Florence is a romantic and timeless city, rich in historical and cultural significance. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello (no, not the Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles -- the famous artists from the 1400's) all help put Florence on the map. For hundreds of years, the city was a cultural and economic powerhouse known for its artwork. Nowadays this city is one of Italy's most romantic destinations and a must for all couples traveling to Tuscany. For all those traveling with their favorite furry family members, these are the most romantic pet-friendly hotels in all of Florence.

Grand Hotel Minerva

Centrally located in one of Florence's most historic and beautiful neighborhoods, many of Florence's best-known tourist attractions are only a few minutes walk from Grand Hotel Minerva. Of course, as the hotel itself is immaculately furnished with modern elegance that makes it near impossible to leave, good luck seeing any of these sights. You will be too busy basking in the view from the sixth-floor terrace with a cocktail or going for a swim in the elegant pool.

Hotel Londra

The hotels in Florence tend to either have a classical or über modern theme and furnishings, and Hotel Londra is a prime example of one of the latter. Everything about this hotel will have you savoring the modern Florence and all it will be in the future, instead of tripping down memory lane.

Hotel Albani Firenze

For those looking to escape some of the crowds and find a nice quiet hotel, look no further than Hotel Albani Firenze. Tucked away in the northern part of Santa Maria Novella, the Albani is conveniently located near the train station while still being within walking distance of Florence's most celebrated sites. Plus the hotel staff is more than happy to help arrange pet-sitting services for any guests that wish to explore the city on their own.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

Calling this hotel "grand" is like calling the Grand Canyon just a "valley." The Grand Hotel Baglioni is in fact nothing short of breathtaking. It was once the home of a prince and still maintains a strong and luxurious royal elegance throughout the property. The rooms, however, have been given a slightly modern touch, including the availability of anti-allergy rooms.

Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

Located near the Arno river, the Plaza Hotel Lucchesi is one of the most affordable boutique four-star hotels in Florence. In addition to being romantic and pet-friendly, it is only a short stroll to Florence's most iconic attraction, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore -- otherwise known as The Duomo.

Firenze Number Nine

Internationally known as one of Florence's most luxurious and romantic hotels, many do not realize that the Firenze Number Nine is also pet-friendly. Here guests are treated like kings, and no request big or small goes overlooked. If you want to experience the best Florence accommodations available, the Firenze Number Nine should be your only choice.

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Philadelphia is both a historic and offbeat city. There is something here to satisfy all visitors, whether they're searching for art, food, history, sports or nightlife. Unfortunately, however, not all Philadelphia hotels are for everyone. If you plan to visit the City of Brotherly Love with a pet, make sure to stay at one of these pet-friendly Philadelphia hotels.

Palomar Philadelphia, A Kimpton Hotel

The staff at Palomar Philadelphia love pets so much that they don't even charge a deposit. They have home-baked dog treats, too. How awesome is that? This stylish, modern hotel is one of the highest rated in all of Philadelphia and located right in the center of town. In other words, it's exactly where you want to be. All of the best sights from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to the Philly Pretzel Factory are located just a short stroll away.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel loves pets. They do. They really do.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel has a unique claim to fame: it is located in the first skyscraper ever built in Philadelphia. It's also rated as one of the world's best hotels by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The spacious and elegant rooms will leave you impressed while your four-legged companion indulges in homemade snacks and goodies in the welcome package. The discerning traveler need not look anywhere other than Loews. There is a $35 pet fee per room, but the discerning traveler obviously shouldn't worry about that.

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

Sheraton has several Philadelphia properties, all of which are pet-friendly. The Sheraton Society Hill, however, is the brand's most popular and well-reviewed location. Located on the Delaware River in the historic part of town, Society Hill perfectly blends the historic and modern styles of Philadelphia in a way that makes guests feel immediately at home. Pets will feel right at home as well, thanks to the comfortable and quiet rooms. The best part is that there are no pet fees.

The Westin Philadelphia

Located right in the heart of the city, the Westin Philadelphia is known by travelers the world over as a modern and luxurious hotel chain. The Philadelphia location is no different. The clean, comfortable rooms have fast Wi-Fi, movie channels, and even a kids menu if necessary. Unfortunately there aren't any pet menus, but the hotel does offer a pet goodie bag upon check-in. There's a $50 pet fee per room, and the hotel only allows dogs, not cats.

The Rittenhouse

Rivaling Loews as the most luxurious hotel in Philadelphia, The Rittenhouse comes standard with plush beds, marble bathrooms, and breathtaking views of the Philadelphia skyline, as well as the gorgeous Rittenhouse Square park. Other amenities include everything you should expect from a five-star hotel ranked as one of the best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Thankfully it's possible for you to spoil your pet and treat it to the same luxury on the road as it's used to at home. There are no pet fees here, either.

With so many accommodating hotels, Philadelphia is a great destination for you and your pet. Stay in luxury and enjoy your visit to this fun city.

