Traveling with your dog is such a joy. They are part of the family after all! I’m so fortune to have traveled all over Europe with my dog, Alfie. I started bringing her on trips when we first moved to Italy because honestly, I didn’t really know anyone yet that would watch her. I wasn’t about to skip out on long weekend trips, so my only option was to bring her along.
She took her first trip to Paris 5 years ago, and we just got back from another. We’ve stayed at a few wonderful pet-friendly hotels in Paris. In this post I’ve included the hotels I have stayed at in Paris with my dog, plus a few on my wishlist (a girl can dream, right?). I’ve also covered some general tips for getting around and things to keep in mind.
My recommendations are based on my experience traveling in Paris and other regions of France with my dog (see some adorable photos of her in Strasbourg at Christmas if you are interested). While these are all pet-friendly hotels in Paris, they’re also great hotels in general, with or without a furry friend.
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Tips for Traveling with your Dog in Paris
Pets are almost always allowed to sit on the outdoor terrace of a cafe. In recent years, the city has relaxed its restrictions on dogs in public gardens too. This last trip, I saw many dogs prancing around the Champ de Mars when I walked Alfie. There was even a smaller fenced in area where dogs were running freely.
Although, my old lady has no desire for such physical activity. She is mainly carried around in this backpack carrier. You can imagine the looks we get with a dog in a backpack!
Small dogs in a carrier are allowed on the bus, metro and RER in Paris. Larger dogs have to wear a muzzle and are only allowed on the RER and metro. See this guidance on the official RATP website for more information on what public transportation your dog is allowed on.
Some hotels claim to be “pet-friendly” when really the more appropriate term is “pets-tolerated.” Claiming you allow dogs and then saying the dog cannot be left unattended in the room and charging a high fee is not pet friendly. Can you tell this is one my pet peeves?… No pun intended.
Alfie not pictured because she was getting hangry and needed to eat ASAP.
If you are budget conscious, confirm pet fees or stick with a hotel that doesn’t charge. You don’t want to think you’ve perfectly budgeted your trip to then rack up an unexpected fee at check out.
Of course, service dogs are a completely different scenario. If you are staying at a hotel that charges a pet fee, this is typically waived. Service dogs are allowed to museums, grocery stores and restaurants where typically non-service animals are not allowed.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Paris
Hotel Left Bank
When I walked by the Hotel Left Bank on one of my trips to Paris, I thought it looked charming so I saved it in my Google Maps for next time. When “next time” finally came around, I booked at no hesitation when I saw they allowed pets. Plus, you couldn’t ask for a better location in Saint Germain.
The antique furnishings and floral wallpaper make the rooms cosy. The room was actually better in person than the photos online, a rare occurrence. Our room was incredibly clean too. I unfortunately did not get the room with the view of the Notre Dame, but our room was on a high floor with nice views of classic Parisian buildings. The window sill was the perfect width to sit on with a glass of wine.
3 star, 6th arr. Pets stay free! Check pricing and availability.
Kimpton St Honoré
Photo from Kimpton St Honoré
Kimpton is probably the most pet-friendly hotel brand I’ve heard of. No restrictions on type or size of pet “as long as they fit in the lifts.” Kimpton St Honoré even offers a dog walking service for an additional charge.
When I stayed at the Kimpton in Palm Springs, you could spot a dog in the lobby at all hours of the day, coming and going on their daily walks. The newly opened property in Paris offers the same pet friendliness that I’ve come to love about the Kimpton brand. The Paris location has 149 rooms and suites, a rooftop bar, spa and indoor swimming pool.
5 star, 2nd arr. Pets stay free! Check pricing and availability.
Le Bristol Paris
Photo from Le Bristol
I’ve seen Midnight in Paris no fewer than a dozen times. The hotel scenes in the movie were filmed at Le Bristol Paris, the Panoramic Suite with a view of the Eiffel Tower and private terrace to be specific. I personally can’t swing the 4-figure cost per night, so rewatching the film will have to do for now.
Not only does the luxury property allow pets, they have their own resident Burmese cat. After 11 years of welcoming quests, the house cat Fa-Raon just retired in 2021 and passed the torch to his son Socrate. Visiting four-legged friends are supplied with food bowls, Evian water, treats and even a small rug with the name of your pet embroidered.
One of 12 palace designated hotels in Paris (above 5-star), 8th arr. Pet fee: 50 euros per pet, per day. Check pricing and availability.
Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais
I’ve stayed at Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais three separate times in different stages of life (with my mom, by myself and with my husband and dog). It is an old-world charming hotel in the Marais. Each of the 19 rooms are unique with some even displaying 17th century ceiling beams.
Alain Bigeard (the owner of almost thirty years) and his dog greet you as you step through the bright blue facade and into the floral lobby. He too is a dog lover, and even arranges for his dog to visit an elder woman on weekends to keep her company. Follow them on Instagram where they share videos and special discounts.
3 star, 3rd arr. Pets stay free! Check pricing and availability.
Photo from Relais Christine
This 17th century mansion is a green oasis in the middle of the 6th arrondissement. Since 1979, Relais Christine has been welcoming guest to its 48 rooms and suites. Some rooms even have a small terrace in the garden, perfect for your dog to stretch their legs.
For an even more spacious garden, consider their sister property Saint James in the 16th arrondissement. You’ll be welcomed to the only château-hotel in Paris by the 13-year-old hotel cat, Pilou. Both 5-star properties offer a Guerlain spa, complimentary bikes and private parking.
Pets stay free at Relais Christine! 35 euro fee per night at Saint James (includes a special welcome treat). Check pricing and availability.
Just around the corner from one of my favorite stores in Paris, you’ll find The Hoxton. The brand is known for their hotels with stunning interior design, mixing mid-century details and honoring the history of old buildings. Their Paris location is no exception with a beautiful bar, a plant-filled patio terrace and rooms with chevron wood floors. The trendy hotel with hipster vibes doesn’t lack history though. The building was once an 18th century residence with two original staircases still intact.
My only complaint is that the “Shoebox” and “Cosy” rooms are not dog friendly, so you have to book a “Roomy” or “Biggie” according to their website.
2nd arr. Pets stay free! Check pricing and availability.