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Get Ready, CNBC Is Taking Us 'Behind Closed Doors' At Marriott Tonight

December 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM | by | ()

We gotta admit, we're both excited and relieved about the hour-long special airing tonight on CNBC, called Behind Closed Doors At Marriott. Excited because, well...hello! We're hotel geeks, so a hotel documentary is like winning the TV jackpot. And relieved, because maybe our obsession with hotels isn't as obscure as we once thought.

Marriott has always fascinated us, just because of how freakin' huge they are. Arguably the largest international hotel chain on earth, the company owns not five, not ten, but eighteen distinct brands, from Ritz-Carlton to Renaissance to Autograph Collection to Courtyard by Marriott...the list goes on.

Running a mega empire like that can't be easy, which is likely what inspired CNBC to produce this doc in the first place. And judging from the two-minute teaser clip, reporter Scott Wapner certainly seems to have done his homework...

Focusing on Marriott's legacy as "an American nameplate" that has "played it safe while also taking huge, calculated risks," Wapner will be showing scenes from various Marriott properties around the world. Like the 1,400-room Marriott New Orleans, and its kitchen that generated over $300,000 in revenue on the day Wapner visited. Or the interview with a Marriott executive explaining "the strange science of hotel pricing."

Apparently, the exec told Wapner, "If there’s money that we missed on the table, it hurts me.  I feel physical pain." Well, we think we'll feel physical pain if we miss this totally nerdy but awesome documentary!  

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Gordon Ramsay's 'Hotel Hell' Will Fire Up on August 13

June 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM | by | ()

Whoopsie! June 4 came and went for us and we didn't even think to check in on Gordon Ramsay's new television show, Hotel Hell. But it looks like we got lucky because the show didn't air that night.

However, it is set to air on August 13 and this time looks like it will be for real. We got an email from FOX publicity about the fiery chef's hotel fix-it show that will actually have a two-night series premiere. The first ep will air on Monday, August 13 on FOX at 8pm followed by a second ep on Tuesday at the same time. The show will then air the next several episodes every Monday night at 8pm.

Given the description of the show, it's clear to us that Hotel Hell will be entirely similar to Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. If you've not watched that show before, it could very well put you off on ever eating out at a restaurant again. We sincerely hope this show doesn't ruin hotels for us now.

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Catch The First 3 Episodes of 'Magic City' a Week Before It Debuts on TV

March 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

As dedicated chroniclers of the Miami Hotel Mambo, we can't wait to see the new Starz show Magic City.

Set in Miami in 1959 at the fictional Miramar Playa Hotel, the back-of-house drama involves mobsters, steamy affairs, fancy gowns, synchronized swimming scenes, and covert late-night runs in the boat. Miami Hotel Mambo, indeed!

The 10-episode season begins next Friday, April 6, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the series has already been renewed for a second season. That's gotta be a good sign, right? Turns out, we won't have to wait a week to find out--Starz is releasing the first three episodes of the show online and via the Magic City Facebook page this weekend.

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New TV Show 'Magic City' Will Follow Mobsters in a 1960s Miami Beach Hotel

December 7, 2010 at 1:49 PM | by | ()

The Fontainebleau Miami--possible TV set?

Here we go again--someone is attempting another tv show about hotels. But this one may fare slightly better than the rest.

Cable network Starz has just announced their pick-up of "Magic City" , a period drama set in the 1960s that follows the comings and goings of mobsters, entertainers and politicians at a posh Miami Beach Hotel. Ooo kinda like if Mad Men met Boardwalk Empire!!

Deadline Hollywood reports:

The subject matter is a tightrope in dealing with the mob, his own complicated family, racial tensions and a city that is about to blow up as a destination for decadence.

