Friday, 15 January 2016

Hotel Hell - Murphy's Hotel - OPEN

Hotel Hell Murphy's Hotel

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits Murphy's, California, to help the towns oldest building, Murphy's Hotel. Gordon learns that the hotel has become a place where people party all night and keep other guests awake. Gordon arrives at the hotel and is taken to his room, the "Ulysses Grant Room and says that it smells like a museum. Gordon leaves his room and heads for the restaurant where he meets owner Brian, who introduces him to the other owners Joel and Kevin. They all sit down to discuss the hotel and they insist they all contribute equally to running the restaurant. Gordon heads into the dining room and is surprised by the bright pink dining room. Gordon orders the escargot, a halibut dish and lamb shank. He isn't impressed with the food, saying that the escargot tastes like socks, is still part frozen and the lamb shank looks like a plate of vomit. He calls Kevin and Brian over and insists that they try the food, they are shocked when they find that the food is disgusting.

Meanwhile the front desk has been left unattended, there is a sign telling customers to go to the bar and the guests end up wandering around. Gordon heads into the kitchen and decides to check out the walk-in, which is full of old, rotten and mouldy food. Gordon brings the owners in who insist that they clean it twice a week. Gordon decides to head up to his room at 1am but his room is above the bar and they are still partying below. Gordon goes down to the bar to ask for a quieter room and finds a very drunk Brian ripping his shirt off. He tells Gordon that he is stinking drunk because of the state of the walk-in and Gordon tells him to go home. He is moved to another room which is meant to be quieter but that one is just as loud. Gordon decides against having a shower in the bathroom in the morning as it is disgusting.

Gordon heads down to the restaurant and tells all the staff to gather for a staff meeting. They tell Gordon that the owners party in the bar and give away free drinks to their friends. Gordon tells them that this needs to stop and that one owner has to step up and be the general manager. Brian volunteers, promising Gordon that he will stop drinking whilst working and step up to the plate. Gordon's team work over night to renovate the hotel and the owners return the next day for the reveal. They are impressed with the new look lobby, Gordon also reveals they have worked on all of the rooms in the hotel and there is a new online booking system. Gordon gives them a tour of the hotel ending in the new dining room which is no longer pink. He has also transformed the menu and has added a wine tasting menu.



What Happened Next? 


One regular visitor posted on Trip Advisor that they thought the changes that Gordon had made in the restaurant were wrong, with many favourites being removed. These comments aren't felt by all as others are thrilled with the new menu on offer.


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Hotel Hell - Curtis House Inn - OPEN

Hotel Hell Curtis House Inn

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits The Curtis House Inn, Woodbury, Connecticut, the oldest Inn in the state. Gordon is greeted by owners TJ and brother Chris, they constantly argue and this is affecting their relationship and the hotel has lost loyal customers. Gordon arrives on Mother's Day to find that he is the only guest booked into the hotel and that as he is early he will have to pay a $40 early check in fee. The check in clerk is also surprised that Gordon is booked in room 16 as there is said to be a ghost in the room. When Gordon arrives in the room all he finds is a footprint on his pillow, dead flies on the windowsill and that the door doesn't lock! Gordon orders the crab cakes, calamari and a burger. Both the crab cakes and calamari are terrible and the burger is raw in the middle. Gordon goes into the kitchen to see chef Chris slopping food on the plate and using a dirty cloth to wipe the plates.

After a rough nights sleep, Gordon meets with TJ and Chris and can't believe that they don't talk. The staff join the meeting and tells them that they have had enough of the situation. Bev tells them that she can't work there anymore as the place is destroying her. Gordon asks the two to join him and some of the guests who are to give them feedback, they tell them that the sheets were dirty, windows unwashed and there is broken equipment. Gordon reveals to the guests that all of their personal information is left in a notebook on the front desk. Gordon goes to speak to their mother and a family intervention is organised to try and heal the relationship. They tell TJ that she is working to hard and she needs to work more on talking to her brother, they recall when everyone got along and everyone used to love working there. They commit to making it work, hug and make up.

Gordon's design team works overnight and transforms theInn, the reception area has silhouettes of the family on the wall and they now have a computer. Gordon has also fixed the lock on Room 16 and given it a makeover. Next he calls everyone down to the restaurant to have everyone sample the new menu. For relaunch everyone is working well together and Chris is taking pride in his food. Gordon's last task is to call in a paranormal expert to review the Inn to see if it is haunted. The expert concludes the Inn is haunted and Gordon gives them a plaque as they will be registered as haunted.


