Denver Journal: New downtown building will reflect city’s urban and mountain environment.

By Ron Bernthal In late 2020, the Chicago-based architectural firm Studio Gang announced their design for Populus, a vibrant new social center and hotel in downtown Denver whose proposed design is attracting much attention from Denver residents and architecture fans. … Continue reading

Doha Journal: City speeds up hotel, stadium and metro construction in time for 2022 World Cup

By Ron Bernthal With a winning bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and a national objective to diversify its economy, Qatar has been gearing up for an expansion of its tourism industry with investments being channeled into the construction … Continue reading

New 2020-2022 Hotel Openings in Italy

By Ron Bernthal Italy is showing enthusiasm for a leisure and business travel revival as Covid-19 has relaxed its grip on the country.  Seventy-three hotels, totalling 11,391 rooms, are expected to open during the 2020-2022 period.  For the remainder of … Continue reading

Hotel boom spreads across Eastern Europe

From refurbished palaces in Budapest and Bucharest to gems on the Baltic coast, hoteliers who are seeking higher returns in Eastern Europe are venturing outside the region’s saturated hubs. With yields in Prague and the business districts of Warsaw dropping … Continue reading

Review: Portland Harbor Hotel, Portland, Maine

by Ron Bernthal * Banner Image – Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizbeth, Portland (photo Joanna Tricorache) During the past decade Portland, Maine, has been going through something of a culinary boom. Travel + Leisure magazine has placed it on … Continue reading

REVIEW: JW MARRIOTT EDMONTON ICE DISTRICT HOTEL

By Ron Bernthal On August 1, 2019, when Marriott International announced the opening of the highly anticipated 346-room JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District Hotel & Residences, in the heart of the city, it was almost 80 degrees downtown, so why … Continue reading

Historic Hotels of America Announces Top 25 Haunted Hotels

WASHINGTON, DC—Historic Hotels of America has over 300 hotels with long and storied histories. Some hotels have reported ghosts and paranormal activity throughout the halls and in guestrooms giving those who stay a fright. From ghosts who have been around … Continue reading

Review: Hotel X Toronto

By Ron Bernthal In the middle of January, 2017, as a biting wind off Lake Ontario blew across the 30th-story rooftop of the not-yet-completed Hotel X Toronto, the property’s director of sales at the time, Celso Thompson, and I were … Continue reading

Nassau Journal: The Pointe and other projects revitalize Bahamas capital

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

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

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