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'Hell's Kitchen' Winner Snags Position at New Borgata Restaurant

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  Site Where: 1 Borgata Way [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 15, 2009 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Hell's Kitchen, Top Chef, The Chopping Block — how do we keep all these cooking reality shows straight? Oh, here's how: one of these shows has ol' Gordon Ramsay screaming in contestants' faces and calling them donkeys and stuff. And that show (Hell's Kitchen, in case we've lost you) had its season five finale last night — complete with a viewing party at the Borgata Hotel and Casino to appropriately celebrate the grand prize.

And what was this grand prize, you wonder? Well (spoiler for the Tivo-ers) winner Danny Veltri scored himself a chef's job at Atlantic City's Borgata inside the brand new resto Fornelletto Cucina Italiano under exec celeb chef Stephen Kalt, who also runs the kitchen at Corsa Cucina at Wynn Las Vegas.

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All in the Family: Alex McCord and Son Model for Hotel Chandler's Website

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  Site Where: 12 E 31st St [map], New York, ny, United States, 10016
March 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

Tee-hee. Last week, after watching yet another riveting episode of Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City, we were forced to do a bit of detective work to find out exactly what was going on with the ownership of the Hotel Chandler in NYC. See, despite what he may have implied on the show, the hotel did not, in fact, belong to real hubby Simon van Kempen — rather, he was simply the GM of the property.

But! This week, we found out that he does seem to oversee the marketing for the hotel. A very astute tipster wrote in to call our attention to this:

I was scouting aroung the pages of the Hotel Chandler today, and Simon is so cheap that if you go to the photo gallery on the hotel's web page, the bottom right photo is of his wife and one of his sons in their robes!!!!! - either too cheap to pay for a model or paid her over the top for her services.

Yup, that's Real Housewife Alex Mccord, all right. We're not sure how we feel about this — but at least she's not naked, right?

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Who Owns Hotel Chandler? Not Simon van Kempen

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  Site Where: 12 E 31st St [map], New York, ny, United States, 10016
March 18, 2009 at 10:31 AM | by | ()

Apparently, after Tuesday night's episode of Bravo's "Real Housewives of New York City" aired, some people have been claiming that Alex's hubby Simon van Kempen — whom we know as the General Manager of the Hotel Chandler in NYC — allowed himself to be introduced by someone as the owner of the Chandler. Knowing a thing or two about, um, the vast differences between owning and operating a hotel, we raised an eyebrow...and then we went digging.

Turns out: yeah, no. Simon does not, as we suspected, own the Hotel Chandler. He is the General Manager (and has been for quite some time), but the hotel belongs to a company called Triumph Hospitality (unless, that is, Triumph has not updated its website to reflect their latest portfolio in a long, long time). Triumph, spearheaded by a hotelier named Shimmie Horn, also owns the Iroquois New York, the Washington Jefferson Hotel and the Hotel Belleclaire.

The Chandler opened its doors in 2001 under the name Le Marquis; but in 2004, the hotel changed its name "following the amicable resolution of a dispute with another party."

Got any more info on the curiously secretive behind-the-scenes hierarchy at the Hotel Chandler? Let us know.

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"Breaking" News :: Do Not Disturb Canceled

September 26, 2008 at 10:13 AM | by | ()

Sitcom Fail.

Well, color us surprised. Do Not Disturb -- the hotel sitcom starring Jerry O'Connell that we loved to hate and then hated ourselves for kinda-loving -- has reportedly gotten the axe after only three episodes.

We'll be honest: you may have noticed our weekly episode review was missing this time around. Well, for some reason, our Tivo did not record Do Not Disturb this week. And we were hoping to catch the latest episode (#3) online yesterday, but it (curiously) was never posted on Fox.com and we were, frankly, a little bit bummed cause we kinda enjoyed it last week.

But silly, silly us: the Tivo apparently knew something we didn't.

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Do Not Disturb :: A Disturbing Change of Heart

September 18, 2008 at 2:56 PM | by | ()

Have a seat. We're about to deliver big news.

We watched episode two of the new sitcom Do Not Disturb last night -- remember, the one we thought to be so offensively terrible that we questioned its right to claim even a moment of our precious attention last week -- and, um, we sort of didn't hate it as much.

