Hotel Hell

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Hotel Hell
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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 8 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Adeline Ramage Rooney
  • Ben Adler
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Patricia Llewellyn
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) One Potato Two Potato
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

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]


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) TBA

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title City Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
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. This season finale also featured a wedding celebrated the same night of the reveal.

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title City Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
7 1 "Meson De Mesilla" Las Cruces, New Mexico July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21) HOT-201 3.99[20]
In the season premiere, Ramsay goes into a hotel with an outdated look, dirty pool, and an owner more focused on singing than customer service. Ramsay altered a few aspects of the hotel during his stay, including adding the locale's name to the front of the building and updating some bedrooms and the pool area. Some of Ramsay's changes didn't stick — like the breakfast buffet of New Mexico foods, some of the pool furnishings and menu items.[19]
8 2 "Monticello Hotel"[21] Longview, Washington July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28) HOT-202 N/A
9 3 "Applegate River Lodge"[22] Applegate, Oregon August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04) HOT-203 N/A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Gordon Ramsay scores new Fox reality show: 'Hotel Hell'". September 21, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 11, 2012). "'Hotel Hell' Premiere In August – Gordon Ramsay's Fox Series Debut". Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "(HOT-103/6) "River Rock Inn/Roosevelt Hotel"". Listings – Hotel Hell on Fox. the Futon Critic. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (August 31, 2012). "Fox renews Gordon Ramsay's 'Hotel Hell' for second season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "'Hotel Hell' recap: Gordon Ramsay wishes he could turn back time". Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Masters, Megan (February 10, 2012). "House Series Finale Date, Hotel Hell Premiere". TVLine. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ O'Connell, Michael (February 10, 2012). "Fox Schedules Gordon Ramsay's 'Hotel Hell,' More Midseason Dates". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 28, 2012). "Premiere Dates Announced for 'So You Think You Can Dance', 'Hell's Kitchen', 'MasterChef' and 'Hotel Hell'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ Gorman, Bill (March 2, 2012). ""The Finder" Moves To Fridays On April 6, 'Hotel Hell' Premiere Pushed To Summer". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 1, 2012). "Fox Pushes 'Hotel Hell' Premiere To Late Summer". Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Shows A-Z – hotel hell on fox". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 14, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: No Adjustments for 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Hotel Hell', 'Bachelor Pad' or 'Grimm'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 15, 2012). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ Linda Stradley (2004). "History of Apple Pie". What's cooking America?. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  15. ^ Notice at the end of the episode.
  16. ^ "Monday Final Ratings: 'Grimm', 'Stars Earn Stripes', 'Hell's Kitchen' Adjusted Up; 'Bachelor Pad', 'The Glass House' Adjusted Down". TV By the Numbers. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 28, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Hotel Hell' & 'Stars Earn Stripes' Adjusted Up; 'Hell's Kitchen' Adjusted Down". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (August 28, 2012). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Grimm' Adjusted Up". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ Anderson, Lindsey (July 21, 2014). "Sweet Revenge". Las Cruces Sun-News. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 22, 2014). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Backpackers' Adjusted Down, No Adjustment to 'Under the Dome'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  21. ^ "(HOT-202) "Monticello Hotel"". Listings – Hotel Hell on FOX. The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ "(HOT-203) "Applegate River Lodge"". Listings – Hotel Hell on FOX. The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
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