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.
Earlier this year, Ovolo Hotels launched the 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 eating from hotel restaurants TQM Taqueria or Komune, where the occasionally dog-friendly brunch is hosted. 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.
Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 3460 8100
What’s on offer: 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. Each pet-friendly room is decked out with a dog bed, a no-mess eating and drinking mat, food, and water bowls.
Rules: Up to two dogs per room only. No weight or size restrictions, 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.
Price: Starting from $2,000, depending on availability of rooms, and including up to two pets.
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.
Adjacent to K11 and a stone’s throw to the new K11 MUSEA, Hotel Panorama is the perfect staycation destination for shoppers and their pets who want to take advantage of the malls and restaurants in the area. Book a room on the 31st floor and above to enjoy stunning, panoramic views of Hong Kong Island from the comfort of your own room—even the elevator ride gives you a great view of the city! Don’t miss out on the hotel’s restaurant on the 38th floor, as well as in-room dining or a range of outdoor eateries and bars in the neighbourhood.
Hotel Panorama, 8A Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon | (+852) 3550 0388
What’s on offer: Complimentary Wi-Fi, daily buffet breakfast at the Hotel’s AVA Restaurant, and free parking service for those travelling by car!For pets, rooms are equipped with toys, toilet pads, as well as food and water bowls.
Rules: A maximum of two pets (dogs and cats only) are allowed per room, and weight restrictions are limited to 25 pounds (just under 11 kg). When moving around public areas of the hotel, pets must be carried in a carrier. The offer is only valid for a minimum of five nights’ stay. Pet’s health certificate should be provided in advance.
Price: Starting from $980.
In the area: Enjoy outdoor or open-air seating from bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood, such as Pici, La Luna Bar, and The Right Place (to name a few). If you’re prepared to venture out a bit further, Knutsford Terrace is just a seven-minute walk away for a greater selection of restaurants. Take your pooch out to pet-friendly shopping malls Mikki or Elements. See here for other pet-friendly malls.
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 stay 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!
Hotel Pennington, 13–15 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3970 0688
What’s on offer: Room with toilet pads, water and food bowls, and toys!
Rules: A maximum of two pets (dogs and cats only) are allowed per room, and weight restrictions are limited to 25 pounds (just under 11 kg). When moving around public areas of the hotel, pets must be carried in a carrier. Pet’s health certificate should be provided in advance.
Price: Starting at $1,100 per night, and no additional costs for bringing your pet.
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 8pm. 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!
Everyone is 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 20th floor—are available to pet owners during their stay, though there is a size restriction for resident pooches, as only pets of 10 kg 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 Cotton Tree Terrace restaurant. 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.
The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888
What’s on offer: Personal bar, Wi-Fi, and breakfast are complimentary for guests, whilst pooches have a sumptuous bed, toy, bowls, and toilet to make them feel right at home. Alfresco dining or afternoon tea options are available at their Cotton Tree Terrace restaurant.
Rules: Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when accessing the public areas of the hotel.
Price: $2,000 (plus 10 percent) with their current Catch the Season offer, offering Discovery loyalty members up to 20 percent off.
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!
Rosewood Hong Kong offers you and your pets a sense of place with their Pampered Pets programme. 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!
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8888
What’s on offer: Pet bed, delicious welcome treats, litter box (for cats), water, and food bowls. Dog-walking and dog-sitting services can also be provided. Including Special Pet Menu & Snacks 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.
Rules: Each room can accommodate two dogs below 15 kg each at no additional charge.
Price: Rooms starting from $4,300. No extra charge for two pets.
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, 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.
If you’re looking for more of a quiet getaway with your pooch, three-star hotels Concerto Inn on Lamma Island and Sea View Holiday Resort on Mui Wo offer pet-friendly rooms away from the hustle and bustle of the city.