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Pet Friendly Hotels

The spots where the four-legged are welcome 

pet friendly hotels
Several Houston area hotels are ready to pamper your pet

Being away from home is hard enough, especially when your four-legged friends can't join the fun. Fortunately, in Houston, travelers don't have to make that sacrifice, as many of the city's most-loved hotels are rolling out the red carpet for its furry friends. Check out these outside-the-box offerings!

Save your money, because pets stay free at Aloft Houston by the Galleria. The centrally-set property allows guests to bring along one well-behaved pet, per room, without increasing rent or adding a special deposit charge. As if that weren't a sweet enough deal, the hotel also offers furry guests complimentary ARF bags at check-in, complete with a potty bag, milk bones and a tennis ball. Pet beds and water bowls are available, for free, upon request.

At the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in the Galleria pets get their own turn down service (Milk-Bone included) with their owner's regular turn-down. The hotel also offers complimentary pet food and water dishes and even a pet room service menu. A large, live oak-lined green space in front of the hotel is the perfect place for a walk in the morning. The DoubleTree is also registered with the site Pets Can Stay.

Fresh off a $25 million renovation Downtown's Four Seasons Hotel Houston is a popular respite for visitors and pets, alike. For guests of the four-legged variety, the property provides a bowl of food and water, served atop a Four Seasons placemat, as well as a small toy to make them feel at home. The hotel is located just blocks from Discovery Green park, which boasts two dog runs and ample greenspace.

It's not just dogs and cats that feel the love at The Galleria-area Hotel Derek, it's all domestic animals. The centrally-set property offers pet guests special beds, treats and even personality-packed bandanas. Finicky eaters will appreciate the thoughtful pet-friendly cuisine-organic chicken breasts, for example-offered on the room service menu. The property also provides complimentary dog walking services.

In fall 2011, Downtown's 135-room Hotel Icon relaunched as Houston's first member in the Marriott Autograph Collection. Today, the 100-year-old landmark continues its longtime commitment to caring for its canine (and feline) visitors, providing food & water bowls, play toys and treats upon check in. The recent upgrades to adjacent Market Square Park have also made Hotel Icon popular with pet owners, thanks to its dedicated dog run, dining and entertainment options.

Just a stone's throw from Hermann Park, the Museum District-set Hotel ZaZa pampers pets from the moment they arrive, offering them fresh water and doggie treats at the valet. Inside, the royal treatment continues with special ZaZa dog beds, bowls, treats and even a cuddle-ready stuffed ZaZa frog toy. Don't miss the gourmet canine cuisine found on the Room Service Menu.

Dogs (up to 45 pounds) stay free at The Westin Houston Downtown. In addition to kicking back on a Westin Heavenly dog bed, canine companions receive a floormat, bottled water and a complimentary toy at check in, too. To add to the property's pup-friendly appeal, guests will find Discovery Green, an urban green space with dedicated dog runs, located just two blocks from the hotel.

Jetsetting pets know that Westin-brand hotels take very good care of their four-legged friends and the Westin Oaks Houston and Westin Houston Memorial City are no exception. At both properties, tail-toting loved ones receive pet-welcome amenities upon arrival, which include a dog bowl, treat, clean up items and the signature "Heavenly Dog Bed." And, in case you are separated from your pet, the Westin even supplies a paper ID tag, perfect for documenting your contact information.

For information on additional area dog parks, click here.

By Natalie Bogan Morgan