9 Pet-Friendly Hotel Chains in Australia

An increasing number of hotels in Australia have become pet-friendly in recent years. And not just single hotels, but sometimes entire hotel chains, or at least the majority of the hotels in a brand.

The advantage of booking with a pet-friendly hotel chain is that as well as the facilities and style being consistent from hotel to hotel, the pet policies are also usually identical. So whether you’re after a luxury hotel or apartment-style hotel rooms, check out these dog-friendly hotel chains next time you’re booking a hotel stay in Australia with your dog.

pet-friendly hotel chains Australia

#1 Ovolo Hotels

Ovolo Hotels is a chain of luxury boutique hotels across Australia. After originating in Hong Kong, Ovolo now operates eight properties in Australia, both under the luxurious Ovolo Hotels brand and more unique properties under the By Ovolo Collection branding. A highlight of a stay at Ovolo are the many perks included, especially if you book directly.

Each of the Ovolo Australian hotels offers their V.I.Pooch package. Included in the package is a plush dog bed and bowl for your pup, along with a “Doggy Bag” containing dog toys and treats. There’s also pet-friendly staff on hand to provide assistance when needed. 

At Ovolo Hotels, up to two dogs are permitted per room, and there are no size limits. No other animals are permitted. There is an additional charge of $80 pet dog per night for the V.I.Pooch package.

Locations: Brisbane (x2), Canberra (x2), Melbourne (x2), Sydney (x2)

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Exterior
Stay with your dog at the luxurious Ovolo Woolloomooloo © Ovolo Hotels
Ovolo Nishi Room
Inside Ovolo Nishi in Canberra © Ovolo Hotels

#2 QT Hotels & Resorts

QT Hotels and Resorts are luxury boutique hotels with a bold focus on art and style, offering a touch of quirk at each property. There are currently six QT Hotels across Australia, with one more opening soon, as well as three properties in New Zealand.

Each of the QT Hotels, both in Australia and NZ, offer their Pup Yeah! package. Included in the Pup Yeah! package is a designer dog bed, along with your dog’s own mini-bar (full of treats!) and their own in-room dining menu. Enquire at selected properties about the option of dog walks and grooming.

A limit of one dog is permitted 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.

Locations: Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle (opening May 2022), Perth, Sydney (Bondi & CBD)

QT Bondi Pup Yeah
Ordering off the pet dining menu at QT Bondi © QT Hotels

#3 Abode Hotels

If you’re visiting Canberra with your dog, for many years the easy pet-friendly hotel to select has been an Abode apartment hotel. With multiple locations dotted around Canberra, plus a coastal outpost near Batemans Bay, each hotel location consists of stylish self-contained rooms of varying sizes, each with a small kitchenette.

All but one of the Abode Hotel locations are pet-friendly – only Woden doesn’t have pet-friendly rooms. To book a pet-friendly room, select the Pet Package on their website for your preferred room size. Generally it costs about $50 extra per night compared to a room only.

Up to two pets are permitted per room, but an additional charge of $50 will apply for a second pet, to be organised directly with the hotel. You’ll need to bring your pet’s own bed.

In particular, I’ve heard excellent feedback for Abode Narrabundah, with pet-friendly rooms having access to a dog run.

Locations: Canberra (x6), Batemans Bay

Room at Narrabundah Abode
A studio at Abode Narrabundah © Abode Hotels
Reception at Abode Narrabundah
Checking into Abode Narrabundah © Abode Hotels

#4 Quest Apartment Hotels

Quest Apartment Hotels has around 120 apartment hotels scattered right across Australia, in a mix of CBD and suburban locations. While not all hotels or even a majority are pet-friendly, there are still a sizable 30 properties that have pet-friendly rooms. All rooms are self-contained, with complete kitchens, varying from studios to multi-bedroom apartments.

To see the latest listing of pet-friendly locations, check out the Quest Apartment Hotel website. Each pet-friendly room comes with a pet bed, food and water bowls, toys and treats to help your pet settle in.

There is a small additional charge to stay with your pet, starting at $15 per pet per night, varying by property and duration of stay. A refundable deposit of $250 per pet is also charged per stay. To book a pet-friendly room, plus find out the full pet policy (which varies from hotel to hotel), contact the hotel you are wanting to stay at directly.

