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Hotel Hell Applegate River Lodge

In this Hotel Hell episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Applegate River Lodge in Applegate, Oregon, owned by Richard and Joanna Davis.

The couple designed and built the lodge 22 years ago but since their divorce the hotel and the family has started to suffer.

Richard smokes pot all day and Joanna struggles with the debt and running the restaurant. Their two sons Duke and Dusty also work there and the family are constantly fighting.

They play music in the bar all night so the guests struggle to sleep and are annoyed. The hotel has terrible reviews and a reputation for their party bar.

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 although he is initially told it is basil he discovers that it is medical marijuana.

Gordon goes to his room and finds stains, dead insects and that it is very dirty.

He 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 except smoking pot and is over a million dollars of debt.

She also reveals that she doesn't make any money from either the hotel or the bar.

Gordon meets son Duke who says he gives his mother nothing from the bar.

Gordon asks Duke if he also smokes and discovers that he also smokes pot and remarks that the business is run by stoners.

Gordon meets son Dusty who tells him about the debt and he brags he makes over $12,000.

Gordon questions why he doesn't help out and he is offended.

Gordon observes a 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 his 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.

Gordon meets with Joanna and introduces some old guests who tell her that the lodge is terrible and they would not return.

Gordon calls the family together and tells them that he has never seen anything like it and the hotel needs to start running as a business.

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 at Applegate River Lodge?

Yelp reviews since filming are mixed, the negative reviews seem to be about the hotel and weddings and the positive reviews about the restaurant.

Trip Advisor reviews also seem to be mixed, with both positive and negative comments about the wedding service, accommodation, service and food.

Planning a visit to the hotel? Check out their website for further information.

Applegate River Lodge aired on August 04 2014, the episode was filmed in June 2013 and is Hotel Hell season 2 episode 3.

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This post was last updated in December 2019.

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

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

    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.

    2. 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.

    3. Just seen this and totally agree, really felt sorry for the mum and the two brats of sons were totally taking advantage of her but I couldn't understand how one son made £1500 in profit one night and the other said a couple of hundred dollars, the thing is the music shows would only be on at the weekends so he'd only contribute a fraction of what his brother was potentially making, a fair of free loaders if ever I saw them who'd have been sacked years ago if their mum didn't own the business.

  3. i want to visit this place one day

    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.

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. I felt bad for the mom like everyone else, but I also felt bad for the son that ran the restaurant. For probably never having any training or education in that kind of thing, at least he was making money. We never saw Gordon pick apart the dishes, which is usually the best part.

    The son that ran the music side was probably losing more money for his parents because of the rooms they had to comp than he was making selling tickets for $15 each after paying the bands even a small amount.

    I wouldn't have wanted to pay money into the hotel's general fund (so that his brother and father could just smoke it) either. If Gordon never came they would have gone bankrupt, and that he would have at least had a little saved to take care of his mother and maybe the experience with his girlfriend to open or work at another restaurant.

  10. We had dinner there last Wednesday, sitting outside enjoying the view. We had a lovely time! The mussels were an excellent starter with our wine and our entrees (trout and chicken) were excellent! The service was timely as well. We had such a great time, we will definitely be going back!

  11. Anyone who believes this place is that bad spends too much time living in the confines of your keyboard. This place is charming. It's an example of rustic pleasure, riverside, in nature. This place never promised to be a 5 diamond resort casino. It's architecturally beautiful, in a peaceful place, the rooms are nice and clean. Not sure what more you could want in order to take some time out, get back to your soul and spend time with friends and family.


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