No matter what your reason for visiting Melbourne, if you’re visiting with a dog, you’ll need to find a dog-friendly hotel. Luckily then an increasing number of hotels in Melbourne now welcome pets to stay with you.
Whether you’re after a luxury five-star hotel, perfect for a pet-friendly staycation, or need an self-contained apartment for a longer stay, check out this comprehensive selection of dog-friendly hotels in Melbourne.
Note that many of these hotels require direct bookings if you are staying with a pet. Plus with many properties only having a limited number of pet-friendly rooms, it’s best to book well in advance.
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Luxury Dog-Friendly Hotels in Melbourne
If it’s a luxury hotel stay in Melbourne with your pup that you’re after, consider these five-star hotels that have rolled out the red carpet to four-legged guests.
The Langham Melbourne
One of the most luxurious hotels in Melbourne is The Langham Melbourne. Situated just south of the city centre on the banks of the Yarra River, be greeted in the lobby by a grand marble staircase and one of the largest chandeliers in the Southern Hemisphere.
To enjoy a stay at the Langham with your dog or cat, book a Pampered Pets Staycation. Available both in Executive Terraces (dogs only) and Deluxe River Corner King rooms, the staycation package includes a Langham-branded pet bed and bowls for your pet to use while at the hotel, plus a Welcome amenity for your dog or cat.
While it is requested pets are not left alone in the room, thankfully breakfast in bed for up to two people is included in the package. Perhaps also consider ordering something off the Private Dining Pet Menu for your pet.
Note that there is limit of one pet per room, plus a size limit for dogs of 20kg. A pet fee of $150 is included in the Pampered Pets Staycation package.
When it opened in early 2021, W Melbourne claimed to be the first luxury lifestyle hotel in the city. Situated centrally on Flinders Lane and taking its cues from Melbourne’s laneway culture, hotel highlights include the top-floor pool with poolside bar and DJ booth, onsite restaurant Lollo and a secret underground bar.
But if you’re more interested in a stay with your pet, check out their P.A.W., or Pets Are Welcome, program. Pets are welcomed with a custom dog bed, along with bowls, toys, treats and local pet information.
Only one pet is permitted per room, with a weight limit of 18kg. There is a $30 pet fee charged per night, along with a $150 cleaning fee per stay.
The luxurious QT Melbourne can be found in the heart of the city on Russell Street. With the typical bold yet quirky style of the QT brand, their Melbourne hotel oozes industrial-chic, and is completed with an exclusive rooftop bar.
To stay with your pooch at QT Melbourne, book their Pup Yeah! package directly through the hotel. Included in the package is a designer dog bed, dog bowls, your dog’s own mini-bar (full of dog treats, of course!) and their own in-room dining menu, specially selected by the “Head of Treats”.
Enquire directly with the hotel whether they can book your dog into grooming or line up a dog walk. Plus of course, whether four-legged guests are welcome into Rooftop at QT.
Note that there is a limit of one dog per room, with a size limit of 20kg. There is an additional $150 cleaning fee for the stay and your dog is required to sleep on the provided bed.
Pullman Melbourne on the Park
The Pullman Melbourne on the Park offers a park-centric location, opposite the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Fitzroy Gardens. It also now offers a Pet-Friendly Suite, so your cat or dog can enjoy Paws on the Park.
A luxury suite for you and your pet, the suite features private courtyard, faux grass, a mat and kennel outside, along with plus pet bed, bowls and a welcome gift inside. Pets haven’t been forgotten from the in-room dining menu either, which features meals for both pups and cats.
The Paws on the Park package includes accommodation for one pet, either a cat or dog up to 30kg. Enquire directly with the hotel for whether a second pet can be accommodated, or different types of animals. No extra fee is charged for pets, but direct bookings by phone are required.
The five-star Marriott Melbourne is located in Melbourne’s East End, not far from some delightful parks for on-leash walks including Carlton Gardens and Parliament Gardens.
Not that your dog will need to leave the hotel to enjoy some fresh air, with each of the dog-friendly rooms at the Marriott Melbourne enjoying their own private courtyard with outdoor furniture, along with a queen bed or twin double beds.
Enquire directly with the hotel about their latest pet packages and rules. An additional pet fee of $100 per stay applies.
Boutique Dog-Friendly Hotels in Melbourne
If it’s a more boutique kind of hotel that you’re after, select from these dog-friendly boutique stays, all close to the centre of Melbourne.
Laneways by Ovolo, Melbourne
Ovolo Hotels is a pet-friendly hotel chain across nearly all their Australian properties. The first of their two locations in Melbourne is Laneways by Ovolo, located in the east end of Melbourne’s CBD near Victoria’s Parliament House.
