History Series / HotelHell

29th May '16 8:44:36 AM RaiderDuck
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* DownerBeginning: The Angler's Lodge had been doing well until the owners' ten-year-old son died, leading the grief-stricken parents to ignore the lodge until years of indifferent service and bad food had destroyed its reputation.



* HopeSpot: Early in the second half of the Juniper Hill episode Gordon persuades co-owner Robert to sell off his collection of antiques, which is supposedly worth around a quarter of a million dollars, which would clear up the hotel's debts and leave enough funds for it to operate for the next year regardless of guest numbers. Gordon calls in an antiques dealer...who promptly tells him and Robert that the collection is made up of copies and items that were never that valuable to begin with, and is therefore ''completely worthless''. Cue a massive FacePalm from Gordon, as it dawns on both he and Robert how bad the situation really is.

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* HopeSpot: Early in the second half of the Juniper Hill episode Gordon persuades co-owner Robert to sell off his collection of antiques, which is supposedly worth around a quarter of a million dollars, which would clear up the hotel's debts and leave enough funds for it to operate for the next year regardless of guest numbers. Gordon calls in an antiques dealer...who promptly tells him and Robert that the collection is made up of copies and items that were never that valuable to begin with, and is therefore ''completely worthless''.worth maybe $10,000 - $15,000 at most, which is less than he'd paid for the items, and ''much'' less than he thought they were worth. Cue a massive FacePalm from Gordon, as it dawns on both he and Robert how bad the situation really is.
29th May '16 8:35:44 AM RaiderDuck
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* Hypocrite: No other way to describe Kevin, the innkeepers' son at the Angler's Lodge. At their morning meeting on Day 2, he upbraids Gordon for swearing in front of his parents the night before, only to immediately use the word ''"shit"'' right in front of them. Gordon has great fun mocking his double standard.

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* Hypocrite: {{Hypocrite}}: No other way to describe Kevin, the innkeepers' son at the Angler's Lodge. At their morning meeting on Day 2, he upbraids Gordon for swearing in front of his parents the night before, only to immediately use the word ''"shit"'' right in front of them. Gordon has great fun mocking his double standard.
29th May '16 8:27:58 AM RaiderDuck
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* Hypocrite: No other way to describe Kevin, the innkeepers' son at the Angler's Lodge. At their morning meeting on Day 2, he upbraids Gordon for swearing in front of his parents the night before, only to immediately use the word ''"shit"'' right in front of them. Gordon has great fun mocking his double standard.


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* JustFineWithoutYou: The terrible food at the Angler's Lodge was caused by the head chef, who didn't trust her two assistants and literally refused to let them do anything, resulting in her being overwhelmed and producing substandard cuisine. Even after Gordon talks to her multiple times about the importance of trust and communication, she refuses to change. On opening night, she once again shoos the other chefs away from their stations, insisting on doing all the work herself with predictably lousy results. Gordon first demotes, then fires her when he still refuses to talk to anyone. The two assistants took over primary cooking duties; while they were technically inferior chefs to her, they were both hard workers who communicated well, resulting in good food being sent out quickly.


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** Kevin from Angler's Lodge. He tells Gordon Ramsay, who is sitting in the dining room of his parents' hotel with a TV crew filming his every move, how much he wants to leave the lodge and return to his old life, then acts ''shocked'' that his parents found out.
16th May '16 4:07:07 PM whateveryousay21
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** The owner of the Keating Hotel had expensive tastes and didn't care about his staff, forcing them to multitask. The head chef was so mentally broken from years of stress and a terrible menu that he passes out while Gordon is talking to him, necessitating a 911 call. When the owner tries to avoid taking blame for any of this, Gordon chews him out on the spot.
16th May '16 4:00:36 PM whateveryousay21
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The second season premiered in July 2014 after a two-year hiatus.

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The second season premiered in July 2014 after a two-year hiatus.
hiatus. The third season will premiere in May 2016.
27th Dec '15 6:01:49 PM HoursGoneBy
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The stylish Keating Hotel in San Diego is made to evoke Ferrari cars (the owner, being a supercar fanboy, hired an automotive designer to decorate the hotel in his requested image.) Too bad the hotel's operations weren't nearly as sleek and smooth as the decor. Case in point: All service calls were routed through the front desk, and the restaurant was housed in a separate building down the street.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: The stylish Keating Hotel in San Diego is made to evoke Ferrari cars (the owner, being a supercar fanboy, hired an automotive designer to decorate the hotel in his requested image.) Too bad the hotel's operations weren't nearly as sleek and smooth as the decor. Case in point: All all service calls were routed through the front desk, desk and the restaurant was housed in a separate building down the street.



