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The Best Dog-Friendly Hotels In Wales

You are absolutely spoilt for choice if you decide that Wales is your destination for a dog-friendly staycation.

From three Welsh National Parks, 136 mountains (and the Welsh 3000s) and 600 castles (more per square mile than anywhere in the world), to 6 cities and 870 miles of coast, no matter what type of trip you’re after, Wales has it.

The most popular part to visit is North Wales, on the doorstep of Snowdonia and with tourist highlights such as Conwy and Llandudno. But Mid Wales also has its highlights, and the south has a lot of the bigger towns and cities.

North Wales Hotels

  • Pale Hall is one of the best luxurious hotels in the whole of Wales, with 5* service too
  • Want to explore the coast? Castle Hotel in Conwy is close to all of the local attractions
  • Groes Inn is peaceful, situated in the countryside and close to Snowdonia
  • With lots to do locally and top-notch food, Lastra Farm Hotel is perfect if you’re wanting somewhere in Anglesey

Dog-Friendly Spa Hotels

  • A pool, gym and then fabulous food afterwards – the Waterloo Hotel allows dogs in the lodge rooms too
  • Lake Vyrnwy has some of the best views of any hotel in Wales, and elegant rooms

National Park Breaks

  • Beautifully relaxing, Peterstone is in the Brecon Beacons National Park and is super dog-friendly
  • Dogs are very welcome at The Old Rectory and it looks like something out of a film
  • Plas Yn Dre is in Bala, so ideal if you want a history-steeped town on the edge of Snowdonia
  • For a hotel that feels like a luxury cottage, Coes Faen Lodge is also a perfect mix of old and new

City Breaks

  • Gwaelod y Garth Inn is technically in Cardiff, yet not quite in Cardiff, so you get a break while being in the hubbub of it all
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    • Situated: Llandderfel
    • Price Range: £232 – £324
    • Room Features: Bathrobes, Fireplace, Room Service, Toiletries
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Babysitting

    A Victorian mansion which has been transformed into a bespoke hotel. It is boundaried by lovely natural surroundings and is steeped in history.

    During your stay, you will have access to the finest wines and foods, and the afternoon tea gets particular mentions from reviewers for being wonderful. There are only 18 rooms, which is perfect for that bit of extra attention.

    They love dogs and always welcome them. The grounds are stunning to walk around and perfect if you want to all explore, and as a bonus, they even have a dog sitter in case you want to dine in peace but can’t leave your pup alone.

    It is truly dog-friendly, not just dog tolerant, which is perfect if you’ve previously had negative experiences with being shunned into tiny rooms. North Wales can be limited on luxury hotels, so this is truly a gem.

    • Situated: Betws-y-Coed
    • Price Range: £108 – £137
    • Room Features: Housekeeping, Toiletries
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Dining Facilities

    With over 20 restaurants within walking distance and plenty of attractions too, this is a lovely little hotel if you want to explore traditional Wales within Snowdonia.

    One review says the “Dog-friendly lodge rooms are good.” The lodges are all a bit more peaceful and away from the main road, so ideal if you want a break from the hustle and bustle. There are beautiful views of the mountains, and the river Conwy makes for a nice walk.

    You are also near the A470, in case you fancy a day trip to Llandudno or Conwy which are just a short drive away. There are 43 rooms, so it is a nice mid-sized hotel for dogs who can be quite overwhelmed.

    • Situated: Conwy
    • Price Range: £80 – £159
    • Room Features: Room Service, Housekeeping, Toiletries
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Spa Treatments

    Conwy is a top tourist destination in Wales, so ideal if your idea of a holiday isn’t peace and quiet, but rather having plenty to do.

    It is an old coaching inn in Wales, standing on the site of a Cistercian abbey. Conwy is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and each room is individually designed, with a boutique feel. The Healing Hands area is modern too, with spa treatments offered after a long day of exploring.

    There is plenty of free parking in the large car park, and dogs can stay in some rooms – just ring in advance to let them know. Everything you could ever need is provided for your dog, including water, treats and beds, and staff are sure to spoon your pooch too.

