Dog Friendly Hotels in North Yorkshire

We will include here Dog Friendly Hotels in North Yorkshire that our correspondents report on. Giving our usual bone rating, with six being the highest award.


Cairn Hotel – Harrogate – For a town centre hotel this one has a surprising amount of space, with parking and lovely gardens for a dog to walk in. Although you won’t be allowed to go in the other public areas there is a special pet friendly area where you can relax and your humans can eat with you. The rooms are a good size so there is room for your bed and bowl, but do take them with you. You will get a biscuit at check in too, which is a nice touch. There are bins available for your human to clean up after you. Do be aware that cats and rabbits are also welcome to stay here with their humans, so no chasing! We give it an outline four bone rating.


The Black Swan – Helmsley – We love it when we find places with good ideas and the Black Swan has one we’d like all hotels to adopt. They have a sign to put on your door to say you are in residence so that housekeeping know not to disturb you. Knowing how excited we can get when someone comes to our room unexpectedly, we like that idea.

Anyway, The Black Swan has car parking, a suitable bin and some grassy areas to walk. It has lots of walks around the area with information at reception of where to find them. Not all the rooms are as spacious so it’s worth making sure your human gets a room that is large enough for your bed when they do the booking. Also get them to book dinner as although they can eat with you in the bar or lounge there is a limit to the space so it’s best the hotel knows. You do get a bedtime biscuit, which is always a good thing. The charge is £10 for your stay rather than per night, so worth it if you are staying longer. We give it an outline four bone rating.


The Oak Tree Inn – Helperby – This one worked out better for me than for my humans, but that’s another story. I found it very comfortable. I could go in the bar area so sat with my human while he had breakfast. There is a separate door so I could go in and out without having to go through crowded areas and the car park is right outside. Walking is along roads, but they are fairly quiet so it’s fine. The room was big enough for my bed, but was a bit on the warm side and you can’t open the windows far. There was a charge for me staying, but I wasn’t given any particular service for it. I give it four bones.


The Kings Arms Hotel – Reeth – This is most definitely our kind of place. Dogs are welcome throughout and what’s more you get your own menu to choose from so you don’t need to feel left out. Water bowls are provided and where you order food it will of course also come in a bowl. Rooms vary in size so if you are concerned your bed will get in the way then make sure your humans check the room size.

Your water bowl will be fine in the bathroom where there isn’t a suitable spot in the bedroom for it. Take your own bed, but if you need to then you can ask your human to request a blanket and bowl for you on their booking. There is a modest £5 charge for you to stay, which we really don’t mind when you’re this welcome. There is parking with dog bins and plenty of places to walk either just when you need the loo or when you drag your humans out for a stroll. We thinks this most definitely looks a five bone rated hotel.


The Castle Arms Inn – Snape, Bedale – We like the look of this so much we’re now begging our humans to take us. They welcome dogs and provide water bowls in public places. They will also provide a suitable bedspread if you insist on sleeping on the bed with your humans. There is car parking, so you’ll be fine waiting for your human if they need to leave you safe and there are plenty of places to walk and dog bins to let your humans clean up. You can eat with your humans in the bar area for dinner and breakfast as well as outside.

Do make sure your humans are having breakfast there as there is a sausage for you as well. Make sure your human chooses a larger room if you are worried about space for your bed, but your bowl will be fine for not being tripped over. Your human needs to mention when booking as some rooms are kept as dog free for the odd guests who don’t want to share with you. There is a nightly charge of £10 for you staying, but when they make you seem this welcome that seems fair. There are also plenty of lovely places to walk around here so do get your humans to pack their walking shoes or boots. We have not stayed here (yet!) but we give it an outline five bone rating.


Hillcrest Guesthouse – Whitby – This is a good place for a more intimate stay with just seven rooms, in all of which dogs are welcome. There are ground floor rooms if you prefer and you will be provided with a bowl, bed and towel, which is great. There is a charge but it’s per stay not per night and it’s £10 which is reasonable. You can park right by the guest house and it has a garden with grass for you to stretch your legs. They have also thought about the all important bin. Although you aren’t allowed in the dining room, as long as you are well behaved, you may stay in your room while your humans go and eat. If that is not an option for you then they will try to help with alternative arrangements. We give it a four and a half bone rating.


The Grand Hotel & Spa – York – It is always hard for a dog in a city centre hotel, but this one does have the advantage of being very close to a couple of large parks as well as the river footpath. Although they don’t have their own bin, there is one opposite the hotel. The rooms are spacious so you won’t have any problem finding somewhere to put your bed and the same is true of the bathrooms, so your water bowl should be safe. However, you will need to take your own things with you. The biggest downside is that you are not allowed in the public areas so will need to persuade your humans to use in room dining or go out for a meal instead.

There is parking but it is not right on site, so you need to be prepared to help carry the cases. The charge for staying is ‘per stay’ which make it a lot for one night, but not so bad if you’re staying a few days. We give it an outline four bone rating.