Our recent trip to Vancouver, BC, left us enchanted by the city’s captivating blend of natural beauty, urban vibrancy, and culture. From the moment we arrived, we were captivated by Vancouver’s charm. It has everything for everyone. And by everyone, we also meant our pets. Because yes, this time, we had our pets with us on our journey. Thanks to Vancouver’s diverse landscape, we could comfortably explore the city with our beloved furry friends. We got to go on the lush Stanley Park hiking trails, hang out at the many pet-friendly patio bistro by False Creek, and even play around the water at Hadden Park. Our trip was made even better by how accommodating the pet-friendly hotels in Vancouver, BC, are.
We had the opportunity to check out some of the hotels. And to help you out, we’ve compiled all the best ones we’ve been to, so you don’t have to stress yourself out! Just don’t forget to scroll till the very end for some pet-friendly spots and activity recommendations by yours truly.
Table of contents
- The Burrard
- The DOUGLAS
- Shangri-La Vancouver
- The Sylvia Hotel
- The Westin Bayshore Vancouver
- Granville Island Hotel
- Level Yaletown – Richards
- Fairmont Vancouver
- Wedgewood Hotel and Spa
- Paradox Hotel Vancouver
- Hotel Le Soleil Vancouver
- Our Verdict!
- Where To Stay in Vancouver with Your Pet?
- Pet-Friendly Restaurants / Bars in Vancouver
- Pet-Friendly Activities In Vancouver
- Best Pet Stores In Vancouver
First on our list is The Burrard. It’s located in Downtown Vancouver, where we find ourselves right in the city’s heart. We had no problem finding pet stores, dog parks, and pet-friendly restos in the area. Plus, other than having an ideal location, The Burrard also provided comfy accommodation for both us and our pets. The hotel allowed two pets of any size with only a 25 CAD fee per pet/night. They welcome both dogs and cats. They also provide pet bowls and beds for the comfort of our pets. Plus, with the hotel’s guestroom so spacious and airy, our furry friend could settle down nicely.
One of our favorite features of the Burrard is its combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. There are plenty of plants for our pets to sniff and play with. Their courtyard is also our go-to spot to chill with our friends while our doggos have some outdoor time. Furthermore, when we wanted to go out by ourselves, we could leave our pets in the room as long as they were inside a crate. That said, the hotel doesn’t have a pet relief area, but fortunately for us, the lively Emery Barnes Park is just within walking distance.
And hey, if you decide to return to Vancouver Pride Month, The Burrard is one of the top gay-friendly hotels in Vancouver!
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Located in Yaletown, The DOUGLAS boasts a combination of nature and a modern industrial interior. Just like our pup, we loved how our guestroom was designed with modern exposed concrete walls, but when we stepped outside, the hotel was filled with hanging gardens and plants. The glass-to-ceiling windows in our room also seem to be our pet’s favorite spot. They seem to think we’re up in the air when looking down at the view. Which is so adorable!
Aesthetics aside, The DOUGLAS also provides pet-friendly rooms where we can settle down with our pets. Unfortunately, your small buddy has to be under 30 lbs to stay here. The hotel has a one-dog-or-cat-per-room policy with an extra fee depending on the room. However, while there, we opted for the hotel’s Paw-Some package for 50 CAD per night. With the package, our pet got custom-made pet meals, including a “puppucchino” for breakfast and dinner. For our furry best friend, nothing is too fancy.
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Shangri-La Vancouver was another pet-friendly hotel we got to stay at that’s located in the chic West End. Being a world-renowned hotel like Shangri-La, comfort and luxury was a guarantee. Lucky for us, our four-pawed friend got to enjoy these things, too. On this trip, we brought our lovely cat with us, and they enjoyed every second of it. From the moment we checked in, the hotel staff gave our cat a treat, and that’s how we knew staying here was the right choice. Then we got to our room and were happy to find it was spacious and had a floor-to-ceiling window showing a full view of the city. Although, really, our cat just wanted their sunspot, and they were all set.
Pet policy-wise, the hotel allows both one dog or cat per room with an extra fee of 50 CAD. And the pet has to be under 50 lbs. Other than treats, the hotel also provided water bowls, so that was one less thing we didn’t have to pack. Furthermore, we were also allowed to leave our pets in the room inside their crate while we checked the city or the hotel’s many facilities. On that note, there wasn’t a pet relief site at the hotel, but Art Philips Park is just around the corner, so we weren’t too inconvenienced. If anything, we got to spend more time with our kitty cat exploring Vancouver! With how the hotel made our stay so hassle-free and convenient, it’s no wonder the Shangri-La Vancouver also made it to our list of the best hotels in Vancouver.
