The Strand Hotel NYC

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Buys The Strand Hotel in NYC

The Strand Hotel, located in Midtown Manhattan, will now be managed by Marriott Vacations Worldwide. Pending specific circumstances, Marriott has also agreed to purchase the 176-room hotel in phases. The first phase will begin in 2016 with plans to make The Strand part of the Marriott Vacation Club vacation ownership program. [Read more…]

3 Most Popular Destinations for Timeshare Vacations Memorial Day Weekend

3 Most Popular Destinations for Timeshare Vacations Memorial Day Weekend

Urban destinations popular for timeshare-vacations.
Urban destinations popular for timeshare vacations.

The three most popular destinations for timeshare vacations this Memorial Day Weekend holiday may not be the places you would guess first. Orlando timeshares? Daytona Beach timeshares? Maybe Myrtle Beach timeshares in South Carolina?

Nope. Not if TripAdvisor’s recent Memorial Day Weekend travel survey translates accurately to the vacation ownership industry and timeshare vacations. Although beach vacations for summer rank number one at 51 percent, the single most-visited city will be New York City. The Big Apple is followed by Boston and Washington, D.C.

And while big city destinations may not come to mind first for timeshare vacations, the truth is, you can enjoy excellent (and affordable) timeshare resales and timeshare rentals in all three of these favorite urban vacation spots.

Consider this sampling of urban timeshare vacations resorts:

The Manhattan Club located at 200 West 56th Street in New York City, this New York timeshare vacation spot puts you at the heart of fine dining, Broadway shows, 5th Avenue shopping, and all the big city fun that is uniquely New York.

Marriott’s Custom House in Boston  is another example of a vacation ownership resort that couldn’t be closer to the hub of all you want to see and do on your timeshare vacation.  In a historic property, (packed with modern day amenities) Marriott’s Custom House overlooks Boston Harbor and Cambridge and provides convenient access to the city’s historic Freedom Trail.

Wyndham Old Town Alexandria is only a short drive across the Potomac River into Washington, D.C. This select location makes it easy to enjoy the neighborhood charm of Old Town Alexandria, while still being convenient to the Washington D.C. transit system and all the nearby historic attractions of our nation’s capital.

And for millions and millions of vacationers in the US, all three of these vacation hot spots are located within a one day drive from home.

Wyndham Timeshare Buys Midtown Manhattan Hotel

Wyndham Timeshare Buys Midtown Manhattan Hotel

Wyndham Midtown 45 to become a Wyndham timeshare
Wyndham Midtown 45 to become a Wyndham timeshare

From Crains New York Business comes the news that Wyndham timeshare is expanding its New York City timeshare options with the acquisition of a new hotel.  Formerly known as the Alex Hotel, Wyndham Vacation Ownership has already rebranded this 200-plus room property as the Wyndham Midtown 45. Previously the hotel was in foreclosure, and then sold for a reported $115 million to an affiliate of the Wyndham Hotel Group in February. Reported, Wyndham Vacation Ownership will be purchasing the property in increments over a three-year period.

During its period of renovation, the newly named Wyndham Midtown 45 is continuing to operate as a hotel. After renovations are completed, the Wyndham timeshare owned property will provide extended-stay accommodations. Many of the rooms are suites that include kitchens and living areas; some also have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Studio units are also available.

For Wyndham timeshare owners and guests, the Wyndham Midtown 45 is ideally located in Midtown Manhattan East. Situated between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, the property is within easy walking distance of attractions such as Grand Central Station, the United Nations headquarters, Fifth Avenue shopping, Madison Avenue, the Theater District, Times Square, SoHo, Tribeca, Wall Street, and the restaurants of Park Avenue.

The building and interior were designed by residential architect Costas Kondylis. Bespoke furniture designer, David Rockwell, designed custom furnishings for the property. In addition to other amazing furnishings and amenities, the property’s luxury suites all come fully equipped with deluxe Poggen Pohl kitchens featuring SubZero refrigerator, Advantium oven, and Gaggenau cook tops.

Update on Timeshare Resorts Following Hurricane Sandy

Update on Timeshare Resorts Following Hurricane Sandy

The Golden Strand timeshare resorts in Kill Devil Hills, where a lot of sand moved but the timeshares were safe.
The Golden Strand in Kill Devil Hills, where a lot of sand moved but the timeshares were safe.

Throughout this past week, The Timeshare Authority blog has tried to compile as much information as possible about the status of timeshare resorts and hotels impacted by Hurricane Sandy. For the most comprehensive overview, you may wish to check these posts published this week:

Today’s blog post addresses only resorts not previously covered or resorts where there has been a change of status.

Ocean Villas Nags Head, North Carolina reports that it sustained only minor damage (giving credit to precautions taken by its Board). Units 1 and 8 had some water problems and the owners were relocated to Units 2 and 3. Otherwise, the resort lost a few shingles, gained a lot of sand (that it has been busily relocating) and expected to be in good shape as of this weekend.

Oceans Villas II was closed but was scheduled to reopen yesterday.

The Golden Strand in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina has posted updates on its website at ( They note that while their levee was breached, it will not be necessary to close any of their units. They have even posted great photos on their website so you can see how much sand was moved around during the storm.

To the best of our knowledge, at the time this blog was written, the following resorts remain closed:

  • Bluegreen’s Atlantic Palace in Atlantic City,NJ;
  • Legacy Vacation Club Brigantine Beach, NJ;

West 57th Street by Hilton Club is still closed because of the safety hazard presented by a damaged crane in close proximity to the property. Work to remove the crane is scheduled to begin today, Sunday, November 4, 2012.

If you have any news or updates about the status of these or other timeshare resorts, we encourage you to leave comments on our Facebook page: