think pets aren't welcome in London's top five-star hotels? Think again. Any guest staying at Shangri-La The Shard can now add one of the hotel's dog staycation packages to their visit, offering man's best friend a seriously pampering holiday. As well as a luxurious dog bed, water and food bowls and dog towels to use in-room, furry friends will also be given a dog toy and collar tag to take home, a copy of The Shangri-La Tails highlighting the capital's top dog-friendly spots, treats handmade by the hotel's chefs and access to a whole menu of delicious doggie dishes.

From £665 per night, dog staycation upgrades cost £75

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Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire

Four of the 21 beautiful rooms and suites at Scotland's Glenapp Castle are equipped to take care of man's best friend, as are all 110 acres of its majestic grounds. Every dog receives a welcome pack with treats, bedding, water and food bowls on arrival while dog sitting is available for human guests wishing to check out the hotel's spa or one of its 65 indoor and outdoor activities. Alternatively takes canines for an invigorating walk along the Ayrshire Coastal Path where views across to Ailsa Craig and, on a clear day, Northern Ireland make for a jaw-dropping backdrop.

From £470 per night, additional £25 per night for dogs

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The Royal Marine Hotel, Brora

Looking to really go off-grid with your dog without leaving creature comfort behind? Around an hour from Inverness and located along the popular North Coast 500, the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora is a paradise of beaches, lochs, glens and mountains for putting your pooch through their paces. Dogs are welcome in all of the hotel's rooms, as well as its lobby and bar, while doggie bags and beds are available on request, as are a range of dog-friendly activities including paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking.

From £249 per night, additional £15 per dog, per night

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Pan Pacific London

Luxurious Liverpool Street hotel Pan Pacific London has launched a decadent new package with pets in mind. Designed with both cats and dogs in mind, Paws at the Pan Pacific sees pampered pet greeted with Paws Packs featuring a guide to local pet-friendly attractions, a special menu designed by pet nutritionist Anna Webb as well as their choice of toy to take home. Your room will also be equipped with a pet bed and bowl while you'll both enjoy a hearty breakfast in the hotel's Straits Kitchen. The Pan Pacific also has a range of pet-friendly experiences on offer, including pet spa treatments, daycare, dog walking services and a pet concierge.

From £645 per night

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Down Hall, Essex

Less than an hour from London and nestled within 110 acres of rolling parkland, Down Hall is the ideal spot for a lavish weekend away with your pooch. Each of the hotel's ten elegant West Wing patio rooms comes equipped with a dog bed, toys, treats, bowls and a guide to the best local walks to make sure pets enjoy their stay as much as you do. And, thanks to a recent refurbishment, there's plenty to enjoy. Human guests can take part in five-a-side football, croquet, boules, badminton and Padel tennis before retiring for a well-earned cocktail or champagne afternoon tea, with dogs allowed to accompany them in the hotel's lounges and outdoor restaurant.

From £255 per night, additional £20 per night for dogs

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Talland Bay Hotel, Cornwall

Cornwall's Talland Bay Hotel has gone the extra mile to make sure dogs feel right at home, welcoming four-legged friends into every single one of its bedrooms, as well as all communal areas except the dining room, meaning dogs can join you for a drink in the bar or for dinner at the conservatory restaurant. Rooms come complete with a dog blanket, bowls and feeding mat while appetites will be sated with Kittows Butchers' sausages for breakfast and locally sourced poached chicken for dinner. There are even doggy cupcakes on the afternoon tea menu so they can join in with the full holiday experience.

From £210 per night, additional £15 per dog per night

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The Cadogan, London

Chelsea's The Cadogan hotel has teamed with Pet Pavilion, the neighbourhood's leading destination for high-maintenance pooches, to offer the ultimate in canine care. As well as being offered luxury pet beds and nutritious dog-friendly delights throughout their stay at the hotel, dogs can also be whisked away by a special taxi to Pet Pavilion's luxurious facilities to receive professional grooming and pampering treatments, including a trim and blow dry, mani-pedi and facial. Really want to show your pet how much you care? Gift boxes featuring gourmet treats and toys are also available.

