The Best Dog-Friendly Luxury Hotels In Sydney
— Updated on 15 October 2020

The Best Dog-Friendly Luxury Hotels In Sydney

— Updated on 15 October 2020
Chris Singh
Chris Singh

Sure you’ve been cooped up for most of this year, waiting out a global pandemic and trying to navigate “the new norm”. But what about ol’ four legs? As much as you might need to soak up the stress-free smack of a quick luxury hotel getaway, your pup needs it more. After all, the pooch has probably had to put up with the herculean task of tolerating less alone time, with a needy human constantly in their face. We’d say they’ve earned a bit of home-away-from-home indulgence with Sydney’s many dog-friendly luxury hotels.

If you want to reward your best mate for just being there this year, take note of the following dog-focused packages, each dead set on making sure your canine companion is just as spoiled as you.

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QT Sydney & QT Bondi

QT Bondi

QT’s Sydney and Bondi hotels have got some serious chops when it comes to a pup-friendly luxury stay. Along with other QT properties across Australia (and New Zealand), both designer hotels have now dedicated some of their rooms to a new “Pup Yeah!” package, taking the idea of a dog-friendly staycation to the next level with “pawdicures” and mud masks at QT Sydney’s spa, an in-room dog menu boasting steak tartare, liver on toast and ice cream sandwiches, and, for QT Bondi, a plant-based selection of treats like sweet potato meatballs and “Pupcakes” – just in case your numero uno is on a diet. 

Each “Pup Yeah” booking is also fitted with dedicated designer bedding and a separate mini-bar for the four-legged treat fiend, making it much more than just a ‘hotel where your dog is also welcome’ situation.

The Langham Sydney

The Langham Dog Friendly

If you book into swish five-star hotel The Langham Sydney and claim the “Pampered Pets Staycation” package expect a whole lot of indulgence for both you and your furry friend. The deal is priced for a one night stay in a generously sized Deluxe City King Room, all decked out with a luxurious “pet bed”, water and food bowls, and a bag full of doggy treats.

It doesn’t stop there. In between a complimentary “Pet Afternoon Tea” on arrival, dog-friendly breakfast in bed, and a service menu with dishes made daily without onion, garlic or acids, there’s also the option to book a session with a Pampered Pets Stylist and, if you’re really going all the way, set-up in-room photoshoots following a round of “pawdicures” and pet-friendly facials. And if for whatever reason you need to duck out for a powwow while your better half is pampered to the nines, there are pet sitting and walking services included in the booking.

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Pier One Sydney Harbour

Pier One Dog Friendly

The almost-under-the-bridge Pier One Sydney Harbour has thrown a considerable hat in the ring of dog-friendly accommodations with a decadent “Doggy Degustation” menu coupled with treat-loaded pet minibars. Spoiling the pup with dishes like slow-cooked high protein beef bone broth, grilled paroo kangaroo, and fresh Ora King salmon is the aim of a four-course degustation at the hotel’s Gantry Restaurant, making Pier One the best choice for dogs that are particularly fussy eaters.

As much as the restaurant offers, in-room pampering is just as potent, with a dog bed made from sustainable materials, food and water bowls, and a mystery welcome amenity we can only guess is either some more food or a toy. Try not to get jealous.

Little Albion

Little Albion Dog Friendly

Surry Hills’ design-forward boutique, Little Albion, has put a nice little spin on the idea of a classic dog-friendly stay by partnering with numerous pet-focused brands across Sydney. The hotel has tasked Mimi & Munch providing welcome bakery treats to fuel pup for the day, The Daily Edited with offering a personalised collar and lead, and DOGUE Bondi with personal styling sessions.

Even a nearby spa is getting in on the action, with a dogs-only treatment menu that features blueberry facials, volcanic mud baths, and a salon-fresh vanilla, coconut or deodorised bubble bath. And they’ll take care of your mate too, picking him/her up so you can head off by yourself for a while, and then dropping the pooch back at the hotel when you’re done.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo & Ovolo 1888

Ovolo Dog Friendly

Ovolo is another group absolutely dedicated to splashing your dog with their own luxury experience, curated into a “VI.Pooch” package. With two Sydney properties – the breezy Ovolo Woolloomooloo on the suburb’s iconic pier, and Darling Harbour’s snug Ovolo 1888 – they’ve got plenty of scope to spoil your pup. 

The package shoots straight for those creature comforts like a special doggy bed added to the room, right next to a mat and food bowl so the boss has somewhere special to feast. They even get a doggy bag filled with dog toys and treats, and dedicated “dog-friendly staff” who can provide assistance with the little guy should you need some time to yourself.

The Old Clare

Old Clare Dog Friendly

The Old Clare is one of Sydney’s finest examples of a restoration project leading to a highly sought luxury boutique hotel. That’s a lofty reputation by itself, but throw in some newly reworked pet-friendly suites and you’ve got yourself a certified oasis for dog lovers. 

Two of the hotel’s suites – Kent and Abercrombie – have gone through a thoughtful facelift to appeal to dog owners, which on request consists of handcrafted pet bowls by Motion Ceramics, Fuzz-Yard plush toys, and a miniature retro lounge exclusively for those of the four-leg persuasion. The biggest difference here is that a treat-packed room service is 24/7, so if your better half can’t sleep at night just order up some beef-flavoured dog biscuits for good measure.

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Chris Singh
Chris is a freelance Travel, Food, and Technology writer. He has had work published by The AU Review, Junkee Media and Australian Traveller Media and holds tertiary qualifications in Psychology and Sociology.


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