A hot new hotel opens in Nashville's burgeoning Printers Alley district, a Mendocino County mainstay reopens after extensive, four-year renovations, and more of the top travel news to know this week.
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Bobby Hotel Opens in Nashville May 1
A bar with a repurposed 1956 Greyhound tour bus sets the tone for this downtown hub's edgy (and very Nashville) aesthetic. This nine-story, 144-room hotel abuts Printers Alley, a historic cobblestone block that's turned into a smoldering nano-neighborhood. The property will be a social refuge for the creative set, featuring four dining venues: the retrofitted bus-cum-bar on the roof, a signature restaurant, a street-side café, and, in a nod to the speakeasies of yore, Bobby's Garage. From $249; bobbyhotel.com.
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Boston's Hotel Commonwealth Launches Insider Baseball Experiences
The official hotel of the Boston Red Sox, Hotel Commonwealth’s passion for baseball is woven throughout the property. But this season, the property is taking it to the next level by offering new insider experiences for fans. The "Can You Believe It? – Joe Castiglione BoSox Broadcast Experience" (from $2,995) allows guests a pregame meet-and-greet with the voice of the Red Sox, as well as a recording session; Mr. Castiglione will take guests behind the microphone to call and record a historic play-by-play alongside him. Alternatively, the "Top Dawg Tonight – Remdawg Red Sox Experience" (from $1,499) includes tickets to a night game plus a VIP visit to the announcer booth for autographs and a keepsake with former all-star second baseman, Hall-of-Famer, and renowned announcer Jerry Remy. Both packages include overnight accommodations for two and two game tickets. hotelcommonwealth.com
Collective Retreats Makes its Texas Debut
After debuting last year with seasonal retreats in Vail, Yellowstone, and New York’s Hudson Valley, glamping outfitter Collective Retreats has opened its first year-round property in Texas Hill Country. The camp is located at Montecito Ranch, a 225-acre property just one hour from both Austin and San Antonio. Luxury canvas tents are equipped with beds, bathrooms, and even an in-tent French press coffee bar. Camp cuisine gets a Texas twist here: Nightly dinners feature “farm-to-flame” dishes like wild boar osso bucco. From $400; collectiveretreats.com.
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The Harbor House Inn Opens May 2
After a four-year renovation, Mendocino County’s historic Harbor House Inn has re-opened. Originally built in 1916 in the charming town of Elk, this intimate nine-room inn is perched on a secluded bluff overlooking the Pacific. The hotel is also primed to be a foodie hotspot: Chef Matthew Krammerer, an alum of San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Saison, is at the helm of the 25-seat, tasting menu-only restaurant. Expect ambitious dishes that showcase ingredients from within a 50-mile radius. From $475; harborhouseinn.com.
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Hotel St. George Opens in Helsinki May 2
This month, Hotel St. George opens in a historic landmark building designed by Finnish architect Onni Tarjanne (who also built the Finnish National Theatre). The property's 148 rooms and five suites are spread across seven floors, but highlights include the St. George Suite, which has a private balcony on the main façade, and the Coupole Suite, which boasts a tower and dome (two of the building's signature historic features). The hotel’s restaurants, Andrea and St. George Bakery & Bar, are set to be social hubs. Works from renowned artist Ai Weiwei grace the gallery-esque lobby. From $307; stgeorgehelsinki.com.
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Six Senses Kaplankaya to Reopen May 1
Six Senses Kaplankaya debuts a series of stunning renovations this month. Guests can choose to arrive at this resort—which is located across the bay from Bodrum—by speedboat, helicopter, or a lovely drive through hills flanked by ancient olive trees and blooming oleander. Accommodations include 141 rooms, six suites, 66 Ridge Villas, and residences. Mediterranean and Aegean-inspired cuisine is the focus at the hotel's three dining venues. The property also boasts an expansive two-floor, 107,640-foot spa—yet another example of Six Senses going above-and-beyond in the wellness space. From $430; sixsenses.com.
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Gallery Hotel Art in Florence Launches New Exhibition
Gallery Hotel Art, part of the Ferragamo family-owned Lungarno Collection in Florence, launches a new art exhibition in collaboration with Centro Pecci Prato, one of the more renowned contemporary art museums in Italy. The new installation, titled “Works of Art and Magic Moments,” features over 30 exclusive art pieces created in celebration of the museum’s 30thanniversary. Works by Italian artists—including Piergiorgio Branzi, Umberto Buscioni, and Giuseppe Chiari—are spread throughout the hotel lobby and public spaces. The exhibition is accessible to guests and locals now through year’s end. From $344; lungarnocollection.com.