Wentworth by the Sea, no longer a Marriott Resort
Wentworth by the Sea, no longer a Marriott Resort

I’m not sure how this happened with, as far as I can tell, zero coverage, but this is pretty sad news. 

Wentworth-by-the Sea is a fabulous resort on the coast of New Hampshire just outside of Portsmouth. It was built in 1874 and operated by Marriott from 2003 until March 1st of this year. 

It’s still around, however it’s now part of the Opal Collection. Summer rates seem to start in the mid $400’s mid week and $700’s on summer weekends – and go up from there.

We had a wonderful stay there last summer and I’m so glad we decided to finally book that stay when we did. I had a ton of frustration as they discontinued Suite Night Awards participation in between booking and arriving, causing my SNAs to simply error out. However, all worked out in the end when I got the GM to agree to upgrade us to the selected room if available for the full 5 night stay at checkin. It was and they did – to a 2 bedroom villa with its own private pool.

What a fantastic 5 nights!

I don’t think I ever did a formal review, but here’s a video walk through I recorded along with a bunch of pictures of the room. 

Private Pool for Villas Only
Private Pool for Villas Only

So long, Wentworth-By-The-Sea…. I hardly got to know you.


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  1. My wife and I went there for our baby moon. We had a wonderful time. Visited Portsmouth, the USS Albacore and The Golden Egg breakfast place had like a dozen varieties of eggs benedict.

    The only issue was they placed us in a handicap accessible room at first. Because we used points. Had them change us to a room with a proper tub.

  2. It’s probably either:

    a) Marriott telling the owner they need to renovate or re-flag to a different brand with lower standards, like Delta or Tribute Portfolio, and the owner deciding it wasn’t worth it. Quite a few “older” Marriotts have been re-flagged as Delta properties.

    b) The owner deciding Marriott’s flag just wasn’t worth it anymore.


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