Discover the best dog friendly hotels in Cardiff. Enjoy outdoor adventures, spectacular walking, and fabulous places to eat and drink together in these lovely places to stay with your pet. They include national chain hotels, budget brands, pubs and country houses. Your perfect dog-friendly escape in Cardiff awaits!
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Tips for booking a dog friendly hotel offers:
- Plan ahead – check availability and make sure the hotel is suitable for your dog.
- Let the hotel know you are bringing your dog, so they can put you in a dog friendly room.
- Request a room on the ground floor.
- Do they have dog beds, blankets or crates? Ideally, you should take your own, so your dog can smell their scent. It also helps to keep them calm if they are not used to travelling.
- Find out where the nearest walking route or park is, so you can give them plenty of exercise and toilet breaks.
- Do you have access to all areas? Generally speaking, pets aren’t allowed in formal hotel restaurants, but they are usually welcome in the bar and lounge area.
- Check the rules on dogs being left unattended in the hotel bedroom. Most prefer you stay with your pet at all times, whilst some are happy for you to leave them sleeping when your pop into the restaurant for dinner.
- Do your research. Do the reviews show that dogs are welcome? Are other dog owners singing the hotel’s praises?
Dog Friendly Hotels in Cardiff City Centre
Cardiff City Centre has everything. Here, you’ll find world-class tourist attractions and many places to eat and drink with cafes, pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs. There are also so many places to let your dog stretch their legs, such as Bute Park and Cardiff Castle.
Travelodge Cardiff Central
Cardiff Central Travelodge is at the top of St Mary Street, a 2-minute walk from Cardiff Central Train Station. It’s also next door to one of the Wetherspoons in Cardiff. No parking is available, but there are pay and display and multi-story car parks in the city centre. Dogs are welcome at £20 per pet per stay. Assistance dogs are exempt from this charge. WiFi is an additional £3 per day.
Nestled between Cardiff Castle and the Principality Stadium is the Angel Hotel. It is a historic hotel in Cardiff. Some of the world’s greatest stars have walked down the magnificent staircase, including The Beatles and Hollywood icon Gregory Peck. Pets are allowed to stay at the hotel for an additional £15 per stay. There is also a small car park, £15 per night.
Novotel Cardiff Centre
Close to the Motorpoint Arena, St David’s Shopping Centre and the nightlife. The 4* Novotel is a dog friendly hotel Cardiff with free WiFi. It has an indoor swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Pets of any size are £15 per night. There is a small car park, at £13 per night.
Ibis Budget Cardiff Centre
Next door to the Novotel is Ibis Cardiff Centre and a 5-minute walk from Cardiff Central Rail Station. The rooms are fuss-free and straightforward, but they are reasonably equipped. Dogs are charged at £10 per pet per night. The car park behind the hotel is owned by Just Park and is £7.99 per day for hotel guests. It also has electric car charging.
Citrus Hotel Cardiff
Pets are welcome at all Citrus Hotels in the UK. It is £20 per night, for up to 3 nights. For additional days it is £5 per night. Pet goodie bags and water bowls are available for £5. The 3-star hotel has cosy double, twin and triple bedrooms. All rooms have free WiFi and a smart TV where you can log into your Netflix or Amazon Prime. A small car park with 18 spaces is £10 per night. Nearby is pay and display and multi-story parking nearby. The hotel is opposite the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff.
Travelodge Cardiff Central Queen Street
In a central location is the Travelodge Cardiff. All rooms have a comfy king size bed, en-suite shower, TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities. The budget hotel accepts dogs at £20 per stay. Assistance dogs are exempt from this charge. WiFi is an additional £3 per day. There’s no car parking, but there is pay and display and multi-story parking nearby. The hotel is close to Cardiff University and the National Museum of Wales.
Dogs of 10kg or less are allowed to stay at the Hilton Cardiff for an additional £35. Guests can enjoy the fitness centre, indoor heated pool or relax in Schmoo Spa. Parking is £25 per night, and WiFi is £15 per day. The King Guest Room has a bathroom with a separate walk-in shower, mini-fridge, and city centre views. If you really want to splash out, book the Presidential Suite with an executive lounge, 2-room suite, separate living area, floor to ceiling windows, whirlpool bath, bathrobes, slippers, plus complimentary water, soft drinks, wine, beer, tea, coffee, cakes and light bites.
The easyHotel Cardiff accepts dogs. Double rooms (with or without a window), accessible bedrooms and twin rooms. Found a short walk behind Cardiff Queen Street train station, the budget hotel has en-suite bathrooms, heated rooms in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. WiFi is free, and there are pay and display and multi-storey car parks nearby. Pets are an additional £10 per night.
Premier Inn Dog Friendly
It is one of the questions asked often, but unfortunately, no Premier Inns are pet friendly hotels.
