We all like the finer things in life. So why not do the same for the family pet? That’s the thinking behind the Hydrant Hotel, a luxury pet hotel, grooming and retail facility that opens its doors in Riverhead today.
Located on Raynor Avenue, the Hydrant Hotel is owned by Anthony and Rebecca Pollina, who also own Dog Town in Southold.
This time they are kicking it up a notch for Fido and Fluffy with a state of the art facility. The Hydrant Hotel has five outdoor exercise facilities, two indoor dog runs, a one-acre nature park and a 660-gallon dog pool.
Only all-natural pet food will be served to pets. Every animal will receive a daily check-up by trained personnel and certified groomers, who will operate a grooming facility on site.
“Our goal is to impact our neighborhood here in Riverhead just like we did in Southold,” said Anthony Pollina, CEO of Hydrant Hotel. “We make people feel good about going on vacation and leaving their dog behind.”
In the lobby is a lounge area for pet owners to relax with a cup of Aldo’s Coffee at a special kiosk. There is also a retail store where pet owners can stock up on pet food, snacks and supplies. Also in the works is a community dog park, an agility course, shuttle pick-up and drop-off and obedience training classes.
Renovated from an old potato barn that has also housed an auto body shop as well as Newsday, the hotel resembles a giant urban loft. It contains 66 suites for long and short-term boarding.
But do not call them kennels, because you will be corrected.
“This is a pet hotel; the rooms are state of the art,” said Pollina. “The industry does not provide better then this.”
Standard dog suites are six feet by three feet with a glass door that allows the dog and caretakers to see each other. Standard services include feeding and playtime in one of several dog runs surrounding the facility.
But the facility isn’t just for dogs, either.
Cat suites are vertically designed with several levels to allow for climbing space and are set up by a large glass window for maximum window gazing.
There are four luxury dog suites that measure five and a half feet by eight feet. Those suites are equipped with televisions that run dog videos on a continuous loop, plus furniture that looks like the real thing. Luxury services will run the gamut from massages, to pool time to Facetime with their owner on an iPad.
“They will get every service that we offer each day and it will come as a luxury,” said Pollina.
The daily base rate to board an animal will be $50 for a dog and $35 for a cat. From there customers can add on services like a daily swim, ice cream or time in the nature park, at extra cost. Pollina says they have already begun receiving reservations for the Christmas holiday.
“It was a natural fit to have a big, beautiful space for the community’s fur babies to frolic and be cared for in Riverhead, because it’s not only convenient to drop them off for boarding, but local businesspeople need quality daycare for their pets,” said Rebecca Pollina, President of Hydrant Hotel.
The Hydrant Hotel is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are located at 845 Raynor Avenue in Riverhead. For more information call 631-740-9359 or visit hydranthotel.com.