European Night Trains Increase Services

By Ron Bernthal In 2005 Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) began dismantling its overnight sleeper network, and German Railways (DB) did the same in 2015.  On some routes, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) took over the service with their own equipment. Most … Continue reading

Paris Journal: World’s Largest Rooftop Urban Farm

By Ron Bernthal   Paris has been turning its urban rooftops into works of art. Where else in the world would beautiful mini-farms, filled with the brilliant colors and fragrances of plants and vegetables sprout from the city’s rooftops, many … Continue reading

Antigua & Barbuda Prepares to Reopen

by Ron Bernthal The Government of Antigua & Barbuda has announced a phased approach to the reopening of the country’s tourism and hospitality industry as they prepare to welcome the first guests back on the island on June 4th, 2020, … Continue reading

Colombo Journal: “City within a City” project advances Sri Lanka’s modern look

By Ron Bernthal A new, mixed-use building project in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, will soon bring additional attention to this island nation that has already become a destination where business investment in new hospitality projects has increased dramatically during the … Continue reading

Porto Journal: Gem of Europe is Ready for Visitors

By Ron Bernthal Portugal was the last country in Europe to register its first case of COVID-19, giving the Portuguese an enormous advantage over other EU countries. They were able to thoroughly prepare their containment strategy regarding the pandemic, including … 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

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

Review: DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT, HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

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

101 Hotel, Reykjavik

(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