Penthouse suite. Room service. Spa facial. What a vacation! Oh, that’s not for you . . . that’s for your dog. With the opening of the Noble Dog Hotel, Greenville’s first luxury spot for canines, pampering is just the beginning for your pooch.
For the Dogs // Among its many amenities, the Noble Dog Hotel offers private suites, chef-prepared organic food, luxury grooming services, and daily photo “pupdates.”
It’s estimated that the pet business in the United States is a 70 billion dollar industry, with cats and dogs treated like one of the family. Born of a need to find a perfectly safe, comfortable place for her dogs, it took co-owner Jen Hanna three years to conceive, plan, and finally pull the hotel together. “I was so tired of worrying about my dogs because I traveled so much for my career. I wanted something for them that truly felt like home. So I created a unique space that I feel goes above and beyond what was available in the Greenville market,” says Hanna.
Noble Dog is situated in the newly developed Hampton Station, and the 10,000-square-foot-space, features an upscale, urban aesthetic designed around reclaimed wood, original brick, glass, steel, concrete floors, and custom artwork, in a gut-renovated former cotton warehouse. It’s completely air-conditioned, with a staff of 20, including someone who stays on-site overnight, plus has associations with three different animal clinics for 24-hour help. Other amenities include private suites, a chef who prepares fresh, organic food, a spa that features luxury grooming services including blow-drying by hand, music throughout, webcams, daily photo “pupdates,” and a fitness center. “A variety of daycare, etiquette, and training classes are also available,” says general manager Mike O’Connell. Their retail space will showcase doggie accessories, adventure gear, food, and clothing.
According to co-owner Bo Stegall, “We chose the location because we believe in the Water Tower District. We’re right on the Swamp Rabbit, but just a five-minute drive from the Peace Center downtown.”
At the heart of Hanna’s passion lies The Canine Healing Project, a non-profit that works in conjunction with Greenville County Animal Care to adopt out tougher cases like older and disabled dogs. They are trained at Noble Dog to be certified therapy dogs, and owners are encouraged to become certified handlers and participate in therapy in the community. The adoption fee goes right back to Greenville County Animal Care. Hanna proudly owns two therapy dogs, herself.
Coming soon, Noble Dog’s café will serve beer, wine, and small bites, so owners can hang out with two-footed friends while they watch their four-footed ones. A shuttle service is also in the works. Hanna adds, “My desire is that when people come in to leave their dog, they’ll say, ‘I want to stay here, too!’”
The Noble Dog Hotel, 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext., Ste 8, Greenville. (864) 412-5222, nobledoghotel.com