Sep012015

Dolce Resorts bookable with Wyndham Rewards points

Dolce Hotels & Resorts are geared for conferences, small conventions and big parties. Wyndham Rewards acquired the small hotel brand in February 2015 and now these hotels are integrated into Wyndham Rewards for earning and using points. There are some nice Dolce properties in 23 hotels and resorts worldwide. There are 13 hotels in the USA, 2 in Ontario and 8 hotels in Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

Dolce Resorts are a hotel brand I first heard about in 2009 when I visited Hayes Mansion San Jose one afternoon while my wife was undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Kaiser San Jose. The city of San Jose owns the hotel, which is an historic mansion with hotel wings added. Then, when Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas went bankrupt in 2010, Dolce moved in to manage the hotel as Ravella Lake Las Vegas. That property rebranded again and is now Hilton Lake Las Vegas.

Silverado Resort & Spa Napa Valley, California

One of the Dolce Hotel properties that caught my eye is Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley, California. This property showed availability for Wyndham Rewards points for the September 11-12 weekend at 15,000 points for a GoFree reward or 3,000 points + Cash for a Go Fast reward stay. The odd part is no cash amount was given and a phone number to Dolce Resorts was listed on the page.

Dolce Silverado Napa Wyndham points

Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa Valley, California

September is peak season for Napa Valley when room rates skyrocket during the wine crush.

Dolce Silverado Resort room rate Sep11-13

The entry level room, Mansion Resort Room Premium is $378 per night and total rate for a two night stay after resort fees and taxes is $920.84.

There was no online option available to book a reward stay for this hotel. I called the phone number and after a couple of minutes of keystrokes, I was told a GoFast reward was available for 3,000 points + $192.11 cash per night.

I was told there was no GoFree reward availability. In my searches of Wyndham Rewards hotel stays, this is the first time I have heard of a hotel with GoFast availability but no GoFree reward availability at 15,000 points per night.

$192.11 is an odd cash co-pay amount. It is not like the cash rate is a foreign conversion. I assume the cash copayment is somehow based on the room rate.

The highest GoFast cash co-pay I have seen prior to this is $95. Hotels with expensive rates generally only offer GoFree reward nights at 15,000 points and do not offer GoFast Reward nights.

Silverado Resort & Spa resort fee is $28.50 per day and 14% tax brings the 2-night GoFast Reward stay to 6,000 points and a little less than $500.

Saving $420 for 6,000 Wyndham Rewards points is quite a high redemption value of about $70 per 1,000 points. You can buy 5,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $55.

Of course, paying for the room would earn about 7,500 points, if you want to factor points not earned.

$250 per night is still too high a price for me, but Dolce Resorts availability using Wyndham Rewards points is certainly a redemption option I will be searching for a good hotel deal to spend my Wyndham Rewards points.

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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Comments

  1. Excellent. Was waiting for Dolce. Good idea to point out that you need to go to Wyndham.com to check for point availability. You cannot view points availability directly off the Dolce site. At least I couldn’t.

  2. I found a bizarre Dolce hotel:IBM Learning Center. Looks like no rooms are available during the weekend and past December. And the rate seems to be IBM only.

  3. If you call in to Wyndham and push a little, you should be able to get a go free booking if standard room is available. That is their rule and they seem to be serious about enforcing it.

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