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'Hotel Hell' with Gordon Ramsay to Return in July

April 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

Gordon Ramsay is once again going into run-down and mismanaged hotels across America and berating owners for their piss-poor management skills. The second season of Hotel Hell is set to air on Fox on July 21 at 9pm.

We covered Ramsay's last adventures episode-by-episode here at HotelChatter back in late 2012 and it was full of drama--some of it real and most of it producer-created. Since Ramsay worked with small, independently-owned and run properties, there were quite a bit of problems to deal with from old, dirty rooms to poor F&B options and dismal service.

But Ramsay essentially copied his M.O. from his other TV show, "Kitchen Nightmares"--which is to go nuclear on nearly everything he finds wrong--and took the owners and managers to task for their mistakes. However, he did occasionally find a struggling worker who really wanted the hotel to succeed and did what he could to lift them up (either financially or spiritually. Well, as much as Ramsay can be spiritual.)

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Lindsay Lohan Was Living (and Smoking) at The Soho Grand for Nearly Two Months

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  Site Where: 310 West Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
March 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now, isn't this interesting? We learned from Lindsay Lohan's new reality show, "Lindsay" on the OWN Network, that the troubled star was actually living at the Soho Grand last fall for nearly two months before she was finally allowed to lease the apartment she wanted.

See, what makes this interesting is that we have Soho Grand at the very top of our list of hotels where Lohan isn't welcome. Back in 2007, Lohan had a drunken outburst that ended in her being carried back up to her room and then eventually escorted out of the hotel.

Granted, we published that story before Soho Grand took her in so somewhere over the course of the next few months, Soho Grand had a change of heart. (We suspect more likely the OWN production company convinced the hotel to take her in and showed them the green too.)

But throughout last night's episode, Lohan kept talking about how hotels remind her of her old lifestyle and bad habits and so she was desperate to get out of the hotel. (In a previous episode, before moving to a new room, her personal assistant had to make sure the minibar was empty.)

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'The Bachelor' is Getting Married in Santa Barbara at This Swanky Resort

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  Site Where: 1260 Channel Drive [map], Santa Barbara, CA , United States, 93108
January 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

While "The Bachelor's" current clown stud, Juan Pablo, is about to jet off to Seoul with his harem of women on the ridiculous reality dating show that you can't not watch, the last Bachelor, Sean Lowe is about to say "I Do" on live television to his scriptedtrue love, Catherine Giudici. Not surprisingly, the wedding will take place at a hotel--Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Here's what Catherine said about the planned nuptials:

"The beach is so pretty and the venue is just gorgeous!' said Catherine. 'It will be just the two of us, on the beach. Chilling out and having a great time."

Yes, just the two of you on the beach and MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WATCHING AT HOME.

That said, she is right about the hotel being a gorgeous venue as the hotel has five different, outdoor spots where folks can get married. While Sean and Catherine will get hitched on the beach, the resort also allows for weddings in various gardens and lawns, including the Monte Vista Lawn where the Santa Ynez mountains serve as a backdrop.

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Could The Fantasy Suite in Antigua Be a Clue as To Who The Bachelorette Picks Tonight?

August 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, The Bachelorette promised a "shocking" development in the first part of their two-part season finale on the island of Antigua where Desiree Hartsock had flown with the three men she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. And by "shocking" they clearly meant an acting reel for Des and Brooks for their next soap opera audition.

About an hour of the two-hour special was spent on Brooks decision to tell Des that he loved her but he did not love her. This devastated Des as she was going to pick Brooks to be the one to manipulate tabloid coverage with her for the next few months. There were lots and lots of crocodile tears from both parties but the only thing we could focus on was the killer view from the dock of the Verandah Resort. While reality TV orchestrated "love" may come and go, the views at the Verandah Resort are very real.

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The Bachelorette Heads to Antigua for 'Shocking' Season Finale

July 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (3)

Once again, another season of the cheesy reality TV dating show that is The Bachelorette is drawing to a carefully orchestrated and overly produced close.