Inside are a range of spacious suites and rooms, each with quality furnishings, luxurious bathrooms and original artwork, many recently colourfully refreshed with a nod to Memphis Design. Some of the rooms have their own rooftop terrace, complete with city views.
Select a dog-friendly room along with a V.I.Pooch package. Your dog will receive their own plush bed, an eating and drinking mat, food and water bowls, plus a “doggy bag”, complete with toys, snacks and clean-up bags.
At Ovolo, up to two dogs are permitted per room, and there are no size limits, a rarity amongst more luxurious dog-friendly hotels in Melbourne. Note that an additional fee of $100 per night will apply for a second dog.
Ovolo South Yarra
The second Ovolo luxury boutique hotel in Melbourne is Ovolo South Yarra, located just off the pet-friendly shopping strip of Chapel Street. (Keep an eye out for the Paw-on-the-Door stickers nearby!)
A bold and creative property, the design ethos of Ovolo South Yarra is retro chic meets pop-art, with a heavy dose of rockstar glamour. Perhaps book a stay in one of the four Rockstar suites for a truly epic stay??
Like other Ovolo properties, to stay with your pup book a V.I.Pooch package. Up to two dogs are permitted to join you, although there is an additional fee of $100 per night for a second dog. There are no size limits, but you’ll need to provide proof of vaccination, flea and worming treatment.
Your dog will receive their own plush bed to sleep in, along with an eating and drinking mat, dog bowls and their own “doggy bag”, full of toys, snacks and the ever-important clean-up bags. There’s also pet-friendly staff on hand to provide assistance when needed.
Zagame’s House, Carlton
Located on Lygon Street in the heart of Carlton, Zagame’s House is designed as your home-away-from-home, and the welcome extends to your fur-babies too.
As long as your pet is on the Pre-furred Animals List (mainly dogs, but also unicorns and pandas just in case…) they are welcome to join you in selected pet-friendly rooms, plus will receive their own “Treat Yo Fur-baby” bag of goodies.
They’re also welcome to join you in the Lounge Room and the outdoor tables of the Lord Lygon Wine Shop & Bar, with its over 300 wines to choose from. Note however they are not permitted in the hotel bar, restaurant or gym, and can’t be left unattended in rooms or vehicles.
Note that a $140 cleaning fee is charged for pet bookings, along with a pre-authorisation, and prior reservations are required at the applicable Fur-friendly rate. Only a single pet is permitted per room. Check out the full pet policy.
SoYa Apartment Hotel, South Yarra
A trendy boutique apartment hotel in South Yarra (or SoYa for short), the SoYa Apartment Hotel has transformed a classic 1960’s apartment complex into chic one- and two-bedroom apartments, complete with king beds, designer furniture, smart TVs and full kitchens.
Selected apartments have been designated as pet-friendly, with both one- and two-bedroom options available. It’s a must to specific that you need a pet-friendly room when booking, due to their limited availability.
Up to two dogs are permitted per room, with an additional charge of $60 per pet per night, plus a refundable deposit held. Naturally pets are expected to be well-behaved, and cannot be left unattended. Outside there is a courtyard with BBQ.
City Centre Dog-Friendly Hotels in Melbourne
There’s plenty more hotels that welcomes dogs in the centre of Melbourne or close by. Consider staying at one of these excellent pet-friendly hotels.
Best Western Melbourne City
One of the first pet-friendly hotels in Melbourne City was the Best Western Melbourne City. We stayed overnight at this hotel during our visit to Melbourne with Schnitzel in late 2019.
A reasonably priced option for a city hotel, it’s quite conveniently located, in between Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations. It’s just a short walk from Southbank, where there’s plenty of outdoor dining options. You can also hop on the free trams, as long as you have a small dog in a carrier.
Pets are permitted in the pet-friendly courtyard rooms, each with their own private courtyard. Our room had been recently redecorated, with modern lines and colourful accents. Plus we were permitted to briefly leave our dog in the room, as long as we left the provided sign on the door, so that we could duck out for breakfast at the onsite cafe.
There is an additional charge of $30 per pet per night. Contact the hotel directly for the latest regulations.
Newly opened in April 2023, the Dorsett Melbourne is centrally located in Melbourne, part of the West Side Place development near Southern Cross Station.
With a wide range of facilities ranging from a club lounge with meeting spaces through to an indoor heated pool and spa, four-legged guests have also not been overlooked. There are a range of dedicated pet-friendly rooms, available by booking directly through the hotel.
