Hotel Impossible: Five-Star Secrets

Photos: The Best Luxury Resorts

Anthony flips the script to identify these top hotels around the world in 'Five-Star Secrets,' premiering Oct. 24 at 11|10c.
One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Situated along the Baja Peninsula, the One&Only Palmilla resort offers an ideal locale and friendly accommodations. 

 

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One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

The courtyards and walkways around One&Only are rich with local architecture and style. 

 

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One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

The pool deck boasts plenty of lounge seating and an unbeatable view. 

 

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One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

The villa options at One&Only are designed in the style of a traditional Mexican hacienda. 

 

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One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

One&Only Palmilla - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Perhaps one of the One&Only's most important longtime guests, Pricilla the Turtle has her own suite setup at the resort. 

 

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Palace Hotel - New York City

Palace Hotel - New York City

Opened in 1981, NYC's Palace Hotel is a staple of luxury and hospitality in Manhattan. 

 

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Winvian Farm - Morris, Connecticut

Winvian Farm - Morris, Connecticut

This luxury cottage resort scenic New England features renowned chef Chris Eddy, who prepares his menus from Winvian Farm's own private organic gardens. 

 

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Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Guests are greeted by a large, jovial Buddha statute in one of the lobbies of the Aria. 

 

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Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Cirque Du Soleil's Cirque Zarkana spectacular is hosted by Las Vegas' Aria Resort.

 

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Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Anthony tours one of the many elaborate lobbies of the Aria.  

 

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Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Guests are treated to many amenities in the Aria Resort villas, including this bottle of Macallan No. 6 single malt scotch. 

 

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Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

The most popular resort in the Bahamas, Atlantis features everything from a water park and a marine habitat to more than 21 restaurants and the largest casino in the Caribbean.  

 

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Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Another bird's eye view of the expansive Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. 

 

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Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Anthony checks out the infamous "Dig" at Atlantis, where guests can see hundreds of varieties of marine life through an interactive, underground aquarium. 

 

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Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

The guest suites at Atlantis include luxurious spa accomodations with an unforgettable view.

 

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Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Guests are never alone at Atlantis, where dolphins can often be found swimming right up to the resort's beaches. 

 

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Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Anthony takes advantage of the interactive sea lion experience with marine trainers at Atlantis. 

 

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Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort - Nassau, Bahamas

The Atlantis even offers guests these luxury floating beds for afternoon naps or exploration on the water. 

 

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Hotel Pointers With Anthony Melchiorri

Before and Afters

BEFORE: Bossier Inn and Suites

BEFORE: Bossier Inn and Suites

Nightstands were used as ash trays, dressers were falling apart and the rooms at the Bossier Inn and Suites in Bossier City, Louisiana, smelled so badly guests often checked out almost immediately after checking in. 960 1280

  

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

The hotel was seriously lacking in inventory of bedsheets. Anthony brought in all new linens for the hotel’s staff to keep on hand for incoming guests.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

The new vinyl flooring gives it an updated, contemporary feel and is also more economical and easier to keep clean.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Bossier Inn and Suites

BEFORE: Bossier Inn and Suites

The Bossier Inn and Suites in Bossier City was one of the lowest rated hotels in the area before Anthony and his crew jumped in to help revive it.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

New lighting and a dedicated closet space give the room’s new bathroom a more inviting and homey feel.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Bossier Inn and Suites

BEFORE: Bossier Inn and Suites

Patio furniture crumbled at the slightest touch, and the Bossier Inn and Suites pool was unsecured and filled with green algae sludge.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Bossier Inn and Suites

BEFORE: Bossier Inn and Suites

Patio furniture crumbled at the slightest touch, and the Bossier Inn and Suites pool was unsecured and filled with green algae sludge.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

The pool area has been renovated to bring it up to safety codes and create a major selling point for investors.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Gardner Hotel

BEFORE: Gardner Hotel

Aside from being cold and stark white, the Gardner Hotel, converted into a hostel, in El Paso, Texas, had some offensively grimy conditions.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Gardner Hotel

BEFORE: Gardner Hotel

The Gardner was missing many standard hostel security measures, including bathroom doors with locks and a shared storage locker in the basement that was inconvenient for guests.

