If you’re heading to Spain with your pup, you’ll need to sort out some dog-friendly accommodation pronto! And while there are plenty of hotels in Spain that will accept you and your dog, needing to find pet-friendly hotels will limit your accommodation options somewhat.
When I researched the percentage of dog-friendly hotel listings in different European cities, all three Spanish cities I investigated had under 20% of hotel listings marked as dog-friendly. So, to get you started, here are some recommendations for right around Spain…
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Pet-Friendly Hotels in Madrid
When looking for a pet-friendly hotel in Madrid, I recommend staying close to the city centre, so that you can easily explore the historic streets on foot with your dog. Alternatively, at least make sure you are by a metro station, with dogs of all sizes allowed on the metro with some restrictions. Here are my top picks…
Extra Dog-Friendly: Petit Palace Tres Cruces
Petit Palace is a fabulous chain of boutique hotels to stay at in Spain with your pup, thanks to their pet-friendly policy. At most (if not all) locations dogs and cats are welcome, with no size restrictions and no additional charge.
I stayed at this hotel on my very first night in Europe with my dog, after emailing first to check he would indeed be allowed. (“They cannot be snakes or similar” was the only restriction!) We were supplied with a dog bed and bowl for our stay, and the staff were very friendly.
Just metres from the Calle Gran Via and not far from Puerta del Sol, I just recommend you ask for a quiet room, as our room located next to the lift was a bit noisy.
Dog-Friendly Alternative: Petit Palace Arenal
Petit Palace Arenal is another great option from the Petit Palace chain in the centre of Madrid. It’s located not far from the Petit Palace Tres Cruces, just closer to the Palacio Real de Madrid.
The facilities are also similar (including pets allowed for no additional charge!), so I recommend checking out both, and seeing which one is offering the best prices for your dates.
Splurge: Catalonia Las Cortes
This sumptuous hotel set in a beautiful 18th-century building features classically decorated rooms with Nespresso coffee machines, and even antiques in selected rooms. Plus, it’s just a short stroll from the El Prado Museum.
A single pet is allowed per room, only dogs or cats under 20kg (44lb), with an additional charge of €20 per night. You need to make a request in advance (take advantage of the free cancellation period to message the hotel and confirm). A €200 deposit is also required at check-in, which will be fully refunded upon inspection of the room at check-out.
Hip: NYX Hotel Madrid by Leonardo Hotels
Okay, this hotel isn’t quite in the centre of Madrid, but it’s still less than 500m from multiple metro stations and a railway station with trains from the airport. And best of all, it has a gorgeous rooftop pool and sunbeds, perfect for hanging out at the end of a long day.
I can’t guarantee your dog will be allowed in the pool area (and do check if it will be opened during your stay), but pets are allowed in rooms on request, charges may be applicable.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Barcelona
Barcelona is very popular with visitors to Spain, so it’s no surprise that hotel rates are higher here than elsewhere in the country, and it can be a challenge to find the right hotel if you’re travelling on a budget. Here are a range of dog-friendly recommendations, no matter if you’re willing to splurge or are on a budget.
Extra Dog-Friendly: Petit Palace Boqueria Garden
I wish I had been able to stay at this outpost of the Petit Palace chain when I was in Barcelona, it’s perfect in so many ways. It’s centrally located just metres from La Rambla and La Boqueria Market (where I had no trouble taking my pup inside), and is next to a metro station.
But it also has its own bar set in a private courtyard and garden with hundred-year-old trees, the perfect spot to relax with your pup. And of course pets stay for no additional charge!
Affordable: La Isla Hostal
This guesthouse in the Eixample neighbourhood offers great value for Barcelona. Try to book quickly to grab a room with private bathroom, otherwise reviews state that the shared bathrooms are clean and rarely require a wait. There’s even a small kitchen available to use.
It’s within walking distance of the Gothic Quarter, although it’s also close to a metro station to get quickly around Barcelona. Plus, there’s no additional charge for pets!
Splurge: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza
Sleek and modern, this hotel with a rooftop-pool and terrace offering 360º views is highly rated. It’s just outside the touristic centre of Barcelona, but with a metro outside the door it’s easy to get anywhere, including to-and-from the airport.
It’s also just metres from the dog-friendly Joan Miró Park, popular with dog owners. One pet is allowed per room, up to 20kg (44lb), with an additional charge of €20 per night. You should request their stay in advance (take advantage of the free cancellation period to message the hotel and confirm). A €200 deposit is also required at check-in, which will be fully refunded upon inspection of the room at check-out.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Seville
Seville is one of my favourite destinations in Spain, with so much to see and do, not to mention eat and drink. I recommend visiting during the springtime, when it’s warm enough to dine outside in the sunshine, but before the heat of summer. If you stay at one of these hotels close to the city centre, everything should be accessible on foot.
