Hotel Hell

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Hotel Hell
Hotel Hell.png
Genre Reality television
Starring Gordon Ramsay
Opening theme "Hotel Hell" by Skyhooks
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Adeline Ramage Rooney
  • Ben Adler
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Patricia Llewellyn
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) One Potato Two Potato
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13) – present (present)
External links
Website

Hotel Hell is an American reality television series created, hosted and narrated by Gordon Ramsay that premiered on the Fox network on August 13, 2012.[1] It is Ramsay's fourth series for the Fox network and airs on Monday nights at 8 pm ET/PT.[2] The series' first season, which consisted of six episodes, ended on September 3, 2012.[3] On August 31, 2012, Fox renewed Hotel Hell for a second season,[4] which premiered on July 21, 2014.[5]

The series features Ramsay visiting various struggling lodging establishments throughout the United States in an attempt to reverse their misfortunes, following a similar concept established in Ramsay's other programs, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and its American counterpart, Kitchen Nightmares.[1]

Scheduling[edit]

Originally scheduled to premiere on Fox at 8 pm ET/PT on Friday, April 6, 2012,[6][7] the series was first rescheduled to Monday, June 4, 2012 at 8 pm ET/PT,[8] in order to accommodate the move of The Finder to Fridays,[9] then rescheduled to August 13,[2] due to Ramsay's other two series, Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef, being scheduled for Monday nights during the summer.[10]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 6 August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13) September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03)
2 8[11] July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21) September 9, 2014 (2014-09-09)

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title City Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Juniper Hill Inn, Part One" Windsor, Vermont August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13) HOT-104 5.12[12]
Ramsay visits the town's historical hotel that the locals feel that they were out of place there, due to an atmosphere that they call upper crust. Robert, the hotel's owner, gives Ramsay a stunning room, but it smells of "raw sewage", owing to plumbing problems that were never fixed. Juniper Hill's restaurant not only overcharges for food at rates more befitting a gourmet restaurant, the food is also not properly cooked. The staff then tell their own stories of not being paid for their work, and when they are paid, they get just a fraction of the money owed. Ramsay then discovers that Robert and his boyfriend and co-owner Ari bring their friends to the hotel where they stay, eat and drink for free without leaving a tip. When they do leave a tip, Robert takes the money for himself. An employee then shows Ramsay Robert's four storage units, the basement and the office, which are all filled with antiques and collectibles. The visit comes to a head when Ramsay approaches Robert in his $100,000 motor coach to explain his findings, mandating that he calls a friend to explain the tip situation, only to be told that she left money with Robert. At that point, Ramsay storms out in his own SUV, ending the episode in a To Be Continued cliffhanger.
2 2 "Juniper Hill Inn, Part Two" Windsor, Vermont August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14) HOT-105 5.09[13]
Ramsay, originally thinking that Juniper Hill was a lost cause, returns with an appraiser to determine the value of Robert's antique collection, only to find that most of the original paintings turned out to be reproductions and the antiques were not at all valuable. Robert, realizing his errors, apologizes to the staff. Ramsay further compounds the situation when he brings in former guests of this hotel to rate their experience, angering Ari. This led to the hotel's refurbishment and relaunch, with Ramsay's invitation to the locals to come by. The only change to the rooms was to repair the plumbing problem.
3 3 "Cambridge Hotel" Cambridge, New York August 20, 2012 (2012-08-20) HOT-101 5.17[16]
Ramsay tries to save the hotel known for creating the Pie a la Mode in the 1890s.[14] Despite Ramsay's efforts, the hotel closed prior to the episode's air date due to a decision of the lender bank.[15]
4 4 "The Keating Hotel" San Diego, California August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27) HOT-102 5.90[17]
Ramsay visits a hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego where rooms go for $800 per night. The owner is a former Ferrari dealer and he has decorated the hotel to his personal tastes, which lean more to form over function. The chef at the hotel restaurant has a hard time saying "no" to the owner's menu suggestions, such as chocolate-bacon-strawberry pizza. Room service orders are delivered in cardboard boxes and plastic containers, which do not befit a luxury hotel. Ramsay redecorates the rooms and redesigns the menu, and convinces the owner to allow his staff to tell him "no" when needed.
5 5 "River Rock Inn" Milford, Pennsylvania September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03) HOT-103 4.51[18]
Ramsay finds that the owner micromanages his staff, and the hotel looks dated and dirty. He brings in the VP of Operations of Caesars Palace Las Vegas to educate the staff on how to make customers feel welcome. Ramsay decides that the hotel could benefit from a woman's touch, and encourages the owner (who is single and rarely leaves the hotel) to get out and mingle. Ramsay acts as his "wingman" and arranges for him to meet a lady and get her phone number.
6 6 "Roosevelt Hotel" Coeur d'Alene, Idaho September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03) HOT-106 4.30[18]
Ramsay visits a husband-and-wife-operated inn located at the former Roosevelt Elementary school. The wife was a reluctant partner in an impulse real estate investment by her husband, who had been a former student of the school. The hotel was plagued with unwashed linens, outdated decor, and a small kitchen. The owner hosted a monthly gathering for a barely profitable murder mystery, in which he played the role of Sherlock Holmes. Ramsay's team makeover included: updating the interior decor, devising a home- cooked menu that could be made from the small kitchen, and revamping their wedding business. A wedding is also celebrated the same night of the reveal.

