Don’t couple your next vacation with the guilt of leaving your four-legged family member at home alone or cooped up in a boarding facility. Savvy visitors know, however, that this city offers ample options for pet owners who’d rather tote that little fella along on the trip. These awesome area hotels promise amenities for you pet that will have you wishing you had it so good.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
Price: from $323 per night/no pet fee
Enjoy the stunning views of Biscayne Bay and explore the downtown Miami area while you and your pet pal live in the lap of luxury. The Epic Hotel accepts pets of all types and sizes, and its pet package includes a posh pet bed, food and water bowls, a chew toy and two boxes of doggie bags. If you have to leave your room for any reason and can’t bring your buddy along, the concierge may arrange in-room pet sitting for an additional fee. Mobile grooming services are also available upon request to give your pooch a swanky look that matches the decor.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Price: from $300 per night/$25 room cleaning fee
Located in the heart of South Beach just steps away from the famous Ocean Drive strip, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel knows how to treat your pet like a prince or princess. Pets of all types and sizes are welcome, and they are provided a pet mat with food and water bowls, treats, dog tags, pickup baggies and a door hanger that notifies housekeeping that you have a pet guest. You may also request leashes, collars, kitty litter boxes, room service, pet walking and pet sitting for your pet if necessary. It even has a partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital so your precious pet is entitled to a free examination and 15 percent off any services it recieves.
5800 Blue Lagoon Dr.
Miami, FL 33126
Price: from $105 per night/no pet fee
If you have a pet that expects nothing less than being treated like royalty, then the Sofitel Miami is for you. This hotel is situated minutes away from the Miami International Airport and accepts all kinds of pets, large and small. Its pet package includes a plush pet bed with matching mat, food and water bowls, two bottles of water, a pet pouch stuffed with pet pickup bags, pet wipes and a squeaky toy. You may even order pet food from its pet room service menu customized to fit your pet’s individual dietary needs. The best part is that it’s all free and comes standard with your room.
The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa
Four Grove Island Dr.
Miami, FL 33133
Price: from $299 per night/$304 per night for paws in paradise package/$25 per pet one-time fee
Tucked away on a secluded island just inside Coconut Grove, the Florida Keys-themed Grove Isle Hotel has remained a secret to most Miami residents. It rests in a condo community and boasts 50 rooms. Cats and dogs 50 pounds and lighter are given two pet bowls, a pet mat, a pet bed, treats and a room service menu with food that ranges from filet mignon to hot dogs and fries. Guests who are serious about pampering themselves as well as their pets may opt for the paws in paradise package, which includes the cost of your room, all of the above amenities, daily breakfast for two humans and free valet services.
The Element Miami International Airport
3525 N.W. 25th St.
Miami, FL 33142
Price: from $129 per night/no pet fee
The Element is a great place to stay if you are in town on business and want to make Fido a part of reducing your carbon footprint. The hotel just opened in February 2012 and is situated in an industrious area near the Miami International Airport on a lake that connects to the Miami River. Dogs 45 pounds and lighter are greeted with pet bowls and treats in a spacious room with floors made from recycled tires. Water for your pet comes from a filtered faucet in your kitchenette rather than from a water bottle. When you’re ready to leave, unplug your hybrid vehicle from the on-site charging station and be on your way with that pampered pup.
Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.