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Anthony heads to southern Vermont to put his skills to the test at one of the oldest ski slopes in the state: Bromley Mountain.
Outfitted with over 40 ski trails, this area in Vermont is a hotspot for families who love to spend time on the slopes. The 50-room, chalet-style Bromley Sun Lodge is nestled right at the foot of the mountain and features a world-class amenity that no other accommodation in the area has: ski-in/ski-out rooms.
And yet, despite being steps away from the lifts, the lodge lacks curb appeal and hospitality. Although the lobby is massive, it’s very dark and dungeon-like, and the decor is less then desirable — reminiscent of what you might find in an old folks’ home.
When Anthony meets Sonya, the front desk agent, he is confused by the very low occupancy rate, with just one room filled in the entire hotel. Can Anthony turn the lodge around and raise the Bromley Sun’s occupancy before it’s forced to close its doors forever? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight @ 10|9c.
Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.
Plus, don’t miss Anthony on the Dr. Oz show, today at 4|3c.
Anthony travels to the snowy mountains of Mammoth Lakes, CA, to bring a beautiful, rustic family-owned lodge into the modern age. Robert Schaubmayer has owned and operated the 58-room Alpenhof Lodge since 1973, and it sits just steps away from the chair lifts of the popular ski resort, Mammoth Mountain.
Despite its charming, first-rate exterior, the Alpenhof’s outdated interior and dysfunctional family dynamics are keeping it from being a 5-star hotel. Robert refuses to pass on responsibility to any of his family members, including his 2 sons, who currently own an extremely popular restaurant next to the hotel.
After doing a bit of digging, Anthony also discovers that the family’s marketing efforts are mostly unsuccessful, despite being so close to a huge tourist attraction.
With time running out, can Anthony convince Robert to step down after 40 years of running the Alpenhof Lodge before it gets permanently stuck in the past? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight at 10|9c.
Plus, don’t miss these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Anthony’s trip to Mammoth Lakes.
Photo credit: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Dubai is home to an impressive list of record-setting attractions, including the world’s largest mall, man-made island, amusement park, indoor ski resort and flower garden … just to name a few! Last Wednesday, Dubai got to officially add the world’s tallest hotel to its list of superlative feats when the new JW Marriott Marquis Dubai opened.
Anthony travels to the tourist town of Negril, Jamaica, in hopes of fixing the issues plaguing the beautiful Gardenia Resort.
Anthony’s attempts to capitalize on the nearly 3 million visitors Jamaica gets every year. The Gardenia Resort’s current occupancy rate is at a shockingly low 5%, and the owner, Carlyle, is behind on his lease payments.
Anthony instantly becomes frustrated when the front desk agent tells him to do his own research to find local activities. After calming down, Anthony sets his sights on the dark and dreary lobby and his depressing room.
After his initial walkthrough, Anthony turns to interior designer Blanche Garcia to help brighten up the lobby and some of the guest rooms.
Finally, Anthony attempts to break the resort’s general manager out of his timid, soft-spoken shell by taking him on a field trip to Rick’s Cafe for some cliff jumping.
Will Anthony’s effort to transform Richard into a strong leader be enough to elevate the Gardenia Resort to the top echelon of Jamaica hotels? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight at 10|9c.
Plus, don’t forget to check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from Anthony’s trip to the Gardenia Resort.
Photography by Reuters
Australian mining entrepreneur Clive Palmer has unveiled blueprints to build the Titanic II. The new ship, expected to set sail in 2016, will recreate the original ship’s design and decor, but it will be modified to adhere to current safety rules and shipbuilding practices (thank goodness!).
Pretty much everyone knows that the original Titanic, a British cruise liner, sank in the Northern Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg on April 15, 1912. Some 1,500 people died on the super cruise ship’s maiden voyage from Southhampton, UK, to New York City.