Extra Dog-Friendly: Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana
The last time I visited Seville I stayed in the other Petit Palace hotel in Seville, Petit Palace Canalejas Sevilla. However, many of its rooms are quite small, especially if you’re sharing with a dog, and I recommend paying slightly extra for this hotel with its larger rooms.
It’s also closer to the gorgeous Seville Cathedral and Alcazar, plus offers a pretty atrium and rooftop terrace. And best of all, pets of any size are welcome, staying for no additional charge.
Affordable: Apartamentos La Casa del Pozo Santo
Seville is a great place to stay awhile and enjoy the Spanish lifestyle, for which an apartment is the perfect choice. This set of four apartments are housed in a traditional Seville house from the 18th century, not far from the main shopping district and Las Setas.
There’s a pair of 1-bedroom apartments and another pair of 2-bedroom apartments, all elegant and modern, each with a fully-equipped kitchen. Pets are allowed on request, and charges may be applicable.
Splurge: Hotel Gravina 51
If you want to stay somewhere in Seville as fancy as the Alcazar, consider the luxurious Hotel Gravina 51. Situated in a restored 18th-century manor house, featuring a pair of typical Seville patios, the hotel has outstanding reviews from past guests, who in particular comment on the friendliness of staff.
At this hotel, pets are allowed to stay on request, and charges may be applicable.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Valencia
A stay in the historic city-centre of Valencia offers up the best of both worlds. After the Turia River was diverted to prevent further devastating floods, the former riverbed was converted into a 9km long park, one of the largest urban parks in all of Spain, snaking around the city-centre. So make sure you book somewhere in walking distance from the Turia Gardens so you have somewhere green to walk your dog anytime of day.
Extra Dog-Friendly: Casual Vintage Valencia
Part of the Casual Hotels chain, this hotel offers up affordable, colourful rooms in the centre of Valencia’s historic city-centre. And in line with most other hotels in the chain, it has a great dog-friendly policy. Up to 2 dogs are allowed per reservation, up to 25kg (55lb) each, although if you ask nicely they might be flexible.
Dogs are allowed access to all parts of the hotel, except for the breakfast area, and are supplied with their own bed, bowls and snack. A small nightly charge does however apply.
Splurge: Petit Palace Plaza de la Reina
Most hotels in Valencia are not that expensive, so this splurge option is still quite affordable. (Leaving you plenty of euros to spend on the best paella you can find!) All rooms are decorated elegantly in muted colours, and the rooms with a private terrace overlooking the city rooftops in particular are quite tempting.
Just like the other Petit Palace hotels I’ve recommended above, cats and dogs also stay for free, with no size restrictions.
Apartment: Like Apartments Negrito
If you’re staying with a large group for at least 3 nights, one of these apartments may be perfect for you. In particular, the two apartments with huge terraces look very inviting. Each of the apartments also has a kitchen, although it is quite basic.
Pets are allowed on request in the apartments, for no additional charge.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Alicante
Alicante is situated on the Costa Blanca, literally the “white coastline”, named for its beautiful white beaches. More than just a beach destination, the city also has a colourful old town and a castle towering on the hill behind.
Choose between a city-centre stay, or somewhere further out of town along the beaches (great for if you also have a car).
Extra Dog-Friendly: B&B Hotel Alicante
Although I haven’t stayed in this particular B&B Hotel, I have stayed in multiple locations of this chain around Spain, France and Italy, and found it to be quite dog-friendly. The rooms are simple but clean and modern, and there is just a small surcharge for dogs. Parking is also free on-site.
But what makes this hotel extra dog-friendly is that it is one of the closest hotels to Playa de Agua Amarga, one of the first dog-friendly beaches in Spain and one of the best. With year-round access for your dog to swim in the sea, it also offers a beach bar with offerings for both humans and dogs, deck chairs and umbrellas, and a special cleaning service. Just what your pooch wants on a Spanish holiday!
Boutique: Smile & Co Hostal Boutique
Don’t mistake this boutique hotel for a hostel; instead the Spanish word “hostal” refers to a family-run pension. And offering friendly, charming service is a speciality of this small hotel, along with its stylish decoration, both in private rooms and the public spaces.
Situated in the heart of Alicante, pets allowed on request, and additional charges may apply. If you can’t find availability, extend the number of nights – 2 or 3 night minimums may apply.
Beach-Front: Hotel Almirante
This hotel is located directly on San Juan Beach, just 10 minutes drive (or a quick tram trip) from the centre of Alicante. At 6km long, San Juan is the longest beach in the Costa Blanca, and gleaming white. Unfortunately I don’t believe dogs are allowed on this beach, but there’s no rule against dogs walking alongside it.
