Without doubt, the saddest (and possibly the only sad) thing about going on holiday is having to wave goodbye to your four-legged friend. When planning a weekend break or sunshine getaway, asking friends or family to look after our pal, or arranging for kennel care, is the done thing. But it doesn’t have to be.
Across the continent, more and more hotels are relaxing their stance on having dogs stay as special guests. Many are even offering the kind of pampering we humans are used to, with spa facilities and play centres.
If you’d like to whisk your dog away with you on your next trip, try one of these fantastic European dog-friendly hotels.
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam, Netherlands
With just one look at this hotel, you’ll know it’s not like the others. With its striking façade made from stacks of traditional Dutch houses, it’s clear this hotel does things differently. Its classic stylings continue inside, with its lavish but authentic interior providing plenty of comfort for you and the pooch.
The hotel has a number of pet rooms available, with dogs of all sizes being welcome and no extra charges involved. Located in the picturesque suburbs across the IJ to the north of the city, you and your best friend can walk the city’s waterways, with windmills and green pastures aplenty. For a more urban adventure, the historic centre of Amsterdam is just a few minutes away by ferry.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
Tucked away at the heart of rural Ireland, this luxurious retreat promises a pampering for the both of you. Founded as early as 1228, the castle and its grounds have been gradually added to over the years, and share a fascinating history.
With acres of gardens and the surrounding Irish countryside to explore, it’s the perfect place to bring your pet. For an extra €40 per night, your room will be provided with a comfy and appropriately sized bed, fluffy towels, food and water bowls – plus a very special treat! With prior notice, you can also arrange for grooming, walking and sitting – all while you get yourself down to the spa to enjoy the essence infused steam room and a specialist hammam sessions.
Located near Ireland’s west coast, the Castle is just under an hour’s drive from Ireland West Airport Knock.
Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, Germany
A vibrant and exciting hotel at the heart of one of the best cities on the continent, a stay at Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt should go down a treat. For an extra €30 per night, your pup will be as well catered for as you are, with a cosy bed and plenty of freebies.
When you’re not tucked up in your room, you can both go exploring some of the city’s best sights, including the remaining section of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. Dogs will absolutely love the German capital’s grandest green space, the beautiful Tiergarten, while you’ll find plenty of dog-friendly cafes to hang about in over in hip Kreuzberg.
Smart Hotel Saslong, Santa Christina Val Gardena, Italy
This beautiful, timber-clad alpine retreat promises a warm welcome for humans and canines alike. For no additional fee, your pet will be able to join you in the exceptional comfort of their chalet, where you’ll be able to take in the fresh mountain air together.
If you do want to head down into the town’s bars and villages and are worried your pooch may not be welcome, you can leave them in the very capable hands of Margot and Andrea, the hotel’s two dedicated dog-sitters. They’ll even provide dog soap, brushes and towels upon your arrival!
The natural beauty of the region is simply breathtaking, and offers plenty of opportunities for long days’ walking. If you’re heading for skiing in the region but don’t want to leave your best friend behind, this makes for a perfect place to stay.
The hotel is around 90 minutes’ drive from Innsbruck Airport
Hotel Belle-Vue, Luxembourg
Unassumingly tucked away in Luxembourg’s rolling green countryside, Hotel Belle-Vue is the place to be if it’s downtime you need. Sat on a valley slope, surrounded by forest and overlooking a river, it’s an excellent choice if you and your four-legged friend will be spending plenty of time in the great outdoors.
Back inside the hotel, you’ll find cosy and comfortable furnishing throughout. For just €8 per night, your dog can join you in your room. And if you’re looking to enjoy some of the hotel’s more human-orientated provisions, such as the sauna, spa or swimming pool; you can ensure someone will give your pup all the care and attention they need, for a small fee.
Bring your best friend along on your next holiday, with flights from Manchester Airport.