Although the contract to build the Titanic II has not been signed yet, Palmer claims the ship will be the “safest cruise ship in the world.” He says the lifeboats will have enough space for every person on board, and that the cruise liner will also include escape staircases and modern technology to avoid icebergs. Construction is scheduled to start later this year in China, according to Reuters.
Another fun fact we learned about the new cruise liner is that passengers will have the opportunity to relive the past by dressing in 1912-style clothing, provided by the cruise. And with the right ticket, passengers can go a step further and visit the first-class dining and smoking rooms similar to the original luxury liner.
According to NBC News, there are already 40,000 applications to take the first trip on the Titanic replica and 12 people are willing to pay $1 million for a first-class trip. Regular ticket prices for a voyage on the Titanic II will be announced at a later date.
In the meantime, Travel Channel has a few cruise vacation ideas to help you plan your next trip on the high seas. Our cruise experts offer advice and tips on the best cruises to see Hawaii, as well as the top Disney cruises, can’t-miss adventure cruises, cruises for GLBT travelers and best restaurants at sea. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t prepare you for your next cruise with a few cruise safety tips and 7 ways to improve your cruise. Set sail and let your cruisin’ adventure begin!
Located off the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, Rincon is home to some of the best surfing in the world, making the area popular among both locals and tourists. The Casa Verde hotel is no exception, but in recent years, the hotel has been losing money when it should be profiting. A reason for the hotel’s downward spiral is its bar, Rock Bottom. The bar is extremely loud, caters to a young college crowd and is open all hours of the night. The bar brings money in, but if things don’t change soon, the hotel will hit rock bottom itself.
When Anthony arrives in the hotel’s parking lot he sees a decrepit sign, a broken fence, rusty chains and yellow caution tape. When he walks over to the hotel, Anthony can’t seem to find the front desk. He spots a sign for the “office,” but it leads him to a dirty, dusty room filled with broken chairs. Anthony is disgusted, and he hasn’t even begun his initial walkthrough of the hotel!
The bar may be costing the Casa Verde money, but it clearly is not the only thing on the property that is in desperate need of a makeover. Can Anthony clean up the property and tone down the noise at Rock Bottom in order save Rincon’s Casa Verde? Find out on an all-new episode,
Plus, check out these exclusive from Anthony’s visit to Casa Verde.
Anthony’s next stop on his quest to save the hotel industry lands him at the The Curve Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. Just a 2-hour drive from Los Angeles, Palm Springs, “Playground of the Stars,” is known for its abundant sunshine, relaxing atmosphere and ultra-modern hotels.
In recent years, dozens of small boutique hotels have opened in Palm Springs, competing with one another to recapture that swank 50s vibe. The Curve Hotel’s owners, bought the 150-room property back in 2008 when it was still a 1-star budget roadside motel and they have recently decided to turn it into a boutique hotel to cash in on the craze. Unfortunately, their decision to upgrade hasn’t worked out so far, and the owners have seen a significant drop in occupancy.
As soon as Anthony drives into the parking lot, he realizes that The Curve hotel is in the midst of an identity crisis – is it a boutique hotel, or is it a travel lodge?
Will Anthony be able to help the hotel’s owners turn things around before they get left in the dust by the competition? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight at 10|9c.
Plus, check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Anthony’s trip to Palm Springs.
Last season on Hotel Impossible, Anthony traveled around the country to help struggling, underperforming hotels get back on their feet. Join Anthony as he returns to The Dude Rancher Lodge, La Jolla Cove Suites, The Purple Orchid Resort and Spa, Ocean Manor Resort, New Yorker Boutique Hotel and The Dream Inn to track their recent progress — from exciting room renovations to surprising staff changes.
Did the struggling valet service at the Ocean Manor resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, get their act together? Were the owners of the Dude Rancher Lodge in Billings, MT, able to overcome their financial struggles? Were the owners of the Purple Orchid Inn in Livermore, CA, able to raise their occupancy rate from an abysmal 8%? Find out all the answers to these questions and more with a very special episode of Hotel Impossible, tonight @ 10|9c.
Plus, check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the After Anthony special.