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Find it hard to leave your favorite furry friend behind when you travel? Have no fear; thankfully, Houston has a vast selection of pet-friendly hotels in locations all around the city. Regardless of your budget or which amenities you crave, Houston has something for you. So, the next time you find yourself planning a trip to Space City, make sure to check out these amazing pet-friendly Houston hotels.

Hotel ZaZa Houston

Summed up in one word, Hotel ZaZa is simply amazing! Located in the museum district, the hotel is near tons of things to see and do only a few minutes away. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will even be able to leave your hotel once you see how nice the rooms are here. There are seven different options, each distinctly themed and exquisitely furnished. However, they also have a $150 pet fee.

Hotel ICON Autograph Collection

Few Houston hotels can compare to the elegance and sheer style of Hotel Icon. The building dates back to 1911 and was originally a bank. Traces of this history can still be seen in the lobby arches and giant stone pillars. However, the entire building has been extensively remodeled and furnished in nothing but the best modern amenities. Stylish rooms, an impressive wine vault, a private dining room, and a friendly staff make this one of Houston's premiere hotels. Their pet fee is only $20.

La Quinta

With several locations around town -- all of which allow pets -- La Quinta is the budget choice for a pet-friendly Houston hotel. Every location also has free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a pool, and zero pet fees. However, my personal favorite is the La Quinta Inn and Suites Houston Galleria because of the location and the fact that they also have a fitness center.

Royal Sonesta Hotel

If you're in the mood for an elegant, modern pet-friendly hotel, look no further than the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Strategically located in west Houston near the Galleria, the hotel is surrounded by plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The hotel itself features jaw-dropping architecture, impeccable rooms, and a top-notch staff willing to cater to your every whim.

Hotel Derek Houston Galleria

Last but not least is the Hotel Derek -- and no, I did not include it on this list specifically because we share the same name. But that was the reason I decided to stay there for two nights last year when I was passing through Houston. And what I found definitely impressed me.

The entire hotel features a contemporary yet colorful design. For example, the furniture in my room was purple, orange, and grey. Colors that ordinarily might clash have been perfectly blended by a master designer. The same colorful sense of style is evident throughout the hotel, from the lobby to the restaurant to the pool.

As far as animals are concerned, Hotel Derek has a $100 pet fee with 10% of that being donated to the local SPCA.

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Eager to take a long overdue romantic getaway to Miami? It's no problem finding someone to watch over the kids for a weekend but what about your favorite four-legged friend? Obviously they have to come with! Thankfully there are plenty of charming great pet-friendly hotels in Miami Beach.

EPIC

The view from the pool at EPIC hotel in Miami
The view from the EPIC pool

Plush carpet. Spacious bathrooms. Sparkling fixtures and furniture. The name of this downtown Miami hotel describes it in one word: EPIC. I am nervous just wearing my shoes or drinking wine over the carpet around friends' places this nice; I would certainly never think it acceptable to bring a pet somewhere like this. However the EPIC not only is allows pets they even encourage them by never charging a pet fee or size limitation. Add in an amazing view and delicious restaurant and it's a wonder that EPIC is so aptly named.

Sofitel

Located right on the highway outside the airport, Sofitel is the perfect pet-friendly hotel for anyone in transit. However it by no means looks or feels like an airport hotel. Instead Sofitel exudes a unique charm thanks to it's stylish design that features just a touch of that modern Paris feel. Plus what they lack in beachfront view they more than make up for with their jaw-dropping view of the downtown Miami skyline. Although they do charge a $300 deposit per pet, it is 100% refundable as long as Fido doesn't destroy the place.

Fortune House

Another option for visitors that prefer the calm and quite located a few miles south of the heart of Miami is Fortune House. The hotel has an amazing few and rooms with balconies, if so desired. They are the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of wine while watching basking in the sun set. Fortune House is one of the best options for longer vacations thanks to their extended stay discount and tranquil surroundings.

Viceroy

The Viceroy Hotel in Miami, Florida

When nothing but the absolute best will do for you and your furry family members, the Viceroy is the only hotel in Miami to consider. Impeccable style, impressive views and an infinity pool -- all three of which can be enjoyed simultaneously on the 15th floor -- are just a few of the many things that the Viceroy has to brag about. A world class spa, top-notch dining with a seemingly endless wine choices and delectable cocktails, the hardest thing about staying at the Viceroy is leaving. However if you have to enquire as to what their pet fee is, this might not be the best hotel for you.

The Most Affordable Options

For the budget conscious traveler, Miami also have several pet-friendly options that will give you everything you need to feel at home on the road without any of those excess frills. Red South Beach is located just across the causeway in Miami Beach and their prices cannot be beat. Definitely the best pet-friendly lodging and an ocean view within twenty miles. Extended Stay America also has a Miami location that is perfect for the family on the road.

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