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12 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Jacksonville, FL

Written by Carri Wilbanks & Becca Blond
Oct 30, 2019

Whether you are traveling to Jacksonville on a family beach vacation or a working getaway, if you want to visit this fun river and ocean city on the Florida panhandle with your dog or cat in tow, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotel options to choose from.

Not all pet friendly hotels are created equal, however. Some exclude cats or big dogs, while others charge rather high nightly fees to let your pup crash. This said, there are a few Jacksonville hotels that don't charge any extra fees or restrict the size of your dog.

Before booking, make sure to add up the cost of the fees and check whether these are per night or per stay. Depending on how many pets you are traveling with, it may be worth it to pay more for a room in a hotel that doesn't charge pet fees.

Our guide will give you the scoop on where to stay in this "river city," where the vibe revolves around the St. John's River, which runs through Jacksonville and offers plenty of high value sniffing walks for dogs (or adventurous cats). There is also a beachfront that appeals to surf-loving pups.

Choose a great place to stay with our list of the top pet-friendly hotels in Jacksonville.

1. Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel

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Dogs and cats of all sizes are welcome at the super pet-friendly Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel. There is no additional fee for pets, and you can leave well-behaved canines and felines unattended in the room.

This good-value hotel is just off I-295 near the University of North Florida. It is about 11 miles north of the city center and nine miles from Jacksonville Beach.

The rooms and suites here are modern and comfortable, with fluffy white duvets and nice linens. If you're traveling with kids or an extra person, they'll bring in a twin size rollaway bed. On-site amenities include an indoor swimming pool, up-to-date fitness room, and a restaurant serving American fare. Wi-Fi is also free.

Address: 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel

2. Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park

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One of the few Jacksonville hotels that welcome pets for no extra fees, Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park is one of our top picks. Dogs of any size are welcome to stay. There is even a green space on the grounds for pups to use the toilet. Note, cats are not allowed here.

This trendy boutique property has an upscale vibe and uses lots of bright colors and patterns throughout its decorating scheme-be it the rooms and suites or the fitness center. Also expect lots of light from many floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include a swimming pool, shuttle service, and café.

Address: 4812 Deer Lake Dr W, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park

3. Residence Inn Jacksonville South/Bartram Park

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Up to two pets-dogs and cats both welcome-can stay in your room at the Residence Inn Jacksonville South/Bartram Park for a fee of $100 per pet per stay. As long as they are crated and quiet, pets can be left unattended in your room without issue. The hotel also has a grassy dog relief area with waste stations on its grounds.

This 3-star hotel offers accommodation in modern studios and suites. Decor is trendy, especially in the vibrant first-floor lounge area with couches, dining tables, and a fireplace. A free breakfast buffet is offered in the morning and there is a swimming pool on-site.

Address: 13942 Village Lake Cir., Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Residence Inn Jacksonville South/Bartram Park

4. Hotel Indigo Jacksonville Deerwood Park

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Check in with two dogs or cats up to 80 pounds at the Hotel Indigo Jacksonville Deerwood Park. You'll incur an extra fee of $50 per stay, which is lower than many neighboring properties. The Hotel Indigo is set right on a lake in Tapestry Park, which is near the Southsides Deerwood Park business and entertainment district.

This boutique property features eclectic rooms and suites that are trendy in their decor-we love the plaid curtains and polished wood floors. There is an on-site restaurant serving up seasonal local fare inspired by Jacksonville. You can also go for a swim in the outdoor pool, soak in the hot tub, or work out in the well-equipped fitness studio.

Address: 9840 Tapestry Park Cir, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Hotel Indigo Jacksonville Deerwood Park

5. Omni Jacksonville Hotel

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One of only two 4-star hotels in Jacksonville, the Omni Jacksonville Hotel is where smallish pampered pets like to stay. The hotel allows up to two dogs or cats but they need to be under 25 pounds. There is an extra fee of $100 per stay, but well-behaved pups and kitties can stay unattended in your room.

In a central location just a few minutes' walk from the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and close to the St. John's River (if your pup likes to stroll), the Omni offers swanky rooms and suites. These are quite comfortable, and many come with great city or river views-ask for one on a higher floor.

On-site amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a workout room, and an American bistro restaurant. Parking is available for a fee. Wi-Fi is free.

