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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 fox.com/hotel-hell.
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