The Hermitage Hotel Named Most Pet-Friendly Hotel in America

Only hotel in the South named to the list

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 29, 2010 — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, has awarded The Hermitage Hotel the top spot on their annual list of the top 10 pet-friendly hotels in the United States.   The travel site conducted a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. travelers to find their preferred places to stay when traveling with furry friends.

Noting that The Hermitage Hotel’s Pampering Pet program was exceptional, TripAdvisor®, praised the hotel for providing “treats upon check-in, cozy beds, and a menu of delicacies to satisfy animal appetites.” The hotel offers guests traveling with their pet custom-made beds, room service from pet menus prepared by the hotel’s award-winning chefs, grooming and dog walking services.

“This honor is made all the more special because it comes from the recommendations and accolades of our former guests,” said Janet Kurtz, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “As a dog owner myself, I understand how at-home it makes one feel when you can stay with your pet.” 

The Hermitage Hotel is the only hotel in the South to be named to the annual list.  Other hotels included in the top 10 list were the Hotel Monaco in Portland, Ore., The Affinia Dumont in New York City, N.Y., The Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, Mass., The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., Hotel Solamar in San Diego, Calif., Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, Wash. and the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coranado, Calif. 

According to the survey, 61 percent of pet owners traveled with their pets last year and 26 percent consider their pet an inseparable part of the family that goes everywhere with them. Fourteen percent of owners feel that bringing the family pet with them on vacation is more cost-effective than using a kennel.

About The Hermitage Hotel

Opened in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2000, it was purchased by its current owner, Historic Hotels Nashville Inc., which invested $20 million in restoring the property. When the restored hotel was re-opened on Valentine’s Day 2003, its grand public spaces had been completely restored, 122 luxurious guest rooms and suites had been created and many luxury guest services and amenities new to Nashville were introduced. Today, The Hermitage Hotel is the only Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Tennessee and five contiguous states – Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri and Arkansas. The Hermitage Hotel is also a member of Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotel Group. More information is available online at

The Hermitage Hotel is also home to the historic Capitol Grille and Oak Bar, Nashville’s only Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. The Hermitage Hotel’s sister properties include The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleston, S.C., and Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.


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About Us

The Hermitage Hotel in Downtown Nashville: Easy Going Elegance, Five Star Luxury Get a taste of Tennessee tradition. Southern hospitality and all of the comforts of home combine at The Hermitage Hotel, in the center of downtown Nashville, TN. Opened in 1910, The Hermitage Hotel has been woven into the history and memories of Nashville and her residents for over 100 years. With a deep respect for Nashville and Tennessee, The Hermitage Hotel is committed to preserving the region’s heritage and practicing the traditions that make hospitality synonymous with The South. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, staying at The Hermitage Hotel will make your trip more fun, more beautiful and much more memorable. The Hermitage Hotel is Tennessee’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel.