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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:32 am | Updated: 8:01 am, Fri Jun 21, 2013.

The Murphys Hotel is in for a wild weekend

Gordon Ramsay, a world-famous chef and entrepreneur, will roll into town Saturday to film an episode of “Hotel Hell” and will have full control over the property until next Wednesday.

“Hotel Hell” is a reality television series starring Ramsay as he visits various struggling lodging establishments throughout the United States in an attempt to improve their business. The process usually involves a lot of yelling and harsh criticism by Ramsay in the beginning, which upsets owners, followed by the owners attempting to make the suggested changes and Ramsay surprising them with vast improvements to the establishment toward the end of the show, which usually wins back the owners’ approval.

Those who want to be on the show may email to enter a lottery to book a room at the hotel or make a dinner reservation while the show is being filmed.

The hotel, restaurant and bar are owned by three equal partners: Brian Goss, Joel Lacitignola and Kevin Clerico. They bought the businesses from Dorian Faught last year.

While none of the owners feel like their establishment is “struggling,” they recognize this as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to learn from the “best of the best.”

“I’m giving full control to the ‘Hotel Hell’ crew,” Goss said. “I’m still in the dark; I don’t know what to expect. I hope it will be fun and a great learning experience for the rest of our lives.”

Without the efforts of Calaveras County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lisa Boulton, “Hotel Hell” may never have come to Calaveras County.

Goss said Boulton met a “Hotel Hell” representative while attending a conference in Southern California. She called Goss and pitched the idea to him, and, after lengthy discussions with his partners, during which he had to “twist some arms,” it was agreed the Murphys Hotel would open its doors to the television show.

“It’s going to be great for Calaveras County and for Murphys,” Goss said. “This is huge. I think more than 5 million viewers watch this show. How many hundreds of thousands or millions have never heard of Murphys or Calaveras County? Probably most of them. Murphys is a secret, which is kind of nice for us locals. But we do need jobs and money here; we need tourism to keep booming, so more small businesses can come about. Hopefully the show brings attention to the county, which will affect downtown Angels Camp, San Andreas, Valley Springs, Arnold and the rest of the county.”

“Hopefully we can accommodate all the people who fall in love with the area after the ‘Hotel Hell’ episode runs this season.”

Contact the Murphys Hotel at 728-3444. For more on “Hotel Hell,” visit

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  • raiderdadeo posted at 8:57 am on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    raiderdadeo Posts: 112

    I have not seen this show but from what I read this is not something to brag about it looks like the show only goes to places with inept management and disgusting facilities. I wouldn't want my establishment on this show.

  • Charles Dudley Jr posted at 5:34 am on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    Charles Dudley Jr Posts: 1281

    I'm not baiting you I'm pointing out the obvious. If you feel so embarrassed as you claim why don't you take all of the listed education you have above and go offer to be a consultant and help those folks. As I plainly said anybody can sit here and post complaints. It takes a real citizen to go out and make the changes they want to see and you do not even have to be known you are doing it either. I do a lot of community work and as soon as I get my transportation squared around I will be doing even more but you will not even know I am doing it because the community work I do is all behind the scenes but still benefits everybody. If I do post anything on my Facebook Page it is to bring even more attention to issues in our area and the entire region.

  • Sean N posted at 2:04 am on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    Sean N Posts: 189

    Fantastic example. Funniest stuff I think I've ever read.

  • Sean N posted at 2:00 am on Fri, Jun 21, 2013.

    Sean N Posts: 189

    I'm not complaining. I'm a fan of Gordon Ramsey. He never goes to a nice, well executed business. I've watched many of his shows, and he always goes to really disgusting restaurants and hotels. What do you want me to say, Mr. Dudley? Great. I'm happy for a business that needs so much help that Gordon Ramsey is going to come and embarrass the place?

    How about businesses that make themselves marketable on their own. Or go away.

    Seriously, Mr. Dudley, why do you bait me? So you can say you burned me on your facebook page?

    I'm really just interested in the community that I grew up in. I'm embarrassed about the Leger "crying uncle" and getting enough publicity to get sold. I'm embarrassed that who ever owns the Murphy's Hotel doesn't have enough sense to make it work in a great location with a great property, without Gordon Ramsey showing up to embarrass the community.

    I have a positive attitude. The show is negative, not me.

    Let's see, what have I done to enrich the community:

    Graduated College
    Commission in the United States Navy
    Masters Degree
    Raising two beautiful daughters
    Pay Taxes
    Pay Taxes
    Pay more taxes
    Post truth on this paper's comments section...
    What have you done?

  • battlescared posted at 8:58 pm on Thu, Jun 20, 2013.

    battlescared Posts: 62

    Myself and I`m sure others really don`t know what to make of your comments anymore. I mean this seriously. Negative? Enriching the community? You have to be kidding right?

  • Charles Dudley Jr posted at 8:02 pm on Thu, Jun 20, 2013.

    Charles Dudley Jr Posts: 1281

    Instead of complaining turn your negative tude into a positive and do something to enrich the community. I mean seriously. Anybody can sit here on this paper and complain all day. It takes a real citizen though to get out and make the positive change that truly benefits all they want to see. [smile]

  • Sheep Ranch Road posted at 7:01 pm on Thu, Jun 20, 2013.

    Sheep Ranch Road Posts: 1

    Three words, Brian, Amy's Baking Co. (Scottsdale, AZ).

  • AngelsGirl posted at 4:47 pm on Thu, Jun 20, 2013.

    AngelsGirl Posts: 7

    I think this is great. The Hotel has needed some updating on their look and food for quite sometime. It would be nice to go in there and have a decent meal.

  • Sean N posted at 8:09 pm on Tue, Jun 18, 2013.

    Sean N Posts: 189

    Wow, Calaveras jumping frogs and crappy Hotels. These shows are embarrassing and serve as a guide of places not to go. Should give a spike in business, for a minute...

  • Stonee posted at 2:33 pm on Tue, Jun 18, 2013.

    Stonee Posts: 11

    Should be a busy weekend there with Passport Weekend hitting this weekend.

  • Charles Dudley Jr posted at 1:20 pm on Tue, Jun 18, 2013.

    Charles Dudley Jr Posts: 1281

    Correct Hotel Impossible.

  • catsmilesca posted at 10:32 am on Tue, Jun 18, 2013.

    catsmilesca Posts: 1

    No that was another show. This show is much better. The one at the ledger was an unknown show. They did do a good job working on the place. I Believe the show was called "Hotel Impossible" on the Travel Channel.

  • Cleareye posted at 9:08 am on Tue, Jun 18, 2013.

    Cleareye Posts: 643

    Didn't they just do this crummy show at the Ledger?