Most rooms come with a balcony, many with gorgeous views over the beach. There is also an outdoor pool within the hotel grounds. Pets are allowed on request, for an additional charge. Double-check with the hotel whether pets are restricted to specific rooms.
Splurge: Hospes Amérigo
Located within a former 19th-century Dominican Convent in the centre of Alicante, Hospes Amérigo is equal parts luxurious and understated. The highlight of this 5-star hotel, along with the spacious, elegant rooms, is the rooftop area. As well as a lounge bar, it houses a pool, sauna and spa.
Before booking, enquire whether your pet is allowed (size restrictions may apply). An additional fee is also required.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in San Sebastián
San Sebastián is renown for its tapas culture, locally known as “pintxos”. I also selected the Basque region in which it is situated as the most dog-friendly region of Spain.
If staying here, I recommend somewhere within walking distance of the city centre, home to the best pintxos bars, or else close to the beach, which is dog-friendly outside of the summer season.
Extra Dog-Friendly: Sercotel Codina
Sercotel Codina is located just a flat 250m walk from Ondarreta Beach, at the western end of the bay of San Sebastián – perfect for accessing the beach and promenade to walk your dog! The hotel is also close to the dog-friendly funicular. And while it is a long-ish walk to the centre of San Sebastián, there are additional restaurants in the surroundings.
In addition, many previous guests have commented on how welcome both themselves and their dogs were made to feel. There is a fee, of about €13 per night, charged for dogs.
Boutique: Far Out Inn
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in San Sebastián at the Far Out Inn. A charming small inn located on the hillside above the main beach, it felt more like staying in someone’s home – well, a home with a fabulous view and excellent breakfast served each morning.
Our dog Schnitzel was also made to feel equally at home. Note that you need to request in advance to stay with a dog, and there is a small charge these days.
Splurge: Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel
If you want to know what it feels like to be royalty, a stay at this luxurious hotel (with an equally luxurious price tag) is the perfect option. A 5-star hotel with sumptuous, spacious rooms and 1st-class service, it’s no wonder that luminaries like Elizabeth Taylor have stayed here when in town for the film festival.
And given how much of a dog-lover Liz is, she probably brought along her dogs to this very hotel. Pets are allowed on request, with an additional charge per night, although a bed and bowls are supplied in return.
Affordable: Talo Urban Rooms
Set a kilometre back from the beach, the extra distance means that Talo Urban Rooms are a more affordable option in San Sebastián. But it’s still a stylish option, with its Scandi-chic design scheme and rooftop terrace.
Book early, as there are limited rooms that go quickly. Also enquire in advance as to whether your pet is allowed (note that there are free cancellation options), plus note there may be an additional charge.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Tenerife
Don’t forget about the island of Tenerife! With its location closer to Africa, it’s the perfect escape from winter in Europe. And if you have a small dog, it’s easy to fly to Tenerife with Vueling, who allow dogs in the cabin.
Before booking your hotel, double-check whether you’ll be flying in and out of the Tenerife North or South Airports. Although I recommend hiring a car for at least part of your stay, to explore the mountains in the centre of the island. Here are my recommendations for dog-friendly hotels in Tenerife.
Affordable: Catalonia Oro Negro
Located a 10-minute walk from Playa de las Américas Beach on the southern end of the island, Catalonia Oro Negro is a modern hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. Neither the hotel and the rooms are anything fancy, but the hotel is a well-equipped and well-located place to stay.
If wanting to stay with a pet, note that you need to enquire in advance, plus only a single dog or cat, up to 20kg (44lb) is permitted. A €20 per night charge applies, plus a €200 deposit is required at check-in, which will be fully refunded upon inspection of the room at check-out.
Hip: Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife
The Hard Rock Hotel is also located at the southern end of Tenerife, but further up the coast along the Costa Adeje. On site are three outdoor pools, plus a saltwater lagoon, and there’s a free daily shuttle to both Siam Mall and Las Americas.
There’s a variety of rooms available, all flashy and with the latest features, including Rock Royalty suites with free spa access and a lounge with snacks and drinks. Pets are allowed on request, and an additional fee may apply.
Splurge: Hotel Botanico y Oriental Spa Garden
This hotel looks absolutely gorgeous, and would be perfect for a luxury tropical getaway. What stands out in particular is the beautiful landscaping and gardens, containing three outdoor swimming pools including waterfall features. Also included is free spa access for all guests over the age of 16, which includes an indoor pool, Japanese sauna and Turkish baths. Four restaurants are located on-site, including one with an outdoor dining area.
The resort is situated at the northern end of Tenerife, on the west coast near Puerto de la Cruz and Jardin Beach. Small pets up to 9kg in size are accepted upon prior request; additional charges may apply.
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