san diego downtown pet friendly…

San Diego is a very big pet friendly city… am not going to try to cover all of the city… just the downtown area, where we stayed… The Harbor area is in walking distance to Petco Park (dog park) and you can also visit various marine museums and climb aboard ships or take a cruise to the lovely island of Catalina (none of which are dog friendly though). Coronado is 15 minutes away by car and is pet friendly.

Pet friendly hotels in San Diego downtown

Hotel Solamar is one of the pet friendliest hotels in San Diego downtown, located in the GasLamp Quarter, at 435 6th Avenue, a historic area filled with over 80 restaurants, bars, boutiques and nightclubs. It is a a Kimpton Hotel. Ask for their VIP (Very Important Pet program with dog massage and more)…

It is great that they have wonderfully redecorated all of their gorgeous rooms/suites with polka dots in honor of cici’s polka dot pink belly… 🙂

we stayed in a wonderful suite, a Masters Suite with an oversized private king bedroom and a separate parlor area. The parlor area features a seating area with a state of the art television and a sofa that converts into a bed, and the upgraded bathroom showcases a luxurious Fuji soak tub and separate shower.


we love that they do not have any deposits, do not discriminate against any dog breeds, age, weight or height, it’s basically come as you are, pawsitively, the best… 4 paws up. Their pet amenities include pet bed and bowls.

try their $1 breakfast at JSix restaurant for special guests… it comes with juice, muffin, croissant or scone, tea or coffee and a bowl of fruit. Visit the website and find out how you can indulge… and don’t forget, wine hour is at 5pm every evening…

check in was a breeze… Molly the concierge is the sweetest and very knowledgeable and helpful as was Wendy, the morning manager.

parking is valet, $32 a day… or you can park at a public lot … there are lots of nearby restaurants, some with outside seating where you can sit and eat with your dog… We ate at the Royal Thai down the street, yum-o pad thai, fresh, TinFish Bar, fresh seafood (fish and chips, calamari and more) and Acqua Al 2 (, pronounced (‘ah-qwa-all-doo-eh’), in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.

This is the sister location of the original Acqua Al 2 in Florence, Italy. Guests dine in authentic Italian style and enjoy creative twists on traditional Italian tastes. Acqua Al 2’s house specialty, Le Specialita, is a favorite amongst guests seeking to savor a variety of Acqua Al 2’s dishes. The classic three course menu offers Assagio di Primi, a sampling of five Italian pasta dishes; Assagio di Secondi, three petite entrées; and Assaggio di Dolci, sweet tastes of four homemade desserts. The dining rooms offers a comfortable and inviting ambiance for guests, and features a spacious outdoor patio, perfect for dining with Fido and Fluffy. 322 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA (between J and K Streets).

Omni Hotel is located across from the Convention Center, and a couple of blocks from the Hotel Solamar at 675 L Street and is a 32-story luxury hotel with 511 guest rooms and suites, connected via skybridge to the San Diego Padres Ballpark. The hotel has a lot of grassy areas around the hotel to walk your dog and everyone on staff is very pet friendly. Pet amenities include doggie bed, bowls, biscuits, doggie movies and doggie tags imprinted with the Omni hotel. Pets under 40 lbs. allowed ($50 non-refundable fee) …

We had a great view of the park and a nicely appointed room on the 16th floor with desk, wireless Internet, TV and lovely bathroom amenities.


Janelle at the front desk also sent up seven pieces of chocolate when I mentioned that I was craving the heavenly brown stuff. And Starbuck’s (near the concierge, Katherine) has chocolate croissants, bagels, and other goodies. There is valet parking at the hotel for $32 a day or you can park in a public lot across the street. The hotel also offers an 8,000 square-foot outdoor terrace with outdoor heated swimming pool (open year round) and spa, stone fireplace and tanning deck.

The San Diego Trolley is just a hop, skip and a jump from the front door with access to Old Town, Mission Valley and East San Diego. Minutes away from these attractions: San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, the Midway, La Jolla, Wild Animal Park, Fashion Valley and Horton Plaza.


Pet store and doggie daycare

The best doggone doggie daycare is Furry Tales. in walking distance to either hotel, on 11th and Market, and just plain a wonderful place to leave your dogs if you must, next door is a vet, too… they offer cage free boarding, grooming as well as doggie daycare. They also will pick up and deliver, your dog at local hotels and have a webcam so you can see your dogs in action. cici got a badly needed bath by Laurel, a wonderful groomer and two new toys and treats.

Justin Bonn, the manager, is also a trainer extraordinaire. He supervises the dogs and is very friendly customer service-wise. He also gives generously to various pet rescues in the area, including Even Chance.

City Dog is a health conscious pet boutique store one block away from the doggie daycare …. at 545 park avenue at island… Gary, the owner has three dogs, the welcoming committee, the girls, Bib and TJ, lab mixes, and Buddy the cocker spaniel… this store ONLY offers healthy foods, and has a great variety of treats and foods, including Orijens, Honest Kitchen, Natural Balance, Innova/Evo, Solid Gold, Wellness, Nutro/Ultra, California Natural, Dogswell, Royal Canin, Merrick and Nature’s Variety Prairie pet food brands. They also provide healthy treats, fun and durable pet toys, dog leashes and collars and beds, plus pet grooming, self wash tubs, too…

meet Bib, the store manager…


The Spring is a great time to visit San Diego… Spring Break Anyone?

San DieGO Downtown, a program dedicated to promoting Downtown San Diego and its Gaslamp Quarter, has launched the “Time to Spring-Diego” campaign to simplify vacation planning and serve as a go-to resource for spring travelers during March 1 – April 31, 2009. Use the guide to make any hotel reservations and find customizable sample trip itineraries, related news, and a travel blog. The site also provides complete event calendar listings and ample information on San Diego hotels, activities, restaurants, nightlife and shopping destinations, with a primary focus on Downtown, San Diego’s urban playground.

Coronado, we did a quick trip and went to Petco and a few door steps down was Wag N Tails, where Cici was able to play with her new friend Cookie Monster, a real cutie. Just a short walk from one of Southern California’s dog beaches. The store has lots of fun toys, good healthy dog foods, do-it-yourself dog wash tubs, and friendly people… The store opened in June 1999 based on the idea that a pet shop could thrive in today’s business world without the sale of live animals. We did not stay overnight in Coronado but definitely worth a return visit. Lots of beach and free parking, some meters.

Other fun places in the area to take your pooch include:

“Dog Beach” in Ocean Beach

Breed rescues and other info


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7 responses to “san diego downtown pet friendly…

  1. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and independent guide of the worlds luxury hotels. We hope our resource will enable luxury travellers to make informed decisions before they make a hotel reservation and also contribute to the luxury hotel review section providing their experiences to fellow travellers.

  2. Timothy M.

    Thanks so much! I’m so tired of the laws on pets getting more and more strict in San Diego every year.


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    San Diego, CA 92101

  3. Long time viewer / 1st time poster. Really enjoy reading the blog, keep up the good work. Will definitely start posting more in the future.

  4. Thanks for sharing the dog friendly side of downtown San Diego; it’s the waggier side of any city! I was hoping you’d mention the 2 dog beaches in the area, and am glad you did. What’s a trip to San Diego without some sand in your car and on your dog’s legs? For any travelers who are looking for dog-friendly CA cities: Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz are awesome/chill destinations, with plenty of k9 friendly people and places. Come back to San Diego soon!

    Burke W.

    Downtown San Diego

  5. Yvette Dalton

    I’d love to add the Loews Coronado to the list. They are amazing and go out of their way to accommodate dogs and their owners. Truly a special weekend spent with my pup at Loews.

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