Dog-Friendly Philadelphia

If you just can't leave Fifi behind when you leave home, bring her with you when you set out to spend a day or a weekend in Philadelphia. Many hotels and restaurants are dog-friendly, as long as your dog is friendly. And what could make a dog happier than spending time on the town with its owner? Yes, the knowledge that cats are not similarly invited.

Updated: October 12, 2009

Where to Stay

Historic Conwell Inn

1331 W Berks St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

For $25, small to medium sized dogs with good behavior are welcome to spend the night at the inn but must be taken from the room or kept in a crate when guests leave the hotel. Rooms include one king or queen or two double beds and come with microwaves, mini-fridges and rollaway beds upon request.

The Westin Philadelphia

99 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

For no extra charge, guests who sign a waiver can stay at the Westin with pooches who weigh up to 40 pounds. Among other things, rooms include wireless high-speed internet, video games and a refreshment center. Guests can also enjoy access to the gym and cocktails at the hotel's lobby bar.

Loews Hotel Philadelphia

1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Loews Hotel leads the pack in pet-friendliness. For $25 dollars, pets may stay in guests? rooms, which get cleaned more thoroughly than others. At check-in, pets receive their own vacation gifts like a pet tag and treats. And staff even babysits and pampers pets with a pet room, pet menu, dog-walking routes and information regarding local pet services. Special pet beds are also available.

Four Points By Sheraton Philadelphia Airport

4101a Island Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153

By signing a waiver, guests are allowed to stay in rooms with pets up to 80 pounds. All rooms are non-smoking, include free high-speed internet, free newspapers on weekdays, cable channels, and in-room movies. Guests can also enjoy a full meal or light appetizers and drinks at the hip Cafe Rusto.

Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City

1 Penn Sq E, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For a non-refundable $75 sanitation fee, pets are allowed to remain in guests? rooms during their stay. Among other conveniences, each room has luxury bedding and foam pillows, a pull-out sofa, and high-speed wireless internet. Complimentary hotel services include a buffet breakfast, free coffee in the lobby, and toll-free phone-calls. All rooms are smoke-free.

Sofitel Philadelphia

120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Pets are allowed to accompany their owners to this French hotel in the heart of Philadelphia. During their stay, guests can enjoy French cuisine at Chez Collette and La Bourse, a bar with floor-to-ceiling windows. Among other luxuries, rooms include a mini-bar and wireless Internet.

Where to Eat

Adobe Cafe

4550 Mitchell Street, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Dogs may accompany their owners to this casual Mexican restaurant. While dogs are only allowed at the outer tables and must be leashed and under constant control by the owner at all times, there are no rules against slipping Fido some of your Texas ranchero wings, beef chili, fire-grilled sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas. But we, um, don't recommend it.

Caribou Cafe

1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

It's so appropriately French to bring your dog while you sit outside at the Francophile Caribou Cafe. You may not hear people speaking French as they pass by your table but the authentic escargots and crepes prepared by Chef Olivier Desaintmartin will convince you that you are, in fact, in Paris.

Devon Seafood Grill

225 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

You can take your puppy along with you as you enjoy a meal straight from the sea. You and your pup can watch Rittenhouse Square stroll by but he may not be quiet as interested in what you're eating. That is, of course, unless your dog has a taste for martinis, shellfish that you eat with a little fork, salads and egg dishes.