After disrupting guests at The Ojai Valley Inn and dancing down the side of the Andaz West Hollywood, Desiree Hartsock has taken her top three picks for men to the island of Antigua to make her final decision. And according to the Bachelorette hype folk, it's "one of the most shocking episodes in Bachelor history." Let me guess, someone gets rejected and has to go home? Say it ain't so!

We also hear that three all-inclusive Elite Island Resorts will be featured in the two-part finale which airs tonight and next Monday night. They are: The St. James Club and Villas, The Verandah Resort and Spa and the Galley Bay Resort and Spa. If you're watching and you like what you see happening the fantasy suites, then you're in luck. The hotels have put together a special "The Bachelorette Suite Package."

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Daymond 'Shark Tank' John Is Heading To the Westin New York Grand Central

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  Site Where: 212 E 42nd St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
April 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fans of the hit ABC show Shark Tank ought to perk up when they hear about a new package being offered by the Westin New York Grand Central. Dubbed the "Game Changer," the three-night package offers aspiring entrepreneurs a premium Corner King room (pictured), complimentary New Balance sneakers and workout clothes (for lending only), and free WiFi.

Pretty sweet deal, right?

Oh, wait. We almost forgot the most important part! "Game Changer" guests will also receive a half hour consultation with the shark himself, Daymond John, via Skype or in person. Yes, the FUBU man himself.

The package is named after Game Changer Meetings, a service designed to connect business people all over the world with top experts in their respective industries. Of course, it depends what your chosen industry is. For example, if it has anything to do with suspicious-looking cigarettes, then these guys probably can't help you.

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Filming in Hotels: Can It Be Done Without Bothering Guests?

March 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last week, we were dismayed to hear about Johnny Jet's bad experience while staying at the Ojai Valley Inn during filming of the cheesy dating show, The Bachelorette. A five-star hotel should definitely not shaft its guests just so a production crew and reality stars can film the perfect shot.

But is there really a way where a hotel, its guests and a TV or movie production crew can all get along?

One HotelChatter commenter thinks so. He writes:

Hassle can be minimized. I've been on both sides of this type of situation. Years ago, I was Night Manager of a hotel where a movie was filmed. I had guests complain because they couldn't access the health club, indoor pool, or spa because of the movie. That was horrible because my hands were tied. I couldn't kick the film crew out; and, discounting the room didn't do much to mollify guests who expected to be able to use the hotel amenities.

Occasionally, I work on some of the TV shows shot here in South Florida. A few weeks back, we filmed in the lobby of one of the hotels in Ft. Lauderdale. The production did a great job of not inconveniencing guests. While guests were prevented from walking across the lobby, that only happened during the shot. And, the longest any guest had to wait was about 4 minutes. Since guests could stand and watch the scene, no one seemed to be bothered.

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Only a Pratt Would Think Hotel Dry Cleaning's Cheap

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  Site Where: 45 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1K 1PN
March 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM | by | Comments (3)

We've recently written about sneaky hotel fees that are creeping onto our bills, but we'd like to think people are paying attention to obvious actions that will result in hefty charges.

That's why our eyes nearly rolled out of our heads when we read this little ditty in the New York Post and Entertainmentwise.com about Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt and their $5,000 laundry bill courtesy of the Dorchester in London.

According to the stories, the clueless couple, who were in England filming "Celebrity Big Brother" last month, sent four suitcases worth of clothes to the hotel's laundry service after running out of outfits to wear. The tab for their newly-washed threads? £3,500 ($5,000).

This apparently boggled Pratt's mind--"We were totally flabbergasted," he was reported saying, and upon returning to the States, he attempted to do some math with a writer and like most travelers, lamented on the power of the pound.