Book hotels online
With TripAdvisor, you can find great hotels, transportation, travel experiences and restaurants. Use the location and dates you want to travel and click pet friendly properties to compare prices. It also offers online hotel reservations and bookings.
Dog Friendly Accommodation Cardiff Gate
Cardiff Gate and the suburbs of Llanedyrn and Pentwyn are the business district of Cardiff. There are large offices, call centres and shops. It’s also just off Junction 30 on the M4. So, it is an ideal place to stay the night if you’re travelling further into Wales or heading across the border into England. The city centre and Cardiff Bay are a 20-minute drive.
Ibis Cardiff Gate
Cardiff Gate International Business Park is in the Pontpreannau area of Cardiff. It is just off the M4, so it’s a great place to stop off for the night. The rooms have a queen-size bed, an en-suite bathroom and a big desk. The Ibis Cardiff Gate allows dogs to stay for £10 per room. There is also free parking and WiFi.
Campanile Cardiff Hotel
Near Cardiff Gate in the suburb of Pentwyn is the Campanile Cardiff. It is about 3-miles from the city centre. The small hotel has 47 bedrooms that come with all the home from home amenities. Both cats and dogs are welcome, at £5 per night. WiFi is an additional fee. However, there is free parking and an electric car charging station.
Mercure Cardiff North
Pets are welcome at Mercure Cardiff North. The hotel is 15-minutes from the city centre. It is also newly refurbished with TVs, complimentary WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities and a plentiful breakfast to enjoy. Which I would recommend booking, as there aren’t any cafes nearby. There is a charge for pets, but I couldn’t find how much it is. During National Pet Month (April), they can stay for free. Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel in the city centre is not dog friendly.
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Dog friendly holidays Cardiff – Pontcanna
Pontcanna is a suburb of Cardiff a short distance from the city centre. The area is popular with young professionals, so you can expect funky coffee shops, cool bars and quality restaurants. It is walkable, so a great excuse to go exploring with your dog. Cut through Sophia Gardens, which links to Bute Park and Cardiff Castle.
Cathedral 73 is a Victorian townhouse with deluxe double, twins, junior and king suites. All rooms have air conditioning, sound-proofed windows, TV with satellite channels. Some rooms have a washing machine and oven. With WiFi and a small car park for 6 cars, and local on-street parking is also easy. Dogs stay for free!
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Cardiff Bay Hotels
Cardiff Bay is the coastal corner of the Welsh capital. It used to be a thriving dockland, famous for exporting coal worldwide. Now it is a vibrant waterfront with shops, bars and places to visit. It is a short train ride to the city centre, or you can even walk it.
Voco St David’s Cardiff
St David’s Hotel Cardiff is dog friendly. It is a 5* hotel with panoramic views of Cardiff Bay from your bedroom, refreshing showers and luxurious bedding. Pets are charged at £30 per room, per night, with one dog per room. The hotel has fine dining restaurants and spa and leisure facilities. Parking is £24 per night. However, it is a short walk from Cardiff Bay Train Station.
Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay
The hotel is pet friendly; it welcomes small pets, 1 per room, for £15 per night. Holiday Inn Cardiff Bay asks that they aren’t left unattended and are not permitted in the dining or lounge areas. Parking is £10 per night, and there is free WiFi. The rooms have air conditioning, soft or hard pillows, satellite TV and an en suite power shower. Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre is not pet friendly.
Travelodge Cardiff Atlantic Wharf
Dogs are welcome at £20 per pet per stay at the Travelodge in Cardiff Bay. Assistance dogs are exempt from this charge. WiFi is an additional £3 per day. It is based at the Red Dragon Centre, where you get free parking. Just make sure you input the car registration details at reception to avoid being sent a parking fine. Expect a comfy king size bed, en-suite shower and fresh white towels.
The Staybridge Suites, an IHG Hotel, have a living space, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, fitness centre, housekeeping and a complimentary breakfast. Enjoy free WiFi and park for £12 per night. Pets are an additional £15 per night. Don’t forget to mention you’re bringing them when booking.
Whitchurch Cardiff Hotels Dog Friendly
Found in North Cardiff, Whitchurch is a fun, thriving and active area of the city. Known locally as “The Village”, you’ll find shops, restaurants, and bars here. Walk in the wilderness in the Northern Meadows and Forrest Farm. It’s also near Tongwynlais, where you’ll find Castell Coch and Gwaelod y Garth, where you can climb the mountain and take in the views all the way to Flat Holm Island.
Travelodge Cardiff Whitchurch
The budget hotel accepts dogs at £20 per stay. Assistance dogs are exempt from this charge. WiFi is an additional £3 per day and has free parking. All rooms at the Travelodge Whitchurch have a comfy king size bed, en-suite shower, TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities. I’m from Whitchurch; don’t book the breakfast if you stay here. There are plenty of places to eat in Whitchurch where your dog can join you. There are plenty of things to do in Whitchurch as well.
