Television and Travel

Big Sky Country: Drink it in.

Although every episode of Hotel Impossible changes a property’s outlook and future, no show was more moving than last night’s facelift of The Dude Rancher in Billings, Montana. Big Sky Country is filled with the warm, Western locals you’d expect — including all of the hotel’s staffers. But being nice doesn’t sell hotel rooms — especially when there are fancier options down the street. So The Dude Rancher’s owner, Virginia, called in Anthony, Blanche, and the rest of the HI team to help the historic hotel regain its old-world glory. And boy did they succeed — there were TEARS rolling down my face, people. Not only did the team do a wonderful job revamping the hotel’s internal structure and external design, but Anthony also really helped the execs understand what they need to do to make The Dude Rancher the spot to stay in Billings.

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Last night, Anthony Melchiorri and the Hotel Impossible team (Ed. note: How much do you love Blanche?!) headed to the elegant sailing town of Newport, Rhode Island to help a hotel — one with a confused identity, at that — reclaim themselves as a legitimate, desirable spot to post up while exploring the scenic waterfront neighborhood. And although the city sees three million tourists annually, not many of them were staying at the Newport Inn. At least before Anthony came in! Thanks to his hard work, unique ideas, as well as Blanche’s creative sensibility, the HI crew turned a dilapidated motel into a desirable, quaint inn. See what we loved most about the episode after the jump!

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If you’ve been following our recaps on Oyster of Hotel Impossible, you know one thing for sure: We really love Anthony’s no-bullsh*t approach. But last night was a particularly touching episode for us to watch as not only did we get super emotional over the family-owned property, but Anthony did as well — he spent a whole night pouring over the hotel’s financials. And while burning the midnight oil, he discovered ways for the hotel to increase revenue dramatically while only dropping their prices slightly, with requisite beautification projects as well, natch. Check out our five favorite moments from last night’s episode after the jump!

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The hotel's entrance pre-makeover...

...and after. Don't you love the bold address?

OMG, you guys! Just as we were about to start writing our recap of last night’s insane episode of Hotel Impossible, we were informed that the Anthony Melchiorri — aka the intrepid host of Hotel Impossible — was in our very own conference room. [Ed note: We couldn't help but be a little starstruck, come on now. Our business is hotels!] Anyway, as we were saying, last night was truly epic. Let’s just say Anthony, designer Blanche Garcia, and the many helpers involved turned a sh*thole into a 3-pearl hotel that could easily attract hoards of Spring Breakers and beachcombers along the Gulf during its peak season. And with Corpus Christi attracting over 6 million tourists per year, it was critical that the Hotel Corpus Christi Bayfront make some improvements, Anthony style obvi. Find out our favorite moments from last night after the jump!

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Teresa Giudice, Credit: Kelly Jordan/startraksphoto.com; NeNe Leakes, Credit: Amanda Schwab/startraksphoto.com; Ramona Singer, Credit: Kelly Jordan/startraksphoto.com; Tamra Barney, Credit: Amanda Schwab/startraksphoto.com

If you’re anything like us, you’re glued to the tube almost every night of the week to catch the latest episode of the Real Housewives. From Beverly Hills to Atlanta, from Orange County to New Jersey, Bravo follows America’s favorite train wrecks that we love to hate love, capturing all of the madness that goes down. Who needs to watch WWE [Ed note: One of our staffers sure does!] when any given night of the Real Housewives yields a 50% chance of a wig pull or a black eye? And more importantly, where have some of the classic moments gone down? Lucky for us, at some choice hotels — read all about ‘em after the jump!

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Oceanfront Deluxe Room #1 Post Renovation -- we <3 the yellow and gray combo!

Last night’s episode of Hotel Impossible took us to the sunny shores of Fort Lauderdale, where resort owner Frank called for host Anthony Melchiorri’s help to revive his fledgling property, the Ocean Manor. We really loved this one — it scratched our OCD cleaning bug when Melchiorri found dust pretty much everywhere — and especially dug the soft palette designer Blanche Garcia implemented in the renovated rooms. (And the fact that she saved the hotel nearly a million dollars in upcoming construction, too!) Besides these typical but awesome tune-ups, we picked apart our favorite moments from Melchiorri’s stay at the Ocean Manor.

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Host Anthony Melchiorri. Credit: Courtesy of the Travel Channel

When you’re driving up to sprawling vistas in the heart of California’s Wine Country, you’d expect a gorgeous log cabin‘s rooms and amenities to be first-rate, right? That’s what Anthony Melchiorri thought of the Purple Orchid Inn Resort & Spa, which is a 9,000 square-foot property overlooking 23 private acres of olive fields. The views, to say the least, were pretty epic. But the Purple Orchid was in dire need of some tune-ups to turn around its disgraced image now that it had been taken over by new owners Derek and Rhiannon. Who better than to give the team a lesson than Anthony Melchiorri, our favorite, fearless host of Hotel Impossible and an awesome advice giver. Check out what we learned this week after the jump!

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The New Yorker Motel's Patio Pre-Renovation

The New Yorker Motel's Patio Pre-Renovation

The New Yorker's Patio Post-Renovation

The New Yorker's Patio Post-Renovation

 

On Episode 3 of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri took on his toughest challenge yet: the run-down New Yorker Motel of Miami. Calling itself a motel itself was inherently a problem: Did you know that people will pay up to three times more per night just to stay at a hotel over its poor cousin, the motel? However, the moniker was only the beginning of this Miami boutique’s problems. Poop in the toilet (seriously), a poorly designed billing system and a plethora of competition plagued the owners of the New Yorker — who better to whip a motel into a sleek Miami boutique hotel than the boss himself?! Check out the best moments from last night’s episode after the jump!

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Hotel Impossible's Anthony Melchiorri. Credit: Courtesy of the Travel Channel.

We’ve already dished on Hotel Impossible‘s host, Anthony Melchiorri, but last night we finally got the see the hotel executive in action during the show’s season premiere. Boy, we were not disappointed — the man knows how to shape up a hotel and its staff, fast. The host’s first task was to take on the legendary Gurney’s Inn of Montauk, Long Island — a close neighbor of the Hamptons but with a far more relaxed vibe. And Gurneys is practically an institution: On the tip of the island since the 1920s, Gurney’s Inn is symbolic of luxury travel — despite its recent signs of wear and tear. Thankfully, Melchiorri and his team of experts cleaned up the place, gave the staff strict instruction on service improvement, and gave the lobby a renovation that has worth far beyond its outright costs. Check out what we loved most about last night’s episode after the jump!

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Hotel Impossible's Anthony Melchiorri poses in front of a hotel with some rooms for rent. (Photo Courtesy of the Travel Channel.)

Our BFFs over at the Travel Channel are launching an exciting new series on April 9 called Hotel Impossible — and we got to come along for the ride! The one-hour program, airing on Mondays at 10 PM ET, will show Melchiorri critiquing online reviews [Ed. note: Like how awesome Oyster.com's are?!], monitoring service practices, and making decisions on a hotel’s structure, ultimately renovating of a part of the hotel. But before the series starts airing  — and we anxiously await the results of the hotels’ renovations — we were able to check in with the show’s host, Anthony Melchiorri, and find out what he prefers when he’s on the road. Check out his favorite city to visit, feelings about airport food, and more after the jump!

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