Friday, 15 January 2016

Hotel Hell - Hotel Chester - OPEN

Hotel Hell Hotel Chester

Episode Recap

Gordon Ramsay visits Hotel Chester in Starkville, MS, a hotel located next to a college campus. The hotel was booming when it was bought by David and Sukie Mollendor in 2000 but things have gone downhill and the couple have been forced to file for bankruptcy. Their home was foreclosed and they were forced to move into the hotel. The hotel was running smoothly until David was in a car accident and bed ridden for 6 months. Sukie had to leave her job in real estate and doesn't see that the students could become customers. 

On his way, Gordon says that business should be booming being near to the college but he can't find the hotel and has to ask for directions. Gordon arrives and speaks to David who leaves to get Sukie as she has having problems in the kitchen. David explains that he graduated with a major in hotel management and doesn't think there any issues but reveals that the rooms haven't been updated in 10 years.

Gordon goes down to the restaurant to eat and finds that all the food is Japanese. Gordon sits waiting for around an hour but gets fed up and leaves. Lindsey finds him sleeping on a couch and he finally tastes the sushi, which is disgusting. Gordon tells Sukie he doesn't like the sushi, she runs off to tell David. As Gordon is in town it is busy but an hour into service  the first table haven't even got their food yet. Sukie is having trouble in the kitchen and Gordon learns that she has been struggling  since David's accident. Gordon heads over to a supermarket to pick up some ingredients to cook the waiting customers some food. Sukie tells Gordon that they live in the handicapped room since the accident and learns that he broke both his back, ankles and has been recovering for the past 5 years.

The next day Gordon drives them to local successful businesses, who have listened to what their customers want and they explain that their success is down to the student trade. Gordon reveals changes to the hotel including modernised rooms, a revamped room for David and Sukie and the beer garden has also been given a makeover. The menu has also been changed, featuring local food which will be appealing to the students. A new head Chef is bought in with Gordon paying the salary until they can afford to pay. Young locals arrive andthe beer garden impresses everyone. Before he leaves he takes David and Sukie out for a drive and shows them an apartment he has rented for them for 6 months , they will take over the lease after this time.

What Happened Next? 

Trip Advisor reviews since Gordon visited are mostly very good, with compliments on the friendly and helpful staff.

Extra Reading

Hotel Chester Trip Advisor Reviews 

Hotel Chester Yelp Reviews 

Hotel Hell Features Starkville's Hotel Chester and Gordon Ramsey 

Read about more Hotel Hell hotels


  1. My favorite episode until now. I fell in love with those two and it was nice to see Gordon finally off his angry cursing character. He is such a sweet man.

    1. Made me cry .... watched it more than 10 times .... such a sweet couple & ramsy was such a doll .... awesome!

  2. Sukie was lovely. So sweet haha. I didn't see them staying open, but I am glad they did x

  3. This was most probably the most significant episode that really touched me. Moreover its fantastic to see that there are no unnecessary dramas at all in this particular episode.

  4. Spent 2 nights at this place, the food and hospitality was superb

  5. I actually cried a little watching this episode. I wanted to hug them all. This should prove Gordon is a good man.

  6. strawberries on a sushi.. what was she thinking xD

  7. I loved this episode! I'm really happy they are still open and doing well! They was such a sweet family! :')

  8. Loved this episode. It even made me cry. Thanks Gordon for the fantastic person you are!

    I'm glad this hotel is still up and running! I hope I may get the chance to visit some day! :D

    Greetings from Norway

  9. I just saw this episode and wow!

    Never have I seen two more deserving people of Gordon's assistance.

    No arguing, no dramas, just a willingness to accept his help.

    I wish David and Sukie all the best in their future.

    Greetings from an Aussie living in Sweden.

  10. This episode proves that you don't need over the top drama for a show like this to be a hit. What a lovely couple and so deserving of Gordon's help!

  11. I saw that episode at TLC in Russia, it has touched me really a lot, I am so happy, Gordon helped them and they accepted that so wishfully! All the best, I really love to see American historic hotels in small cities revive again!

  12. This is the best episode I have ever watched on Hotel Hell. So touched by this family and Gordon's generosity. Glad to see they are back on their feet. It is so beautiful to see people helping each other.

  13. One of Ramsay's best episodes. Really shows the good side of the man. Nice to see there are still people out there willing to help out the Good people in need.

    In my opinion, there are many he has helped who have not been at all deserving of such.


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