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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.
A brand-new, pet-friendly hotel has opened up in Wong Chuk Hang, presenting pet owners with the Pawfectcation (starting at $1,400) for a specially curated experience by the pet-loving team at the Arca. Enjoy a complimentary high tea set for two, along with some handcrafted dog treats. And the best part? You can enjoy this on their lush outdoor terrace at Arca Society, where your dog is welcome to join you, with plenty of space to run and play.
In a playful mood? You can also enjoy complimentary access to the Pawfect Wardrobe, featuring adorable pet costumes that your dog can wear to capture memorable pictures of your stay. Also included in the package is a complimentary in-room breakfast, 10 percent discount on food and beverage, overnight parking for one vehicle during your stay, and other complimentary essentials for your dog.
In the area: Take a five-minute walk to the Heung Yip Path Pet Garden, 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.
The Arca, 43 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 37016000
Dog owners can now enjoy a Pawsome Dogcation package (starting from $998) with their pups at Alva Hotel by Royal, a luxury hotel 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.
If you are really looking to pamper your pooch, guests can also enjoy 30 percent off on a full pet grooming service from Private I Pets with a free pet swimming and pet spa session (valued at over $1,200). 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.
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). 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, kibble by Buddy Bites, 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 check-out for those non-morning people! One dog under 15 kilogrammes is 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 on 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, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 2710 1828
The Figo has launched the All Dogs Go To the Figo package (starting from $1,050) to welcome you and your furry friend for an unforgettable experience in the dog-friendly neighbourhood of Sheung Wan! Enjoy a complimentary upgrade to Premium Suite with an afternoon tea set for guests and fur-friend. Special pet amenities (such as a food bowl and a plush bed are provided in-room with a lovely pet-only pool for your pups to splash around in! Worried about messing up your pooches hair? Dog grooming services are available at the Figo upon request!
In the area: Conveniently located on the cusp of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, you have a range of dog-friendly eateries and coffee shops nearby to explore! Don’t fancy wandering too far? The Figo has a communal area, where you can top up on refreshments, hit the gym, and even play a round or two of board games.
The Figo, 4/F, Hollywood Centre, 77–91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2681 9388
If you're looking for another staycation on the Southside, the Marriott Hotel at Ocean Park is offering a Paws on Vacation package, where pets and their human can stay in their Deluxe King room with one dog until 30 September 2021. The package includes complimentary use of pet-friendly amenities, a complimentary buddy box for your dog, as well as 20 percent off on food and beverage, whether you wish to enjoy this in the privacy of your own room or dine al fresco with your pup at their outdoor restaurant spaces, Marina Kitchen and Pier Lounge.
In the area: You are welcome to use their Pet Walk on the floor between 9 am to 6 pm daily. However, Ocean Park previously held a Woof & Wags Doggo Party earlier this year in March, where they welcomed dog owners and their dogs to walk around the aquarium and enjoy a specially curated doggie food menu. It was so paw-pular that the event booked out—here’s hoping they bring it back again soon!
Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 3555 1688
This gem along the Victoria Harbour is offering a Centric Dogcation package (starting from $999) for all doggy families. 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 kilogrammes (guide dogs are exempt).
In the area: Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong is located on the newly refurbished North Point Promenade. 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
As the latest hotel to open up its doors to our pets, The Langham is presenting a newly launched Pampered Pet staycation package (starting from $2,600) until 31 August 2021. It covers one night’s stay for two people and one pet under 15 kg and includes welcome amenities for pets, tailored to dogs and cats, so pet owners don’t need to worry about packing their pets’ essentials for the staycation!
On top of that, the package offers a 30-minute pet styling service and pet accessories shopping experience with Ruff & Fetch, a 45-minute private shoot with a professional photographer, and a personalised bandanna for your pet from Pat a Pet. If that’s not enough pampering for your pet, spoil them rotten by ordering from the special in-room menu which includes pink Paw-secco, canine caviar, strip bacon cupcake, and Hugo & Celine ice-cream. For more details on their pet policies and reservation details, click here.
In the area: A map of pet-friendly walking paths in the surrounding area is included to help you navigate your way around Tsim Sha Tsui.
The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2375 1133
Ovolo Hotels are offering their V.I.Pooch programme 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
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 kilogrammes 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 kilogrammes each at no additional charge.
In the area: Located right on the harbourfront 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 and surrounding area, 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 nearby West Kowloon.
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 & 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 15 minutes away on foot, and take with you a gourmet picnic basket, filled with sandwiches, charcuterie, 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
Owners of larger dog breeds can rejoice, as the Stanley Oriental Hotel has no weight restrictions for dogs that accompany their guests! You can enjoy one night’s stay in one of their smaller rooms starting from $2,900, with the larger rooms going for $3,900. Dog owners will have to bring along their own pet amenities, as none are provided—this seems like a minor inconvenience when you’re lounging in your own private jacuzzi on the balcony or enjoying the view from the bathroom as you soak in the bathtub.
In the area: There is plenty to do in the area for dog owners and their pups, including dog-friendly water sports, such as kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding along Stanley Main Beach, dining at any of the dog-friendly alfresco spots along Stanley waterfront, and exploring the countless number of trails in the neighbouring area. If you have some time to hop on a ferry to explore the neighbouring Po Toi islands, we highly recommend it! If you don’t fancy wandering off too far, the dog-friendly Stanley Plaza have some lovely spots to dine in, along with some pet shops to pick up some special treats for the pooch—and let’s not forget Gino’s Gelato for some ice cream to top it all off.
Stanley Oriental Hotel, 2/F, 90B, Stanley Main Street, Stanley | (+852) 2899 1688
Your pup is able to join you on your island adventures with the Pet-cation package at The Warwick Hotel. Each room allows one to two dogs, so long as the overall weight does not exceed 20 kilogrammes. Enjoy pet amenities such as a pet bed, toiletries, pet toys, and treats from your first-floor hotel room with your pups for an additional $150. Indulge in everything Cheung Chau has to offer, from secluded beaches and street snacks to freshly caught seafood dinners. There is never a dull moment on this island, and now your pup is now able to join in on the fun!
In the area: With relics of the past, beaches, and a pirate cave, there is plenty to see and do on Cheung Chau. Check out these seven hidden gems, but our personal favourite includes hiking along Po Yue Wan, following the coast, where you will see some spectacular rock formations as you head towards Reclining Rock. This takes you out to a nice secluded beach, overlooking nothing but the ocean.
The Warwick Hotel, East Bay, Cheung Chau | (+852) 2981 0976
W Hong Kong’s P.A.W. programme (short for “Pets Are Welcome”) allows pet owners to bring their pets. Each room can accommodate up to one pet weighing under 15 kilogrammes—unless you book a suite, in which case you will be allowed to bring two pets with you.
On top of the usual pet amenities, such as a food bowl and bed, your pet will receive an amenity box put together in collaboration with Whiskers N Paws, which includes exclusive pet tags that you may personalise at their Woof Bar on the first floor, and enjoy a discount on pet’s cocktail. Other items such as collars, leashes, and pet food are available upon request at an additional cost. Their in-room Pet Munchies menu includes salmon or liver ice cream for dogs as well as chicken or white fish with rice and seasonal vegetables.
In the area: Upon request, a pet insider escape guide is available to guests with nearby pet-friendly recommendations. W Hong Kong is also connected to pet-friendly shopping mall Elements, so you can enjoy a little retail therapy with your fur-baby—or fur-apy, if you will.
W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3717 2222
If you are 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!