What Happened Next? 


Bookings are up and people want to visit to see the Inns spiritual visitors. Trip Advisor and Yelp reviews for Curtis House Inn are very good however some regulars appear to dislike the changes in the restaurant. A Trip Advisor review in August of the restaurant appears to suggest they have gone back to the old menu.


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Hotel Hell - Four Seasons Inn / Laylas Riverside Lodge - OPEN

Hotel Hell Four Seasons Inn / Laylas Riverside Lodge

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits the Four Seasons Inn in West Dover, Vermont, he arrives expecting the luxury 5 star chain hotel and instead finds a dog friendly inn. Owner Sandy calls the hotel a little slice of heaven but the rooms and kennels are empty. Finances are tight so the staff don't get paid, they instead get free accommodation in the hotel. His dog Layla wanders free around the hotel but not all guests like dogs or appreciate the dog hair. Gordon goes down to the kitchen and tastes some Curry bread which is too doughy and the ravioli looks and tastes terrible. Gordon meets Richard, the marketing man and is surprised that Sandy hasn't come to greet him. Gordon asks for 5 minutes with Sandy outside and asks him what the house is, Sandy tells him that it is the kennel. The hotel is busy and the servers are left to man the front desk, leading to customers being overcharged. Sandy wants to run and hide in the kitchen but Gordon instead gathers everyone together, the staff tell him that none of them get paid.

Gordon has a terrible nights sleep and decides to go to the pool the next morning, he finds dog poo in the pool and settles with the hot tub. Gordon decides to sit Sandy down with the guests. They say although they love dogs, they don't expect dog hair on plates or in their bed. Gordon brings out the black light and there are body fluids everywhere, many guests ask to leave early disgusted at what they have seen. Gordon has a chat with Sandy and tells him that he is not a chef, he needs to be the Innkeeper and Gordon reveals to the staff that Sandy is now to be the manager.

Overnight, the Hotel has been renovated and Sandy steps in to his new role wearing a suit. Gordon decides to change the name to Layla's Riverside Lodge and the menu has had a revamp, serving dishes created with local produce including a Vermont Cheesecake. The bedrooms have been updated and the carpets have been deep cleaned. There is $100,000 of new linen and dog beds have been provided. Gordon has also revamped the kennels and he brings his own dog to stay as they are to host a dog agility event and he has hired a dog consultant to help with the canine side of the business. The guests are impressed with the new rooms, the food and the beds for the dogs. Sandy reveals that everyone will be put on the payroll and will be receiving a pay check.


What Happened Next?


The hotel was renamed to Layla's Riverside Lodge during the show named after Layla to promote the dog friendliness of the hotel. Bookings are up as a result and Sandy has received numerous messages of support from viewers.


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Layla's Riverside Lodge Trip Advisor Reviews

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Hotel Hell - Calumet Inn - OPEN

Hotel Hell Calumet Inn

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits Calumet Inn in Pipestone, Minnesota, to help sisters Rina and Vanda, they were bought the hotel by their father but Rina left for 3 months as it had become too much. Vanda doesn't get up before 3 and believes that the staff are just there for the money. Their parents have been forced to come work for them to help keep the hotel open, their mother Rita is working 7 days a week to help them out. Gordon arrives at the hotel and compares it to a prison, upon shouting for someone, Mandy sees Gordon and apologises as it is just her in the hotel today. Gordon is shown to one of the hotel rooms, he finds a mouldy refrigerator and a rail for a wardrobe. They stayed one night before purchasing the hotel and take him to the dirty room she stayed in. Gordon orders the soup of the day and a fish dish. There is drama and Mandy comes in and explains she is no longer GM, Vanda is a socio path and Rina is never at the hotel. Gordon tastes the soup, it smells burnt, is disgusting and the fish is rock hard. Both Rina and Vanda get snappy and threaten not to pay anyone. 

