Photo: Dean Diogo Photography

Construction is officially underway on the Hammetts Wharf Hotel, an 84-room boutique property that will boast a 4,000 sq. ft. restaurant, retail space facing America’s Cup Avenue and public waterfront access. The $29 million hotel, which will be managed by Main Street Hospitality, is said to be designed “with a subtle nod to the City’s turn of the century mercantile wharves.” It is expected to open in 2020.

Demolition has started on the site of what will be the Brenton Hotel. As the 57-room lodging property will have waterfront views, the contemporary-meets-coastal design will accommodate a restaurant, social area and guest lounge. Owners have secured Redpoint for their marketing and PR efforts. Spring 2020 is the target opening.

Since becoming a part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, congratulations are in order for The Vanderbilt which is embracing its modified name and branding. The property features generously sized suites that range from 400 to 2,000 sq. ft. 

The 200-room Mainstay Hotel was recently purchased by Dovetail + Co. and planning is underway for a radical design transformation by Reunion Goods & Services, a NYC-based creative design studio, which is said to be inspired by Newport’s colorful history and vibrant lifestyle.

From Vacation Newport, there are a lot of new openings with additional properties on the horizon. Now open: Town & Tide Inn, the Pelham Street Inn and The Newport Inn, all featuring convenient locations, luxury linens, chic décor and spa-like bathrooms. Many include upscale amenities like fireplaces and private rooftop decks. A trio of other properties are currently undergoing renovations with openings expected later this year. 

The Wyndham Atlantic Resort has a new affiliation under the Wyndham Worldwide brand. The hotel features 143 guestrooms and suites, Johnny's Restaurant & Patio Bar, and a wedding and event venue with more than 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and water views.