In Denver, Rachel Smith turns the members-only club on its head.by Chadner Navarro
New Jersey-based travel writer Chadner Navarro has swung over a gorge in South Africa, taken a bite of grilled snake in Cambodia and cried down a ski slope in Switzerland. For nearly a year during the COVID-19 pandemic, he lived in Denver, where he learned about the work Rachel Smith was doing at newly opened hotel-meets-members club The Clayton. “They’re really turning the members-only concept on its head by making it more inclusive and less exclusive,” Navarro says. “For example, a small surcharge added to every F&B check goes towards local charitable initiatives, embedding the club into the community rather than setting it apart from it.” Navarro has written for the likes of Travel + Leisure, the New York Post and Bloomberg.