Gordon finds Rina in floods of tears with mother Rita who explains that she runs away when things get tough. Gordon speaks to Mandy but the sisters tell her she's not committed and she explodes about working 60 hours a week with two children, gets up and walks out. Gordon tells them that it has been Mandy keeping the place open,that they need to step up and don't deserve to own the hotel. The next morning Gordon heads downstairs to go to the gym and is told to go down the street in his dressing gown! Gordon gathers some of the guests who tell them that the room is run down and neglected and a guest with allergies says her room is caked in dust.Gordon tells Mandy that she is a good GM and asks if she had control would she come back, she says she will think about it. He tells them to bring in someone to manage it or sell it. Gordon calls the staff together and the sister's reveal they are stepping back and Mandy will be running the hotel.

The next day Gordon reveals the makeover, the guest rooms are now bright and airy. There are new mattresses and bedding in every room and the rooms have real wardrobes in. Gordon reveals the new gym and new restaurant with recipes provided by Rita, the staff try the food and love it. The sisters struggle to keep their nose out and start interfering, Gordon has to step in and tells them to pack and get out. A taxi arrives for them and Gordon gives them each a goldfish to look after to show they can be responsible, Vanda says she is going to go travelling and Rina cries again.


What Happened Next?


Trip Advisor and Yelp reviews are mostly good since Gordon's visit, there are some negative comments but most are positive. It was posted on their Facebook Page that their revenue has nearly doubled.




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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 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 and Sukie had to leave her job in real estate. Gordon can't find the hotel and has to ask for directions. Gordon arrives and speaks to David who explains that he graduated with a major in hotel management, 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, 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. The dinner service is busy but an hour in 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 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. Young locals arrive and the 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.


What Happened Next?


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

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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 designed and built the lodge 22 years ago but since their divorce the hotel has started to suffer. 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 but finally comes out and explains that he was hanging out, Gordon asks about the smell and discovers that it is medical marijuana. Gordon goes to his room and finds stains and dead insects. He meets Joanna who is responsible for check in, the banking and appears to be the only person working and she tells him that Richard does nothing all day and is over a million dollars of debt. Gordon meets Duke who says he gives his mother nothing, Gordon tells him about the debt and he brags he makes over $12,000.

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 and asks Richard how guests are meant to sleep.

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.



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Hotel Hell - Monticello Hotel - OPEN

Hotel Hell Monticello Hotel

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits the Hotel Monticello in Longview, Washington, one of the oldest buildings in town but owner Philip is an alchoholic, he is constantly drunk and was charged with a DUI. Gordon arrives and is impressed by the hotel and the amount of rooms it has to offer but sees a lot of cars outside, a terrible advertisement. He goes in the hotel and finds out that all the cars belong to Philip. He also notes that the employee of the month has not been updated for 3 years. Gordon is not impressed with the state of the rooms and finds one room has been turned into a storage room. Gordon meets Ginger and Philip, he is amazed that the two are a couple. They tell him that they are losing $400,000 a year and this is due to the employees!

Gordon goes to the restaurant and meets Debby the waitress. He orders ravioli which is awful and not home made. Gordon asks to speak to the chef, who tells him he gets 20 minutes prep time a week, has no control on the menu and Philip buys in the food. Gordon speaks to Philip about his DIU, he claims he doesn't know what's going wrong and it's clear he has been drinking today. During dinner most of the customers are elderly patrons and Gordon talks to the bartender who tells him that Philip drinks at least 10 drinks a day. Gordon takes Philip upstairs to a room and gets out a black light, there are stains everywhere and the room is filthy, Gordon tells them that they are ripping people off and don't care about anyone.

Gordon introduces Philip and Ginger to some guests who have stayed at the hotel, their complaints are about how dirty the rooms are, wasted money and none of them would return. Gordon promises some treatment to help Philip with his drinking problem and tells Philip that if he doesn't change the hotel will fail. Over night the hotel is given a huge transformation, the motel sign is gone. The staff love the new rooms and Gordon tells them that they have the potential to turn their fortunes around. They will now be offering room service with a new menu with local ingredients for both this and the restaurant. 



What Happened Next? 


In January 2014, the lounge and restaurant in the hotel was closed by the owners so they could pursue other endeavours. Reviews since Gordon's visit are mostly good on Trip Advisor, although some are disappointed about the closure of the restaurant and lounge. In September, the property was listed both for sale and lease online. Philip was sentenced to 90 days in prison in July 2016 for threatening a District Court judge. 