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The Sylvia Hotel
The Sylvia Hotel was definitely one of our favorite pet-friendly hotels in Vancouver. The hotel has tons of features that stood up to us. It’s located in the West End, right by the seawall, and we had a view of English Bay. Our daily walks were either along the seaside or straight to the nearby Stanley Park, where our pets could play around with other four-pawed friends.
Moreover, unlike the many modern high-building hotels in the area, the Sylvia Hotel was very homey and inviting (not to mention historic!) with its vine-covered front and quaint outdoor bistro patio. To say that we spent many evenings just chilling and enjoying the view with our pups is an understatement.
Another feature that left us dreaming of this hotel for days after checking out was just how accommodating the hotel was. We were allowed to bring our two pups with us with no extra fee! Plus, treats and water bowls were also provided. Needless to say, our furry friends were beyond ecstatic. They were also allowed to stay in the room while we headed out. On that note, we stayed at the hotel’s suites, which were spacious and had amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen. And to our convenience, there was an open space at the hotel for our little friends to relieve themselves.
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The Westin Bayshore Vancouver
Best View. Most of the pet-friendly hotels that we got on this list have amazing views, but we gotta say, The Westin Bayshore Vancouver trumps all of them. It boasts not only a view of the bay but also the snow-capped North Shore mountains in sight. To our luck, we got to stay in a guest room that had both of those views. The hotel’s ideal location in the West End also allowed us to just be right in the corner of the vibrant city center. So we could easily check out all the best local pet-friendly spots that Vancouver had to offer.
Ideal location aside, The Westin Bayshore Vancouver was short of a haven for our adorable dogs. When we got there, they were so excited to see the waters. Granted, the dogs couldn’t just jump off the harbor, but the hotel staff was more than happy to hook us up with a yachting adventure. That said, while we stayed here, we brought two of our dogs, and they each got their own dog beds! To top it all off, the hotel didn’t charge for bringing pets. However, it’s worth noting that cats aren’t allowed, and the dogs had to be under 40 lbs and couldn’t be left alone in the room, which was not a problem for us since we wouldn’t want our furry best friends to miss out on our Vancouver experience.
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Granville Island Hotel
Our stay at the Granville Island Hotel was an absolute blast. The hotel was located on Granville Island, right by the waters, which gave us a jaw-dropping view of False Creek and Vancouver’s skyline. Plus, with the hotel’s location, we got a little taste of tranquility, but still close enough to the city center to drop by anytime we wanted. That said, there were still tons of exciting pet-friendly spots in the vicinity. We especially loved our daily visits to the Granville Island Farmers Market with our pet buddies, and a walk along the seawall is always exciting.
Now, this time on the trip, we were able to bring both our dog and cat! And boy, did they enjoy the trip. When we arrived, our four-legged companions were immediately welcomed with free treats, and the staff doted on them. Guestroom-wise, we got to stay at the Granville Island Double room for some extra space, and to our delight, the pets even got their own bowls and placements! On that note, the hotel does recommend pets to be under 60 lbs, so both you and your pet can stay comfortable with your guestroom. Furthermore, there’s also a fee of 30 CAD per pet per night, and we weren’t allowed to leave our pets unattended in the room. Which is pretty standard policies, all things considered.
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Level Yaletown – Richards
Best For An Extended Stay. Level Yaletown-Richards was the best pet-friendly hotel in Vancouver, BC, for our extended stay. With the hotel’s apartment-style rooms, everything had more space, more in-room amenities, and naturally more comfortable for us and our pets. We stayed in the one-bedroom suite, and the space was big enough to have a spacious sitting area, a dining table, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony. Not to mention, the room was immaculately decorated, which matches perfectly with Yaletown’s vibe. Plus, the hotel also had all sorts of pet-friendly features. Our favorite one was the rooftop patio, where we would unwind with our pets and have fun BBQ get-togethers. The location was also ideal since we were just right at the corner of David Lam Park and George Wainborn Park at False Creek.
“If we could, we would stay for months on end at Level Yaletown-Richards. The hotel just made us feel like we were at home, especially with how fast our pets settle in. Alas, real life responsibility awaits, but our times spent here will forever be cherished.”WOW Travel
Furthermore, the pet fee wasn’t that expensive either. We only had to pay 5 CAD per pet per night, although the fees could change depending on breed and size. However, it’s worth mentioning that Level Yaletown-Richards has a minimum 30-day stay. You could also bring your cats to the hotel, but make sure to give the hotel staff a heads-up first.