    • Situated: Llanwddyn
    • Price Range: £94 – £169
    • Room Features: Balcony, Housekeeping, Room Service
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Fitness Centre, Spa


    Built in 1890, this Victorian Country House Hotel & Spa is elegant, yet relaxed.

    Positioned on the fringe of Snowdonia within a 24,000-acre nature reserve, it is perfect if you want the ideal place to explore every day yet want to live in the lap of luxury every night. It offers one of the best backdrops in Mid Wales too, with beautiful views from the hotel.

    Rooms have a private balcony to enjoy the view from too, and dogs are allowed in the brasserie and pub. This means it is really dog friendly, and the balconies also give them the perfect place to get some fresh air without you having to put your shoes on.

    • Situated: Bala
    • Price Range: £87 – £138
    • Room Features: Safe, Coffee and Tea, Toiletries
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Dining Facilities

    Situated on Bala High Street for anyone who wants to be in the centre a little more, Plas Yn Dre has been a family-run restaurant since 1990 but in 2017 saw a complete revamp with nine guest bedrooms added.

    Despite being relatively modern, it has still retained the older character and original features. Well behaved dogs are welcome in a few of the rooms, so once you’ve booked, ring to let them know you will be bringing your four-legged friend. They are even given doggie welcome packs on arrival!

    Good, fresh local food is served, and VisitWales have officially awarded the hotel 5-stars, so the host of great reviews are for a reason. You can keep your dog with you in every room as long as they’re well behaved, and the west coast is a 30-40 minute drive.

    • Situated: Llanhamlach, Brecon
    • Price Range: £111 – £144
    • Room Features: Bathrobes, Housekeeping, Room Service
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Fitness Centre

    Within the Brecon Beacons National Park, this 5-star hotel is perfect if you want the full hotel experience where you are treated like a King or Queen.

    There is an array of amenities, from free internet and TV to tea and coffee, and room service. You also get a pool, free parking and breakfast. The Old Ford Inn is one of the pubs that can be found in Llanhamlach in case you want somewhere different to explore nearby.

    Dogs can join you for your meals which is perfect if they can’t be left alone, and there is a spa if you want a bit of ‘me’ time. All of the rooms are designed to retain their oldy-worldy charm, and you have a great view from the hotel as well as plenty of hiking routes nearby.

    • Situated: Amlwch
    • Price Range: £81 – £94
    • Room Features: Room Service, TV
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Horseback Riding, Hiking

    Situated in Anglesey, Amlwch to be precise, this is rated #1 for the best value hotel on the island – but is still one of the best, too.

    It is to the north of the island, with Parys mountain and towns such as Bull Bay and Penrhyd close by. There are walks available on-site and start right at the door, so you don’t even need to hop in your car during the stay.

    The coast is also not far away. There is a £10 charge for every dog per night, and they are welcome in the Bar, Graneri, Patio, Gardens and Bedroom areas so book ahead if you’re eating there so they can reserve a table.

    • Situated: Llangattock
    • Price Range: £78 – £140
    • Room Features: Room Service, Housekeeping
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Dining Facilities

    In the picturesque village of Llangattock, one mile from Crickhowell, this hotel is charming and puts you in good access of trekking, pony riding and caving.

    It is a beautiful old building, and the food gets rave reviews. It dates back to the 16th century and was once home to Welsh poet Henry Vaughan – he had good taste, as there are splendid views from the hotel and surrounding area.

    Dogs are welcome in the bar area, and the overall hotel is very pet-friendly so there is a good chance you will be able to socialise with fellow dog owners. There are 22 rooms, so you still get a bit of buzz without being overwhelmed.

    The hotel has grounds for them to run around and an abandoned golf course adjacent. There is also a scenic walk along the canal by the hillside.

    • Situated: Barmouth
    • Price Range: £179 – £302
    • Room Features: Refrigerator, Fireplace
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Dining Facilities

    A beautiful Victorian lodge on the Mawddach Estuary, the 19th-century architecture has been sympathetically reinvented using space, glass, light and technology.

    It is a coastal retreat, laid out as six separate lodge bedrooms. Each has a view of Snowdonia and its very own private spa bathroom, as well as air-con, a fireplace and a fridge. You can explore the gardens and woodlands of the Coes Faen Estate during the day, and relax with the views in the night.

