Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to tour the new Urban Hounds Hotel. A sleek, chic space that is nicer than some hotels I’ve stayed it…except it’s for dogs only. You all know that I think of my dogs as my furry children, so I spoil them rotten and smother them with love (sometimes so much that I annoy the sh*t out of them and get my face bit ). So when faced with having to leave them when going on vacation I freak out. Usually they get to stay at my parents’ house (a.k.a NanaLand a.k.a. Doggy Heaven) but sometimes Nana is not available- cue major anxiety attack and visions of kennels where they sit in cages all day and cry.  Usually I have Urban Hounds sends someone to stay at our home with the dogs (I told you they were spoiled) but now I can send them HERE!!!! I literally squealed my way through my tour over the incredibly stylish design by Phi Design Group, who made sure the space was aesthetically pleasing to the dogs AND the owners. Anyone (canine or otherwise) can appreciate good style like this!

The gorgeous entry- no anxiety about leaving my babies here!

Can you even stand the cuteness of the apothecary jars full of dog treats? And the turf lined window sills? I DIE.

The windows into the dog suites- complete with TV (Animal Planet, anyone?) and camera so you can check in on then via the web.

This is the small breed boutique suite where little guys can snuggle, sleep and play together. Baxter would give his left paw to get in one of those cubbies. (P.S. that guy on the TV looks like he’s giving potential residents the stink eye, but really he’s just a animal trainer. Not Big Brother).

I mean, can MY kitchen look like this? The dog kitchen and the washing station for grooming are nicer than most people’s places.

Wonder if they’d cut my hair too? I’m actually going to be jealous of Bax and Ollie’s spa days. My salon doesn’t have a huge antique armoire (that I want to steal, BTW)

The indoor park is adorable and spacious and full of high tech cleaning systems to keep the doggy turf clean. Amazing. They are working on completing the outdoor space as well, which will be awesome no doubt.

The upstairs level is going to be an agility and training center! Seriously, I can barely stand this place it’s so cool!

I give it two thumbs up and FOUR (or should it be eight?)  thumb-less paws up. Can’t wait to send Bax and Ollie for an overnight to try it out!


  1. Uh, wow…I’m cool with it as long as some of the profits go to charity. I just can’t help but think of all the sad and neglected dogs in shelters. Okay, I’m sorry for being the downer, but I agree it’s totally hip and gorgeous. If you’re interested, I’m hosting a super girly giveaway today!!!

  2. I love that entry and those apotecary jars for storing doggie treats…how chic!! Hope to see you on my blog someday soon…I’ve got a runway to room post on today!! xx meenal

  3. This is amazing. I have not been able to find a doggy hotel I feel comfortable with for my finicky puggle – please let us know how your dogs like this place!

  4. Beautifully done and uber attractive but crazy! How much does this place cost? The cost of the design must have been huge!

  5. yes! i’ve been looking for a place to watch my penny & hank when i go on extended trips that i can’t take them with me. let us know how it works out for your furbabies and maybe we’ll give it a whirl once too. thanks for posting erin!

  6. ahhhh so fabulous!! the beau and i are contemplating a move to the boston area and now i don’t even have to look for a kennel :)

  7. The apothecary jars… the beds… the spa like grooming table… ahhhh… so beautiful! I can’t believe the grooming area is so clean (this coming from someone who worked at a grooming/ daycare place all through HS and summers of college). I can just imagine my crazy Mali-pup Odin going in there and shaking things up. Also love that they are putting in a training facility upstairs.

    Thanks for the great post Erin!

    ~ Julie

  8. I love this post. I just dog sat for my family dog last week, but before agreeing I had to check with my apartment building to make sure they would allow a temporary pet. I was so worried that they would say no…. and then what would we do. It would make me sick to leave my dog in a cold dirty kennel with no attention. I love this place. What a wonderful idea. Talk about giving a dog owner piece of mind.

  9. So beautiful! I wonder if there is somewhere this good in the DC area. I’m so happy to hear they are working with rescues as well!

  10. Not to worry, Danielle! The owner Rebecca Willson has an outstanding relationship with the Animal Rescue League of Boston. She will house and train one shelter dog at a time until they are adopted, all for free. The idea is to rehabilitate shelter dogs that might otherwise be hard to adopt. She also donates to ARL and is a sponsor of their Moonlight Ball.
    The many of us who are long time clients of Rebecca’s are so excited to see her fulfilling her dream in this way! Thanks Erin for the awesome profile on her!

  11. WOW is an understatement! What an incredible place! My Maggie would flop down on a yummy cushion and watch TV all day I am sure. xoxo

  12. My little dachshund would love this, but he wouldn’t want to stay over. Big softy that he is. Very cool design, love it

  13. Oh. My. Goodness. How stinkin’ adorable is that. And I thought my Mits Bits was spoiled! She would love this! And yes, I too am stealing the apothecary jar idea. @lindsey I don’t know of any THIS chic in DC… but I wish I did! If you find one let me know!

  14. Holy hot dog! I live in Dallas and people don’t place their pets needs quite this high! Maybe I could open the next big pet hotel in Dallas!

  15. Amazing! I hope they expand to Saint Louis someday. I used to work at a Doggy Day Care and Kennel and it was nowhere near this nice. The ‘high-tech cleaning systems” sounds awesome, that turf gets absolutely disgusting!

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