Locations: Albury, Brisbane (x3), Gold Coast, Melbourne (x12), Perth (x5), Sydney (x6), Toowoomba

Pet-Friendly Quest Apartment Hotels
Pets are welcome at selected Quest Apartment Hotels © Quest Serviced Apartments
Quest Pet-Friendly Room
A pet-friendly Quest apartment room © Quest Serviced Apartments

#5 Spicers Retreats

If it’s a luxury retreat in Australia that you’re after, look no further than Spicers, in particular if you’d like to bring your dog along. Spicers Retreats has nine locations scattered around NSW and southeastern Queensland, from the Blue Mountains to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and six of the locations are now pet-friendly, offering Pooch Packages.

Choose between the Spicers Guesthouse in the Hunter Valley or Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains, the Balfour Hotel in Brisbane, Hidden Valley close to the Brisbane, or the equally luxurious Clovelly Estate and Tamarind Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Only selected rooms (or cottages) are pet-friendly, with the inclusions in the package differing by location, but including a dog bed and bowl. Only dogs up to 24kg are permitted, and while they are allowed inside they must stay off the furniture. For the full rules, see this page.

Locations: Blue Mountains, Brisbane (x2), Hunter Valley, Sunshine Coast (x2)

Spicers Clovelly Estate Entrance
The entrance to Spicers Clovelly Estate

#6 The Langham Hotels & Resorts

Two of the most luxurious hotels in Australia are The Langham Sydney and The Langham Melbourne. With a history dating back to the first European grand hotel to open in London in 1865, The Langham Hotels are the epitome of five-star luxury. And of course that five-star welcome is extended to your pet.

Both the Sydney and Melbourne locations offer Pampered Pet packages, although the details vary between location. In Melbourne, book a Pampered Pets Staycation, with one cat or dog up to 20kg welcome. In return for the included $150 pet fee, your pet will receive a welcome amenity and use Langham-branded pet bed and bowls while in residence. They’ll also be able to order off the private dining pet menu.

At The Langham Sydney, choose between the Pampered Pets Program or a Pampered Pets Staycation, which also includes a Pet Afternoon Tea welcome amenity, a Pawesome Pet gift bag on arrival and breakfast in bed for you and your pet in the morning. There’s even optional add-ons from birthday parties and photo shoots to pet-sitting. Up to two pets, up to 20kg each, are permitted in each room, with a charge of $120 per pet.

The Langham Gold Coast is due to open in late 2022, and will likely also offer a Pampered Pets Program.

Locations: Melbourne, Sydney

The Langham Sydney Lobby
Refined luxury at The Langham Sydney © Langham Hotels International

#7  W Hotels

W Hotels are synonymous with a different kind of luxury. Hip and glamorous, these five-star hotels are more of a lifestyle destination, complete with trendy bars and restaurants and gorgeous swimming pools.

Both of the W Hotels currently in Australia, W Brisbane and W Melbourne, roll out the welcome mat to pets as part of their P.A.W., or Pets Are Welcome, program. W Sydney, due to open in November 2022, will also be pet-friendly. A custom dog bed is provided, along with bowls, toys, treats and local pet information.

W Hotel Sydney
The under-construction W Sydney

It’s best is your pet is on the petite size, with a weight limit of 18kg applying, plus a one pet limit per room. There is a $150 non-refundable cleaning fee per stay, plus usually a nightly fee – $50 per night at W Brisbane and $30 per night at W Melbourne.

Locations: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney (opening November 2022)

#8 View Hotels

Luxury hotels don’t have a monopoly on city-centre pet-friendly stays in Australia, with the four-star View Hotels chain a more affordable option. Each of their hotels offers up great city fringe views, whether from North Sydney, St Kilda Road in Melbourne or Hamilton in Brisbane.

View Sydney
The View Sydney in North Sydney

Selected rooms at each of the three hotels are pet-friendly, with no size restrictions. Pets are generally provided with a bed, bowls, toy and treat, plus there’s a Dog Concierge service that can recommend local dog-friendly options.

There is an additional fee of $90 per night. Make sure you inform the hotel in advance of your pet’s name, size and breed. For any additional questions, send an email directly to [email protected]

Location: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney

#9 Punthill Apartment Hotels / Veriu Hotels & Suites

Sister brands Punthill Apartment Hotels and Veriu Hotels & Suites between them operate 19 hotels across Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. In particular, there are 13 locations scattered across the Melbourne CBD and suburbs.

Each hotel offers a mixture of apartment-style hotel rooms and regular hotel rooms, varying by location, along with the option of discounted long stays. Depending on the location, pets may be permitted to stay, often for long stay guests, but also sometimes with short stay guests.

To find out the pet policy of a location, it is best to speak directly to the individual hotel. An additional pet cleaning fee of $250 per stay is charged.

Locations: Brisbane, Melbourne (x13), Sydney (x5)

Veriu Green Square Business Lounge
The business lounge at Veriu Green Square

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