Nassau Journal: The Pointe and other projects revitalize Bahamas capital

West Hill Street  umbrellas

Story & Photos by Ron Bernthal The islands of the Bahamas are the closest Caribbean islands to the U.S. mainland, and have long been a favorite winter weekend flight destination for sun-starved Northeastern residents, or for year-round cruise passengers from … Continue reading

The “Mixed-Use” Concept: A View from South Africa

Melrose Arch Smart City, Johannesburg  (Image courtesy AMDEC GROUP)

By Ron Bernthal In urban areas, different types of properties evolve at varying rates. Coffee shops and small eateries might spring up in a gritty area before the appearance of shared work spaces. Studio apartments might be drawing in more … Continue reading

Beautiful Destinations, Design-Savvy Accommodations

The Mira, Hong Kong    (photo Design Hotels)

by Ron Bernthal Canary Islands Complemented by lavish mahogany floors and rich, olivewood furnishings, Hotel Bohemia’s Suites & Spa décor gives guests the sensation of being completely enveloped by nature. Stunning sea views provide the setting for aperitifs in the … Continue reading

Amsterdam-Noord Journal: New Metro Line Spurs Revitalization of Northern Neighborhoods

EYE Film Museum from the IJ  (Maarten-Noordijk-Fotografie-Redactioneel)

by Ron Bernthal Amsterdam is experiencing a population boom these days because of the city’s attraction as an über progressive urban hub in the European knowledge economy. According to the Amsterdam City Council, as many as 150,000 people are expected … Continue reading

Newport Beach Journal: Local Developer Blends SoCal with New England to Achieve a Design and Culinary Gem

The glass-enclosed open kitchen at The Mayors Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen at the  Lido House, a new hotel in Newport Beach, CA (photo Joanna Tricorache)

By Ron Bernthal Located on the site of the old Newport Beach City Hall, on Balboa Peninsula, Lido House is one of southern California’s newest and most modern hotels. Opened in May, 2018, the Orange County hotel property, and its … Continue reading

Review: Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Los Angeles

Bar at Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Los Angeles  (photo Joanna Tricorache)

 By Ron Bernthal I have always liked the Kimpton brand when it comes to urban boutique hotels, and the new Kimpton La Peer Los Angeles property, opened in 2018 in West Hollywood’s Design District, did not disappoint. For this property … Continue reading

Fort Wayne Journal: Downtown revitalization projects bring tourism and new business to Northeast Indiana.

Restored Embassy theatre in Fort Wayne is one of many downtown projects that has revitalized the city's deowntown district.  Photo

  By Ron Bernthal Like many Midwestern cities Fort Wayne, Indiana, was close enough to the rust belt to lose much its industry, and many of the small agricultural communities surrounding Fort Wayne lost family farms, as has happened throughout … Continue reading

Griffintown Journal: Former Montreal industrial area now a trend-setting neighborhood

Griffintown skyline with older buildings

Above, old warehouse buildings still hover above the industrial landscape of Griffintown, a former industrial neighborhood undergoing revitalization close to downtown Montreal. By Ron Bernthal   About 100 years ago a Montreal neighborhood called Griffintown was the center of the … Continue reading

Accor Pullman Barcelona Skipper

Rooftop swimming pool  (photo courtesy Accor Pullman Barcelona Skipper)

By Ron Bernthal Barcelona is a Mediterranean city, a busy shipping, fishing and ferry port with numerous beaches and pleasure boat marinas, but there are few hotels in the city as close to the sea as the Accor Pullman Barcelona … Continue reading

Husafell Hotel: New Design-Driven Hotel in Iceland’s Stunning & Wild Interior

Northern Lights from Husafell Hotel (photo courtesy Husafell Hotel)

  Review by Ron Bernthal Opened in 2015, the new Husafell Hotel, located in West Iceland’s sparsely settled interior, about 90 minutes from Reykjavik, is located just 20 minutes from Langjokull glacier on the edge of Iceland’s glaciel wildlands. The … Continue reading