People's Choice Awards: Chateau La Rue
Despite being nothing more than a set for a faux-reality TV show that never hosted any actual real guests, Chateau La Rue was the most popular hotel of 2007.
Tori Spelling and her trophy husband Dean McDermott got into the B&B business at the start of the year after much hype that Tori Spelling was using her tiny inheritance to set up shop. The two seasons of Tori and Dean: Inn Love that aired were pretty painful to watch. We actually blame our ever-growing alcohol problem on having to watch this show.
Aside from the pain of watching Tori and Dean pretend to run a B&B, potential guests were totally frustrated when they couldn't ever book a room at the inn nor in some cases, even get a reply from the reservations hotline.
Things got worse in the spring, when we discovered (not so surprisingly) that Tori and Dean didn't actually own their B&B, despite an entire episode centered around placing a bid for the inn.
Then this fall was capped off with a threat of a raging wildfire before Tori and Dean finally decided to throw in the towel and open a gourmet french fry business instead. The inn is now set to go back to its old name under the original owner, Patricia King, who wrote to us last month:
You are correct, Tori and Dean will not be running Chateau La Rue any longer, but I, the true proprietor of Oak Creek Manor am accepting reservations for Friday December 14th, on.
The Inn will maintain most of Tori and Dean's new room colors, but will return a couple of rooms to their original splendor which matches the architecture: Colonial.
Rates range from $150 to $295 should you want to book a room in 2008. The runner-up for the People's Choice Awards? A real hotel, The Bowery Hotel in Manhattan which opened in March.