Who doesn’t love staying in a hotel? Plush rooms, comfortable beds, minibars, and a marvellous thing called room service... The only problem is, when you’re a pet owner, you can never fully enjoy a getaway knowing that your fur-babies have been left behind at home or in kennels, missing out on all the fun.
Well, we’ve got news for you, because that predicament is now a thing of the past, as more and more hotels in Hong Kong are offering dog-friendly rooms (huzzah!). And just to make sure we give you the best and most reliable reviews, we took along office mascot, Lola, to sniff out some of the best pet-friendly hotels in Hong Kong.
Dog owners can now enjoy a Pawsome Dogcation package (starting from $998) with their pups at new luxury hotel Alva Hotel by Royal, situated along Shing Mun River in Sha Tin. Get dolled up for a special one-hour pet photography session and enjoy a complimentary welcome amenity kit with cash vouchers in doggie treats to really spoil yourselves.
The package accommodates one fully vaccinated dog under 10 kilograms (guide dogs are exempted). A maximum of two dogs is allowed per room. Rooms start from $998 for two adults and one dog, whilst a second dog will incur an additional charge of $300 per room per night. Available now through 30 November 2020.
In the area: Guests can meet up with other furry friends in the hotel’s outdoor areas, PitStop and The Terrace. If you fancy venturing out a bit further, dog owners can take their energetic pups along the Shing Mun River for a scenic stroll. Bikes are also available to rent from the hotel, so you may also take part in a cycling tour around Sha Tin and nearby districts.
Alva Hotel by Royal, 1 Yuen Hong Street, Sha Tin | (+852) 3653 1111
Four-legged friends are now welcome to stay with you at Eaton HK, with their new Paw-gressive package (starting from $1,500) until 30 September 2020. Take your pick from their Cabin or Studio Room by booking via their website.
Special pet amenities and treats are included to make your staycation with Fido a barking good time, including gourmet treats, food and water bowls, in-room continental breakfast for paw-rents, a plush dog bed, plenty of puppy toys and poop bags for those walkies around the Jordan neighbourhood. For the humans, complimentary WiFi is included, along with a late checkout for those non-morning people!
One dog, under 15 kilograms are welcome to stay in the room with you, with the exception of Guide Dogs, and must be kept on a leash or in their carrier at all times when in public areas of the hotel. Dogs are also welcome in the hotel’s fourth-floor terrace.
In the area: Explore fur-friendly al-fresco restaurants in the neighbourhood, including The Salted Pig on Knutsford Terrace and Roofy Bar & Café on Hillwood Road, owned by dog-lovers! Get some playtime in with other dogs in the neighbourhood, by taking a seven-minute stroll to the Yau Tsim Mong Pet Garden on Ferry Street.
Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan | (+852) 2710 1828
This gem along the Victoria Harbour is offering a Centric Dogcation package (starting from $999) for all doggy families to enjoy until September. Enjoy one-night accommodation in one of their spacious rooms—with either one king bed or two twins—overlooking the harbour whilst your little pals enjoy their welcome bag of treats. Dog amenities for one dog include a sumptuous bed, delicious welcome treats, water and food bowls, odour and stain removal and antibacterial spray, cleaning essentials, as well as cash coupons to splurge on your four-legged friends.
You can let loose at the Upper Farm playground with your pals for playtime before heading to Hyatt Centric’s dog-friendly terrace where you can enjoy a meal at The Farmhouse with your pup. Rooms start from $999 and a second dog will incur an additional charge of $299 with extra welcome treats. Dog families travelling by car may use the car park at an additional cost. Only dogs are allowed to accompany your stay in the guestroom, as no other pets are allowed. Each room can accommodate up to two dogs below 30 kilograms (guide dogs are exempt). Available now through 30 September 2020.
In the area: Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong is located on the newly refurbished Waterfront Promenade in North Point. Walk your dog at the North Point Promenade Dog Park or indulge in a little retail therapy at the connecting pet-friendly shopping mall, Harbour North, where you can borrow a pet stroller for an indulgent afternoon of care-free shopping with your beloved pet. Looking for some more pet-friendly options in the area? Recommendations for dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and parks in the area are also available upon request.
