The Most Pet-Friendly Hotel in Every Southern State

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There's nothing like taking a getaway from reality. Imagine it: an escape to a place with incredible views, sumptuous linens, and fantastic food. But what good is a vacation if you spend the entire time missing your furry best friend? There are plenty of hotels that accept pets in the South, but who wants to go someplace where your pet is merely accepted? Your four-legged companion is a very, very good boy (or girl) who deserves to be completely and utterly spoiled! Take Cotton Court Hotel in Lubbock, Texas, for example. Bring your pet along to play games, roast s'mores in one of the many fireplaces, or lounge in a comfortable chair. In addition, Lubbock itself is extremely pet-friendly with two off-leash dog parks and several businesses welcoming four-legged friends on their patios. Your dog can even join you while you explore the stellar public art collection on the campus of Texas Tech before you head back to the hotel to snuggle beside the fire in the evening. We're talking plush pet beds, fresh-baked treats, dog walking services, private pet-friendly beaches and so much more. Whether you're in the mood for a weekend in the heart of a dazzling city or long to spend time surrounded by nature, there's no need to leave your pet at home.

To help you plan an amazing getaway with your pet, we've rounded up the best pet-friendly hotels in every Southern state. There are places like the Grand Hyatt in Nashville with their complementary "puppuccinos," the Stonewall Resort in West Virginia with 1,900 acres to explore, and the Ambassador Hotel in Oklahoma City with a dedicated concierge to fulfill your pet's every want and need. Pack your bags and grab your pet. The best pet-friendly hotels in the South are calling.

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Cotton Court Hotel

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Cotton Court Hotel

Lubbock, Texas

Texas is full of fabulous pet-friendly properties, but the Cotton Court Hotel in Lubbock rose to the top of our list for a few reasons. First, the retro-chic accommodations are spacious, so your pet has plenty of room to stretch his legs and make himself comfortable. More importantly, pets won't be stuck in your room while you enjoy your getaway. The Cotton Court Hotel is home to a beautiful open air courtyard, and pets are welcome to join you while you play lawn games.

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Grand Hyatt Nashville

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Grand Hyatt Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee

Who says you have to leave your furry companions at home while you revel in the magic of Music City? The Grand Hyatt Nashville is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city and also one of the most pet-friendly. The location is perfect for dog owners—it's about a half mile from popular attractions like the honky tonks, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Ryman Auditorium. That's close enough for an easy stroll yet just far enough away to walk your dog without the crowds. What's more, while you're in the hotel, your pet will be as pampered as you are with amenities like a comfy pet pillows, toys, bowls, and snazzy bandanas. They even offer complimentary "puppuccinos" in the Hummingbird Coffee Market in the lobby.

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Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

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Jumping Rocks

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is a charming boutique hotel in a pet-friendly setting. Located on the shores of Lake Hamilton, dogs can spend the day playing in the water or enjoying the hotel's lush, colorful garden. The surrounding area is a pup's dream come true. In addition to the lake, there are 26 miles of dog-friendly trails at the gorgeous Hot Springs National Park as well as a number of hiking trails leading in and out of downtown. It's a perfect getaway for nature lovers—but frankly, the rooms and views from Lookout Point Lakeside Inn are so beautiful, you and your pet might find it difficult to pull yourselves away.

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The Windsor Court Hotel

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Windsor Court

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Windsor Court Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in New Orleans with impeccable service that extends to your pets. When you check in, you'll find your room is stocked with a plush pet bed, area walking mat, and food and water bowls. But let's face it, you didn't come to New Orleans to hang out in your room. While you're out, the hotel staff will go above and beyond to make sure your pet is taken care of. The concierge will arrange grooming, pet-sitting, and dog walking while you hit the town or indulge yourself with a treatment in the hotel spa.

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The Siena Hotel

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Siena Hotel

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill offers incredible culinary experiences for both humans and their furry friends. The hotel is famous for luxurious appointments, incredible service, and award-winning Italian cuisine. This even includes a room-service menu for dogs with delightful selections like "Bow Wow Bucatini" and "Mutt Meatballs." Nightly turndown service includes Belgian chocolates for people and special treats for their four-legged companions. Staff of the hotel will take your dog on short walks or you can arrange longer walks and activities through the canine concierge. You and your pet will want for nothing except the chance to come back again.

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The Wilcox

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The Wilcox

Aiken, South Carolina

Southern hospitality extends to your pets at The Wilcox in Aiken, South Carolina. This beautiful historic hotel has been around since 1898, so they've had a lot of time to get it right. Your pets will never want for attention with hotel staff fawning over them from the moment you arrive. When you walk through the door, your pet will receive a special snack and a "Guest of the Wilcox" tag. You'll also receive a goody bag with a map of area walking trails, a pet menu, and information about pet-friendly businesses and services in the area. In your room, you'll find a comfortable pet bed with a piece of turkey jerky waiting at the end of the day. The hotel will also coordinate pet sitting, pet walking, and off-site grooming and pool play. They'll even provide a pet photography package so you can commemorate your stay.