Your pet will also appreciate the hotel’s proximity to Flagstaff Gardens, with plenty of room for on-leash walks. The hotel is also located within the city’s free tram zone, with small pets in carriers allowed onboard the trams.
Hyatt Centric Melbourne
The Hyatt Centric Melbourne is a large contemporary hotel located in the southwestern corner of the city, just a short walk from Southbank and it’s dog-friendly dining options.
Its spacious, minimalist-style rooms feature Nespresso coffee machines and Mr Smith amenities, plus some include a private balcony. Up on the 25th floor is a bar and restaurant with terrific city views, while there is also an indoor 25m pool.
Contact the hotel directly to make a booking for a pet-friendly packages. You’ll stay in a pet-friendly King Balcony Room, located on the first to fourth floors. Each of the rooms are a large 40 square metres and come with their own balcony, perfect for your pet.
Both dogs and cats are permitted, one per room, and beds, bowls and bathroom facilities are provided. Plus pets will be given a toy they can keep fur-ever!
AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank
The recently opened AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank is the first AC Hotel by Marriott to open in Australia. With a focus on thoughtful design and overthinking every element, the hotel is located close to the Southbank precinct.
Featuring an infinity pool with an adjacent pool bar, also onsite is a fitness centre, restaurant and an additional lounge bar. With a variety of Deluxe, Superior, Premium and Suite rooms, all feature stylish decor, Korres bath amenities, coffee machines and Melbourne skyline views.
Pets are welcome to join you at AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank in selected Deluxe rooms. Up to two dogs with a combined weight up permitted per room. There is an additional charge of $70 per pet per night. Perhaps book a Close to Pawfection package, including dog bowls, bed and a welcome amenity?
Selina Central Melbourne
Selina is a popular luxe hostel brand that has recently arrived in Australia. There are now two Selina locations in Melbourne, including Selina Central Melbourne, located directly opposite Flinders Street Station.
On offer are a mix of shared and private rooms, including doubles, suites and family rooms, most with private ensuites. Other facilities include a library, cinema room, co-working space with complimentary wifi and a basement bar.
Like other Selina locations, Selina Central is also pet-friendly. It’s best to enquire directly about the full pet regulations, including which rooms are pet-friendly. A small pet fee is charged per night.
City Centre Dog-Friendly Apartment Hotels in Melbourne
Melbourne has a wide variety of apartment hotels, including many in the city centre. Perfect for a self-contained stay where you can relax with your dog in your apartment, take your pick from these dog-friendly apartment hotels.
Birches Serviced Apartments, East Melbourne
Birches Serviced Apartments is located on Simpson Street, in fashionable East Melbourne, opposite Powlett Reserve and just two blocks away from Fitzroy Gardens. With Hollywood the Miniature Cavoodle on hand to greet all guests, it’s no wonder the property also permits guests to bring their own pets.
Selected standard apartments are pet-friendly, with up to two small to medium size dogs or cats permitted, who must be desexed. You’ll need to bring your dogs own bed and bowls, and there is an additional charge of $30 per pet per night. An additional fee is charged if deep cleaning is required.
Each spacious apartment is fully self-contained, with a full kitchen. Secure on-site parking is available for an additional small nightly fee.
lyf Collingwood is a co-living property aimed at young travellers situated close to Collingwood’s ever-cool Smith Street. With a social lounge, community kitchen and bookable meeting rooms located on the ground floor, it’s ideal for both short and long-term stays, combining work and play.
Dogs are welcome to join you at lyf when you book a CollingWOOF Canines Package. Your pup will receive a welcome pack on arrival, with a treat, toy and gift, plus be provided with their own bed, bowls and clean-up bags in your room.
The package can be booked by clicking the above link, or by contacting the property directly. There is an additional one-off cleaning fee of up to $85 charged at check-in, on top of the daily room rate. Pets are only permitted in the larger One of a Kind Plus and Two of a Kind rooms.
Make sure you ask the on-duty lyf guards for recommendations on local dog-friendly spots and nearby parks.
Scape Living at Aurora, Melbourne
Scape Living properties combines the comforts of a hotel and home, and ideal for longer term stays. Their Scape Living at Aurora location in central Melbourne is pet-friendly.
Located on La Trobe Street and with direct access to Melbourne Central Station, this aparthotel includes a rooftop pool terrace, 24-hour gym, bookable screening room, and co-working spaces. Choose between a studio, one- or two-bedroom apartment, all with a kitchenette.