From £530 per night

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Cliveden House, Berkshire

Cliveden House in Berkshire presents a Downton Abbey-esque haven for both human and hound but it’s the latter who truly receive the royal treatment. Visiting pets (and their owners) will be given a dog-walking map of the estate which boasts 250 acres of National Trust woodland paths along with waste bags, towels and treats. Back at the hotel, a bed, bowl and feeding mat await, along with a gourmet meal from the Astor Grill’s special canine menu. It certainly has the bow-wow factor.

From £585 per night, additional £35 per dog per night except during school holidays

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Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire

Raymond Blanc OBE is such a fan of dogs that he has dedicated three suites at his hotel, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, to guests visiting with their trusty sidekicks, who’ll be treated to chewy toys, a comfy bed, a set of bowls and waste bags. One for the foodies, the Oxfordshire retreat boasts a two Michelin-star restaurant and a resident cookery school, while tail-waggers can tuck into treats of their own back at the room or from the comfort of the resident kennels. Bone appétit!

From £695 including breakfast

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Bermonds Locke, London

The Locke collection of hotels specialises in surprisingly affordable studio apartments rather than traditional hotel rooms, kitted out with kitchen and laundry facilities. This makes them ideal for four-legged friends, as they have ample space to explore. Despite its often corporate audience, the design at Bermonds Locke is peak millennial – think floor bean bags, candy tones and rattan furnishings. The dog-friendly open plan bar and restaurant are a destination in their own right and the hotel regularly hosts collaborative events, meaning that there is a continual buzz every night of the week. 

From £270 per night

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The Egerton, London

At all Red Carnation Hotels, four-legged guests are treated to the finest service thanks to dedicated pet concierges at each establishment. But the team at The Egerton has gone the extra mile, sending guests a pet preference form in advance of their stay and offering a dedicated Doggy Afternoon Tea for seriously pampered pooches. Among the elegant surrounds of the Drawing Room, dogs can tuck into a meal of chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits a carrot cupcake while, for sundowners, there's a dog-tini served with doggy canapés. There’s also VIP grooming, dog walking services, pet treats at turndown, embroidered pet towels and custom-made pet beds.

From £250 per night; from £25 for the Doggy Afternoon Tea

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The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds

Boasting a glamorous guest book that includes Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, The Lygon Arms is a charming country house in the Cotswolds steeped in history. The hotel recently partnered with wellington brand Le Chameau to create a dog package for furry friends including a Le Chameau tweed dog bed and ceramic bowl to take home. Alternatively, add the Nails & Tails package to your stay for a seriously indulgent spa experience. Pets will be whisked away to the nearby Broadway Dog Groomers for a bath, cut and dry, blueberry facial, paw and nose balm and nail trim finished with a bow or bandanna and a spritz of Jimmy Chow or Jean Paw Gaultier fragrance. You, meanwhile, can unwind at the Lygon spa with half-day access to the full facilities plus the treatment of your choice.

From £215 per night, additional £25 per night for dogs, £170 for the Nails & Tails Spa Day

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Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

This 18th-century manor house is nestled among 500 acres of countryside, which dogs can explore to their heart’s content thanks to the hotel’s dog-friendly policy. Pets are invited to sit in the outside eating areas of the Wild Carrot bar and library, and are welcome to relax in their rooms while their owners explore the spa and pool. Pets will also be treated to a welcome package including a dog bed, bowl, food and spring water on arrival.

From £685 per night

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Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, West Sussex

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in West Sussex is well equipped for adventurous pups looking to improve their doggy paddle. A short walk from Climping Beach, the hotel prides itself on its Sandy Paws package, which offers two owners and their pet a night’s stay with a three-course meal (for the humans), as well as a welcome kit comprising a bowl, biscuits, a tennis ball, ball thrower and a list of the best dog-walking spots in the area. Post-walk, a Ruff and Tumble drying coat will be offered to clean up mucky pups to take home alongside a pig's ear treat.

From £500 for the Sandy Paws package

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