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'The Bachelor' Ruined the Lodge at Rancho Mirage, Now Ritz-Carlton to Save the Day

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January 26, 2007 at 3:19 PM | by | ()

Ritz-Carlton is taking over the legendary Lodge at Rancho Mirage in California's Coachella Valley, with hopes that the first phase of the massive construction project be completed by December 2007.

According to the official press release, Ritz will sink about $500 million into gutting and renovating the place into a 244-room resort with an internationally-branded spa and of course, 154 luxury residential units.

While the press release dished out all the sordid construction and design details (sample line: "The hotel's façade will be transformed through the integrated use of multi-hued stone and rich, highly-saturated colors that mirror the inherent beauty of the area's desert surroundings."), a tipster emailed us the real dirt:

It appears they have demolished the entire former Lodge, which after a few years of neglect and awful reviews had just started to pour money into refurbishing the place. Apparently being the wedding locale for that Bachelorette show didn't bring them what they hoped for. Having stayed there last time when it was a RockResort, I'm sure the Ritz can only improve things.

What hasn't the toxic reality TV shows like "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" ruined? Hotels, you may wanna rethink your guest stint on "Flava Flav's Search for a Woman, Cycle 61".

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I just realized I already referenced another reality TV couple's wedding in this post about Atlantis Resort. Isn't there a word for when this happens?