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13 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in San Francisco, CA

Written by Lavanya Sunkara
Jan 6, 2020

The shining city of San Francisco on the Pacific Northwest coast is one of the most dog-friendly places in the United States. And its myriad hotels are no exception. Spread across the peninsula near the city's main attractions, from Fisherman's Wharf to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, from the Financial District to Union Square, there are a number of hotels to choose from when you want to bring along your precious pets.

With sunshine 259 days of the year, you and your pet can spend your vacation days exploring the city's beaches, parks, and lively neighborhoods. Ride the historic cable cars up and down rolling hills with your pet (as long as he/she is leashed or contained); discover the sights and smells at any of the off-leash parks; take a relaxing Bay Cruise; or cross the 1/7-mile Golden Gate Bridge to Marin county and hit the hiking trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin Headlands, and Bolinas Ridge.

Plan your next Northern California adventure with our list of the best pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco.

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Best Luxury Pet-Friendly Hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco has many luxury hotels catering to furry guests. Located in attractive neighborhoods like Nob Hill, the Financial District, and SoMa, these high-end hotels and their luxurious amenities and pet services may just entice you to stay a little longer.

1. Loews Regency San Francisco

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Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel makes you feel at home with your four-legged friends by way of its many pet-friendly offerings. Furry guests get plush bedding, leashes, collars, litter boxes, and special meals prepared by the hotel's Executive Chef. The staff even provide dog-walking route maps to help you get acquainted with the area and will help find pet-walking and pet-sitting services.

Located near the Embarcadero Center in the Financial District, the hotel offers views of the San Francisco Bay, Ferry Building, and the city skyline from the top 11 floors of a 48-story building. 148 guest rooms and seven suites are elegantly decorated, and provide modern amenities. On-site, there's a restaurant, 24-hour fitness center, spa, and the highest event space in the city on the 40th floor deck.

There is a fee of $100 per stay when you bring your pets with you. Two pets are allowed per room.

Address: 222 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Loews Regency San Francisco

2. Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

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San Francisco is synonymous with the delicious chocolates of Ghirardelli. Make the most of your Fog City getaway with a stay at the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square. The hotel offers residential-style one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury accommodations with exposed brick walls and modern furnishings. They come with a kitchen, dining area, a living room with a fireplace, and a high-end entertainment system.

The best part is you'll get a washer and dryer right in your unit to make traveling with kids and pets a lot easier. Whether you are having a couple's getaway or a family vacation with your four-legged companions, this landmark hotel is a great choice.

Walk your pooch along the harbor at Fisherman's Wharf, located a two-minute walk from the hotel. The property allows both cats and dogs (with no weight restrictions) and charges $75 for the stay. Two pets are allowed per room.

Address: 900 North Point Street Suite D100, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square

3. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

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Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco is right smack in the middle of the city's main attractions, like the Ferry Building, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Moscone Convention Center, and Oracle Park. Featuring newly renovated guest rooms in a color scheme that matches the city's natural beauty, from its redwood trees to the ocean, this pet-friendly, high-end hotel is a sumptuous treat.

The property has an MKT Restaurant, offering 180-degree views of Market Street and downtown and offering sustainable seafood. Guests can take advantage of the full-service spa, adult indoor lap pool, and free access to the Equinox Sports Club next to the property.

Rooms come with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docking stations, while suites feature dining and living areas, marble bathrooms, and mini-fridges. Regardless of your choice of room, enjoy scenic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

One pet up to 15 pounds is allowed for a fee of $125 for the stay. Though the property is close to Yerba Buena Gardens, note that dogs aren't allowed.

Address: 757 Market St, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

4. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

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Housed in a 1909 landmark building in Nob Hill, the five-star Ritz-Carlton provides ultimate comfort and luxury in the heart of San Francisco. Catch the historic cable car right outside its doors, enjoy internationally inspired California cuisine and beverages at Parallel 37, relax in the largest luxury Club Level experience in the city, choose from three dining establishments, and enjoy city views and live music during a fancy afternoon tea service in The Lounge.

The hotel has 336 elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites, a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, and plenty of meeting and ballroom space for weddings and special events.

Take your pets on a walk to Union Square and Chinatown, located within walking distance from the property. Dogs under 30 pounds are allowed for a $200 non-refundable fee per stay.

Address: 600 Stockton Street at California Street, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

5. The St. Regis San Francisco

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Art lovers can rejoice, as the St. Regis San Francisco houses the Museum of the African Diaspora and is located next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the vibrant SoMa (South of Market) district.

The property's 214 guest rooms feature luxurious beds with Frette linens, spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs and rainforest showers, Wi-Fi, and large workstations. Meanwhile, the suites are generously sized with separate living rooms and hardwood floors and come with butler service.

Take time to relax at the indoor infinity pool and luxury spa, and burn off calories at the on-site fitness center. In the afternoon, attend The Art of Tea afternoon tea service in the lounge.

A maximum of two pets are welcome in the room, as long as they are 35 pounds or less each. A non-refundable fee of $150 is charged per stay.

Address: 125 Third Street, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: The St. Regis San Francisco

6. Omni San Francisco Hotel

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The beautiful downtown hotel of Omni San Francisco is conveniently located near the city highlights, including the high-end shops and fine-dining restaurants in Union Square. The cable car a block from the hotel takes you to attractions in other neighborhoods. The hotel offers traditional accommodations with modern amenities in a boutique setting.

The lobby, featuring Italian marble, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and rich fabrics, transports you back to the roaring 20s, the decade the building was built. On-site, there's an upscale steakhouse and a grand lobby lounge. Other amenities include a 24-hour gym, a business center, and several meeting rooms.

