Pets.  Our Fur Babies.  Our four-legged “children.”  We love our pets.  We dress them up, throw them birthday parties, take them for play dates, and spend small fortunes for their food, toys, and healthcare.  These days, more and more frequently, we travel with them as well, but finding pet friendly hotels can be difficult.  Some years ago, before I became a Vegas fixture, my then-partner and I embarked on a massive trip, driving across country with our dog Shirley Basset.  This required careful planning to ensure that our lodgings would accommodate all of us.  Finding a hotel in Las Vegas was a bit of a challenge.  Only a few properties on the Strip accepted pets, and most had a weight limit - no more than 20 pounds or so.  

Back then, we had to do some serious research to find a place to stay, but today, many Vegas mega-resorts will indeed accept both you and your four-legged friends.

Here are a few of the pet friendly Vegas hotels, beginning with the one we found all those years ago....

Marriott’s Residence Inn Las Vegas Convention Center
Okay...granted this hotel is not on the Vegas Strip, but it is extremely close!
Located on Paradise Road, just across from the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Strip is just a short walk, drive or taxi ride away.  Their rooms are extremely comfortable - the Studio Suite is 450 square feet, with a Queen sized bed, a sofa bed, a kitchenette, a sitting area, and a dining area.  It’s more like a little apartment than a hotel room.  There’s a lovely pool, some whirlpools, and grassy areas throughout the property, where you and your pet can get off the concrete.  They offer free breakfast and free high speed internet, and our stay was so enjoyable, we actually added two extra nights.  

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Planet Hollywood Resort is one of the hippest hotels on the Strip!  I’ve stayed there a number of times and have enjoyed myself immensely.  Their rooms are comfy, with a warm decor, which includes movie memorabilia. Their casino is always a bustling hot spot, and they attract some of the hottest names in pop music, with shows by Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, and Jennifer Lopez.  The crowd tends to skew very young, but I’ve always felt welcome.  For visitors with pets, they offer a variety of PetStay Rooms, including the Resort Room, the bright, colorful Resort Vista Room, and the Resort Room with 2 Queen beds.  Dogs are welcomed with a special treat, and a dog food/water bowl.  A waiver must be signed accepting responsibility for any damage or cleaning charges, and 2 dogs are permitted per room, weighing less than 50 pounds each.  Lastly, there is a pet relief area to one side of their porte-cochere, so you can walk your dog away from the crowds on the Strip.

Vdara Hotel & Spa
Behind the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter, you’ll find the Vdara Hotel & Spa, an oasis of quiet in the bustle of Las Vegas.  Vdara is a non-gaming property, and functions as a condo-hotel - suites can be bought, and owners have to option of allowing their unit to be used as a hotel room when they’re not in use.  The units are sleek, with modern furnishings, kitchenettes, and luxurious bathrooms that feature soaking tubs.  There’s a lovely spa, a fabulous pool (Ask about the Vdara Death ray!) and two cozy eateries - Market Café Vdara and Vice Versa Patio & Lounge.  Best of all, the hotel is extremely dog friendly, with special suites for guests accompanied by their furry friends.  Dogs up to 70 pounds are welcomed (or 2 dogs with a combined weight of 70 pounds) and there is an additional fee of $75 per night per reservation.  These Deluxe Vdog Suites include a treat upon arrival, a dog dining menu, dog bowls, crates upon request, and a 24-hour dog run outside the hotel.  At Vdara, VIP means Very Important Puppy!

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan is one sexy hotel!  It’s a big resort that feels like a boutique hotel.  Originally planned as a condo-hotel, it’s now one of the hottest properties on the Strip.  The rooms are modern, with a touch of whimsy, and feature kitchenettes, mini-bars, and bathrooms with enormous walk-in showers.  Most rooms also have large balconies - a real rarity for this town.  Restaurants like Jose Andres’ Jaleo, and cocktail lounges like Chandelier, make this a true Vegas destination.  To make things even better, the Cosmo has the Pet Friendly Program - dogs up to 25 pounds are welcome for an extra $50 a night, per dog.  If you’re traveling with your little buddy, you’ll receive exclusive canine amenities from BarkBox - a sort of doggie gift basket service.  And although they have to be crated when unattended, there is an outdoor dog run near the Bamboo Pool on the 14th floor.

Other pet friendly hotels on the Strip include the Paris Las Vegas, the Trump International Hotel, Bally’s Las Vegas, and the new Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay.  Properties near or off-Strip include the Artisan Hotel, the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa, and the Rumor Hotel, which features the Pamper Your Pooch package.

Granted, all of the information presented here is very dog-specific, and these hotels may be just as accommodating to other critters - cats, rats, bunnies, or ferrets.  Just call the individual properties, and they’ll be happy to let you know.  But isn’t it nice to know that you can travel with your four-legged baby, and still stay at some of the most fabulous hotels in Vegas?!