New year, new look, new name for the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island, soon to be known as Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina. The property’s current owner, Amstar, is in the final stages of selling the hotel to George Filopoulos, President of Metrovest Equities Inc. of New York City and owner of Gurney’s Inn and Residences, a popular summer destination in Montauk, New York. The transformation is scheduled to be completed by May 2017.

Changes are already underway. A new 22-slip marina is nearing completion on the northeastern part of the island, and is scheduled to open in January, Filopoulos said. “We’ve also started work on building out the wedding banquet room,” he said.

Bringing more entertainment and events to the property throughout the year is one of Filopoulos’s main goals in the acquisition. “In Montauk, we do a lot of group business events in the fashion and tech industries,” he said. “Here we have 27,000 ft of meeting space – the biggest group space in Newport – so we’re excited to bring more group business here year-round.”

Some of the most notable changes and new amenities include:

  • A new 22-slip marina will open at the end of January 2017. “It will offer great connectivity to the harbor front and will accommodate boats up to 240 ft,” Filopoulos said.
  • The lobby. “The biggest change to the building will probably be in the lobby where we’ll have all new sliders,” Metrovest Equites Managing Director Brandon Tarpey said.
  • The addition of a Scarpetta Restaurant, serving modern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on pastas and seafood. The restaurant has well-known locations in Manhattan, Las Vegas and Miami Beach.
  • A revamp of Pineapples on the Bay. “The menu will be expanded, and we’ll extend service to include outside,” Filopoulos said.
  • The addition of Gurney’s Kids Club. “It’s a place where kids can go and enjoy activities while parents go out in Newport,” Filopoulos said. Sailing lessons, arts and crafts may be some of the types of activities offered.

Aesthetically, Gurney’s Newport will be different from the Hyatt in a number of ways, but Filopoulos plans to keep the footprint the same and to preserve the views. “We’ll do a refresh of the rooms and we plan on taking more advantage of outside spaces by adding tiered lounge areas,” he said. The lobby will also get a revamp, and the fitness center will be expanded.

Though the hotel will be getting a new name and new look, Filopoulos said there are no plans for changes to staff and it will remain open as work on renovations and upgrades takes place. “Same employees, different brand, and we’re staying open,” he said.