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 3896 9828
Ovolo Hotels are offering their V.I.Pooch programme for $500 to celebrate International Dog Day (originally starting from $1,200), making staycations in Hong Kong that much better, because now, whenever you treat yourself, you can treat your dog too! With locations in Hong Kong and Australia, dog owners now have the opportunity to live that jet-setting life with their furry friends and stay in absolute comfort and style.
Humans can enjoy free breakfast, Wi-Fi, minibar (replenished daily—winning!), social hour drinks, self-laundry, 24-hour gym, and snacks. Doggies get a “doggy bag” of treats and toys (humans also get a goodie “loot” bag of treats). Each pet-friendly room is decked out with a dog bed, a no-mess eating and drinking mat, food, and water bowls.
Occasional dog-friendly brunch sessions are hosted at hotel restaurants TQM Taqueria or Komune. Or you can take full advantage of room service, where you can live in the lap of luxury and watch Apple TV all day. The biggest draw? There are no weight or size restrictions for pups that stay at Ovolo Southside, compared to other hotels, and the hotel is conveniently located in the Southside, where there are plenty of hikes and trails to choose from.
Up to two dogs per room only. No weight or size restrictions at Ovolo Southside, but you must call reception upon leaving your hotel room to be escorted by staff (unless your dog fits in a pet carrier). Pet’s health certificate should be provided in advance. Rooms start from $1,200, covers one dog. A second dog will incur a charge of $500 per night.
In the area: Take a short 15-minute walk to Heung Yip Path Pet Garden, along the quieter streets of Wong Chuk Hang where you and your pup can brush up on some obstacle course training. Whiskers n Paws—Hong Kong’s mecca of pet supplies—and neighbouring Aberdeen Country Park and other hikes are just a short taxi ride away. Not to mention, if you’re going to be on the Southside, might as well visit The Pulse, where you have plenty of other dog-friendly eateries and trails to explore nearby.
Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 3460 8100
If you are looking to stay in the heart of Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle and be allowed to bring your pet, Hotel Pennington by Rhombus is merely a few paces from the Causeway Bay MTR station, connecting you to the rest of Hong Kong Island in just a few minutes! Pet owners can enjoy a pet-friendly staycation (starting from $1,100) in Hotel Pennington’s modern Studio Suite King Room or connecting family rooms, with their beloved pet. And the best part? Pets can stay with you at no extra cost!
A maximum of two pets (dogs and cats only) are allowed per room, and weight restrictions are limited to 25 pounds (just under 11 kilograms). When moving around public areas of the hotel, pets must be carried in a carrier. Pet’s health certificate should be provided in advance. The room comes with toilet pads, water and food bowls, and toys!
In the area: Head down to Fashion Walk for a bite to eat, or cross the road to Café Matchbox, where you can enjoy local fare, and play a spot of ping pong on their outdoor table. Looking to take the pooch out for a walk? Take your pooch for a quiet stroll down Caroline Hill Road towards the Hong Kong Stadium or crossover to the Noon Day Gun via the World Trade Centre underpass, and walk along the harbourfront with the other dog owners in the area to catch a show of A Symphony of Lights at 8 pm. The hotel is also walking distance to quieter cul-de-sacs Tai Hang and Happy Valley, where you may also enjoy alfresco dining with your pup!
Hotel Pennington, 13–15 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3970 0688
Fur-friends are welcome at The Murray, which is connected by public walkways to Hong Kong Park and The Peak Tram. Pets are free to walk with you around the hotel without requiring a pet carrier, unlike most other pet-friendly hotels (so long as they are supervised and on a leash). All rooms—from N1 rooms to their signature suites on the twentieth floor—are available to pet owners during their Pawsome Staycation (starting from $2,800), though there is a size restriction for resident pooches, as only pets of 10 kilograms or under are permitted.
