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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.)
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.
Here's the latest happening in the luxury hotel world as told by Just Luxe's own Lena Katz. Got a question about luxury hotels, the travel biz, and where to stay? Send it in and we'll have Lena answer it.
We’re huge fans of the IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia", for so many reasons: It taught us interpretive canoe dancing is totally a real thing and reminds us that the dream of the 90s is alive!! (btw, that’s the theme song’s catchphrase.)
Downtown Portland's Hotel deLuxe, which was featured in the recent episode “Squiggleman,” just announced a "Pilgrimage to Portlandia" package that incorporates goodies seen in past episodes. The Art Deco hotel is a 130-room artsy urban haven from the Provenance Hotels group.
Here are some perks you'll receive with their themed package:
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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.
Layover Hotel Episode 5:The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto: This advice from Bourdain: "If you're traveling for work and want to stick your accounting department with unpaid bills for your swank accommodation, you should probably stay at the excellent Ritz-Carlton." He goes on to big up their comfortable beds and ability to get "a good steak" on the premises. Top praise for this hotel located in the middle of the city's financial district that also commands top rates beginning at 545 CAD ($543) in the dead of winter.
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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. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we'll give you some deets on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.
Layover Hotel Episode 4: Censiv Motel: "Is there anything more lonely and twisted than checking into a love hotel alone?" That's the question Bourdain asks about São Paolo's Censiv Motel, known as one of the city's most popular "love motels". You know the place--a no tell, motel where you stay for a night, or just a few hours.
Perfect for a layover of any sort, really.
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Some of us are old enough (gulp) to remember the evening soap Dallas which began in the 1970s and ended in 1991. In it, that darn oil-rich Ewing family was always getting into trouble, but boy, did they live life to the fullest. However, if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who doesn’t remember the original show, you, too, can become a believer: We hear that the new version of Dallas has just been renewed by TNT for a second season.
To celebrate, The Fairmont Dallas wants you to try out the Ewing lifestyle with their "Dallas Oil Baron Experience” package. With the recent news of Larry Hagman's passing, maybe this is a way to let folks honor the 81-year-old actor's most memorable character, so we say, "go for it."
The package offers a minimum of two nights’ accommodation in a Fairmont Gold Room; access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge with its complimentary breaky and afternoon appies; a private tour for two of Southfork Ranch – the Ewing family’s abode; champagne; and a ride in a chauffeured BMW to Neiman Marcus for some shopping therapy. And because you’re special, you even get a signed copy of the Neiman Marcus Taste cookbook as a memento of your weekend of wealth.
Rates for the “Dallas Oil Baron Experience” package start at $469/night. Oh, and don’t forget your cowboy boots. The hotel doesn’t say they’re necessary, but if you’re going to walk the walk….
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Anybody catch last night's Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo? If so, you might have noticed the gals were far, far away from their Georgia digs, and kicking back at a luxury resort in the British West Indies.
Ani Villas in picturesque Anguilla was the stunning backdrop to last night's drama-packed episode. The luxury property is all private butlers, private chefs, and private speedboat transfers from the St. Martin airport. Name any amenity required for a luxury getaway, and they've got it.
But this is reality TV, so the minute the Hurricane Housewives touched down in the tropical paradise, the drama began to unfold.
Looks like England's on a roll with these creatively re-purposed hotels. After news about the Admiralty Arch being turned into a 100-room hotel smack in the center of London, the Daily Mail is reporting that the Wood Norton house in Evesham, Worcestershire is getting another go around as a hotel.
A little background: the property, which was built in 1897, originally functioned as a hunting lodge for European royalty like Prince Philippe, Duke of Orleans. Then, in 1939, it was bought by the BBC, who used it as an emergency broadcasting center (or, we should say, centre) during World War II, and remained there for over 60 years (episodes of "Doctor Who" were filmed here).
But the BBC has finally moved out, and after a £4 million renovation, the Victorian house is set to reopen as a 50-room luxury hotel, complete with five suites, a farm-to-table restaurant, a swanky pewter bar, and sprawling grounds.
Though, unlike another English countryside manor we know, you won't find any treehouses here.
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Now, we've always known the Catalina is a party hotel but it looks like hotelier Nathan Lieberman is ready to make their predilictions for partying worldwide, or at least nationally.
The Miami Herald attended the show's premiere party at the hotel the other night and found Lieberman about to pose with his employees/castmembers in the bathroom when he asked, “Would André Balazs do this?” In our minds, we practically screamed, "Absolutely not!"
Fortunately, Lieberman backed away from the unprofessional photo op. Yet he's not afraid to hype up the hotel's partymonster attitude. He actually thinks it will help business!
Dunham is "a voice of a generation," but not one that frequents The Warwick
If you live in New York, there's no chance you haven't yet been bombarded by advertising for the new HBO series, Girls, starring Tiny Furniture creator Lena Dunham, and directed by Judd Apatow. The show finally premiered on Sunday night, and not without a little cameo appearance by one of Manhattan's old timer hotels, The Warwick.
Funny, though—not exactly the type of place we were expecting in a series about twenty-something girls trying to be all cool and blasé (we'd imagine Standard or Ace would be better suited for something like that).
But wait, we were right all along, because the hotel isn't in fact used as a place where the "girls" hang out, but as the place where their parents stay when they're in town visiting. Heh. Sorry, Warwick, you've been typecast.
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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.
Since we still haven't heard anything about Andre Balazs' rumored HBO miniseries on the Chateau Marmont, it's a good thing another network has picked up the slack. Comedy Central has ordered a pilot episode of Almost Vacant, which Deadline describes as following "the misadventures of two inept friends, Jim and Nic, as they work at a low-end budget hotel in upper New York."
The show's been written by Nicolas Wright (above) and James Woods, who co-starred in IFC's The Business, which was about an ex-softcore-porn-director trying to make a name for himself as a respectable indie filmmaker. While not too many details on Almost Vacant have emerged, we're sure glad to see more hotel-set TV shows hitting the airwaves (see also: Gordon Ramsay).
As we've known for quite some time now, you don't have to hang around in a hotel for long to see some pretty crazy shiz.