Friday, 15 January 2016

Hotel Hell - Applegate River Lodge - OPEN

Hotel Hell Applegate River Lodge


Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits Applegate River Lodge in Applegate, Oregon, owned by Richard and Joanna Davis, they hand designed and built the lodge 22 years ago but since their divorce the hotel has started to suffer. Instead of focusing on the hotel, they tend to focus on hating each other. Richard smokes pot and Joanna struggles with the debt, their two sons Duke and Dusty work there and are constantly fighting. They play music all night so the guests struggle to sleep and are annoyed. Gordon arrives and buzzes at the front desk, Richard ignores it so he sits on the floor. He finally comes out and explains that he was hanging out, Gordon asks about the smell and discovers that it is marijuana, which is legal for medicinal purposes in the state. 

Gordon goes to his room and finds a dirty room with stains and dead insects. Gordon meets  Joanna who is responsible for check in, the banking and appears to be the only person working. She tells him that Richard does nothing all day and is over a million dollars of debt. She sees no profit from the restaurant, that goes to her sons. Gordon meets Duke who says he gives his mother nothing so Gordon tells him about the debt. He next meets Duke who tells him he makes over $12,000 and Gordon tells him that he would kick him out if he were his son.

Gordon observes the dinner service and sees the dog is sitting by the tables begging for food. He speaks to the guests who tell him that they aren't impressed with the rooms. Gordon sees the staff mixing ketchup and Ranch dressing and thinks the kitchen is a joke. The music concert starts at 10pm and is very loud! Gordon decides to go to bed and gets the black light out, the results are disgusting, there are stains everywhere. As a result of this Gordon gets out the sleeping bag and tries to sleep, after failing to get to sleep he goes back downstairs. He asks to speak to Richard and asks him how guests are meant to sleep. Gordon tells Richard that this isn't home and that they are all using Joanna.

The next day the hotel is given a makeover, there is furniture in the check in area so people can sit and wait and the lobby looks great. They have an online system so that guests can check in online and the rooms have been redecorated. The menu has been simplified and Gordon reveals a mini music festival outside so they can still keep the music and there are four outside glamping bedrooms. Gordon tells them that they need to look after each other and stop smoking medicinal marijuana.


What Happened Next? 


 Yelp reviews since filming are good, the bad reviews seem to be about the hotel and weddings and the good reviews about the restaurant. Trip Advisor reviews seem to be mixed, with both positive and negative comments about the accommodation and food.


Extra Reading


http://www.applegateriverlodge.com/

Applegate River Lodge Yelp Reviews 

Applegate River Lodge Trip Advisor Reviews

Southern Oregon lodge gets Gordon Ramsay's 'Hotel Hell' treatment


Gordon Ramsay’s 'Hotel Hell' Filming in Southern Oregon



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15 comments:

  1. Ever since this aired a friend and I always used the euphemism "going to the butt hutt" for smoking something green!

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  2. Richard is a disgusting creature and Joanna looks so much like my mother that I actually cried for her.

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    1. I agree. To this day I can't watch reruns of this episode because I get too upset! I am baffled that a human being like Richard can even exist. What Ramsay should have done was hire her a good lawyer and had the filthy lout evicted.

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    2. Richard is the single most despicable, deplorable, undeserving troglodyte I've ever laid eyes on.

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    3. RICHARD BUILT THE LODGE....THAT WAS WHAT JOANNA WAS TRYING TO GET BACK TO, THE OLD TIMES WHEN THEY WERE UNITED AS A FAMILY, AND PRIORITIES WERE IN LINE. SHE KNOWS HE'S GOT IT IN HIM, HE JUST NEEDS TO WAKE IT BACK UP :) HE'S OBVIOUSLY JADED BY SOMETHING THAT HAS HAPPENED, NOT TO MENTION THE POT NUMBING HIM TO HIS CORE :(

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    4. Richard's changed. His ex-wife needs to accept that. Many women stick around men like that thinking they'd change for the better, but they don't, and the responsible partner suffers needlessly. With him still sticking around and not being useful at all, not towards the lodge which is like their home, nor being a proper dad to their kids (who are both selfish as hell leaving her to struggle alone for so long. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree indeed.), it's like she has never divorced him in the first place. She runs everything, the two boys do whatever they like, and that couch potato just leeches off funds and space and provides more stress for her.

      If he truly is to become the man he once was, he needs to seek help. Either she sends him for help or he seeks it himself. Otherwise nothing will change. He is not going to wake up one day, approach her and go "darling, you need help with the business?". He'd only wake up for more weed, then ignore customers who buzz the bell and go to his ex-wife when he needs more money for weed and food.

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  3. i want to visit this place one day

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    1. Trust me, you don't want to if you've seen the show...
      unless you want to sleep with bugs and on sperm staind pillows, beds, etc.

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    2. Lol did you even watch the episode fully? It was completely madeover... Also you clearly you believe TV too much.

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  4. I was really hoping Gordon was going to tear into Richard but he gave him a full pass... he's a squatter. Sure, credit where it's due building that gorgeous place was impressive but that doesn't entitle you to a life of carefree living when you're losing $20k a month and are $900 in debt whilst making your EX wife carry the full load. That's not what a man does. It was beyond frustrating... I truly felt sorry for that poor mom who had two dopey sons and one leach of an ex husband.

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  5. You can tell Johanna was a very attractive woman at one time but the stress and the years of dealing with these brain-dead morons took its toll. Hope her life turns out well.

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  6. Seen the Applegate on UK TV and WOW what a beautiful setting. I sincerely hope the other rooms have been sorted in the Gordon Ramsey style of "His" room makeover. And that the family really do make the place work as a team. Johanna is an absolute diamond. God bless her.

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  7. Seen the Applegate on UK TV and WOW what a beautiful setting. Johanna is a Diamond and I sincerely hope the business is going well. And the guys are too.

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  8. Oh gawd if you check out the reviews about this particular lodge on TripAdvisor (and I mean recent comments between 2016 and 2017), they mention something about a "male owner" being rude to them. So basically this Richard guy is STILL causing trouble for his ex-wife with his can't-be-bothered attitude. Ex-wife struggles to keep business afloat and ex-husband undoes every bit of effort she puts in. Did this darn guy sign some kind of contract that puts the lodge under his name too? Is there no kind of lawsuit to disconnect this cancerous man from the business before the poor woman works herself to death?

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  9. We just stayed in the Gold Miners room. It was clean and comfortable. Spent most of the time down the road wine tasting. Brought a few bottles back and had dinner. Food was OK but under cooked leg of lamb. The local tweaker hanging around the front yard was a bit annoying but harmless, I guess there's one in every town these days.

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