NEW HOTEL IS UNLEASHED . . . The view from Suite 101 is by far the most impressive of any of the rooms in a soon-to-open Mountain View hotel. Although the lodging doesn't include a sparkling pool, its lobby boasts a fireplace, wood paneling, and a stunning, curved granite counter for check-in. The hotel is the latest entry in the lodging industry on the Peninsula — pet lodging, that is. PetsHotel officially opens to four-legged guests on July 5. "It's elegant. You instantly get the feeling you're in a posh hotel," said PetsHotel Manager Kevin Benson. The boutique-like inn is just one piece of the 35,000-square-foot PetSmart, which opened last week in the just-built Charleston Plaza (not to be confused with the Charleston Center shopping area in south Palo Alto). PetSmart is within drooling distance of Pet Club, another large pet store at 1010 Rengstorff Ave., next to Costco. Not to mention a third new pet shop, Pet Food Express, this one in Palo Alto at the Charleston Center, less than a mile north at Middlefield and Charleston roads. Too much competition? "There's enough for everyone. Those other stores carry mainly products for pets. We have all the bells and whistles here," Benson of PetsHotel said.
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