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With more than 50 pet-friendly hotels and a number of off-leash dog parks, San Francisco is an animal lover’s dream destination. In fact, many of San Francisco’s top-rated hotels open their doors to furry friends, address each pet by name and provide a comfortable bed, water bowls and treats, all at no additional charge. Each pet-friendly hotel may have unique pet policies so advance notification of pets and reservations are required. The following are five of the best pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco.

Argonaut Hotel
495 Jefferson St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 563-0800

Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, the Argonaut is a luxury boutique hotel with a perfect setting for dog lovers and sightseers. Among the four-star amenities are complimentary Wi-Fi access in all guest rooms, daily evening wine hour, onsite fitness center, in-room spa services and no additional charges for pets with no size restrictions. The Argonaut is also minutes from great places to walk the dog along the bay, including Aquatic Park, Fort Mason and the Marina Green. A few miles further is Crissy Field, an expansive, designated off-leash beach featuring a water fountain, washing station and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 922-3200

This dog-friendly boutique hotel in the Japantown district is a blend of Eastern elegance and Western hospitality. Just minutes from several San Francisco attractions, including the Fillmore district, Civic Center and Union Square, Hotel Kabuki allows dogs at no additional charge or weight restrictions. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and traditional deep soaking tubs in most rooms, in addition to hotel services such as fine dining at the O Izakaya Lounge or spa services at the Kabuki Springs and Spa. Pet amenities include doggy beds, water bowls, treats and clean-up bags. Hotel Kabuki is also not far from two off-leash parks, Alta Plaza in the Pacific Heights neighborhood and Alamo Square across from the world famous “Painted Ladies” Victorian and Edwardian homes on Steiner Street. Additionally, the city’s famed pet-friendly Golden Gate Park is just two miles from Hotel Kabuki and Japantown.

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Hotel Palomar
12 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 348-1111

Hotel Palomar is a luxury boutique with a resident chocolate labrador who serves as “Director of Pet Relations.” Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the 195-room four-star hotel is within walking distance of several city attractions, including Union Square, Moscone Center and the Sony Metreon. Hotel Palomar welcomes pets of all sizes and weight at no extra charge and will provide a pet bed, food and water bowls, treats, a special toy, courtesy biodegradable bags and a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, dog-friendly parks, groomers and pet boutiques. The hotel features an onsite fitness center, in-room spa services, fine dining and evening hosted wine hour with pets welcome.

Inn at the Presidio (credit: Randy Yagi)

Inn at the Presidio
42 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 800-7356

The Inn at the Presidio is the first hotel to open in the city’s historic Presidio National Park and widely lauded as pet friendly. The Georgian-Revival property features 22 spacious guest rooms, including 17 suites with fireplaces in the Main Building, with additional accommodations in the Funston House, a Victorian-styled home once home to U.S. Army officers and their families. There is a $40 non-refundable pet cleaning fee but it is offset by complimentary Wi-Fi and a $7 overnight parking fee in a city where many hotels typically charge more than $40. Also on the Presidio of San Francisco is the Walt Disney Family Museum, a building nearly identical to the inn that’s dedicated to the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The pet-friendly Crissy Field, with incomparable views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay, is minutes away, with Golden Gate Park being four miles from the Presidio.

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Prescott Hotel
545 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 563-0303

Like the Hotel Palomar, the Prescott is another pet-friendly luxury boutique with a resident “Director of Pet Relations.” Just one block from Union Square in the center of the city’s trendy shopping district, the award-winning hotel allows pets at no additional charge with no restrictions on pet-friendly floors. The 164-room Prescott Hotel addresses pets by name and provides conveniences such as plush pet beds in guest rooms, food and water bowls, door hangers to alert other guests and staff that a pet is in the room, courtesy clean-up bags and concierge for a list of pet-friendly businesses and parks. The Prescott Hotel also features complimentary Wi-Fi access, an onsite fitness center and yoga mats in each guest room, in addition to in-room spa treatments, an award-winning restaurant and an evening wine reception open to guests and their pets.

Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com Examiner.com.