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

Review: DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT, HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

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By Ron Bernthal The view from my 21st floor balcony is nothing short of spectacular. The winter sun rises over the ocean’s horizon with a calming, but shattering brightness. Fishing boats move southward towards Miami, hulls filled with fresh grouper, … 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

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