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Hotel Distil

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Hotel Distil

Louisville, Kentucky

Your pet may not drink whiskey, but at Hotel Distil in Louisville, they can still get into the spirit with the property's "Bourbone" program which includes a handmade bourbon barrel pet bed, a custom PupJoy box of goodies, and their very own chew toy at check in. You'll love amenities like a nightly toast to the repeal of prohibition, an incredible onsite steakhouse, and an unbeatable location on Whiskey Row. It's the perfect place to explore bourbon culture without being separated from your furry best friend.

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The Alida

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The Alida

Savannah, Georgia

The Alida beckons you and your favorite four-legged sidekick to spend an unforgettable weekend in Savannah, one of the South's most beautiful and historic cities. Dogs receive complimentary fresh-baked dog biscuits upon arrival. Your room will be stocked with dog bowls to make your stay more comfortable too. If your itinerary isn't dog-friendly, don't worry—the hotel is happy to arrange dog walking services to make sure Fido is happy while you explore the area. Perhaps best of all, The Alida donates a portion of their proceeds every year to the Humane Society of Greater Savannah to support local pet adoption efforts.

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Salamander Resort and Spa

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Salamander Resort and Spa

Middleburg, Virginia

The Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg understands that pets are part of your family and they treat them as such. Pet owners are lodged in terrace level rooms so they have direct access to the gorgeous grounds. It's convenient any time of day, but especially for late night bathroom breaks. Rooms are stocked with bowls, a plush pet bed, organic treats, and pet toys. When it's time for a walk, pets have access to 340 acres before you return to your luxurious room in the evening.

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The Hotel at Auburn University

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The Hotel at Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

The Hotel at Auburn University is as pet-friendly as they come. Not only do they welcome your furry friends at this four-diamond property, but they also offer special rates for anyone with pets receiving treatment with the Auburn University Vet Clinic. They understand that caring for a sick pet can be difficult and they do everything they can to ensure you're both as comfortable as possible. There are pet relief areas conveniently located near the main entrance and pool area and pets are welcome to join you while you dine underneath the twinkling lights of the Ariccia Cucina patio. It's a wonderful place to spend time with your pet, whether in sickness or in health.

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Beau Rivage Resort and Casino

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Beau Rivage Resort and Casino

Biloxi, Mississippi

There's no need to leave your pet at home while you're visiting Biloxi! The Beau Rivage Resort and Casino will make sure your loved one gets plenty of love and attention with amenities like pet check-ins to make sure they get lots of belly rubs and scratches while you're off enjoying dinner or the casino, dog walking services, and a buddy box full of toys, treats, and a bandana. Your pet will delight in the attention while you swoon over the luxurious accommodations and stunning views of downtown and the Mississippi Sound.

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Stonewall Resort

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Stonewall Resort

Roanoke, West Virginia

If your pets start quivering with excitement when they see the grounds of Stonewall Resort at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke, don't say we didn't warn you. The property is a dog's dream come true with 1,900 acres of lake, forest, hiking trails, and open green spaces. The hotel's restaurants are fantastic and the rooms manage to be comfortable and luxurious at the same. You'll have just as much fun hanging out inside the resort with your pets as you will exploring with them outside.

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Canalside Inn

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Canalside Inn

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

The Canalside Inn at Rehoboth Beach makes sure you're equipped with everything you need to enjoy a quality getaway with your pet. Amenities include leashes, dog towels to keep fur and paws clean, waste bags, a dark pet-friendly duvet cover, food and water bowls, and even an outdoor doggie shower for a quick rinse before you come in from the beach. Nearby attractions include the dog-friendly ice cream bar, Salty Paws, dog-friendly beaches, and walking trails. And if you need to get away for some time without your pup, Canalside Inn even offers dog walking and food and water bowl filling services.

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Kimpton Key West

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Kimpton Key West

Key West, Florida

The entire Kimpton hotel chain is famous for going above and beyond to spoil pets and the Kimpton Key West collection is no exception. The collection consists of five incredible boutique buildings located in the heart of Old Town Key West. As with all Kimpton properties, pets of all breeds and sizes stay free. Since your pet deserves to be just as pampered as you are, your room will be set up with a plush pet bed, food and water bowls, mats, and pet bags. If you need pet-sitting or dog-walking services while you go snorkeling or bar hopping, it can be arranged through the front desk.

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The Ambassador Hotel

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Ambassador Hotel

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Your pet can expect a whole lot of pampering from the staff at the Ambassador Hotel in Oklahoma City. They offer a pet concierge service which will help you find a dog groomer, walker, or pet sitter, and there's a dog park nearby. Naturally, your pet will receive a treat upon check-in as a reward for being such a wonderful furry companion. The hotel itself is located in a sumptuous renovated historic building combining modern luxury with century-old charm. Both you and your pet will enjoy your stay in the lap of luxury.

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Great Oak Manor

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Great Oak Manor

Chestertown, Maryland

Experience the beauty of the Eastern Shore with your pet at Great Oak Manor in Chestertown. Pet-friendly amenities include a comfortable pet bed, a warm pet blanket, toys, feeding and water bowls, and treats. The real star, however, is the waterfront setting. Dogs will love playing on the private beach while their human companions soak in the views. As a special treat, many of the restaurants in the area are pet-friendly, so there's no need to leave your best friend behind when you step out for a meal.

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