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'The Bachelorette' Dances On Andaz West Hollywood For Latest Date

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  Site Where: 8401 W Sunset Blvd [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
March 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we learned that The Bachelorette, Desiree Hartstock, filmed one of her numerous dates at the Ojai Valley Inn, much to guest Johnny Jet's dismay. This week, we learn that Des and her men took over the Andaz West Hollywood and what a date it was: Our tipster writes in:

I was meeting a friend for lunch on the Sunset Strip this Thursday when we noticed a crowd in front of the Andaz hotel and a production crew with three or four cameras. We looked up and people were dancing on the facade of the building. We stuck around until the dancers came down to the ground and saw it was Des (The Bachelorette) on one of her dates. Here's a pic I snapped while they were rigged up on wires.

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Filming for 'The Bachelorette' Disrupts the Ojai Valley Inn

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  Site Where: 905 Country Club Road [map], Ojai, CA, United States, 93023
March 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM | by | Comment (1)

Even though The Bachelor has ended (congrats Sean and Catherine, we give it a year!), this only means that The Bachelorette is just beginning. According to RealitySteve.com filming has indeed commenced for Desiree Hartstock and her boys.

While Steve has hinted that he knows where the show will go after they do a few elimination rounds in LA, he hasn't spilled the beans just yet. But that's ok because our friend Johnny Jet has a first-hand scoop on where the Bachelorette filmed one of their dates--The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. And boy, it is not good. For the hotel at least.

Johnny and wife headed up to Ojai from LA last weekend for a nice quiet retreat. Instead they got helicopters, an over abundance of production crew and rude staff. He writes:

When I tried to pull up to valet, the hotel staff questioned where we were going — he almost seemed surprised we were hotel guests. He told us that only self-parking was available and he guided me to the parking lot as the Bentley was quickly coming up from behind. While waiting for them to finish their shot, I snapped the photo above. In between the retakes, we walked to the lobby to get a golf cart to the room since it’s a long walk and Natalie wasn’t feeling well.

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'The Bachelor' Heads to Anantara Si Kao to Seek Out His Future Wife

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  Site Where: 98-199 Moo5, Had Pak Meng - Changlang Road, Si Kao, Thailand, 92150
February 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

For reasons we can't fully explain, we've decided to tune into the completely staged reality dating show that is "The Bachelor" on ABC. And we're obsessed. From the first rose ceremony shenanigans to the tense two-on-one dates and awkward make-out sessions, we love it all. We'll even watch it live, with commercials. But the show also has another important element we love--hotels. The Bachelor, Sean, has taken his hot body and so-so personality around the world as he tries to find a wife from Montana to Canada to St. Croix and now to the south of Thailand. Who will get the final rose? Who cares? We wanna know where they spent the night.

After an interesting time meeting families last week, Sean narrowed down the choices for his life partner to three women--Catherine, Ashlee and Lindsay. But as they say three's a crowd and Sean has to narrow down his selection even further. To make this tough production call decision, Sean takes the girls to the south of Thailand, specifically to the Anantara Resort in Si Kao.

Much like the Buccaneer Resort in St. Croix, this Anantara bills itself as perfect for family vacations or honeymoons. There's 139 rooms, suites, pool suites and family rooms on the property so it's not a terribly big resort but there's tons of stuff to do, most of them involving water and sand as the resort sits on 15 kilometers of beach adjacent to the Had Chao Mai National Park. But The Bachelor had other plans around town.

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Anthony Bourdain Selects a Stunner in "The Layover" Seattle

February 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In the season finale, our guy heads to Seattle. He’s got 48 hours to play in a place with a thousand nicknames, and lets viewers know “people love to hate this city, ” the reasons apparently boiling down to the weather. No surprise, there. As he hops into his $100K loaner electric Tesla S which has WiFi (!), he mentions he could watch porn while he’s driving--until his faceless passenger mentions he might need two hands on the wheel while driving. Oh. Then he’s off and running around this hipster (yeah, we’ll say it) town, making tons of Dave Matthews jokes all the way.

We cross our fingers hoping he'll make his last hotel choice of the season a good 'un.

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