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Hotel Hell - Meson De Mesilla - OPEN

Hotel Hell Meson De Mesilla

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits Meson De Mesilla, a 14 bedroom hotel in Las Cruces, New Mexico where owner Cali loves to sing and believes she is as good as Cher. The restaurant only serves one type of food and the Chefs are clueless on how to cook the menu and Cali has husband and wife teamZan and Mitzi to help her. Gordon arrives and is asked to sign a waver promising to cause not damage to the Venetian plaster, in a beige that most of the restaurant features. Gordon rips the waiver in half and tells Cali that he didn't sign it.  Gordon is given a tour of the hotel and is shocked that there are 3 different stages for Cali to perform on. Gordon is not impressed with the food, saying that it is disgusting, especially the frozen lamb, which is tough and fatty. Cal starts singing and both Gordon and the guests are surprised by her suddenly bursting into song. Gordon sits down with the staff and an argument breaks out that results in Zan and Mitzi leaving. 

Gordon decides to take a dip in the pool but sees a poop in the pool and decides against it. The next morning, Gordon drives into town to find David at his other job, a food truck and as there was no breakfast at the hotel, he decides to try something to eat. Gordon tries the food and loves it. In order to help Cali understand the problems, he asks some guests to tell her what they think, they don't like the cleaning waiver, they think the pool is dirty and most of all they hate the singing. Cali says she doesn't care what the guests think and Gordon introduces her to a writer from a travel magazine who tells her that no one wants to return to the hotel.

Overnight, the place is given a transformation with changes to the rooms, pool, front desk and the restaurant, featuring a new breakfast buffet headed by David. Cali is unsure of the new changes, especially the linen tablecloths and is concerned that the new changes mean more work. Gordon tells her to accept the changes or he'll put all the old rubbish back in. Gordon arranges a pool party to show all the guests the new changes and to hopefully encourage them to return and puts her microphone into a block of ice to ensure that she can't ever sing ever again!


What Happened Next?


The owner kept most of the changes but has changed some things such as the tablecloths in the restaurant, they are now plastic. They have reported that business has increased since Gordon visited the hotel. The hotel was put up for sale in August 2014 for $2.85 million. Kali has since bought in a 50/50 silent partner for the restaurant part of the business and none of Gordon's changes remain in the hotel. The hotel was sold in March 2017 and is under new ownership, reviews are good.





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Hotel Hell - Roosevelt Inn - OPEN

Hotel Hell Roosevelt Inn

Episode Recap 


Gordon Ramsay visits the Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, located in an old school building, run by John Hough, Tina and her daughter Lorien do everything whilst John is only there once a month to run a murder mystery evening.  Gordon is not impressed with the exterior and inside he is met by an unpleasant smell. Gordon is taken up to his room, it is very pink and costs $319 a night. Gordon speaks to John about his apparent casual attitude and John tells him he occasionally gets violent with guests if they upset him. After the inspection, Gordon sits down with the couple to get to the heart of problems in the business. John tells Gordon that they spent $700,000 to buy the Inn and now owe $1.7 million and they have had to sell their house, cash in a 401k and live in the attic at the Inn. 

That evening, Gordon attends the murder mystery evening and John is out front dressed as Sherlock Holmes whereas Tina is working in the kitchen but for all that work John has only made $200. After the evening, Gordon speaks to John and tells him he is more interested in putting on a show than being an innkeeper but John walks away. The next day, Gordon witnesses John cooking a five course lunch menu, the shrimp cocktail and salmon is frozen. Gordon reveals that he had slept on the couch as he couldn't sleep on the bed and invites John and Tina up to his room. In his room are guests who have stayed in the hotel over the last few months, they complain that the Inn is out of date, the food quality was low but the price was high and that none would stay again. A black light to the bedding reveals the extent of the poor standards. 

The next day, Gordon and Tina meet to discuss the ballroom before he meets a wedding planner, who has struggled to promote the space to potential bride and grooms. When he returns he sits down with the couple and John finally admits he needs to change. Gordon begins working on improving the Inn with an all new menu featuring home cooked meals and also renovates the ballroom, with an amazing makeover. Gordon reveals to the pair that he has booked a wedding into their new ballroom that evening for their relaunch! The event is a hit and goes smoothly.



What Happened Next? 


Reviews are mostly excellent since Gordon revamped the hotel. They have reported that business is better and that Gordon's changes have made breakfast easier and better for the guests. They have also named a suite after Gordon.