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The Fairmont Vancouver is adored by many in Vancouver for its rich history and enchanting “Castle in the City” architecture, but our admiration for it goes beyond that. This pet-friendly hotel provided us and our furry companion with a luxurious experience from the moment we arrived. The hotel’s impeccable cleanliness was immediately noticeable upon entering, and our dog received a warm welcome with a complimentary treat during check-in. What added to the charm was the presence of the hotel’s own canine ambassadors, Ella & Elly, who were there during our stay and allowed our dog to make new friends.
Upon entering our guestroom, we were astounded by its elegance. The room was luxurious and filled with amenities like a minibar and cable TV, ensuring our comfort. Our spacious king-sized bed provided a restful night’s sleep for both us and our dog. The hotel staff also thoughtfully supplied our pets with bowls, dog beds, and a list of recommended pet-friendly activities. While there was a pet fee of 35 CAD per stay, service pets were exempt from this charge. It’s important to note that pets couldn’t be left unattended in the room, but given the hotel’s central location in the city, we always had plenty of options for activities and places to take our dog. Moreover, Robson Square was conveniently just around the corner.
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Wedgewood Hotel and Spa
Best Atmosphere. Stepping into the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa was like stepping into another world. This pet-friendly hotel really put much dedication into its aesthetic. We may not be royalty, but the hotel made us feel like one, and our pets were treated like one at Wedgewood Hotel & Spa. The family-owned hotel sporting high-back chairs, ornate chandeliers, and gilded mirrors made the hotel look like it came right out of a Regency-era movie. That said, even if the hotel gave us the illusion of staying in a manor somewhere in England in the 1800s, we were conveniently located right in the heart of Vancouver, which made the hotel’s no-pets left-in-the-room policy a no biggie to us.
When staying here, we brought our two dogs with us and paid an extra 80 CAD for our one-day stay. It may be on the pricier side, but the experience we had here was one we would never forget. When we said the pets got treated like royalty, we weren’t kidding. Our four-pawed friends were given a plushy dog bed, bowls for food and water, and a dedicated, personalized frame of their name! There wasn’t a dedicated space for our dogs to relieve themselves, but Robson Square was literally just across the street. So we weren’t inconvenienced at all.
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Paradox Hotel Vancouver
Best Hotel With No Pet Fee. As devoted pet owners, there’s nothing quite like the joy of traveling with your furry companion and exploring the world together. Thanks to Paradox Hotel Vancouver, we not only embarked on our journey but did so with utmost style and luxury. This 5-star hotel was incredibly accommodating to pets, and the best part? They didn’t charge any additional fees for bringing our pets along. It was a fantastic deal, considering the exceptional hospitality and services we received.
The hotel offered a wide range of pet-friendly amenities, including treats, dog beds, bowls, and even doggy bags, all readily provided upon check-in with a simple heads-up. Paradox Hotel Vancouver welcomes cats and dogs; they may even make arrangements for exotic pets if you contact them.
Furthermore, the hotel itself was simply outstanding. Situated in downtown Vancouver, it made sightseeing with our furry companion effortless. When we weren’t out exploring, we had the option to leave our pet in the room while we enjoyed the hotel’s facilities. We made sure our pet was comfortable in their crate, and we never left them alone for too long (which we wouldn’t want to do anyway). This allowed us ample time to relax and unwind at the hotel’s Xylia Natural Spa or by the pool and jacuzzi. Our stay at Paradox Hotel Vancouver was delightful, and our pet had an equally enjoyable experience.
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Hotel Le Soleil Vancouver
Best Overall. Hotel Le Soleil Vancouver stands out as our top choice among the best pet-friendly hotels in Vancouver, BC. The exceptional treatment we and our pets received made it easy to rank it number one. The hotel staff greeted us and our pets with genuine enthusiasm from the moment we arrived. They provided our dogs with plenty of treats during check-in, creating a delightful spectacle that drew the attention of everyone around.
Despite the hotel’s central location in Vancouver, our stay was remarkably comfortable. Our guestroom, particularly the suite we selected, offered ample space and coziness. The hotel even thoughtfully provided our dogs with their beds, bowls, and treats, ensuring a perfect experience. In terms of policies, there was a reasonable additional fee of 25 CAD per pet per night, which we found well worth it, given the hotel’s exceptional hospitality. This cost was also quite competitive compared to other hotels. Additionally, it’s worth noting that Hotel Le Soleil Vancouver is cat-friendly, so it’s accommodating for pet owners with feline companions. Moreover, we had no issues enjoying the hotel’s facilities, including romantic dinners at the Alouette Bistro, as pets were allowed to be left unattended in the room.