 

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BEFORE: Gardner Hotel

BEFORE: Gardner Hotel

“I’ve seen jail cells better than this,” Anthony said.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Gardner Hotel

AFTER: Gardner Hotel

Anthony brought in reinforcements to give the guest rooms at the hostel new bed frames, linens and a new color scheme.   960 1280

  

AFTER: Gardner Hotel

AFTER: Gardner Hotel

Pipes above the beds for curtains provide a creative solution to the common privacy issue in a hostel.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Colonial Mountain Inn

BEFORE: Colonial Mountain Inn

This would have been a great Branson, Missouri, guest room … 30 years ago.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Colonial Mountain Inn

AFTER: Colonial Mountain Inn

Goodbye, smelly green carpet. Hello, colonial-style wood flooring.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Colonial Mountain Inn

BEFORE: Colonial Mountain Inn

The outdated bedspreads and old school massage beds make the rooms at Colonial Mountain Inn in Branson, Missouri, virtual time capsules of how motels used to be.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Colonial Mountain Inn

AFTER: Colonial Mountain Inn

New furniture pieces bought locally make a statement in these updated guest rooms.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Colonial Mountain Inn

BEFORE: Colonial Mountain Inn

Just off the lobby, the dining room has a lot of space and potential, but not much design sense.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Colonial Mountain Inn

AFTER: Colonial Mountain Inn

A new custom-made breakfast bar, wood flooring and updated countertop transform the dining room, giving guests a much better first impression when they enter the adjoining lobby.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Evergreen Motel

BEFORE: Evergreen Motel

Not far from his parents motel where he grew up in Libby, Montana, the Evergreen’s owner began his own renovations on a space for a new lobby but ran out of money to complete the project.  960 1280

Photographer: Glen Mordeci  

AFTER: Evergreen Motel

AFTER: Evergreen Motel

What started as a totally blank slate now has a handmade front desk and plenty of space for incoming guests.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: The Evergreen Motel

BEFORE: The Evergreen Motel

The guest rooms at the Evergreen Motel are outdated both in style and in function: old school keys instead of electronic keycards, no bed skirts to hide the box springs and bland bed linens.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Evergreen Motel

AFTER: Evergreen Motel

New floors bring the already clean but somewhat lacking rooms together for a seriously cozy feeling while staying in this mountainside motel.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Sandman Motel

BEFORE: Sandman Motel

Belonging to the same family as the Evergreen Motel, the Sandman’s lobby was cluttered with a tight computer space that was practically unusable for guests.  960 1280

Photographer: Glen Mordeci  

AFTER: Sandman Hotel

AFTER: Sandman Hotel

Fresh paint, a sweep of the clutter and a new raised wood ceiling open up the lobby for incoming guests.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Sandman Hotel

AFTER: Sandman Hotel

Minimalistic, mountain-inspired décor replaces the Australian knick knacks in the hotel’s lobby.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

The Kauai Inn, built in 1890, was the first hotel on the Kauai island in Hawaii. That may have been the last time the hotel’s rooms were updated.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Kauai Inn

AFTER: Kauai Inn

Designer Carrie Locklyn wanted to bring nature inside the Kauai Inn’s “grandma chic” guest rooms.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

Anthony compared the style of the Kauai Inn’s rooms to his wife’s nana’s living room in the 1970s.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Kauai Inn

AFTER: Kauai Inn

Fresh paint and new (vintage!) patterns and fixtures make the inside of the Kauai Inn rooms bright, airy and more in tune with the feel of the island.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

The owners of the hotel originally showed Anthony a very clean, recently updated room. Then he saw this one.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Kauai Inn

AFTER: Kauai Inn

Designer Carrie Locklyn kept the unique gold sinks but updated the faucets and mirrors to bring the guest room bathrooms into the 21st century.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

The sheets in the room the owners showed Anthony looked brand new and never used.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Kauai Inn

AFTER: Kauai Inn

Refinishing the furniture and minimalistic art keep the rooms feeling open and airy inside.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Trade Winds Inn

BEFORE: Trade Winds Inn

The old school blue chairs and maritime paintings at Trade Winds Inn in Rockland, Maine, kind of make you feel like you’re staying aboard an actual 1700s ship.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

The new dining room features a chalkboard wall for messages to the guests and bright furniture pieces and accents throughout.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Trade Winds Inn

BEFORE: Trade Winds Inn

While the guest rooms were not in total disrepair, the design of them left a lot to be desired.  960 1280

  

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

The new linens, design accents and wall colors take the guest rooms from outdated to modern and cozy.  960 1280

  

BEFORE: Trade Winds Inn

BEFORE: Trade Winds Inn

The standard hotel painting from the 1980s wasn’t going to cut it for the guest rooms at this New England hotel.   960 1280

  

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

Anthony and his crew swapped out 1980s artwork for smaller, more delicate accent pieces throughout the rooms.  960 1280

  

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