Travel News: Openings, Renovations, and New Trips to Book This Week

The buzziest happenings in the world of travel.

The Source Hotel Opens in Denver

Denver’s buzzy RiNo neighborhood has come into its own this summer with the debut of hotspots like the Ramble Hotel and Zeppelin Station food hall. The opening of the Source Hotel firmly establishes this once gritty warehouse area as the city’s new hub for art, design, and culinary innovation. More than just a hotel, this incubator of cool boasts a restaurant from New Orleans chef Alon Shaya, New Belgium’s first Denver small-batch brewery, an art gallery, and a market hall showcasing a collection of craft-focused vendors. There’s also a rooftop restaurant with a cantilevered pool and hot tub overlooking the Rockies. Each of the 100 guestrooms feature polished concrete floors, custom Baltic birch casework, and suites boast commanding views of the Denver skyline. From $249.


Michael Condran

Rockhouse Hotel Introduces Beachfront Sister Property

The team behind Negril’s beloved clifftop Rockhouse Hotel debuts its beachfront sister property, Skylark, on September 7. Skylark is a Jamaican slang term meaning to engage in shenanigans, which is exactly what guests are encouraged to do at this two-acre property set on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach. The 28-room hotel evokes a hip Jamaican beach pad, with nods to the retro glamour of the West End’s bohemian beach scene in the 60s and 70s. Exterior design elements such as whitewashed concrete, geometric breeze block, and natural wood grains create the minimalist canvas for vibrant splashes of color and vintage travel prints. An outpost of New York City’s popular Jamaican restaurant, Miss Lily’s is anchored by an outdoor jerk BBQ grilling station. Linda Hall, spa consultant behind the award-winning spa at Rockhouse, has curated over 20 Skylark Spa treatments. From $115.


Cody Graham

The Stagecoach Inn Reopens in Texas Hill Country

Following a two-year renovation, the Stagecoach Inn has reopened its doors with newly reimagined guest rooms and a renovated restaurant. The inn was originally built in the late 1800s as a stagecoach stop along the Chisolm Trail in Salado, Texas, between Austin and Waco. Cliff May, the creator of the California ranch-style house, was the inspiration for the mid-century-inspired interiors. Each of the 48 rooms feature Diagonal Saltillo tile, hand-built beds, and plant-lined private outdoor lounge areas. Hill Country classics like slow-smoked beer can chicken, hushpuppies, and cast-iron pimento cheese dip are staples on the new restaurant menu and the courtyard pool is now serviced by its own bar. From $209.


Michael Hospelt Photography/Courtesy The Francis House

Napa’s Newest Boutique Hotel Opens September 7

Dina and Richard Dwyer spent three years transforming Napa County’s only stone building with authentic French Second Empire architecture into one of the Valley’s most exclusive inns. The Calistoga landmark once belonged to a prosperous Napa merchant and rancher and is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Each of the five rooms feature period writing desks, custom brass luggage racks, and Carrara marble bathrooms. Guests have free reign of the ground-level Gaggenau-equipped kitchen and salon area. The pool is shaded by outdoor gardens of jasmine, gardenia, and citrus trees, and a sauna and salt room offer a respite for indoor R&R. Complimentary breakfast (think homemade waffles and veggie frittatas) is a highlight of a stay. From $495.


Courtesy San Lorenzo Lodges

The Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge Opens

Former fashion industry insiders Giorgia and Stefano Barbini have quietly earned a reputation as Italy’s ultimate alpine hosts at their intimate San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge in the Dolomites. They recently debuted their first urban stay, The Holy Deer on Piazza Novona in Rome. Located within a palazzo used by Pope Innocence X to house his mistress, the horseshoe-shaped space is anchored by two bedrooms on each side; one overlooks Via dell’Anima and the other overlooks Piazza Navona. The exquisite detail of their mountain property has been distilled for the city. Guests can expect exceptional service, including a gastronomical guide who can unlock the keys to the city’s top restaurants and markets. From $11,617 per day, two-day minimum.