Newport, R.I. — Newport hotels are closing this year in order to focus on making hotel rooms bigger and more spacious for dogs.
The resort chain said Monday it will shut down all its restaurants, bar and barbershops, barber shops and dog grooming establishments as part a “Bigger Is Better” strategy to make the resort more welcoming for pets.
It’s the first time Newport has announced such a plan, which the resort chain has said will help make the island more welcoming to people of all ages.
It also has a dog-friendly resort area in Newport Harbor.
The decision to close Newport hotels comes after the resort’s first dog-centric restaurant closed for good last year.
That prompted a wave of negative press about the resort, and a number of other hotels and resorts have since closed in the state.
The Newport Riverfront Hotel closed its doors for good in April, along with a number a other Newport hotels.
It was the third Newport hotel to close, after the Hilton Newport Harbor Resort and the Palmyra Hilton Newport Hotel.