Selected rooms at Scape Living at Aurora are dog-friendly. Up to two dogs are permitted per room, with a weight limit of 10kg each. There is an additional pet fee of $90 per pet per stay, plus a $200 deposit is charged per stay. Food and water bowls can be provided.
Suburban Dog-Friendly Hotels in Melbounre
If your business or plans require you to stay in the suburbs of Melbourne, there’s still plenty of excellent dog-friendly hotels to choose from, many close to terrific off-leash dog parks. Take your pick amongst the following…
The View Melbourne is situated conveniently on St Kilda Road, midway between the Melbourne city centre and St Kilda and its beaches, perfect for either work or leisure.
With stylish rooms kitted out with Smith & Co amenities and Chromecast streaming, some with their own balconies or city views, selected rooms are pet-friendly, for an additional charge. Up to two dogs are permitted per room.
Make a direct booking with the hotel for a Pet Package. Your dog will be pampered with their own teepee bed, food and water bowls, a snack box and toys to play with and take home. Dogs are also welcome in the beer garden onsite.
There are no size restrictions, but make sure you inform the hotel in advance of your pet’s name, size and breed. For any other questions, send an email to [email protected].
Element Melbourne Richmond
Just 6km east of the city centre, the Element Melbourne Richmond is the only Element by Westin hotel located in Australia. Each of the Element hotels has a focus on wellness, with nature-inspired spaces, in-room kitchens and excellent fitness facilities, plus eco-friendly features such as energy-saving lightning and water-saving taps.
Each of the Element by Westin hotels is also pet-friendly and this extends to the Element Melbourne Richmond, which is also conveniently close to the off-lead Fairview park.
There are a selection of pet-friendly rooms, with up to two dogs with a combined weight of 20kg welcome per room. There is an additional pet fee of $30 per night, up to $90 per stay.
Perhaps book a Pawesome Pooch Staycation for your pet? In addition to including your overnight accommodation and the pet fee, your pup will be supplied with a bed and bowls, a treat on arrival and pawesome mini-bar options.
Selina St Kilda Melbourne
The second Selina outpost in Melbourne is Selina St Kilda Melbourne, just a few blocks back from popular St Kilda Beach. With its access to dog-friendly beaches and walks, it’s lucky then that this hostel is also pet-friendly, like other Selina properties.
Choose between standard, family and suite rooms, most with private ensuites, although cheaper options have shared bathrooms. Presumably the dormitories are not pet-friendly, but double check directly with the property.
On site you’ll also have access to a restaurant, rooftop bar, wellness deck and co-working space, plus of-course a shared kitchen. Regular yoga and pilates sessions are scheduled, as well as other events including group dinners.
Note that there is a small charge per night for pets. Enquire directly for their full pet rules.
Quest Apartment Hotels
Quest Apartment Hotels has a large number of hotels across Melbourne and Australia, including many that are pet-friendly. All hotel rooms include a fully equipped kitchen and in-room laundry facilities, while the guest services team can point you in the direction of nearby pet facilities.
The following thirteen Melbourne locations are pet-friendly:
- Quest Brighton on the Bay
- Quest Burwood East
- Quest Caroline Springs
- Quest Collingwood
- Quest Dandenong
- Quest Dandenong Central
- Quest Epping
- Quest Ivanhoe
- Quest Mont Albert
- Quest Narre Warren
- Quest Prahran
- Quest St Kilda Road
- Quest Werribee
Selected rooms are pet-friendly at each property, with a pet bed, bowls, toys and treats provided. Generally a pet fee starting at $15 or $20 per pet per night is charged, along with a refundable deposit, although some properties charge higher fees or a flat fee per stay, sometimes up to $200. Contact the hotel directly to find out more details and book a stay.
Punthill Caroline Springs
There are multiple Punthill Apartment Hotels located across Melbourne, both in the CBD and the suburbs, along with their sister brand Veriu Hotels & Suites. Selected properties are pet-friendly, for both short-term and long-term stay guests.
One of the pet-friendly properties is Punthill Caroline Springs, located on the western edge of Melbourne. This recently opened apartment hotel offers a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with a kitchenette and balcony, some overlooking the adjacent lake. There’s a business lounge in the lobby and onsite gym.
To find out more about the pet policy at each Punthill Apartment Hotel or Veriu Hotel, it’s best to speak directly to the specific hotel. An additional pet cleaning fee of $250 per stay is charged.
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Shandos Cleaver is the founder of Travelnuity: Dog-Friendly Travel. She has travelled extensively with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, including to 33 countries across Europe, every state and territory of Australia except Tasmania, and 10 of the United States. She’s passionate about providing inspiration and information to others wanting to travel with their dogs, whether close to home or internationally.