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So we crowned Hotel Le Soleil Vancouver as our Overall Best pet-friendly hotel in Vancouver, but there are other hotels on this list that we’d like to highlight. These hotels are the ones with pet-friendly features that stood out to us, and who knows, it might be the ideal hotel that you’re looking for!
- Best Hotel With No Pet Fee: Paradox Hotel Vancouver
- Best Atmosphere: Wedgewood Hotel and Spa
- Best Hotel For An Extended Stay: Level Yaletown – Richards
- Best Views: The Westin Bayshore Vancouver
Where To Stay in Vancouver with Your Pet?
When planning a visit to the picturesque city of Vancouver with our beloved pet, choosing the right neighborhood made all the difference. While there, we found Yaletown, West End, and Kitsilano as some of the best neighborhoods that welcomed our furry companions with open arms.
For starters, Yaletown offers a downtown experience. It’s a trendy neighborhood that features pet-friendly parks and a scenic seawall for leisurely walks. In this area, we had no problem finding pet-friendly hotels and restaurants that ensure our pet’s comfort during our stay.
Secondly, West End, a neighborhood nestled between downtown and Stanley Park, is another fantastic option. It’s home to dog-friendly parks like Nelson Park and Davie Village Dog Park, and the neighborhood’s welcoming atmosphere extends to its accommodations. The Vancouver, BC, pet-friendly hotels we stayed in are mostly along the waters. So we always got a nice view from our rooms and on our walks.
Lastly, Kitsilano, often referred to as “Kits,” was a standout neighborhood for us. Situated on the city’s west side, Kitsilano boasts beautiful beaches, including Kitsilano Beach and Hadden Park Dog Beach, where our furry companion can enjoy off-leash fun. Along Kitsilano Avenue were plenty of pet-friendly cafes, boutiques, and groomers, creating a haven for pet lovers and making our stay hassle-free.
On that note, if you find yourself back in town and need to find the best hotels near Vancouver Airport, we also have a list for that!
Pet-Friendly Restaurants / Bars in Vancouver
- Mahony’s Tavern False Creek – Take in the waterfront view while you sip imported and local brews at this dog-friendly eatery and bar in Vancouver, BC. You can also enjoy Irish pub fare like burgers, sandwiches, and pot pie at their outdoor patio while your furry friend has some treats and a water bowl, courtesy of the restaurant.
- Castaway Bar & Kitchen – Located in Kitsilano, the Castaway Bar & Kitchen offers a shaded outdoor patio where you and your pet can enjoy some tasty treats. While you munch on some tropical cuisine like tacos, and peach bourbon BBQ ribs, your pup can have some treats and water provided by the resto’s friendly staff.
- Steamworks Brewpub – Known as the original urban brewpub, Steamworks offers patrons modern fare in rustic surroundings. It’s a must-visit brewpub when you’re in Vancouver, and fortunately, its patio is pet-friendly, and the staff offers a water bowl for your pet. However, we recommend booking a patio table beforehand to make sure you get a seat beforehand.
Pet-Friendly Activities In Vancouver
- Charleson Park – Located just off a paved trail along the harbor, Charleson Park offers a fenced dog park where your pet can play around leashed-free while you enjoy the beautiful scenery.
- Hadden Park – Home of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Hadden Park is filled with fascinating bits of Vancouver history, with historic vessels often docking in the harbor. The sparkling waters of English Bay are a popular attraction at most times of the year. Most importantly, this park includes a dog’s off-leash area with waterfront access. So your dog can happily run around and have some splash on the beach.
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park – Located on the west side of Vancouver, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers a network of trails contained in more than 750 hectares of forest. This beloved park, with 30 miles of trails, welcomes walkers, runners, and joggers of all skill levels. Leashed dogs are permitted on the trails, except for designated beach areas and posted locations. Additionally, an off-leash area is available within the park, ensuring a scenic and nature-filled stroll for both you and your furry companion.
Best Pet Stores In Vancouver
- Naturally Urban – This local pet store doesn’t only provide you with various pet needs, but it also offers delivery services. Other than that, Naturally Urban also gives back to the community by giving away 3% of their proceeds to charity.
- Moonlight Natural Pet Store – Located in Downtown Eastside, Moonlight Natural Pet Store offers quality natural raw pet food. That way, your furry friends are guaranteed to get the best nutrients they need. The store also sells vitamins and supplements for your pets, so they can stay healthy and fit throughout your vacation.
- Bones Pet Store – The Bones Pet Store is a chain pet store that’s located throughout Vancouver. You can easily find the pet store in places like Davie Village, Yaletown, and Kitsilano. Bones Pet Store also provides all sorts of pet supplies, from raw food to pet care products and accessories like toys and clothing. Plus, when in a rush, the store also offers a same-day delivery.