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Hotel Hell - River Rock Inn - CLOSED

Hotel Hell River Rock Inn

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits River Rock Inn in Milford, Philadelphia, bought by Ken Pisciotta two years ago but personal life is suffering, he is single and in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. Gordon arrives at the hotel and there is no one there to greet him at the door, he is finally greeted by Assistant Innkeeper Karen. She takes Gordon up to his room where he finds dead bugs and cockroaches in the bathroom. There is a random chair in the corner that it is the Wi-Fi hot spot for the building and Gordon attempts to watch TV but there is no reception. After failing to relax, he goes down to the dining room where Ken explains that he runs an American Bistro but the menu has dishes from all over the world. When Gordon talks to Chef Seth, he claims the menu is Ken's and doesn't want to serve it but he has no control. He returns to his room but before getting into bed he brings out the black light and finds a variety of stains and instead chooses to sleep in his sleeping bag.

The next day Gordon meets with the current guests and no guest says that they would return. Gordon shows Karen and Ken the results of his black light test and the staff begin cleaning the Inn. He finds passive aggressive messages such as "If you eat these cookies, take one to your next job interview" and the staff say Ken can be demeaning, Ken apologizes and promises to change. Gordon invites Ramesh Sadhwani, the Vice President of Hotel Operations at Caesars Palace to give them a lesson in Hospitality. Karen shows that she is a natural at customer service and Ken realizes she needs to be at front of house. In order to boost Ken's confidence and to help him with his love life Gordon brings in a stylist to give Ken a makeover and Gordon takes him out into town, they meet some locals who say they will bring their single friend to the relaunch. Overnight the Inn is transformed with improvements to the rooms including new TVs, mattresses and bedding. The website has been improved and so has the Wi-Fi access.

For the relaunch night, Ken's mom are brother arrive and are happy with the changes that Gordon has made. Ken is more relaxed and leaves the staff to do their jobs allowing him to mingle more with the customers including the ladies he met the evening before and their single friend. Gordon deems the relaunch a success but before he leaves he hands Ken the phone number of the single friend.


What Happened Next?


Reviews after the show was filmed were mostly good with regards to the food in the hotel, however some diners report long waits and problems with food. A loyalty programme was  introduced for regular diners at the restaurant and a new menu was introduced.  They closed in December 2014 and the hotel has reopened, reverting back to the Laurel Country Inn with the previous owners, reviews are mostly positive.


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Hotel Hell - Keating Hotel - OPEN

Hotel Hell Keating Hotel

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits The Keating Hotel, in San Diego, California, owned by Eddie Kaen, a property developer. He hired a sports car design company to decorate the hotel at the cost of $1 million dollars  but spent little on the important things the hotel needed. Gordon arrives at the hotel and is greeted by Boston Terrier Smudge and met by Christos, who takes him to his room which looks more like a garage and costs $759 a night! Gordon tries to relax but thinks the furniture looks cheap and isn't functional. Gordon orders room service of tomato soup, BBQ Chicken, Pizza and Chicken Parmesan sliders and is surprised that the food arrives in takeaway boxes, he is not impressed and spits the food out.

Gordon sits down in the restaurant to have a meal, he is not impressed with the food featuring dry chicken, bland, tasteless pasta and a weird dessert, a chocolate strawberry pizza with bacon. Gordon meets Brian in the kitchen, he passes out and paramedics are called. The next day he visits Brian who was treated for dehydration and anxiety and he agrees to go back as long as things change. Gordon assembles the staff and guests to hear their issues, the guests complain of cheap fittings, rust in the hot tub, terrible room service and say they wouldn't return. Gordon wants to reinvigorate Brian in the kitchen and shows him some new dishes, he is so overjoyed that he breaks down in tears and vows to stand up to Eddie. Alongside the menu makeover at The Merk, Gordon gives The Keating a makeover with more simplified and comfortable design.

For relaunch night, the reception staff are more relaxed and focused on welcoming the guests. The room service is improved with Aaron better managing the delivery. The changes to the restaurant have reinvigorated Brian in the kitchen and all the guests and staff are much happier.


What Happened Next?


Reviews since Gordon left are mostly good but the interior and location are hit and miss with some customers. A suite has been named after Gordon Ramsay in the hotel. 







