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If you’ve ever looked to redeem points from any of the hotel chains, you’ll notice that there are hardly any resort properties in New England – this includes both beach and mountains. Yes, there are city properties and those in the burbs, but if you are looking for a nice weekend getaway to spend at a beach in the summer or a mountain in the winter, you’ll most likely be paying out of pocket at a non-chain property.
One of the more desirable resort properties included the Hyatt Regency in Newport Rhode Island. I’ve personally stayed at this property numerous times and never thought it was category 6 worthy. While it was on the ocean (the marina), there was no beach and you had to walk a far distance or most likely drive to really hang out at one of Newport’s beautiful beaches. It was definitely a tired hotel and in need for some renovations. They did have some awesome two level suites though that I was able to snag for many friends weddings and bachelorette parties.
Well… for those that were looking to stay at this hotel again on points (or to accrue Hyatt points), it is no longer a Hyatt property. It was sold last month and is now called Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina. I read that it is going through some renovation, which I’m happy to see. I also looked at the hotel prices and they are through the roof. For the same price, you can stay closer in town or right on the beach.
The only other property to use your points in Newport is the Marriott Hotel. While I’ve never stayed at this property, I’ve heard it isn’t great (some rooms have no outside windows and you only look into the atrium). The location is slightly closer to the town then the Hyatt, although it isn’t as “resorty” and not on the beach.
I really would love to see more resort properties pop up in New England. I highly doubt it, but you never know!