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I Spent the Night in a Dog Hotel. And I'd Go Back. - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Aug 02,2017
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By Cathy Alter

WASHINGTON, DC. - The sparkling-new Olde Towne Pet Resort in Rockville cost $8 million to build. It shows.

The lobby has a granite front desk, designer furniture, and a view of a glassed-in saltwater pool. Elsewhere on the premises, there’s a full-service beauty salon. The senior staff learned the hospitality ropes at the Waldorf Astoria, the Westin, and DC’s Hotel George. No mere Petco veterans here.

Of all the indicators that today’s well-heeled pet owners might seriously consider their animals to be human-the "paw spas" and rooftop dog runs at luxe District apartment buildings, the dog-friendly beer gardens sprouting in gentrified neighborhoods, the fact that Americans spent $63 billion on their pets last year-this place might be the best evidence anywhere in Washington.

Me, I don’t own a dog, or even particularly like dogs. But when I heard about the resort’s "Pawlates" studio, blueberry facials, and turndown service complete with bedtime story, I contacted the owner, Leah Fried Sedwick. She told me that a lot of people ask, "Can I stay here, too?" when they drop off their dogs. Except they’re only kidding. I am not.

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