DOGGIE DIGS: Miami's best dog-friendly hotels

In honor of National Dog Day, we're highlighting three Miami hotels whose doors are open to both you and your canine companion.

August 26 is National Dog Day, and what better way to celebrate than a staycation with your canine companion. If you're looking for a change of scenery without the hassle of boarding your four-legged bestie, look no further than these properties where fur is not only welcome... it's encouraged!


photos courtesy of THesis Hotel

Pets are always welcome at THesis Hotel in Coral Gables. Small grassy areas along the hotel grounds - plus a park right conveniently located right across the street - make it super pet friendly. The hotel's special pet program #THesisPetLife includes comfy beds and cute bowls by the chic and charitable pet fashion/accessory brand Paco & Lucia, and snacks from Bullie Bites, a local purveyor of homemade small-batch doggie treats. On any sweltering dog day afternoon in South Florida, you can beat the heat at this urban resort's sundrenched rooftop pool. Doggo will be too content to growl, but when your stomach does, head over to the much-anticipated and newly-opened vibrant and exotic Mamey restaurant, where James Beard Award nominee Chef Niven Patel is showcasing exotic flavors and spices inspired by his travels throughout Asia, Polynesia, and the Caribbean.

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The Gabriel

photos courtesy of The Gabriel Downtown Miami

The Gabriel Downtown Miami - a 129-key property - offers relaxing residential-style rooms and suites (some with balconies) with sensational views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, and plenty of space to sniff and roam about. Upon check-in, pets receive a “doggie bag'' stuffed with assorted treats and toys, and once inside the guestroom, they’ll be greeted with a branded dog bowl, mat, and plush dog bed. The hotel team has a curated puppy itinerary with suggested off-property walking areas including Bicentennial Park located directly across the street, and recommended pet-friendly dining options in the area. The pooch pampering continues into bedtime, when the hotel provides pups with a curated turndown service complete with an evening treat. (A $50/per pet fee and 65 lb. weight restriction apply.)

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The Balfour

photos courtesy of The Balfour, Miami

Formerly known as the Lord Balfour, the South of Fifth neighborhood's Balfour Hotel is all spiffed-up for Snoopy; it recently went under a $3.8M renovation that encompassed upgrades of the guestrooms/bathrooms, public spaces and lobby, courtyard and pool area. In addition, a new fitness and wellness studio was created. When you book Balfour's Ocean Sandy Paws offer, your pet will receive a doggie bag upon arrival filled with swag such as a portable water bowl, dog treat, toy, and more. And you get a treat too... with this package, the $150 pet fee is waived for the length of your stay. (please note: only dogs up to 40 lbs. are allowed) The Balfour is located on Ocean Drive, so beachfront parks are right across the street. Unleash the excitement!

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Make your pet feel like "top dog" in the Magic City and book your stay today!