** [[invoked]] Phillip, the owner of the Monticello Hotel, has a serious alcohol problem, and does his damnedest to save a penny, including cutting down on hours for his staff (forcing them to come in early and not even clock in), and putting up his own used furniture in the rooms (including [[{{Squick}} mattresses stained with his own semen]]). Luckily, by the end of the episode, he's gotten help, checked into rehab, and the hotel's head chef (himself sober for nine years) has offered to be his sponsor.

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** [[invoked]] Phillip, the owner of the Monticello Hotel, has a serious alcohol problem, and does his damnedest to save a penny, including cutting down on hours for his staff (forcing them to come in early and not even clock in), and putting up his own used furniture in the rooms (including [[{{Squick}} mattresses stained with his own semen]]). Luckily, by the end of the episode, episode he's gotten help, checked into rehab, and the hotel's head chef (himself sober for nine years) has offered to be his sponsor.



* FacePalm: Gordon Ramsay standard - he's done both the facepalm and the double facepalm. At one point in the Calumet Inn episode, Gordon is doing this as a FunnyBackgroundEvent.

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* FacePalm: Gordon Ramsay standard - standard: he's done both the facepalm and the double facepalm. At one point in the Calumet Inn episode, Gordon is doing this as a FunnyBackgroundEvent.



* HopeSpot: Early in the second half of the Juniper Hill episode, Gordon persuades co-owner Robert to sell off his collection of antiques, which is supposedly worth around a quarter of a million dollars, which would clear up the hotel's debts and leave enough funds for it to operate for the next year regardless of guest numbers. Gordon then calls in an antiques dealer... who promptly tells him and Robert that the collection is made up of copies and items that were never that valuable to begin with, and is therefore ''completely worthless''. Cue a massive FacePalm from Gordon, as it dawns on both he and Robert how bad the situation really is.

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* HopeSpot: Early in the second half of the Juniper Hill episode, episode Gordon persuades co-owner Robert to sell off his collection of antiques, which is supposedly worth around a quarter of a million dollars, which would clear up the hotel's debts and leave enough funds for it to operate for the next year regardless of guest numbers. Gordon then calls in an antiques dealer... dealer...who promptly tells him and Robert that the collection is made up of copies and items that were never that valuable to begin with, and is therefore ''completely worthless''. Cue a massive FacePalm from Gordon, as it dawns on both he and Robert how bad the situation really is.



* JerkAss: Ari of Juniper Hill, and John of the Roosevelt Inn. The former even when the hotel was turned around treated staff and guests with contempt and was described by his boyfriend as "emotionally constipated," while the latter was only in the business [[ItsAllAboutMe to feed his ego]] and made numerous threats of violence. He was as if [[Series/HellsKitchen Russell]] was a hotel owner.

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* JerkAss: Ari of Juniper Hill, and John of the Roosevelt Inn. The former former, even when the hotel was turned around around, treated staff and guests alike with contempt and was described by his boyfriend as "emotionally constipated," while the latter was only in the business [[ItsAllAboutMe to feed his ego]] and made numerous threats of violence. He It was as if [[Series/HellsKitchen Russell]] was a hotel owner.



** The owner of the Keating Hotel essentially ran his hotel [[ThrowItIn by putting in everything]] [[RuleOfCool he thought was cool,]] regardless of whether it made any sense. This, for example, is why his entire hotel was designed to look like a Ferrari, and also why there were ''150 items on the restaurant's menu,'' despite getting no more than 50 customers a night.

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** The owner of the Keating Hotel essentially ran his hotel [[ThrowItIn by putting in everything]] [[RuleOfCool he thought was cool,]] regardless of whether it made any sense. This, for example, This is why his entire hotel was designed to look like a Ferrari, Ferrari and also why there were ''150 items items'' on the restaurant's menu,'' menu, despite getting no more than 50 customers a night.



* OliveGarden: The Meson de Mesilla again, which is decorated in a generic Italian theme (beige walls covered in Venetian plaster, tapestries depicting bucolic Tuscan views, etc.) Other than being AuthorAppeal on the owner's part, it makes no sense, especially given the setting (Las Cruces, NM) - and the building's traditional Southwestern architecture makes the contrast even more jarring.

