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Hotel for Dogs (2009)

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Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Mike (as Maximiliano Hernandez)


Animals are strictly forbidden at Andi and her little brother Bruce's foster home. But for Friday, the adorable dog they secretly care for, they're ready to risk everything. They finally find him an ideal shelter, a huge abandoned hotel that Bruce transforms thanks to his engineering genius. In what has become an incredible paradise for dogs, Friday is soon joined by all kinds of furry friends, so many in fact that their barks alert the neighbors...and the local pound, who can't understand the disappearance of all the stray dogs. Andi and Bruce will have to call on all their friends and all their imagination to stop the hotel's secret from being discovered. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Bienvenue aux chiens perdus! (Welcome to the lost dogs!) See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel para perros  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,012,212 (USA) (16 January 2009)


$73,023,275 (USA) (22 May 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nearly eighty boys auditioned for the role of Bruce before Jake T. Austin was chosen. See more »


At the party, a drink is spilled only down the front of Andi's dress (at around 01:02:00). When she returns to the hotel, the stain is all over the back and the front of her dress (at around 01:06:00). See more »


Bruce: If you look at it, dogs have three basic needs. That's- that's eatting, sleeping, peeing and pooping.
Andi: That's four.
Bruce: No, I think peeing and pooping is one.
Heather: Uh, I've stepped in both and I have to disagree.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are accompanied by clips and stills of the cast and crew with their pets (mostly dogs, but at least one cat and a snake). See more »


References Aquaman (1968) See more »


A Beautiful World
Written and Performed by Tim Myers
Courtesy of Tim Myers
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
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User Reviews

The Dogs are the Stars
16 January 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Hotel for Dogs is strictly a fairy tale... Fun for the wee ones and those who need an escape. The story plods along like a ship in a storm, bouncing here and there with little regard for rationale or plausibility. Don Cheadle does a fine job playing the only reasonable character in the mix, with Emma Roberts and Jake Austin cute (no, too cute) as our main protagonists. Sad to see Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, and a host of others as contrived stereotypes with less personality than the dogs, who really are the stars of this thing. First time director Thor Freudenthal plays it safe with the story; You can't go wrong with so many talented canines in the mix! My 5 and 7 year old children loved it, while my 11 year old niece gave it "2.5 stars"...Same here.

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