You’ve planned that great vacation for months, and the time has finally come. You’ve spent days gathering all your essentials and fitting them into your bags, stashing away your passport and triple-checking your flight information. On the morning of your trip, your four-legged buddy Fido stands by the doorway, tail wagging.
If your heart breaks every time you have to leave your furry friend for an excursion, it might be time to re-imagine your vacations.
There are a multitude of pet-friendly hotels in France that will gladly welcome your dog (or even cat), sometimes at no extra charge to you. We’ve found 15 great hotels that pet owners will want to book stat.
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Autograph Collection in Rouen
Dating back to the 15th century, the Hotel de Bourgtheroulde includes an onsite spa for soothing your troubles away. Located in Normandy’s capital, this antique part of France will put you in the mood for relaxation. You’re within walking distance from museums, cathedrals and the Rouen railway station, so if you want to leash up your dog and take a stroll, you can do so amidst stunning scenery. There’s a buffet breakfast each morning, too (but it’s only for people).
Hotel Les Trois Fontaines in Marconne
Located in the peaceful Pas-de-Calais region, the Hotel Les Trois Fontaines has 16 rooms total, some which are furnished with lush Scandinavian wood. You do have to pay extra per dog, up to €7 for a standard room or the Scandinavian one. You’re also charged for breakfast, but you do get free Wi-Fi during your stay. Do make sure that you have lunch or dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, which includes a rotation of changing dishes on the menu, such as duck breast, salmon carpaccio, grilled rib steak or lamb shank.
Holiday Inn Calais Coquelles in Coquelles
You’re within two hours of Paris, London and Brussels when you stay at the Holiday Inn Calais Coquelles. On those days when you’re not feeling so adventurous, spend some time at the squash court, getting a massage, working out at the gym, sweating in the steam room or swimming in the pool. Your dog will love the chic rooms and suites.
Sejours & Affaires Clairmarais in Reims
An apart’hotel available for longer stays, the Sejours & Affaires Clairmarais wants you to feel at home. You’re not too far from the Canal de la Marne and its magnificence; you can practically watch the boats sail along from your window. There are also Champagne vineyards nearby, so you can get a true taste of France. Smaller pets are permitted.
Hotel Le Compostelle in Lourdes
Near Paris’s Le Marais district, the Hotel Les Compostelle’s staff suggests that you see the River Seine, the Opera Bastille, the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Place des Vosges, the Museu Picasso or the Carnavalet Museum, and why not? After all, you’re practically within walking distance. You do have to get in touch with the hotel ahead of time to request room for a pet. However, you’re not charged extra for your four-legged friend to come along.
Hotel Sezz Paris
Since 2005, Hotel Sezz Paris has been a quality option boasting what hotel director Shahe Kalaidjian and designer Christophe Pillet call a place with “noble and natural material, specially designed furniture combined with contrasting tones” that “exudes cosmopolitan and Zen-like atmosphere.” With meeting rooms, concierge services, 24/7 room service, Turkish baths and your own welcome drink, there’s a lot to love. Of course, your pet can experience all your enthusiasm.
Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower Hotel in Paris
As the name suggests, the Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower Hotel is incredibly close to the Eiffel Tower, enough so that you can get a great view of the Parisian landmark from many of the 23 rooms. There’s a restaurant and bar, fitness room and meeting areas. The hotel’s amenities are available 24/7. You can bring your dog or other animals with you for a charge of €5 per pet.
Louison Hotel in Paris
With both hotels and apartments, the Louison Hotel on the Left Bank is a wonder. Choose from any of 42 rooms such as the Vaugirard suite, traditional rooms, prestige rooms or executive rooms. You have to get in touch with the hotel to confirm whether your pet is allowed; Louison Hotel states on its website that “well-behaved” dogs are allowed only.
Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur Hotel in Paris
If the Haussmann-Opera or Montmarte are on your destinations list for your Paris vacation, the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur Hotel is ideal lodging because you’ll be extremely close to both. You also have easy access to public transportation to travel to other parts of France. All rooms promise picturesque views of the city below. Come see the difference and bring Fido; it costs €15 per pet.
Best Western Empire Elysees in Paris
The Best Western Empire Elysees, as you probably guessed, is a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysees. Plan a day trip to Congress Centre or just hang back and enjoy complimentary free breakfasts and high-speed Internet access. You can bring your dog or cat to any of the rooms, but it’s not recommended that they come along for the shopping, art galleries, horse racing or nightclubs that are near the hotel.
Hotel Aston Paris
Shoppers who want to visit the famed Au Printemps, art lovers eager to see the Galeries Lafayette or those who want to just take in the architecture of France can do all that and more when staying at Hotel Aston Paris. Get fueled up with a continental breakfast every morning and take advantage of 24/7 reception services. Just be sure to put in a pet request before bookng a room.
Les Violettes Hotel & Spa in Alsace
A gorgeous restored hotel, Les Violettes Hotel & Spa could be the perfect retreat for newlyweds or even a girls’ trip. It’s set in a lovely countryside with a veranda to take in all that beauty. All the food is prepared fresh and delicious, and with wine tasting, a lounge bar, tea time, a Jacuzzi, saunas and Turkish baths, you’ll have a fantastic stay in any of the 57 rooms.
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center in Paris
Situated on the Left Bank in the Montparnasse district, the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center is a four-star hotel that’s also not far from airport connections and metro stations. Immerse yourself in the sights of the city below with stunning windows that expand floor-to-ceiling for the best views in any room. If you do have to get some work done, the conference center was recently renovated. With your pet available to greet you when you come back to your room after your meeting, work won’t seem so bad.
Citadines Opera Paris in Paris
For short-term or longer-term visitors, the Citadines Opera Paris is welcoming to a variety of visitors. Some of the architecture and designs date back to the 19th Century, particularly the Verdeau, Jouffroy, Panoramas and Princes passageways. The apart’hotel is close to a couple of metro lines for easy traveling anywhere. If you’re a new parent, the hotel is baby-friendly, and you can also bring your favorite four-legged companion.
A Cheda Hotel in Bonifacio, Corsica
Dive into a swimming pool or receive a massage at A Cheda Hotel. Owner Edmund Cridel is passionate about the environment and seeks to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint however he can. If you want to bring your pet, you have to pay €20 extra each day for pet food. Each animal receives its own bowl and pet cage blanket though. Cats and dogs are allowed.
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