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

101 Hotel, Reykjavik

101 Hotel lounge and reception photo Courtesy of Design Hotels™

(Hotel photos courtesy Design Hotels™ ) 101 Hotel, Reykjavik www.101hotel.is My flight from the U.S. landed in Iceland at 6:00 am local time. I gathered my belongings, walked quickly to the passport windows, fully staffed and with no lines, and … Continue reading

Fogo Island Journal: At the edge of a continent, a melding of design and nature

Fogo Island Inn  (photo Alex Fradkin)

Fogo Island Journal: At the edge of a continent, a melding of design and nature “By January it had always been winter.” ― Annie Proulx, The Shipping News By Ron Bernthal On brisk winter mornings guests at the Fogo Island … Continue reading

The Thief: Design hotel thrives in Oslo’s newest cultural district.

The Thief Spa (photo courtesy The Thief)

The Thief Oslo By Ron Bernthal Although most visitors to The Thief , in the Oslo neighborhood of Tjuvholmen (tchuv-holmen), arrive by taxi, others can travel by bus, tram or ferry and walk ten minutes along the Aker Brygge waterfront, … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton

Exterior Reichshof Hamburg,  Curio Collection by Hilton   (photo Ron Bernthal)

Hotel Review: Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton Review by Ron Bernthal During a recent business trip to Hamburg, Germany, I took a fast metro train from the airport to the center of the city, a pleasant 25-minute ride. I … Continue reading

Hotel Review: The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine

The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine    (photo courtesy The Press Hotel)

THE PRESS HOTEL 119 EXCHANGE ST. PORTLAND, ME 04101 (877) 890-5641 www.thepresshotel.com Review by Ron Bernthal Like its name implies, this hotel is about the newspaper business — the writers, the headlines, the tools of the trade and the industry … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Former 19th Century Office Building in Boston’s Financial District offers 21st Century Comfort as Design-Driven Deluxe Hotel.

The deluxe Ames Boston Hotel was the former Ames Office Building, the tallest building in Boston when constructed in 1883.  (photo courtesy Ames Boston Hotel)

Review by Ron Bernthal From the Orange Line’s State Street subway station I walked across the street to the Ames Boston Hotel, a 13-story, luxury boutique property that had once been Boston’s tallest skyscraper when it opened as an office … Continue reading

Hotel Review: STREAMSONG RESORT

Streamsong main Lodge

BY RON BERNTHAL Why make so much of fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye, When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue? Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven … Continue reading