If your pooch is over the size limit, do not fear—you can still enjoy their five-star services, as dog owners and their pooches are welcome in the hotel’s public areas at all times, such as their new dog-friendly dining area, The Arches. Keep your eyes peeled for their monthly afternoon tea specials for dogs and their owners, so you and your favourite pooch can take some time to “paws” for tea. Personal bar, Wi-Fi, and breakfast are complimentary for guests, whilst pooches have a sumptuous bed, toys, bowls, and toilet to make them feel right at home.
In the area: Walking distance to Bowen Road, a popular walking and running spot for dog owners, which takes you up to Borrett Road and also connects you to Wan Chai. The Murray is conveniently located near the Peak Tram, making the Victoria Peak a short ride away. If visiting with your pooch, you will need to catch a taxi to The Peak Galleria, where you can enjoy a variety of trails and outdoor dining with your pup. To finish off, stop by Gino’s Gelato to get a doggie ice cream for only $18!
The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888
Rosewood Hong Kong offers you and your pets a sense of place with their Pampered Pets programme (starting from $3,900). Designed for “paw-rents”—to either cats or dogs—with the understanding that pets are part of the family, and that there really is no holiday worth having unless it can be spent with all of your loved ones. Prepare to spoil yourself silly at this luxurious five-star hotel, as they have everything from pet-care to important pet anniversaries covered. Expect nothing but the finest!
Pet beds, delicious welcome treats, litter box (for cats), water, and food bowls are included. Dog-walking and dog-sitting services can also be provided. There’s also a special pet menu tailored to both dogs’ and cats’ palettes, from dried jerky, homemade cookies, and cheese and bacon biscuits as light nibbles, to Braised Australian Beef, Farm-Raised Pork Confit, or Grilled Salmon. Special cakes for anniversaries are made to order by Rosewood Hong Kong’s creative culinary team and require pre-booking. Each room can accommodate two dogs below 15 kilograms each at no additional charge.
In the area: Located right on the harbour front with beautiful views of Hong Kong Island and the Avenue of Stars right on your doorstep, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade, where you can indulge in a meal or a drink at one of the coffee shops or restaurants along the way. Looking for some more pet-friendly options in the area? Recommendations for dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and parks in the area are also available by Rosewood staff upon request.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8888
Pet owners—to dogs or cats—can now enjoy the “pawfect” staycation in the tallest hotel in Hong Kong. Overlooking the Victoria Harbour, the Pawfect Stay package (starting from $3,999) at The Ritz-Carlton is designed to take care of every aspect of your stay for a hassle-free experience, which includes a specially curated in-room menu for your pets to gourmet picnic baskets to enjoy at the nearby West Kowloon Nursery Park.
Amenities include a plush dog or cat bed, water and food bowls, one pack of treats per stay, and potty pads for dogs or cat litter, in addition to a Lion Pierre plush toy for your pets to take home. Pets can also enjoy a mouthwatering gourmet experience, with a menu that offers snacks and homemade dishes, such as the Quarter Pound Organic Beef Burger with Brown Rice for dogs, and Sardines Meatballs with Vegetables and Peas for cats. Parents can also enjoy 20 percent off in-room dining during their stay.
Each room can accommodate up to two dogs. Reservations have to be made at least three days in advance via phone or email.
In the area: Enjoy a stroll at the nearby West Kowloon Nursery Park, which is only a 15-minute walk away, and take with you a gourmet picnic basket, filled with sandwiches, a charcuterie selection, refreshing salads, pastries, and house-made juices. You can also have the butler personally deliver your picnic basket for two, together with pet treats, to the Park to enjoy this experience in an idyllic setting along the waterfront.
The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2263 2100
If you’re looking for more of a quiet getaway with your pooch, three-star hotels Concerto Inn on Lamma Island and Seaview Holiday Resort on Mui Wo offer pet-friendly rooms away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You may also check out the caravan experiences at Holimood in Yuen Long for a staycation under the stars!