You might imagine that hotels universally welcome a well-heeled guest but it seems those of a doggy variety tend to get ruff treatment.
The lack of hotels willing to take in pets can mean booking a trip away can prove a nightmare for dog owners if they want their faithful friend in tow.
Knowing that not everyone loves your dog as much as you do is always painful to bear but the added expense of finding alternative kennel accommodation can be a further blow.
Newcastle is however leading the way and not only are there dog-friendly cafes and pubs in and around the city but some top hotels too also say that dogs and their owners are welcome to check in.
Here is a find of eight in and around Newcastle – extending to Northumberland and County Durham – that will set tails wagging. And keep an eye out for upcoming additions to our list too.
The luxury Newcastle Quayside hotel with cracking river views makes no bones about the fact that four-legged guest are welcome.
And the chain’s pet policy was the most clearly and prominently-displayed of any of the hotel websites we checked.
Its pet policy reads: “We at Mal love all our guests including our canine ones and we welcome well-behaved dogs into all Malmaison properties.
Dogs are welcome in designated guest rooms with their owners, but not in food service areas.
“This will include most of the hotel public areas including lounges and bistros.”
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are, however, an exception and can access to food service areas.
Anyone with an allergy is asked to let them know on booking so as not to be allocated a room next to a dog.
A former TripAdvisor review has said: “When travelling with man’s best friend it is often difficult to find quality accommodation that accepts dogs. Well, here is a chain that not only looks after the human guests but makes sure the dog is well looked after as well.
“Not only did we have a lovely room overlooking the Tyne but in the room a good quality dog bed made sure he was happy!”
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Grey Street Hotel
The niche city centre hotel, which underwent a revamp in 2017 , advertises itself as a dog-friendly hotel.
So those wanting a prime location in the centre of Newcastle, could find this will suit them – and pet – down to the ground.
The hotel simply asks: “Please inform us if you wish to bring your canine friend along with you.”
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Guests are asked to seek permission in advance to take pets to this hotel which opened in 2015 in High Bridge.
If it agrees, owners told to ensure their animal is under “constant supervision; free of disease and does not represent any other risk to the hotel guests or hotel staff”.
The extra cost for a pet is £5 a night but he/she will not be allowed at breakfast or in the bar – rules which don’t apply to guide dogs.
That might all sound a tad strict but a 2017 TripAdvisor online review by a guest who enjoyed a two-night stay said she was offered a disabled room to allow more room for her dog and added: “Staff very helpful and friendly.”
The Roseberry Hotel
Described as a boutique hotel in Jesmond Vale, this venue invites guests to bring their pet pooch for the stay “as our hotel is 100% dog-friendly”.
One happy customer said in a previous online review that she had a “fantastic time”.
She wrote: “Stayed here for one night with my spaniel whilst visiting my daughter at uni who lives nearby in West Jesmond” and added her dog was given a warm welcome too and they received tips about dog walks in the area as well as dog friendly places in Newcastle to visit and eat.
“They’d even provided a dog bed and a food bowl and water for the dog which was a welcome surprise,” she added on TripAdvisor.
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South Causey Inn
The country pub in Stanley, County Durham, not only boasts beautiful surroundings which are perfect for dog-walking but also a warm welcome for canines.
The Pet Pyjamas travel website reveals the inn’s ground-floor Courtyard and deluxe bedrooms are all pet-friendly and some have outdoor tubs and enclosed private gardens where pets can play.
Dog beds and bowls are also provided and there are goodie bags to take home. Dogs can join their owners in the snug and bar too and the inn runs a dog walking club every Saturday.
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The Battlesteads Hotel
A doggie welcome pack awaits four-legged friends in Wark, Northumberland, and the country hotel has gardens for them to enjoy as well as a host of inviting walks on its doorstep.
Dogs can stay in their owners’ rooms while they eat, if preferred, but are just as welcome to join them in the hotel’s bar or lounge.
Water bowls and treats are available at the bar.
A guest who took along her English Springer Spaniel recently remarked that her pet “really enjoyed her stay: very comfy and friendly”.
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The Morritt Hotel & Garage Spa
Another County Durham option, the hotel says: “Your pooch is welcome to join you as you relax in the bar, lounge and gardens or if you wish to have breakfast with your dog you may do so in the Bistro.”
Anyone booking up can also expect plenty of lovely dog walking areas around.
This 1887 B&B in Warkworth, Northumberland, has picturesque walks, the beach and dog-friendly pubs in the vicinity.
While dogs can’t join their humans in the breakfast room, the venue offers room service so they can still share meal-times together.
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