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

Swiss Mountain Chalet in Suburban Seattle – Willows Lodge

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by RON BERNTHAL After a drive of a just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle I am in the foothills of the Cascades, in the pleasant suburb of Woodinville. With office parks, affluent private homes, two-story residential complexes, a few large … Continue reading


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

Designhotel am Stadtgarden – Freiburg, Germany

Guest room at Hotel am Stadtgarden (hotel photos Ron Bernthal)

  Hotel Review -  Designhotel am Stadtgarten, Freiburg, Germany   I was visiting Freiburg for one night and needed an affordable and clean hotel property within walking distance, or a short tram ride, from the historic Münsterplatz (Cathedral Square) and … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Staybridge Suites, BWI Airport, Baltimore, MD

Staybridge Suites "extended-stay" property near Baltimore Washington Airport  (all photos courtesy Staybridge Suites/IHG

Staybridge Suites, an extended-stay property brand of the InterContinental Hotel Group, seems to “get it” when it comes to servicing their target market, mostly out-of-town business travelers and utility engineers during the mid-week periods, and weekend leisure travelers and families … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Indigo Berlin – Alexanderplatz

IndigoAlexDeluxeRoom5[1] By Ron Bernthal My first visit to an Indigo hotel, the boutique chain that is part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), was in Berlin, Germany. The 153-room new property is located in the former East Berlin neighborhood of Mitte, … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Pudong Shangri-La (Shanghai)

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View of Shanghai’s Bund district (above) from Pudon Shangri-La Hotel (photo courtesy Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts)) by Ron Bernthal For me, visiting the Pudong Shangri-La was like being in a city, within a city, within a city. The property is … Continue reading

Hotel Review: O. Henry Hotel & Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, NC

The original O. Henry Hotel in downtown Greensboro had 300 rooms and was one of the largest and most deluxe hotels in North Carolina.  It was closed in the 1960's when interstate highways and suburban growth transformed many American cities, drawing businesses away from downtown.  The hotel was demolished in the 1970's.

Hotel Review: O. Henry Hotel & Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, NC BY RON BERNTHAL During a recent visit to Greensboro, North Carolina, I stayed at the O. Henry Hotel, a locally owned property that opened in 1998. The original O. Henry … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Graylyn International Conference Center

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Photo courtesy Graylyn International Conference Center BY RON BERNTHAL   Whenever I hear the words “conference center” in a hotel name, without being followed by “…and resort,” I imagine a sprawling, modern, one or two- story institutional-looking building, a style … Continue reading