Omni San Francisco Hotel only allows dogs, weighing up to 50 pounds, and there is a $150 non-refundable cleaning fee for the stay. If you are bringing another dog, expect to pay an extra $75.

Address: 500 California Street, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Omni San Francisco Hotel

Best Mid-Range Pet-Friendly Hotels in San Francisco

Located in the center of the city, as well as in far corners near beaches and parks, these mid-range hotels give guests a chance to experience luxe amenities and all that San Francisco has to offer without having to go over budget.

1. Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel

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Unlike most hotels in the country, the boutique Argonaut Hotel prides itself in welcoming pets 200 pounds and under. So, the next time you want to travel with your Leonberger or a mastiff, don't hesitate to book a room at the Argonaut. Pets are treated to perks like comfy beds, bowls for food and water, and treats.

Guest rooms are cozy but adorable, with exposed brick walls, and feature a nautical theme. Suites have separate living rooms and whirlpool tubs. The hotel has a seafood restaurant and fitness center and provides in-room spa services, a yoga channel, and yoga accessories.

Situated next to the dog-friendly San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and Fisherman's Wharf, and overlooking Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, the hotel is ideal for a refreshing getaway. It has a pet fee of $75 per pet, per stay and an additional $100 for cleaning for stays longer than a week.

Address: 495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House Hotel

2. Lodge at the Presidio

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If you want to stay close to the Golden Gate Bridge and all that's available in the surrounding area and across the bridge, look no farther than the Lodge at the Presidio. This historic boutique hotel has been renovated and offers modern rooms with forest, bridge, city, and bay views.

This sister property to the Inn at the Presidio provides free breakfast, evening reception, and a shuttle service to bring you to popular downtown attractions. You and your best friend can enjoy nature at the pooch-friendly 1,500-acre Presidio park set on a former military post.

Address: 105 Montgomery Street, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Lodge at the Presidio

3. Hotel Emblem

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Your pet may not appreciate the artsy space at the trendy Hotel Emblem, but this centrally located property is just the right mid-range hotel offering luxe amenities for a reasonable price.

Each of the 96 rooms is eclectic and offers an experience unlike most standard hotel rooms, featuring bright colors, literary-themed furnishings, and thought-provoking artwork.

The hotel has nightly live jazz, and the concierge staff will help you plan your outings with your pets and arrange for dog-walking services. Pet-friendly offerings include dog beds, leashes, food, and water bowls. A cleaning fee of $35 is charged per stay.

China Town, the Tenderloin, North Beach, the Financial District, and the iconic Coit Tower are within a few miles of the hotel.

Address: 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Hotel Emblem

4. Harbor Court Hotel

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The waterfront Harbor Court Hotel is a boutique property offering stylish guest rooms and exceptional views of the new Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. The hotel is within walking distance of Oracle Park, Ferry Building Marketplace, and the Financial District (and the BART station).

The hotel not only allows both dogs and cats, but also partners with Muttville, a SF-based senior dog rescue that provides for aging dogs. As a guest, if you decline housekeeping services, the hotel pays it forward by donating a portion from your rate to the rescue.

Guest rooms are simple, yet sophisticated and come with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, yoga mats, and designer toiletries. The hotel has a Japanese restaurant and loaner bikes, so you can explore the nearby area. It also provides guests access to an adjacent YMCA.

You are welcome to bring your pets of any size for a fee of $100 for the stay. Pets can be walked along the grassy area near the Embarcadero Plaza.

Address: 165 Steuart Street, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Harbor Court Hotel

5. Staypineapple, An Elegant Hotel, Union Square

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Located steps from the city's best shopping and dining in Union Square, the Staypineapple, An Elegant Hotel, Union Square, is a newly re-imagined space fit for an interesting stay in the City by the Bay.

During your stay, get a bite to eat at the upscale Pineapple Bar, retreat to its carefully designed guest rooms, and take advantage of the exercise room and bike rentals to explore the surroundings.

The hotel allows only dogs and, for a fee, will provide bowls and treats. You can bring up to two dogs of any size, and expect to pay a fee of $25 per pet, per night.

Address: 580 Geary Street, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Staypineapple, An Elegant Hotel, Union Square

6. Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

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If you prefer a cozy inn to a large hotel, the Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Hotel in Pacific Heights is a good choice. Here, dogs of any size are welcome for no extra fees, and they are provided with beds, bowls, toys, and a personalized note. A city guidebook is also provided for pet owners, but you may not need it, as Golden Gate Park and Presidio National Park are just a short distance away.

Accommodations are apartment-style, providing more space for you and your pets to relax in comfort. Some of the rooms provide a kitchenette, so you can make yourself at home.

Two pets (and occasionally cats) are allowed per room for no additional fee, although guests are expected to pay for extra cleaning when needed.

Address: 444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel

Best Budget Pet-Friendly Hotels in San Francisco

As one of the most expensive cities in the country, San Francisco doesn't have a lot of budget-friendly hotels that allow pets, but we've found one that's comfortable and close to major attractions.

1. Motel 6 San Francisco Downtown

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Motel 6 San Francisco is an unpretentious hotel located in downtown's Tenderloin District, a short walk from Union Square, a BART station, and cable cars. It has modern rooms that come with flat-screen TVs with expanded cable, wooden floors, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi.

Kids under the age of 17 can stay with an adult family member. The hotel offers free parking and morning coffee.

Two pets are allowed per room, and the hotel accepts both cats and dogs with no size limit, as long as they are friendly and not left alone in the room or in the car on the premises.

Address: 895 Geary Street, San Francisco, California

Accommodation: Motel 6 San Francisco Downtown

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