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title City Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
7 1 "Meson De Mesilla" Las Cruces, New Mexico July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21) HOT-201 3.99[19]
Ramsay arrives at the hotel and is immediately put off by the beige color scheme and being asked to sign a damage waiver. He wonders why a hotel in New Mexico is styled after Tuscan Italy. The food is not very good, and the owner sings Karaoke in the style of Cher during service. The pool area is dirty and disused. The owner fires the general manager and asks Ramsay for help. Ramsay and his team redecorate all of the rooms, renovate the pool area and redesign the menu, all in the style of New Mexico. When the owner starts to waver on the changes, Ramsay threatens to put the pool back to the way it was and leave. He also asks her to stop singing and focus on management. She commits to the changes and sees a boost in business.
8 2 "Monticello Hotel" Longview, Washington July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28) HOT-202 4.06[20]
Only four rooms in the historic hotel are available for use, and all other guests are sent to the adjacent motel. The owner inherited the hotel and is wealthy, with a collection of classic cars displayed outside. However, he runs the hotel in a miserly way. The staff informs Ramsay that the owner has a drinking problem and was jailed the night before for DUI. Ramsay stages an intervention for the owner, renovates the rooms and redesigns the menu.
9 3 "Applegate River Lodge" Applegate, Oregon August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04) HOT-203 3.85[21]
Ramsay is amazed that a hotel in such a scenic location could be losing money. He finds that the owner's two sons run the entertainment and restaurant portions of the hotel but do not share any of the proceeds with her. Guests are often annoyed by late night jam sessions. Ramsay gets the family to reconcile their differences, renovates the rooms, redesigns the menu and moves the music to an outdoor location.
10 4 "Hotel Chester" Starkville, Mississippi August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11) HOT-204 3.75[22]
The owner was injured in a car accident five years ago, and the hotel and restaurant have been struggling ever since. His wife has been trying to run the kitchen, but her dishes do not appeal to the local college crowd. They are so far in debt that they are living at the hotel. Ramsay renovates the rooms and beer garden, redesigns the menu, and obtains a chef and an apartment for them to give them time to get back on their feet.
11 5 "Calumet Inn" Pipestone, Minnesota August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18) HOT-208 3.99[23]
The once-historic hotel is being run by two sisters, Rina and Vanda Smrkovski, who received it as a gift from their father. However, everyone in the family and on the staff becomes unhappy, and Ramsay gives them several options: shut down the hotel, sell it, or hand over its operations to a proper general manager. The sisters choose the latter and Ramsay helps improve staff and visitor morale, as well as the hotel and restaurant. He also sends the sisters on a much-needed vacation.
12 6 "Four Seasons Inn" West Dover, Vermont August 25, 2014 (2014-08-25) HOT-205 3.84[24]
The hotel is outdated and none of the staff are being paid. It strives to be dog-friendly with a large kennel facility, which nobody uses. The owner tries to be the chef even though he had no training. Ramsay renovates the rooms and the kennel, redesigns the menu, and renames the hotel to Layla's Riverside Lodge (to avoid confusion with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts). The owner is encouraged to leave the kitchen and become a full-time innkeeper, and he promises to pay the staff.
13 7 "Curtis House" Woodbury, Connecticut September 1, 2014 (2014-09-01) HOT-207 3.86[25]
Ramsay learns that he is the only guest at the inn, where owners TJ and Chris are bickering siblings. Their attitudes towards each other cause stress within their family, as well as the staff at the inn.
14 8 "Murphys Hotel" Murphys, California September 9, 2014 (2014-09-09) HOT-206 2.41[26]
Brian Goss, Kevin Clerico, and Joel Lacitignola are three friends in their 30s who share ownership in the hotel, but fail to properly manage it, its adjoining bar, and Lacitignola's restaurant. The restaurant's storage locker contains improperly stored food and non-appetizing meals are served. It also does not tap into the local vintner tradition. In addition, the hotel's front desk closes early, causing visitors to check in at the bar. Those who stay are also disturbed by the party atmosphere from the bar that lasts well-past midnight. Goss appoints himself as general manager, the historic rooms are renovated, an online guest registry is added, and the restaurant menu which includes wine is improved.

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References[edit]

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  4. ^ Hibberd, James (August 31, 2012). "Fox renews Gordon Ramsay's 'Hotel Hell' for second season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
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