It’s not too late to make Labor Day reservations at these US resorts

Aug 13, 2021

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With Labor Day weekend approaching and security checkpoints at many U.S. airports of late as frenzied as the front row at a Justin Bieber concert, you might be surprised to learn there’s still availability for holiday weekend stays at hotels from coast to coast — including many you can still book using points.

When it comes to where to find last-minute hotel availability for Labor Day weekend, consider urban stays as much as beach, lake and mountain escapes to give yourself as many options for availability as possible.

From a marina-front property at the edge of Lake Michigan and a lakeside Texas wellness retreat to a historic Santa Fe property and a trendy hotel in Boston’s buzzing Seaport district, we’ve rounded up a few hotels that still have their vacancy signs lit for Labor Day weekend stays.

Just remember that hotel inventory can change quickly these days, so if you see a Labor Day vacation option that works for you, lock in on the booking before the property sells out.

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Marina Grand Resort

About 70 miles south around the lake from Chicago, the Marina Grand Resort fronts a marina in the cute town of New Buffalo, Michigan, with pretty dune-backed Lake Michigan beaches about a ten-minute stroll away.

The hotel has indoor and outdoor swimming pools and complimentary house bikes you can use to pedal the lakeshore and explore town. The modern rooms have big waterfront balconies or patios — and some have soaking tubs and fireplaces, too. A search on the hotel’s website shows Labor Day weekend rates from $542 per night (Marina Double Queen room, sleeps four) with a three-night minimum stay required.

Park Hyatt New York

The five-star Park Hyatt New York in Midtown feels like a vacation right in the heart of the city, with rooms and suites that let in floor-to-ceiling city views and Central Park just a block out the door.

We called and found availability over Labor Day weekend for the hotel’s 930-square-foot one-bedroom premium city view suites only, starting at 60,000 World of Hyatt points per night (the hotel is a Category 7 property).

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Gulf of Mexico views from most rooms and direct access to one of southwest Florida’s finest stretches of beach are within reach this Labor Day weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, which still has some availability for points procrastinators. The property is huge, with 447 rooms, a spa housing more than 30 treatment rooms, outdoor heated pool, several onsite restaurants with water views and access to 36 holes of championship golf.

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is a Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy property. We found available rooms over Labor Day weekend from 85,000 points per night.

The Envoy Hotel, Autograph Collection

Go hipster for Labor Day weekend with an escape to Boston’s buzzy Seaport District at The Envoy Hotel, Autograph Collection, where the contemporary, art-filled rooms and common spaces take in harbor and city views and there are lots of cool recycled and up-cycled touches everywhere.

The Envoy Hotel, Autograph Collection is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property. We found availably for Labor Day weekend from 60,000 points per night for a king room with partial water views.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa

Late-summer in the Rocky Mountains is an idyllic time to hit ski resorts like the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa for a late-season hurrah before things get properly wintry in these parts. A favorite with families, the property has an outdoor heated pool and sundeck with mountain views and five hot tubs and a cozy lobby bar with more mountain views. You’re basically on the 50th-yard line here for maximizing all there is to see and do in Beaver Creek village (hiking and mountain biking trails are right out the door).

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa is a Category 7 World of Hyatt property. We found Labor Day weekend stays for 30,000 points per night.

Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms

For a Labor Day weekend getaway that mixes great food, urban fun and pretty beaches, Charleston is always a fair bet. Base at one of the three hotels at Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms and you have the sand at your doorstep and historic downtown Charleston’s restaurants and history just a half-hour drive away. The sprawling resort, which has vacation rentals, too,  has two oceanfront pools, an adults-only pool, zero-entry family pool and a kids splash pad, as well as two Tom Fazio golf courses for the big kids.

Within the Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, The Boardwalk Inn is a World of Hyatt Category 5 property. We found availability Labor Day weekend at The Boardwalk Inn, the resort property closest to the beach, for 20,000 per night for a queen or king room with resort views.

Paséa Hotel & Spa

About 40 minutes from Los Angeles in Huntington Beach, the Paséa Hotel & Spa dishes up fun in the sun and surf — and still has rooms available this Labor Day weekend from $559 per night.

In case the Pacific Ocean views don’t offer enough escapism, the property has a Balinese-inspired spa and a treehouse rooftop lounge for chilling in the California sun. Beach bikes, e-bikes and scooters are available at no charge for guests, too—a really fun way to explore town, the pier and Pacific City.

Whiteface Lodge

Get away to the Adirondacks and pretty Lake Placid with a Labor Day weekend trip to Whiteface Lodge, where a three-night minimum stay is required this Labor Day weekend, but there’s still availability from $895 per night.

The property has an upscale summer camp vibe with lots of awesome complimentary guest amenities like kayaks, canoes and paddleboards you can launch into Paradox Bay. There’s also a new mini-golf course and a resort pool that flows from indoors to out. Plus, you can enjoy tennis, pickleball, corn hole and nightly s’mores around the fire pit for non-stop family bonding.

Kimpton EPIC Hotel

This glitzy downtown Miami hotel overlooking Biscayne Bay still has rooms available over Labor Day weekend. The Kimpton EPIC Hotel is a great base for mixing urban pool time and visits to Brickell and Wynwood with jaunts to dip in the Atlantic Ocean in South Beach or Key Biscayne.

We found standard rooms available over the holiday weekend for around $345 per night (or 35,333 IHG points plus $133).

Montage Laguna Beach

A true escape fronting the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach, roughly equidistant from Los Angeles and San Diego (an hour), the Montage Laguna Beach is requiring a two-night minimum stay over Labor Day weekend but still has rooms open — including Ocean Coastal King rooms with private balconies from $1,495 per night.

It’s hardly cheap, but the hotel, just renovated in 2019, does escapism masterfully, between the sweeping views from its bluff setting, the Mosaic Pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the separate children’s pool and play area and Paintbox — Montage’s half- and full-day kids program for children between the ages of 5 and 12 that lets everyone do their own thing for a spell.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

All-inclusive stays that include three gourmet meals a day and access to spa facilities and activities start at $1,305 per night for two people over Labor Day weekend at the Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Taking the “Where should we eat?” factor out of the busy holiday weekend makes it easy to really relax and enjoy the hotel’s pretty setting on Lake Austin, which is actually part of the Colorado River. You can paddle out on one of the hotel’s complimentary paddleboards, kayaks or pedal bikes or join one of the included fitness classes or local hikes around the area. Definitely make time to relax at the outdoor pool and the spa, with sauna and steam rooms you can enjoy whether you book a treatment or not.

Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

You can still land a stay in historic Santa Fe, New Mexico, over Labor Day weekend when you cash in some Hilton Honors points at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza.

Housed inside a 300-year-old hacienda, the hotel has far more history than most Hiltons and is a short walk to Santa Fe Plaza and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Post-sightseeing, beat the holiday weekend heat with a dip in the outdoor pool.

We found points stays at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza over Labor Day weekend in a king premium room with direct pool access for 221,000 Hilton Honors Points per night (or $499 if you prefer to forgo using points).

Featured image of Whiteface Lodge courtesy of the resort

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