Hounds on holiday: 6 dog-friendly hotels in Tucson

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Whether you’re looking for a weekend staycation that can include your four-legged best friend or are traveling south for a getaway and don’t want to board your pooch, there are at least six hotels and resorts in Tucson that will provide a warm welcome (and probably a few “who’s a good boy?” snuggles) to your dog.

From special treats and canine food menus to comfy beds and scented poop bags, these dog-friendly hotels have thought of all the details to help make their visit more comfortable. 

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Looking for a resort stay where history and luxury come together in harmony? Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is one of the most beloved properties in Tucson thanks to its breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert, rooms filled with charm and personality, and rightful place on the National Registry of Historic Places in Arizona.

The pets who stay here receive a doggy bed, a ceramic water dish, and treats — plus a pet menu that can be ordered in the Terraza Garden Patio and Lounge or via room service with items like tenderloin tips with scrambled eggs and rice or grilled chicken breast with steamed carrots and broccolini. There are two courtyards with faux grass for your dogs to run around on, too, and pet stations with waste bags located around the property. 

Doggone details: Up to two dogs per room are welcome, with no weight limit. The pet fee is $100 for the first night and $25 per night after that. Only dogs and cats are welcome.

Photo courtesy of Hacienda Del Sol.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

At Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, nestled in the Catalina Mountains, furry companions will feel right at home with plenty of grassy spaces to run and play, including two special areas just for pets.

On arrival, dogs receive exclusive Loews Loves Pets amenities, including complimentary water and food bowls, fresh-baked treats, and a branded mat — and your pup can always find more treats by stopping at the front desk. A special in-room dining menu designed by a licensed veterinarian includes a Bow Wow Tenderloin with eggs and rice or Chicken Puppy Bites served with carrots and green beans.

Does your dog have a case of the zoomies? Jog along the walking paths located on the resort’s grounds, including the Window Walk nature trail leading to an 80-foot natural waterfall. 

Doggone details: Dogs of all sizes are welcome. The resort charges a one-time pet fee of $100 per stay. The resort limits the number of pets to two per room. Pet-sitting services can also be arranged upon request.

Photo courtesy of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

It may feel like an oasis in the middle of the desert, but The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is no mirage — between the world-class spa, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and five outdoor pools with cabanas and waterfalls, you’ve truly found your home away from home. Your pup will be treated to his very own Heavenly Dog Bed and specialty Westin dog treats, and there are multiple green areas for relief. Look for pet stations with covered disposable receptacles and scented poop bags. 

Doggone details: The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa welcomes two dogs under 50 pounds for an additional fee of $35 per night. Dogs may not be left alone in guest rooms. Cats and aggressive breeds are not accepted.

Hotel Congress

The historic Hotel Congress, located downtown, first opened in 1919 — but a 1934 fire that led to the capture of John Dillinger put this property on the map. Its iconic neon sign marks your arrival, though your pup will probably be more excited about their tasty arrival treat. Look for water bowls at the property’s outdoor dining (feel free to ask for ice cubes on hot days!) before taking them on a stroll through downtown to do their business and sniff everything in sight. 

Doggone details: Hotel Congress welcomes pets up to 80 pounds for an additional $50 for the first night and $25 each additional night. Be sure to request a pet-friendly room at the time of your reservation.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress.

Hotel McCoy

Take a step back in time at Hotel McCoy, a 1960s-esque mid-century modern artsy hotel with a restored saltwater swimming pool, motor lodge-style parking, and an A-shaped entrance to the lobby complete with exposed original beams. It’s also full of contemporary touches, like a local beer and wine bar, electric vehicle charging station, and 55-inch TVs with Roku.

Dog bowls and treats are available for your furry friend at check-in and there are two small pet relief areas on property. Front desk staff is happy to suggest pet-friendly restaurants in town if you need some guidance.

Doggone details: Dogs are not permitted in Artist rooms and may not be left unattended. Two dogs of any size are welcome for a $50 refundable deposit; or up to four dogs for a $100 refundable deposit.

Lodge on the Desert

An authentic Old Pueblo experience and Arizona landmark, Lodge on the Desert is a boutique hotel in Midtown with breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The hacienda-style accommodations and lush grounds are perfect for your pup, who will be living the high life here. The property provides dog treats and doggy bags at check-in, plus the on-site restaurant, Cielos, has a dog-friendly patio. There’s a pet relief area with waste bags. 

Doggone details: Two dogs up to 50 pounds are welcome in designated rooms for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per night. Only Casita King and Casita Fireside Double Queen rooms are pet friendly. Crated pets may be left in rooms unattended. Cats are not permitted. 

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  • Jill Schildhouse

    Jill Schildhouse is a native Phoenician and award-winning lifestyle writer and editor who regularly contributes to such publications as Reader’s Digest, AARP, U.S. News & World Report, Taste of Home, and Southern Living. Jill has visited 43 countries and is always planning her next adventure.

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