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* OliveGarden: The Meson de Mesilla again, which is decorated in a generic Italian theme (beige walls covered in Venetian plaster, tapestries depicting bucolic Tuscan views, etc.) Other than being AuthorAppeal on the owner's part, part it makes no sense, especially given the setting (Las Cruces, NM) - and the NM). The building's traditional Southwestern architecture makes the contrast even more jarring.



* RageQuit: Ramsay when Robert lied about not taking his staff's tips. He came back to make sure the staff got paid.

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* RageQuit: Ramsay when Robert lied about not taking his staff's tips. He Ramsay later came back to make sure the staff got paid.



** Ramsay always asks up-front how much the rooms in each hotel cost per night. Since many of the hotels featured are luxury or high-end places, they can get pretty high, but the Keating Hotel really takes the cake: each room costs close to $800 per night! It's implied that the owner's constant spending on pretty Euro-car decor is a major factor in this: the in-room Jacuzzi tubs alone cost $20,000+ each (and they're not only uncomfortably modern-styled, but noisy as hell too.)
** Anyone who damages the Venetian plaster on the walls at the Meson de Mesilla will be faced with this thanks to the waiver the guests are all required to sign (although Gordon simply tears his in half) - according to the owner, the faux-marble finish costs $7.50 per square foot to replace.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: One clueless (and/or unethical) owner actually named his independently-run hotel '''The Four Seasons Inn''', much to Gordon's disbelief. Needless to say, the establishment is renamed before episode's end.

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** Ramsay always asks up-front how much the rooms in each hotel cost per night. Since many of the hotels featured are luxury or high-end places, places they can get pretty high, but the Keating Hotel really takes the cake: each room costs close to $800 per night! It's implied that the owner's constant spending on pretty Euro-car decor is a major factor in this: the in-room Jacuzzi tubs alone cost $20,000+ each (and they're not only uncomfortably modern-styled, but noisy as hell too.)
** Anyone who damages the Venetian plaster on the walls at the Meson de Mesilla will be faced with this thanks to the waiver the guests are all required to sign (although Gordon simply tears his in half) - according half. According to the owner, the faux-marble finish costs $7.50 per square foot to replace.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: One clueless (and/or unethical) owner actually named his independently-run hotel '''The ''The Four Seasons Inn''', Inn'', much to Gordon's disbelief. Needless to say, the establishment is renamed before episode's end.



** A bunch of guests show up, and there may be some teething troubles, but otherwise everything goes well, and Gordon checks out, talking about how the hotel can succeed if the owners try hard enough.

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** A bunch of guests show up, up and there may be some teething troubles, troubles but otherwise everything goes well, well and Gordon checks out, talking about how the hotel can succeed if the owners try hard enough.



* TrashTheSet: Unwittingly done by Gordon when he arrived at the Cambridge Hotel, and found a strange bar above his bed. After joking that it'd probably be useful for bondage situations, he gave the bar a tug -- and caused it to immediately break off the wall, whereupon it landed on and smashed the room's bedside lamp.

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* TrashTheSet: Unwittingly done by Gordon when he arrived at the Cambridge Hotel, and found a strange bar above his bed. After joking that it'd probably be useful for bondage situations, he gave the bar a tug -- and caused it to immediately break broke off the wall, whereupon it landed landing on and smashed smashing the room's bedside lamp.
22nd Aug '15 12:27:28 PM RaiderDuck
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* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: One clueless (and/or unethical) owner actually named his independently-run hotel '''The Four Seasons Inn''', much to Gordon's disbelief. Needless to say, the establishment is renamed before episode's end.
22nd Jun '15 11:24:55 PM bombadil211
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* ConspicuousConsumption: Every owner featured on the show has sunk incredible amounts of money into the various hotels, some of which have incredibly extravagant furnishings. And many of these owners operate hotels to fuel their own egos rather than out of any desire to be proper innkeepers and engage in the hard work that accompanies the job.
19th May '15 8:39:53 PM JMQwilleran
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* ButNowIMustGo: Chef Ramsay sometimes has this effect when he's finally fixed the hotel, but the owner(s) wish he could stay longer.
7th Feb '15 7:17:51 PM arbane
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If you're looking for terrible or scary hotels in general, that's Main/HellHotel.
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