Address: 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Omni Jacksonville Hotel

6. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

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The 4-star Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront has a prime location and welcomes up to two dogs for an additional fee of $100 for stays less than a week and $300 for stays of seven to 30 days. Well-behaved pups may also stay in the room alone. The location, right on the St. Johns River, is great for dogs as there are walking areas to sniff out along the riverbank.

Rooms and suites here are contemporary and comfortable and feature perks like work areas. The best rooms have city skyline views and access to a private lounge serving a free daily breakfast buffet. The suites also have kitchenettes and pullout couches. They're a good choice if you have a human child accompanying your fur kid. Amenities include a restaurant, rooftop swimming pool, hot tub, and 24-hour gym.

Address: 225 E Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

7. Hyatt Place Jacksonville St. Johns Town Center

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The Hyatt Place Jacksonville St. Johns Town Center allows up to two pets per room weighing no more than 75 pounds. They do charge a fee of $75 per pet per night, however.

On a lake, just a few minutes from St. Johns Town Center and close to the University of North Florida, this Hyatt has 160 rooms done up in neutral hues. They come with built-in work stations, some have sitting areas, and they are clean and comfortable. They also feature free Wi-Fi.

On-site amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and 24-hour workout room. There is also free parking, and a buffet breakfast is served in the morning.

Address: 4742 Town Center Pkwy, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Hyatt Place Jacksonville St. Johns Town Center

8. Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport Hotel

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Small and medium-sized dogs up to 40 pounds are welcome to stay at the pet-friendly Crown Plaza Jacksonville Airport. There is a max of two pups per room, however, and you will incur an extra fee of $75 per stay.

The hotel is located near the Jaxport Cruise Terminal and Jacksonville International Airport. It runs a free airport shuttle and also offers free parking for guests. The rooms and suites are contemporary in decor and quite comfortable. Book a suite if you want separate living space and a soaking tub.

There are a number of on-site amenities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a 24-hour gym, and two casual dining options. Wi-Fi is also free.

Address: 14670 Duval Rd, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport Hotel

9. Sonesta ES Suites Jacksonville

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At the Sonesta ES Suites Jacksonville, you can check in with up to two pets per room, and both dogs and cats are welcome. Note that you will pay an extra fee of $75 for stays of one or two nights and $150 for three nights or more.

This property on the outskirts of the city off I-95 offers all suites accommodation. These range in size from studios to two-bedroom affairs with living rooms and lofts. There is a free hot breakfast in the morning, free parking, a swimming pool, and a gym on-site.

Address: 8365 Dix Ellis Trl, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Sonesta ES Suites Jacksonville

10. Candlewood Suites Jacksonville

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Dogs and cats of most sizes are welcome at the Candlewood Suites Jacksonville. And the per stay fee of $35 for up to a week ($85 for longer stays) is one of the lowest in town. There is also a grassy pet relief area close to some appealing trees.

This all-suites property caters to extended-stay guests, as well as weekend warriors, and the rooms are simple but spacious and comfortable. All come with full kitchens, too. There is a fitness center on-site, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and free laundry facilities.

Address: 4990 Belfort Road, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Candlewood Suites Jacksonville

11. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville - Blount Island

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Up to two cats or dogs are allowed to stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville Blount Island as long as they weigh under 40 pounds. There is an extra fee of $30 per pet per night charged. Pets should not be left alone in the rooms.

The hotel offers a range of rooms and suites with premium cable channels, free Wi-Fi, and mini-fridges. You can choose from hard or soft pillows, and if you're traveling with children, they stay free. Amenities include free breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, and a workout room.

Address: 10148 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville - Blount Island

12. Tru by Hilton Jacksonville St. Johns Town Center

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Tru by Hilton Jacksonville St. Johns Town Center also welcomes medium-sized dogs for a $35 per pet per night fee. This budget-friendly, 2-star property is just two miles from the University of North Florida.

It is a family-friendly hotel that is just a short drive from Jacksonville's Children's Museum. Rooms are cheery and comfortable and come with mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi. There is a free morning breakfast buffet, as well as a fitness center and a billiards table.

Address: 4640 Tropea Way, Jacksonville, Florida

Accommodation: Tru by Hilton Jacksonville St. Johns Town Center

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