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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.

Love is in the air as February approaches, and what could be more romantic than a trip to paradise? Travel + Leisure has just released a list of the world’s most romantic islands — here are some of our favorites, and a few we think they missed.

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From now until March 24, enter daily to win a $100,00 trip for 4 to the Adriatic! Pick your custom trip, or choose one of the 4 itineraries curated by your favorite Travel Channel hosts — Samantha Brown,  Bert Kreischer, Adam Richman and Anthony Melchiorri!

Trip of a Lifetime!

 

Maldives

Last week, it appears that our Pinterest fans were wanderlusting after the glassy, cool water of a private pool at one of the 130 secluded villas at the One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Looking at the photo, it’s hard not to imagine yourself standing there, at the edge of the pool, set against the backdrop of powdery white sand, lush green palm trees and the clear water of the Indian Ocean.

Unfortunately, you better break open that piggy bank and book your trip soon — if sea levels continue to rise, the Republic of Maldives will be the first country to disappear into the ocean. In fact, that’s exactly why a luxurious visit to this chain of islands and atolls was my pick for our TravelChannel.com editors’ bucket list.

Anthony is hitting the beaches of New Jersey in an attempt to revamp the Cape May’s Periwinkle Inn. Although the grounds seem to be in tip-top shape, other parts of the struggling 50-room inn are in major need of some adjustments.

Along with HGTV’s Casey Noble, Anthony and his crew spend some time with the owners of the hotel in order to decide how to redesign the lobby. After removing what looks like bulletproof glass from the front desk, Anthony puts Casey to work in an attempt to make the hotel’s guests feel more comfortable at check-in.

One of the owners, Claudia — dubbed “Miss Excuse” by Anthony — takes Anthony’s criticism the wrong way and leaves the hotel for the day. Saving a hotel is no easy task; tempers flare, name-calling ensues and sometimes the owners need to take some time to cool off.Will Claudia return with a more positive outlook? Will Anthony be able to put the struggling inn back on the map? Find out tonight, Jan. 28 at 10|9c on an all-new Hotel Impossible.

Plus, don’t forget to check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Anthony and Casey

Have you ever wanted to take a vacation and stay where one of your favorite movies was filmed? If Anthony can help renovate and rebrand the Triangle T Ranch in Dragoon, AZ, site of the 1957 Glenn Ford flick 3:10 to Yuma, that dream could become reality.

However, Anthony is not alone in his quest to restore the Triangle T Ranch to its former glory. Special guest interior designer, Casey Noble from HGTV, has taken time out of her busy schedule to help renovate the lobby and guest rooms of the Arizona-based resort.

After it takes Anthony over 15 minutes to find what he thinks is the lobby, he discovers that the trailer is an abandoned mess with trash and broken phones lying on the counter. As he walks back to his car, he notices broken lampposts, cobwebs, trash littered on the ground and rancid port-o-potties. Needless to say, the Triangle T Ranch is in very poor shape upon Anthony’s arrival and in serious danger of going under.

Will Anthony and Casey be able to return the Triangle T back to prominence? Can sales and marketing expert Cindy Lew rebrand the entire resort before the ranch tanks? Find out on an all-new episode of Hotel Impossible, tonight @ 10|9c.

See Casey Noble’s Design Corner tips and tricks for the Triangle T Ranch renovation here.

Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from this episode.

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Anthony Melchiorri is back tonight at 10|9c with an all-new season of Travel Channel’s hit series, Hotel Impossible.

This week Anthony takes his hotel-fixing skills to the Caribe Playa Beach Resort in Patillas, Puerto Rico, where owner George Engel is struggling to turn a profit … and hasn’t since 2006.

When Anthony arrives, he finds trash littered across the beaches adjacent to the hotel, a cluttered front desk and guest rooms that lack décor. Plus, George’s wife Francis (the hotel’s current general manager) seems to be contributing to the resort’s financial problems.

After he comes up with a plan to restore the Caribe Playa to a top-earning, high-end resort, Anthony enlists interior designer Blanche Garcia to help overhaul the appearance of the resort’s main lobby, as well as the guest rooms.

While Blanche takes care of the hotel’s interior, Anthony heads out back to the pool deck where the hotel owners have been completely neglecting their biggest asset: the view. Will Anthony and Blanche be able to make over the resort and return it back to prominence, or will Anthony’s arrival be too late to revive the failing hotel?

See behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Hard Rock Cancun

Hard Rock International recently opened a brand-spanking-new Hard Rock Hotel in the warm-weather getaway of Cancun. One of only 3 all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels, the Cancun addition has more than 600 rooms, 5 restaurants, 5 bars, 12 stories, Rock Star Suites and, of course, an extensive collection of authentic music memorabilia.

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Driskill Hotel

We’ve been doing a lot of daydreaming about what it would be like to travel like a president and where all that money goes on the campaign trail, but with tonight’s presidential town-hall debate approaching so close to Halloween, we can’t help but wonder: where would the ghosts of former presidents hang out, if they felt so inclined?

Check out these hotels that have hosted a number of US presidents, and who knows – maybe you’ll encounter a long-gone commander-in-chief.

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Munich

From luxurious dining in hotels and on the street to the rocking good times of Oktoberfest, travel bloggers have it made. Get a glimpse of their adventures when we share our favorite picks from this week’s travel blogs.

2Backpackers explore Buenos Aires and unexpectedly spot many unique Asian-Argentinian fusions of culture due to a major wave of Asian immigrants in the 1980’s. From Chinese empanadas to Japanese pop music shops, you might forget you’re in South America.

A $5,000 burger?! Oysterblog finds the hotel meals with the biggest price tags for those who really want to splurge on an extravagant vacation.

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