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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 with help from his family. They are $750,000 in debt and Tina is refusing to put any more of the family's money into the hotel. Gordon arrives and is met by a bizarre RIP Sign, which relates to the ghost of Alice who haunts the hotel. Gordon is shown to Alice's "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 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 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. 

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 points out the most serious problem he has discovered, the main entrance is left unlocked and  every room key and card details are there for anyone to take. 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. 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 dining room with wooden flooring and white drapes to tone 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 and introduces 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 and 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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Hotel Hell - Juniper Hill Inn - CLOSED

Hotel Hell Juniper Hill Inn

Episode Recap


Gordon Ramsay visits  Juniper Hill Inn, a 110 year old hotel in Windsor, Vermont, owned by Robert Dean II, an antiques dealer and his boyfriend Ari Nikki. The hotel has been filled with antiques, the prices are high, there is a minimum of a two night stay and Robert still lives luxuriously despite being deep in debt. He lets his friends dine and stay for free, refuses to pay the tips and struggles to pay wages. Gordon arrives at the hotel and is impressed by the beauty of the hotel but finds that the front door is locked. Robert informs Gordon that they are lucky to take $15,000 a month and are losing $200,000 a year.Gordon goes up to his room but it smells like sewage so he asks to be moved to another. He goes down for some lunch but they only serve meals during the day upon request. Gordon notices there are no prices on the menu and Robert explains that they run a fixed price menu of $59 for 3 courses. Gordon orders the crab cakes, they are small, taste like soap and the lamb at an extra cost of $15 is raw and sickly sweet. The only part of the meal Gordon likes is the desert but discovers that this is bought in. 

Gordon is shocked to learn that the pair live in a flashy $100,000 RV motor home parked outside the Inn that is a drain on morale as they are living on the poverty line. Gordon leaves the hotel to visit the former chef Ida. She explains that Robert stopped answering the phone and lost his way, he invites her to return at the end of the transformation but she politely declines. Gordon returns to speak with the staff and they tell him that they aren't being paid on time but the basement is overflowing with hoarded antiques! Gordon gets Ari alone for a chat and he tells Gordon that he has sunk his entire life savings into the Inn. Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service and as the pair seat everyone at once there is chaos in the kitchen and it attempts to send out burnt food. After the terrible dinner service, Ari decides to take the reigns declaring himself the boss but Gordon tells him he has no right until he starts paying the staff, Robert's response is to tell them that they don't have to work there.

Part 2

Ryan reveals that Robert has allowed his friends to stay at the hotel for free and takes a portion of the servers tips. Gordon confronts Robert and persuades him to call his friends, they reveal that they did pay tips but it appears Robert pocketed them. Gordon comes up with a plan to persuade Robert to sell off his antiques collection but an auctioneer assesses his antiques to only be worth $25,000. Gordon tells Robert that his staff will leave if something isn't done soon and gives him the bottom line, if he isn't willing to listen to his advice he should sell the inn. The next day Gordon assembles guests to give their opinions on the hotel, Hotel inspector Stephen says that the hospitality is nice but he has nothing else nice to say. Gordon asks Chef Giulian to cook three new dishes of his own and they will present the new dishes to Robert, he loves them  and is surprised when he discovers that Giulian created them. The owners gather the employees and apologise for not paying them properly or giving fair tips. 

Overnight, Gordon transforms the hotel, the great hall is now a warm and welcoming and the dining room is updated. Gordon has left the rooms untouched as they were already to a good standard and the second dining room has been transformed into the Blue Bar. To relaunch the hotel, they are to do their first Sunday dinner service. The relaunch is a success until Sarah asks Robert and Ari's poodle to leave the bar and an argument breaks out. Gordon tells Sarah to go back into the other room and tells Ari that he needs to apologise for raising his voice. Giulian struggles at first, failing to communicate with his sous chef but after a pep talk is soon back on track. The locals and the hotel inspector recognise the improvements that have been made. 


What Happened Next?


Reviews after filming were mostly good but the hotel went into foreclosure with debts of $1.1million in April 2014 and has since closed. They posted on their website that they are no longer in business. 

The hotel was bought by Kenni Lucci and sister Brenda Bradley in 2015, they say that the place was left in a state of disrepair and there were boxes of unused merchandise. 

The hotel reopened as the Windsor Mansion Inn and reviews are excellent. 



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