Friday, 15 January 2016

Hotel Hell - Cambridge Hotel - CLOSED

Hotel Hell Cambridge Hotel

Episode Recap

Gordon Ramsay visits the 150 year old Cambridge Hotel in CambridgeNew York,  run by ex serviceman and lawyer John Imhof, who purchased the hotel in 2007 with help from his family, he has no previous experience of running a hotel. The guests complain of dirty rooms and a lack of basic amenities. The Executive Chef Rich brands John a control freak, whilst General Manager Brittany has no control over anything.  They are $750,000 in debt and Tina is refusing to put any more of the family's money into the hotel.

Gordon arrives at the Cambridge and is met by bizarre signs and an RIP Sign, which relates to the ghost of Alice who haunts the hotel. Gordon is shown to Alice's cordoned off "home" on the third floor staircase and to his room where is met by  floral decor, rough towels and sheets full of holes. Gordon meets the owners who admit that it is stunning on the outside but not so great on the inside. Next he hears of the financial situation and is surprised to hear that they have borrowed money from family to stay open. They are planning to sell their home and move into the hotel to generate more money for keeping the hotel open. 

Gordon sits down  to sample the food and finds there is a bad atmosphere in the restaurant. Cook Scooter is not happy that he has to use frozen food and Gordon is disappointed in the apple pie, their unique selling point. Tina admits that John is a great lawyer but is not a good hotel owner and Gordon tells John that he is scaring off the business and Alice. The next morning, the owners are brought to Gordon's room where the guests are gathered. They tell the owners their complaints ranging from stray hairs, broken beds and broken door locks. Gordon then shocks everyone by pointing out the most serious problem he has discovered. The main entrance is left unlocked and with an empty reception, every room key and card details are there for anyone to take. Gordon inspects the haunted third floor where he finds a gimmicky mannequin in the window. 

Gordon reveals his plan on turning the hotel around. He asks Brittany to plan a ladies night with Rich preparing fresh food. Gordon discovers that Cook Scooter is going to culinary school and he hopes to become a pastry chef. Old habits die hard and John tries to step back into being in charge but Tina and Britanny kick him out and Gordon ends up locking John in a room on the third floor. The night is a success and John finally sees that he can trust his staff. 

Over night, Gordon's team works to modernise the hotel with a new modern dining room with wooden floor and white drapes to tune down the floral wallpaper. There is also $75,000 worth of new linen and towels to replace the old ones. Gordon takes them downstairs to the newly named A La Mode Room with a new recipe to serve to their guests. Scooter is in tears at the thought of serving home made pies to the guests. As the guests begin to arrive Gordon make his last big change, to take down the ghastly RIP sign. Before Gordon leaves he meets with Scooter and tells him that he wants to finance him through culinary school and help him towards opening a bakery in return for a fresh loaf of bread.

What Happened Next? 

Gordon's help was a little too late and the Hotel closed in June 2012 after being placed in foreclosure in the spring. Scooter graduated from catering college. John is now working as at Guantanamo Bay Prison as officer in charge of the Office of Military Commissions. The building has since become an assisted living residence. 

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  1. Scooter bless him. So touching of Gordon helping him out. Hope he's doing ok now.

  2. If everything had to be done in order to help Scooter, it was worth it. I love to see passionate people being helped to achieve their dreams.