Nearly a year after plans were first announced, the Noble Dog Hotel, a luxury boarding, day care, and grooming service located at Hampton Station, will open May 9 and hold a grand opening celebration on May 20. The concept is a joint venture between owner Jen Hanna, general manager Mike O’Connell, and investors Bo Stegall and Graham and Lynda Kimak. And the moment that dog owners step into the Noble Dog Hotel lobby, there will be little doubt that their four-legged friend is in for some five-star treatment.
The design reflects an urban industrial aesthetic, with high ceilings, exposed brick, and reclaimed wood featured throughout the spacious 10,000-square-foot facility. The lobby’s centerpiece is a reception desk made of wood from a Clemson-area home built in the 1800s. On the wall behind the desk hangs a large panel sourced from the same material. It is now emblazoned with the business’ logo — a dog wearing glasses and a bowtie — courtesy of local artist Tausha Wallace of Southern Bliss Designs.
Adjacent to the lobby is the hotel’s retail area, which will carry dog collars, leashes, food, and toys from local companies. The space’s shelving is built with original wood from a torn-down Hampton Station property. Other adornments include aged bourbon barrels from Hickory, N.C., and a commissioned painting by Athens, Ga.-based artist Heidi Hensley. Through a window, visitors have a full view of the hotel’s indoor, climate-controlled “fitness center.”
The fitness center is an open area that features movable fencing to separate dogs by age, size, and activity level as needed. Rubber flooring adds comfort to dogs’ joints and feet and, as a bonus, provides some noise control. The fitness area is open to both hotel guests and doggie day care clients. Day care hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. In addition to monthly and yearly membership plans, the Noble Dog will also offer hourly, half-day, evening, and single-day passes for the fitness center.
Behind the lobby is the boarding area, which includes 56 suites available in three room sizes: the 24- and 36-square-foot Swamp Rabbit Suite (nightly rate of $50 for one dog) and the 60-square-foot Hamptons Penthouse Suite (nightly rate of $69 for one dog). Dogs from the same family can stay together in a suite at a discounted rate.
Each suite includes bedding from Snoozer Pet Products and a webcam for owners to check on their dog via computer or mobile app. Dogs are monitored 24/7 by an on-site staff member and all of the facility’s webcams connect to a single computer. The suites, which are constructed from metal, glass, and hardie board, were custom made by Leesburg, Ohio-based Mason Company, which specializes in the design and manufacturing of kennels and enclosures. Hanna says the design was intended to resemble an “urban loft,” and the boarding area’s exposed brick walls and high ceilings complement that vision.
And although this is a hotel for dogs, room service is still an option. A private chef will prepare special meals — including turkey burgers, poached eggs, mini pancakes, and various treats — in an on-site kitchen. “All ingredients used are human-grade. We could eat it too,” Hanna notes.
The Noble Dog’s “spa,” or grooming area, features two grooming stations, three large tubs, and five separate gated areas where dogs are held. Hanna says the metal tubs look “different from a typical grooming tub” to align with the facility’s overall “industrial look.” The spa will be available to hotel guests and also for regular grooming appointments. Special grooming services include a “pawdicure,” teeth cleaning, blueberry facial, and warm towel facial treatment.
Even with all the current amenities and offerings, Hanna and her team already have additional plans for the Noble Dog in mind. They hope to construct an outdoor fitness center, along with a bar that will serve beer, wine, and small bites. The area for the proposed bar features a window in view of the fitness center and a roll-up garage door that opens up to a terrace, which faces an under-construction portion of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The Noble Dog Hotel
1320 Hampton Ave., Suite 8