Feb022015

Wyndham Acquires Dolce Hotels

For loyalty travelers, the acquisition of 22 Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham Hotel Group is exciting industry news. The addition of fewer than two dozen properties in the USA and Europe might not seem like big news, but the Dolce Hotels and Resorts are unique for their primarily conference hotel market segment. News link – CNN Money Feb 2, 2015.

I have only been to two Dolce Hotels.  Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California is a city-owned historic mansion with a hotel conference center built around the property in southern San Jose. The other Dolce Resort was Ravella, the Lake Las Vegas Resort managed by Dolce Hotels after Ritz-Carlton went bankrupt during the great recession. That hotel rebranded as Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Rates dropped to a little over $100 all-in in 2011 when the property was Dolce Ravella. Rates this coming weekend for the Hilton property are $129 and about $168 after tax and resort fee.

Loyalty Traveler – The City Estate: Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose (June 8, 2009)

Loyalty Traveler – Ravella at Lake Las Vegas Summer Sale for Cheap Luxury (May 17, 2011)

Dolce Hotels & Resorts

  1. Dolce Hayes Mansion – San Jose, California

  2. Silverado Resort and Spa – Napa, California

  3. Aspen Meadows Resort – Aspen, Colorado

  4. Dolce Norwalk – Norwalk, Connecticut

  5. Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree – Peachtree City, Georgia

  6. Q Center – St. Charles, Illinois

  7. The Alexander – Indianapolis, Indiana

  8. The H Hotel – Midland, Michigan

  9. Dolce Basking Ridge – Basking Ridge, New Jersey

  10. Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club – Galloway, New Jersey

  11. IBM Learning Center – Armonk, New York

  12. Dolce Palisades – Palisades, New York

  13. American Airlines Training & Conference Center – Ft. Worth, Texas

  14. Dolce Bad Nauheim – Bad Nauheim, Germany

  15. Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim – Unterschleissheim, Germany

  16. Dolce CampoReal Lisboa – Turcifal, Portugal

  17. Dolce Chantilly – Chantilly, France

  18. Dolce Frégate Provence – Saint Cyr sur Mer, France

  19. Dolce La Hulpe Brussels – La Hulpe, Belgium

  20. Dolce Sitges – Sitges, Spain

  21. Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  22. Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre – London, Ontario, Canada

Wyndham Rewards 9 Tiers of Hotels

Wyndham Rewards has 9 tiers for hotel rewards ranging from Tier 1 at 5,500 points per night to Tier 9 at 50,000 points per night. Most Wyndham hotels fall in the lower tiers from Tier 3 to Tier 5 at 10,000 to 16,000 points per night. I expect the Dolce Hotels & Resorts will mostly be 20,000 to 30,000 points per night, but some properties might fall into a lower tier.

Wyndham Hotel tiers chart

The big players in the hotel industry are growing their portfolios. Marriott International bought Canada’s Delta Hotels last week and Protea Hotels in Africa last year. IHG bought Kimpton Hotels. Hyatt acquired Sierra Hotels in 2011 with conversion into the new Hyatt House brand and a couple of hotels in the Avia brand were rebranded as Andaz Napa and Andaz Savannah.

Wyndham Rewards members will benefit from a few more upper upscale hotels in the chain.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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