Imagine staying in a Melbourne hotel that boasts modern interior design, luxurious amenities and sustainable architecture. A heavenly retreat with a delicious menu, in its street-side café and intimate wine bar, quality artworks on its walls and a choice of rooms to suit the most discerning of travellers.

Now imagine you’re allowed to bring your beloved doggo to stay as well.

Such is the joy of Zagame’s House in the heart of historic Carlton, one of a growing number of hotels and accommodation providers that appreciate just how much we hate to be torn away from the pets we love.

If returning to work in the New Year only leaves you dreaming of your next holiday break, consider seeing more of this great southern land using this city-by-city guide to Fur-Friendly Holiday Stays. This list will help you find hosts who will not only welcome you with open arms but welcome your doggo as well.

 Let the touring begin …

 Melbourne: Zagame’s House

 Hotelier brothers Victor and Robert Zagame appreciate that pets are family and the last thing you want to do when you’re seeing the world is leave your fur-babies behind. With that in mind, they don’t only let your doggo stay by your side but offer the following special amenities that will have tails wagging:

  •       A ‘Treat Yo Fur-Baby’ bag of goodies 
  •       An exclusive in-room dining menu for pets 
  •       A ‘Furry Movie of the Month’ as part of Zagame’s House free movie selection 
  •       Access to special fur-friendly services via their partners, such as pet-walking, pet-sitting, grooming salon and personal training for pets 
  •       Bonding sessions with their beloved Dog of the House – Hugo the Groodle (subject to availability)

Brisbane: Alcyone Hotel Residences

At the epicentre of Portside Wharf – one of Brisbane’s most sought-after destinations – Alcyone Hotel Residences boasts a range of luxury apartments that are perfect for long or short stays. Better still, management has listened to visitor demands and launched ‘Dog Stays’ so our canine companions can also be treated to the ultimate getaway. Of course terms and conditions apply and more information is only a phone call or email away via the contact details on their website.

Sydney: Pier One Sydney Harbour

Sydney is Australia’s most-visited holiday destination and Pier One Sydney Harbour is one of the city’s most fur-friendly accommodation providers. Located on the waterfront near the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, it not only rolls out the welcome mat for doggos in select waterside rooms, but also offers our four-legged friends their own beds, food and water bowls. Owners who want to pamper their pet further can opt for a minibar loaded with dog-friendly snacks, while fresh air is never out of reach with The Rocks, Circular Quay and the pier itself just moments away. An exit cleaning fee of $90 per stay applies to pet-friendly rooms so be sure to use Promo Code P42 when booking direct.

 Canberra: Abode Narrabundah

 The happy team at Abode Narrabundah, located in Canberra’s inner-south, are proud to boast a pet-friendly pawprint on their website homepage, highlighting just how much they love welcoming guests who love doggos. The hotel’s 86 stylish, self-contained, apartment-style rooms are perfect for people travelling for work or leisure, large groups and long-stay guests, with several room types accommodating all needs including the one we cherish most – pet-friendly rooms.

Perth: Terrace Central

 Barry White has owned Terrace Central B&B for almost 25 years and continues to infuse the gorgeous hotel with his special kind of eccentricity. With his guests’ comfort of the highest priority, he personally greets each of them and, more importantly, has established some rooms as pet-friendly ($30 per night surcharge applies). Surely one of the B&B’s best assets is its location, with the centre of vibrant Fremantle and its’ exotic seaport only a short stroll away for both you and your four-legged friend.

Adelaide: Hilton Adelaide

Adelaide is renowned as the ‘City of Churches’ but it can also be the ‘City of Pooches’ thanks to the pet-loving souls at Hilton Adelaide. As per their website, there’s no need to leave your doggo behind on this city stay with pet-friendly options among its range of stylish rooms that boast delightful views and plentiful hotel amenities. There is a $90 per night fee for pets, along with a refundable deposit of $500, but that’s a small price to pay for your special friend to join you at a quality hotel overlooking Victoria Square.

Hobart: Cedar Cottages

Where better to experience the magic and beauty of Tasmania than Cedar Cottages Blackmans Bay, a mere 15 minutes south of Hobart’s city centre but seemingly,  a million miles from the rest of the world! Walking distance to the beach – tick. Close to shops – tick. Swing sets and a cedar cubby house for the children – tick. Free stays for pets in a fully fenced back yard – massive tick! While restrictions understandably apply, this is one place where your hosts consider the comfort of your doggo just as important as your own.