Pawsitive identification: Vegas’ dog-friendly hotels

We won’t think any less of you if the person you most want to bring to Vegas isn’t a person at all. Neither will the hotels. Many of them are more than happy to roll out a welcome mat, along with a water bowl and treats, for you and your four-legged friend. Heck, some dogs are better behaved (and even better potty-trained) than kids.

There are, however, a few things to keep in mind. Hotels that allow dogs usually have strict policies regarding the number and maximum weight allowed in a room. Of course, you should expect to pay an extra fee. That goes without saying. Dogs must be kept on leashes in a hotel’s public spaces as well as going to and from your room en route to the relief area. Plus, you may be required to crate your canine whenever you leave your room.

But overall – aside from putting a crimp in your partying prospects – vacationing with your pooch is a good idea. And thanks to the following dog-friendly hotels, you won’t have to leave your furry pal behind on your next Vegas visit.

PetStay amenities available at Caesars Entertainment properties.

PetStay amenities are available at Caesars Entertainment properties. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Caesars Entertainment

Restrictions: Maximum two dogs per room. Each dog must not weigh more than 50 pounds.
Fee:
$50 per night (plus tax).

Because pooches are such beloved members of the family, the PetStay program has become very popular. Caesars Entertainment launched it in 2010. This permits parties consisting of both wet and dry noses to stay in rooms on specially designated floors at all nine of the company’s resorts in Vegas: Bally’s, Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah’s, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Rio. After checking in, you and your tail-wagger will discover food and water dishes, dog treats and a pet mat in your room. You’ll also be given a map of dog-walking routes and designated relief areas at the property as well as a list of resources for dog walking, pet sitting, grooming and veterinary care.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is among the many hotels you can bring your pooch in Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is among the many hotels where you can stay with your pooch in Vegas. Photo from iStockPhoto.com.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Restrictions: Maximum two dogs per room. Each dog must weigh 25 pounds or less.
Fee:
$50 per dog / per night (plus tax).

Get ready for a doggone good time at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Guests of the four-legged variety are treated like VIPs here with top-of-the-line amenities that are sure to win a bark of approval. What are these amenities, you ask? The resort provides a complimentary welcome doggie gift bag as well as a puppy potty pad and a resort map highlighting the relief area. If needed, the concierge can help arrange a pet sitter for you.

Delano Las Vegas is a blissful retreat for your four-legged friend.

Delano Las Vegas is a blissful retreat for your four-legged friend. Photo courtesy of Delano Las Vegas.

Delano Las Vegas

Restrictions: Maximum two dogs per room. The combined weight of the dogs must be less than 100 pounds.
Fee: $50 per dog / per night (plus tax).

Not to step on any tails, but the Delano Las Vegas pushes dog-friendliness to the next level. The chic resort located adjacent to Mandalay Bay lets canines take advantage of the same services as their human counterparts. For example, the resort proudly offers the Doggie Butler Service. Owners who have to leave their room to attend an event can request the “Check-in and Checkup.” What this means is a hotel staff member will quickly pop into your room to see how your dog is doing and then will send you a text message to confirm everything is OK. Delano Las Vegas also features the Doggie Delights Menu. Among the in-room treats guaranteed to get your pup salivating are Fido’s Frittata (made with egg whites), Fowl Play (a broiled chicken breast with beans and potatoes), the Pooch Patty (a Wagyu hamburger with veggies and rice) and Bark-A-Roni (macaroni, béchamel, cheddar cheese and an all-beef hot dog). So now who’s drooling?

Your dog will enjoy a perfect home away from home at the Plantinum Hotel in Vegas.

Your dog will enjoy a perfect home away from home at the Platinum Hotel. Photo courtesy of the Platinum Hotel.

Platinum Hotel

Restrictions: Maximum two dogs per room. Each dog must weigh 25 pounds or less.
Fee:
$75. This is a one-time nonrefundable fee. It’s the same no matter how long you stay or how many dogs you bring.

 Located just over a block east of the Strip, the Platinum Hotel doesn’t just allow dogs – it gives them the “platinum” treatment. In fact, the resort’s philosophy is to make all guests “feel like family.” Upon arrival at the Platinum Hotel, canines will receive a Milk Bone as a welcome treat, a plush pet bed and a water bowl.

With its "Yappy Hour" event, your dog will be in heaven at Rumor Boutique Resort.

Rumor Boutique Resort features outstanding service and a monthly event geared to canines. Photo courtesy of Rumor Boutique Resort.

Rumor Boutique Resort

Restrictions: Maximum two dogs per room. Each dog must weigh less than 25 pounds.
Fee:
$25 per dog / per night (plus tax).

The off-Strip Rumor Boutique Resort opens its arms to dogs. Man’s best friend is treated like royalty here with such amenities as a pet bed, an in-suite bowl and doggie treats. Not only is there an outdoor dog run, but the hotel also boasts another way for your dog to socialize. Although currently on hiatus for the holiday season, Yappy Hour is the resort’s version of a doggie happy hour. Returning on Feb. 19, 2015, it takes place on every third Thursday of the month from 6 – 9 p.m. in the courtyard. As part of the event, you and your dog can enjoy “yapatizers” and music spun by a live DJ, along with canine-themed contests and prizes.

Boo at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

In May, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas celebrated National Pet Month by hosting Boo, a Pomeranian dubbed “the world’s cutest dog.” Photo by Erik Kabik and courtesy of Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.

Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

Restrictions: Maximum two dogs per room. Each dog must weigh less than 25 pounds.
Fee:
There is a nonrefundable $200 pet cleaning fee.

All of the rooms and suites at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas are dog-friendly. As part of the hotel’s exclusive Trump Pets program, four-legged guests are given gourmet treats, bowls with bottled water and plush pet beds. There’s an easily accessible dog park, and a walking service can be arranged through the concierge-like Trump Attaché team. The Spa at Trump has even joined in on the puppy pampering by offering products like COOLA’s Pet Sunscreen Spray. And in the resort’s gift store, you can purchase Trump-monogrammed pet accessories including robes, blankets and slippers.

The V-Dog program at Vdara Hotel & Spa

Vdara Hotel & Spa spoils dogs with treats through its V-Dog program. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

Vdara Hotel & Spa

Restrictions: Maximum two dogs per room. The combined weight of the dogs must be less than 70 pounds.
Fee:
$50 per night (plus tax).

Don’t leave your hound dog cryin’ at home. Bring him along for some fun and sun in Vegas. Last year Vdara Hotel & Spa, an all-suite resort in the CityCenter complex, launched a program called V-Dog. On arrival, all pooches are given a welcome package that includes a fresh dog treat from a local bakery and eco-friendly waste bags. Just steps from the main entrance, Vdara has a dog park with a walking path that’s open 24 hours. The resort also has an in-suite doggie menu. Created with health-conscious pets in mind, options include the Fetch of the Day (a seared filet with sweet potatoes, green beans and squash) and Chicken à la Coop (hormone-free baked chicken with brown rice).

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I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.