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Back in October, our favorite hotel roasting show and its polished, tough-lovin' host, Anthony Melchiorri, took up residence at the, ahem, "rustic" Glacier Bear Lodge in southeast Alaska. The result, which aired on the Travel Channel a few weeks ago, is one of Hotel Impossible's most entertaining episodes to date.
The fishing lodge's claims on its homepage -- that it "has all the amenities and activities to experience a true Alaska vacation" plus "world-class fishing" -- aren't exactly false advertisements. But Melchiorri quickly learned its self-proclaimed status as "the best lodging and dining in the area" were a bit off the mark, due to the fact that the 32 room property was quite literally falling apart.
Inside, years of untreated water damage was causing the floors, ceiling, and walls to rot away. Rusty, unhinged toilet seats and accumulated soap scum prompted Melchiorri (an admitted germaphobe) to declare that Glacier Bear's bathrooms were "the worst I've ever been in. You might as well go pee on a tree." It was hilarious when Anthony then discovered the maintenance department's favorite tool for fixing problems was simply "duct tape." (Trust us, it doesn't get much more Alaskan than that!).
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We know, we know. We told you that the season premiere of Travel Channel's Hotel Impossible wouldn't be airing until April 9—and that's still correct. But lucky us, we just so happened to have gotten our mitts on an advanced media screener, and you can bet we popped it right into our DVD player when we got home.
The first episode follows around hotel "fixer" Anthony Melchiorri as he dramatically tears apart, then (to some extent) puts back together a struggling family-owned hotel out on Long Island. It's a daunting, sometimes funny, and sometimes painfully slow process. Unlike, say, restaurants, which are the focus of The Food Network's similarly-titled Restaurant: Impossible, there's a lot more going on in hotels. Cooking, cleaning, Front Desk, valet, room service, spa, concierge—hotels are like a bunch of tiny businesses all crammed into one big multifaceted business.
Which is why, we realized, the idea of making a one hour show about rehabilitating an entire struggling hotel is slightly ridiculous. Given the time constraints, how exactly is any substantial change supposed to be made?
Oh, we get it. That's the "impossible" part, that's what's supposed to be entertaining. Which it is, at some points. But at others, when Melchiorri is just running around the hotel yelling at people, the whole thing just feels a little, well, impossible.
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People. You now know exactly what we will be doing on April 9 at 10pm ET/PT. We'll be watching the very first episode of Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel!
half one-hour show features Anthony Melchiorri as he goes about fixing troubled hotels and inns. We reported on the show's filming last week but Travel Channel has now given us some more detes on what to expect from the show. And more importantly, what hotels will be featured:
Each episode features a hotel fighting for its life. Melchiorri secretly scouts the property and identifies its biggest problems. He then meets with the staff from front desk receptionists to housekeeping to the owners themselves to determine the key operation issues. These owners could risk losing their hotels if Melchiorri’s renovations do not work! After coming up with a plan and prescribing the changes that need to be made, Melchiorri revamps and re-motivates the staff and transforms the hotel. Whether it is demonstrating the proper way to pour a glass of wine or gutting and redecorating a lobby, Melchiorri knows how to turn a failing hotel into a bustling tourist destination.
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A few months ago, we learned that the Travel Channel would be premiering a brand new show called Hotel Impossible, starring Anthony Melchiorri, a longtime hospitality consultant whose "no-nonsense approach can turn any establishment around in weeks."
But aside from an entry on IMDB.com and a non-active Twitter account, we haven't seen much news out there about Hotel Impossible. Exceppppptt...Anthony now has his own Twitter and Facebook page! And he's putting up some photos!
That's where we found this amazing pic of Anthony cruising in a convertible with the cameras on him (So that's how they do that!) He's also got some photos of himself being filmed in a very tropical setting. It looks like Miami but another photo in the album shows a thatched roof. Maybe Mexico?
Any one got any inside filming scoop on Hotel Impossible? Let us know!
[Photo: Anthony Melchiorri/Facebook]
UPDATE: We've got a brand new picture of the hotel fixer, Anthony Melchiorri. Sorry, James Caan but we had to drop you.
Sources have confirmed for us that the man pictured here is indeed Anthony so if you see him at your hotel one of these days, that means the hotel you're staying at is in trouble.
For those who missed the news yesterday, Melchiorri, a longtime hospitality consultant with experience in turning around several hotels (mostly in NYC), will attempt to boost business at several struggling hotels. Here's the show's official description:
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Not too long ago we were all amped up about who the hell the Hotel Fixer could be for Travel Channel's new hotel reality TV show. While we got word that the show would air in the Spring of 2012 we still didn't know who this fixer man would be. But now we do.
His name is Anthony Melchiorri and the show will actually be called Hotel Impossible.
We're still freaking out over the sudden reveal of the fixer so pardon our cursory internet search on Melchiorri's hotel cred (and sorry, we're not quite sure what he looks like. We have an idea but don't want to run with it if it's wrong.)
So it looks like Melchiorri has recently started his own hospitality consulting business Argeo Hospitality after he helped develop and reposition the first Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort and the historic Algonquin Hotel (which is about to undergo a major reno.) Over the course of his career he's also worked at the Plaza Hotel, Embassy Suites, Millennium Hotels, the Lucerne Hotel and the Westin Hotel in Times Square.