Dog friendly Hotels near Cardiff
Cardiff is the most friendly city, it’s also a small city. Actually, it’s Europe’s smallest and newest capital city. Facts about Cardiff. It is so easy to get around quickly. Meaning you don’t need to stay in the city centre. The suburbs and surrounding areas allow easy access and their own qualities.
Found in Culverhouse Cross, a district of Cardiff that straddles the boundary of the Vale of Glamorgan and Wenvoe. It gives you easy access to the countryside, seaside and the city centre. The Copthorne, part of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, is a traditional 4-star hotel. It is ideal for business travellers, couples, or families; it is a perfect base. You can expect free WiFi, complimentary parking, an indoor pool and modern in-room amenities. It has also just been fully refurbished, reopening in September 2022. There is a charge of £10 per pet per night. Book early and save up to 20% off:
The Gwaelod y Garth Inn
Tucked away in the very north of Cardiff, it has its back against the mountain and its feet in the river. It sits on the main road through the village. It is a thriving community pub that serves the best homemade food (I can vouch for this!). There are also a few rooms at the Gwaelod y Garth Inn where you can rest for the night. Enjoy free parking, and free WiFi. Your pets are more than welcome. In fact, there are several dog bowls in the bar and dog treats. There’s even a dog’s dinner on the menu!
Travelodge Cardiff M4
Near the Pentrych area of Cardiff is the Travelodge Cardiff M4. It is just off the M4 in Pontyclun near the villages of Miskin and Llantrisant. Easy to get to St Fagans Natural History Museum and Cardiff Bay. The budget hotel accepts dogs at £20 per stay. Assistance dogs are exempt from this charge. WiFi is an additional £3 per day, and free parking. The room has a comfy king-size bed, en-suite shower, TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities.
Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport
Update: the hotel now only accepts service dogs. In Rhoose, outside Cardiff, is the Holiday Inn at Cardiff Airport. The journey into Cardiff is about 20-minutes by car, or you can travel onto Barry Island and the beaches there. Free parking is available during your stay.
Dog friendly cottages near Cardiff
The award-winning business, Sykes Cottages, has properties across the UK, and the ones near Cardiff are beautiful. From cosy lodges with traditional woodburning stoves to contemporary accommodation with a hot tub. With all the amenities you could need, including parking, WiFi and many dog-friendly places, check out Sykes Holiday Cottages.
What can you do with your dog in Cardiff?
I’m Cardiff born and bred. But, before I had Ivan the Irresistible, our rescue dog, I didn’t think Cardiff was very dog friendly. How wrong I was! Dogs are welcome in hotels, restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions. Unlike most major cities, Cardiff has plenty of fantastic parks and gardens. It also has local nature reserves and country parks. These open spaces are perfect for exploring Cardiff with your dog
Dog Friendly Walks in Cardiff
You will quickly forget that you are in the heart of a vibrant city, with its countryside vibes. Cardiff’s parks and gardens are beautiful. Each suburb of the city has its own recreational space, so you’re never too far away from a park.
Dog Friendly Beaches
There are so many beautiful beaches only 30 minutes from Cardiff. All are perfect for stretching your legs, dipping paws in the sea, and for discovering more of Wales. Many have no restrictions for dogs, and some have summer bans (boo!)
Dog Friendly Pubs in Cardiff
Is there anything better than a quick pint in the local? There are over 60 pubs in Cardiff where you are allowed to take your dog. I have broken it down by area of the city to make finding them more manageable for you.
Dog Friendly Restaurants in Cardiff
Why shouldn’t well-behaved dogs be allowed in restaurants? Some of the best places in Cardiff to eat and drink will let you bring your four-legged best friend too. From trendy rooftop bars, pizzerias, burgers and Indian street food.
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Did you know dogs are allowed on trains?
Getting around Cardiff has never been easier. Transport for Wales allows a maximum of two dogs per passenger on the train, free of charge. Just bear in mind they be kept on the lead at all times or in a basket. I love Multiflex, which gives you 12 journeys for the same price as 5 returns. And, who doesn’t want to save money?
There’s no excuse not to take your dog with you. Especially if you fancy a dog friendly adventure in Cardiff. With stops in Taffs Well, Radyr, Whitchurch, Llandaff North, Cathays, two in the city centre – Queen Street and Cardiff Central – plus Cardiff Bay.
Dog friendly places Cardiff
If you’re struggling to find dog-friendly activities, let me help you with some suggestions, including the address, where to park, if free, or if there is a cost. Our travel and staycations are included, so you can find some new places to take your dog on holiday.
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