Times are a changin’ and that is apparent in the dog-friendly hotel world with the news that the legendary Hotel del Coronado is opening its doors to dogs and cats. Well, not all dogs can stay at the hotel. Read on to find out which breeds are banned.
For more than 125 years, Hotel del Coronado has catered to guests of the two-legged persuasion. The National Historic Landmark perched on 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island near San Diego recently expanded its services to accommodate some — but not all — furry, four-legged friends.
Nonetheless, congratulations to the famous hotel, which opened its doors in 1888 and is known for its whimsical turrets, for changing its pet policy. Coronado is featured in the San Diego entry of my new book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, to be released by National Geographic Books on April 1. The Hotel del Coronado’s main competitor, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, has not only accepted pets over the years but puts on an annual doggy surfing contest that garners much attention. Dog Beach is just a bone’s throw away from the Hotel del Coronado. Getting with the times made sense.
Hotel del Coronado, along with Beach Village at The Del, now welcomes animals through its new “Del Dogs & Cats” program, which pampers pets upon check-in with amenities including a special in-room pet dining menu, Del-ightful dog and cat treats, bedding and more.
To complement its new pet-friendly status, the resort is introducing “Yappy Hour” for guests and locals with pets on its Sun Deck, from 4 to 5 p.m., Sundays starting May 4. Pets can snack and schmooze to their heart’s content while lapping up Evian and kibble, while their owners take in the spectacular ocean setting partaking in pet-inspired libations such as a Greyhound or a Salty Dog.
Meanwhile, pets staying at The Del will luxuriate in an array of tail-wagging treats and other special amenities, including:
- “Purrfect” welcome amenities, including a placemat, water and food dishes, waste bags and/or litter box, scratching pad for cats and Del-ightful dog and cat treats by Daphne, the resort’s pastry chef
- Gourmet room service chef-prepared menu available for cats and dogs
- Nearby pet walking, pet-sitting, dog grooming and veterinary services
- Pet friendly guide to Coronado Island, which includes a nearby dog beach, located less than a mile from the resort
- Creature comforts like specialized bedding, crates, collars and leashes available for use during stay
Hotel del Coronado’s unique pet policy
The Hotel del Coronado allows a maximum of two pets, each weighing 40 pounds or less, per guestroom. However, the hotel bans pit bulls, pit bull mixes, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chows and Chow mixes. Expect to sign a waiver upon check-in. Fees range from $100 to $200, depending on the type of accommodation.
I think this is the first time I’ve heard about a sliding fee for pets and hotel banning specific breeds. I wonder if insurance premiums plays a part in this decision or is it just to comfort other guests. What are your thoughts about the pet policy at the Hotel del Coronado? Should specific breeds be banned? Do you think other hotels will follow suit? Do you know of other hotels that already implement this? Share your knowledge with The Jet Set Pets community in the comment box below.