Were we drugged? Drunk? In a euphoric, nothing-can-destroy-our-happiness kind of mood? No, because that usually doesn't happen when we're at home at night watching television.

But we laughed. Out loud. Like twice, maybe three times. Which, we assume, means we were entertained at some point during the thirty-minute semi-disaster of a network television show. Oh, and Audrina Patridge (from The Hills) made her big cameo, too. But we'll get to that in just a second.

Come with us on a journey of embarrassing confessions as we attempt to explain our slight (albeit not a total-eclipse-style) change of heart after the jump.

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Do Not Disturb :: Yes, It's That Bad

September 11, 2008 at 1:02 PM | by | ()

Yes, Jerry, our faces looked like that while we were watching too.

Unfortunately, we caught the premiere of the hotly-antipicated (by us) Do Not Disturb, the FOX sitcom that stars Jerry O'Connell as the GM of a trendy Manhattan hotel -- and oh, it's bad, guys. It's real bad.

We did our best to sit down with open minds. After all, we love us some Jerry O (those baby blues!) and his costar Nicey Nash is a total hoot on Reno 911 and the less-favored Clean House on Style Network.

But look: Jerry O'Connell? You're not funny. You're just not. It doesn't help that the script isn't even "heh" funny, and while we get that it's a sitcom about hotel staff and notsomuch about running a hotel, it sort of pained us that in the span of one episode, we failed to see a single employee interact with a single guest (but it's ok; we know Audrina is coming soon).

They seemed too busy being concerned about who was having sex with whom. But then again, maybe that helps explain why sometimes we get craptastic service at some trendy Manhattan hotels.

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Audrina Patridge Gives Us One More Reason to Hate "Do Not Disturb" Before It Airs

August 14, 2008 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

Remember that new show about a "swanky hotel" we told you about a couple of weeks ago?

To remind you: Jerry O'Connell stars as a hotel General Manager opposite Niecy Nash, who plays a Human Resources Director, in Do Not Disturb, a sitcom set in a trendy NYC hotel. We thought it didn't look too promising or even really particularly funny or interesting -- plus, as we found with Welcome to the Parker, shows about hotels are at high-risk for becoming suckfests.

But now we're elevating that "high risk for sucking" watch to a "canceled after 2 episodes" warning because we hear Audrina Patridge (yes, the one from The Hills) is set to guest star.

Ah, well. It's about time someone gave Audrina an opportunity to show off her comedic acting skills. The Daily Blabber had the scoop:

"[The show] takes place in New York City at a swanky hotel," Aud wrote on her blog. "I will be playing a guest checking into the hotel and I am going to film my scenes sometime next week! I think Jerry O'Connell is hysterical (have you guys seen his video on that Web site FunnyorDie!?) and I can't wait to meet Niecy!"

Oh, you'd better believe you're going to get a full review from us the moment this thing premieres.

[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

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Jerry O'Connell To Star as Hotel General Manager in TV Show "Do Not Disturb"

July 31, 2008 at 12:34 PM | by | ()

We had actually heard that a show about a hip boutique hotel was in the works a few months ago. But back then, all we heard was that Reno 911's Nicey Nash was filming a pilot episode.

But now, there is like full confirmation that this show, called Do Not Disturb, is going to air and it's cast soon-to-be-daddy-of-twins Jerry O'Connell as the hotel's anal general manager, Nash as the head of human resources, Robert Wagner as the egotistical owner and some lesser-known actors as the hotel employees.

Full description of show here:

DO NOT DISTURB (working title) is a hilarious workplace comedy set at one of New York City's hottest and hippest hotels: The Inn. Named one of the Big Apple's "10 Best Places to Stay," The Inn is just that the "in" place to be, with its chic decor, stylish staff and celebrity clientele.

Behind the scenes, however, the upstairs/downstairs dynamic tells quite a different story.

Keep reading for more on the show.

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