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Round of A-Paws! Pamper Your Pup at These Florida Hotels this National Dog Day



In anticipation of the upcoming National Dog Day on August 26, canine enthusiasts and their four-legged companions have reason to wag their tails with delight. As the holiday approaches, a variety of pet-friendly hotels in Florida are gearing up to provide a tail-wagging experience for furry friends and their devoted owners. From pristine beaches in the Panhandle to dog parks along the Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami, the Sunshine State's hotels have unleashed a collection of accommodations that promise not only a memorable getaway but also a pampering experience for those who hold a leash in one hand and a heart full of love for their canine companions in the other.



Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is a new boutique hotel channeling an elevated and vibrant atmosphere with an art deco flair. The resort is located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, just steps from the ocean and the Intracoastal, with a perfect bird’s-eye view of the city’s boating life. The pet-friendly property welcomes Fido no matter the size, weight or beed - all at no extra charge. Your furry family member will receive a selection of hotel amenities and extras including a plush pet-bed, water bowls, mats, bags for walking the dog and more. The hotel will go a step further and provide a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and boutiques. Fido’s welcome to join you at the nightly wine reception at La Fuga. Kimpton guests also receive complimentary access to WAG Premium during their stay!


Arlo Wynwood

Up to two dogs or cats per room, each under 75 pounds, Arlo Wynwood welcomes pets to come and stay with their humans for the duration of their stay. Each room is equipped with water bowls and mats when noticed of the Furry VIP (very important pet). Arlo Wynwood also partnered with D.O.G. Hotels Wynwood and offers a loyal 10% off all services for customers with an Arlo Wynwood Key Card. In addition, a free pet shuttle service can come pick up your pet from the hotel for a luxurious ride to D.O.G. Hotels Wynwood. A fee of $20 (pre-tax) per pet will be charged per night in addition to the standard room rate and all animals must be registered with the front desk upon arrival.


The Elser Hotel & Residences

The Elser Hotel & Residences is a 49-story luxury tower in Downtown Miami featuring 646 residential-style rooms all with gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows, unobstructed bay views, walkout balconies, luxurious bathrooms for every bedroom, fully equipped kitchens, and washers and dryers in every unit. The pups who visit The Elser are pampered from the second they arrive. A pet concierge is available for guests looking for the best pet care nearby. The pet concierge will curate a special selection of groomers, doggie day care and walkers tailored especially for you and your pup based on your preferences. Upon special request, The Elser pet concierge will deliver dog bath products and locally-made pet food at a cost so you can continue to pamper your pooch during your visit. There is a $100 non-refundable pet fee and a limit of two pets per room under 75 pounds each.



The Marker Key West Harbor Resort

Celebrate Puppy Love at The Marker Key West Harbor Resort. The property provides the opportunity to show their love to their pooch with a getaway fit for a man’s best friend. Upon arrival, pets receive a blue water doggy bowl, red fire hydrant disposal bags, a doggy Do Not Disturb sign, customized welcome bag loaded with goodies like toys, treats, and a Marker Key West pet tag, in addition to champagne for adults. When entering the room guests and their pup best friend will be greeted with a WOOF welcome card, in addition to receiving one of each amenity to be placed in the guest room on the desk by the Golden Meditating Dog statue. During their stay, pets are treated to puppy turndown service, and, upon request, walks along Smathers Beach, a spa session at a local pet spa, and even a beautiful dinner under the stars with multi-course dog food menu. The phrase “doggie paddle” takes on new meaning when you embark on an excursion with Lazy Dog. The adventure company welcomes four-legged adventurers on its paddle boards, kayaks and pontoon boats. To finish out the trip, take in Key West’s magnificent sunset with your pooch. This package is available based on availability, upon request.

The Balfour Hotel Miami

Don’t leave Tito behind! The Balfour Hotel Miami Beach understands how important your furry friends are, and is proud to offer dog-friendly accommodations and amenities for four-legged family members. When booking the hotel's Ocean Sandy Paws offer, your furry friend will receive a goodie bag upon arrival with the following: a portable water bowl, dog treat, dog toy, doggy bags, and a clip-on doggy bag dispenser. The package also includes a treat for the owner, a waived pet fee of $150 for the length of stay. Please note the hotel allows dogs up to 40lbs. Located on the infamous Ocean Drive, the Balfour is a welcomed hideaway from the hustle and bustle.



THesis Hotel - Coral Gables

Pets are always welcome at THesis Hotel! #THesisPetLife features comfortable beds & cute bowls by Paco & Lucia and little treats by the local bakery, Bullie Bites. Small grassy areas along the hotel grounds and an expansive park right across the street, make it super pet friendly. Amenities include a sun-filled rooftop pool with tropical views and a poolside bar; two on-site restaurants, Mamey and Orno (coming in 2021), led by Food + Wine Best Chef of 2020 winner and James Beard nominee Niven Patel.



Hotel Effie

At Hotel Effie, pets are an extension of the family and are welcomed on your vacation at the hotel. Dog guests at Hotel Effie receive a dog bed, dog bowl, doggy bags, a ball, a toy and treats from Einstein Pets. Please note that there is a $150 + tax per stay fee that will be added to your folio. This fee will not apply to guide dogs or assistive dogs. The property has an exclusive partnership with Goochie Poochie Doggie Resort & Spa and What’s Up Dog for off-site pet sitting. Hotel Effie, situated on Florida’s Emerald Coast, features 250 guest rooms and suites, four culinary concepts by acclaimed Chef Hugh Acheson, a luxury spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast.


Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort - Miramar Beach

At Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, four-legged family members can join travelers on vacation. With tons of walking trails and miles of sugar sand beaches, there are lots of options to explore to keep both you and Fido entertained. Marina Bar & Grill is pet friendly as well as the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The resort also has a Bark Park, which is a safe, clean environment located near the Treehouse between the Village of Baytowne Wharf and the Baytowne Marina. Sandestin’s own pet resident, feathered friend Maryann the Macaw resides at Marina Bar & Grill. Stop by for a bite at the restaurant and make sure to visit Maryann in her habitat.


The Gabriel Miami

The Gabriel Miami is a 129-key lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami, offering spacious rooms and suites, Satori Spa, 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and views of Biscayne Bay. For pets checking into The Gabriel, they’ll receive a “Doggy Bag'' welcome amenity that includes an assortment of treats and toys. Once they arrive in the guest room, they’ll be greeted with a branded dog bowl, mat and plush dog bed. For good doggies, the hotel provides pups with curated turndown service, offering an evening treat bedside. The hotel team has a curated puppy itinerary with suggested off-property walking areas including Bicentennial Park located directly across the street. The itinerary also includes pet-friendly dining options in the area. There is a $50 Pet Fee, Per Pet and a 65 lb. weight restriction.



The Gabriel South Beach

The Gabriel South Beach, a luxury boutique property located on Ocean Drive, welcomes pets for a $150 nonrefundable fee. Located across from Lummus Park and the beach, The Gabriel South Beach makes for an ideal location for guests and their pets to enjoy the sunshine and ocean breeze on a leisure stroll in South Beach.


By ML Staff. Images courtesy of each featured property/hotel on this story.

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