Davidson to operate Newport Harbor Island Resort

Davidson Hospitality Group has been chosen by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust to manage Newport Harbor Island Resort in Newport, RI, under its specialized operating vertical, Davidson Resorts.

Formerly known as Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, the ten-acre property is located on Goat Island in historic Newport. The resort features 257 guestrooms, including 18 suites and 80,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor event space. Together with Pebblebrook, Davidson will oversee the planned renovation, encompassing a complete repositioning, reimagining and rebranding of the property that will transform and elevate the guest experience.

“We are proud to join forces with our long-time partners at Pebblebrook Hotel Trust on such a unique property,” said Thom Geshay, CEO/president, Davidson Hospitality Group. “We look forward to bringing our expertise to deliver one-of-a-kind experiences for guests on ‘The Classic Coast,’ an inspiring work environment for our team members and significant value for our ownership partners.”

“As part of our acquisition of this exceptional resort located in the iconic coastal New England community of Newport, we set out to identify the right operator with extensive experience in repositioning and operating complex, high-touch, destination resorts,” said Jon E. Bortz, chairman/president/CEO, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. “We entrusted Davidson because of their Newport market knowledge and ability to drive performance and create value. Our partnership goals focus on driving increased cash flow and curating the most sought-after retreat in the region.”