    There are plenty of walks nearby actually, which you’d find hard to pack in with just one trip. The restaurant has been described as “incredible”, and they will provide the essentials for your dog too.

    It is the ideal place for anyone wanting the convenience of a hotel, but the feel of a private cottage.

    • Situated: Conwy
    • Price Range: £70 – £143
    • Room Features: Toiletries, Extra Long Beds, Coffee and Tea Facilities
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Express Check-In/Out

    A perfect example of a luxurious traditional inn, which blends the feel of a welcoming country pub and luxurious nights sleep in one.

    There are 14 bedrooms, and an award-winning restaurant so you don’t have to stray too far to get your meals. If you’re visiting in nice weather, there is plenty of outdoor seating and loads of greenery to allow your dog to stretch their legs.

    Bodnant Garden and the Conwy Town Walls are both within walking distance and despite being on the side of a B road, it is nice and quiet – a bonus means it is easy to get to. There are even Tesla charging points in case you’ve gone electric.

    There is a £15 per night charge for dogs, which will need to be factored in, and you need to let them know they’re coming with you.

    • Situated: Cardiff
    • Price Range: £80 – £119
    • Room Features: TV, Fridge, Hairdryer
    • Amenities: Car Parking, Breakfast, WiFi, Bar/Lounge

    Fancy more of a city break than walking in nature? Cardiff is a great place to visit, and despite being just outside a busier city, this hotel is a hidden gem and quite quaint.

    There are all of the things which would maybe be limited with hotels closer to the centre, such as car parking, and walking areas in Taff’s Well. A train station of the same name is nearby in case you’re wanting an easy way to get around – trains to Pontypridd and Barry Island are regular, the latter of which calls at Cardiff.

    It is also a popular hub for mountain bikers, so perfect if you are wanting to get out and explore with the dogs. The rooms are lovely too, with fridges in case you want to keep yourself to yourself.

    Where To Go In Wales

    North Wales is the most popular destination, with Snowdonia National Park and tourist destinations such as Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Conwy all close by on the coast. A lot of the hotels we have picked will be an hour away at the most, in case you want to explore the countryside but still spend one day in the tourist traps.

    Snowdonia Park is one of the oldest within Wales, with almost 1000 square miles of unspoilt beauty, Snowdonia is also the tallest mountain in England or Wales. Conwy Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Wales’ finest castles out of the 600 they have on offer.

    Anglesey is in the north-west – Beaumaris Castle, the tidal island of Ynys Llanddwyn and the Menai Bridge are all here, and while hotels can be few and far between, it takes under an hour to get there from the popular north picks.

    To the south, you have the capital city of Cardiff, as well as Newport, Swansea, The Mumbles, and Barry (which may ring a bell for certain Gavin & Stacy fans).

    If you’re to the west, you have to visit Portmeirion. Styled on Italian culture, the tiny streets don’t feel like Wales at all, and it is also a destination world-renowned for its pottery and designs.

    Mid Wales is pretty vast, but Lake Vyrnwy, Powis Castle and Cardigan are some highlights. It is also great if you want to pop across the border for the day and visit the Cotswolds, Wyre Valley, the Malvern Hills and Shropshire Hills (without having to pay the price tag to stay there).

    Pembrokeshire and the National Park are to the south-west. If you love rugged coastlines and country walk, then make it your priority as it blends both beautifully. There are plenty of beaches for the family and four-legged friends to explore, and seals, dolphins and puffins frequent Skomer Island and can regularly be spotted. Tenby is also just a bit further south-east.

    How To Get To Wales


    All of the larger towns and cities will have train stations, such as Cardiff Central and Newport, with regular trains from London Paddington. Most also have easy connections to the likes of Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

    From Euston and Manchester, Llandudno, Bangor and Holyhead are regular routes,

    BY CAR

    The fastest routes are via the M4, M5, M6 and M56. Journeys can take a few hours depending on where you’re coming from, but you’re bound to have a beautiful view on the way.


    London Gatwick Airport and London Heathrow Airport have easy access to stations such as Paddington and Euston for trains. National Express coaches also run from London to Wales.

    Direct flights go to Cardiff Airport from Aberdeen, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey.