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Fontainebleau Lobby

Fontainebleau Lobby

Just walk in the front door, and you’re immediately greeted by class. With several shiny chandeliers, contemporary furniture throughout and mood lighting, the lobby at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami is a sight to behold. 960 1280

Paul Warchol  

LIV Nightclub

LIV Nightclub

Inside one of Miami’s most luxurious hotels is one of Miami’s most luxurious nightclubs, LIV. From sexy dancers to celebrity VIPs, LIV is the current “it” spot for local partygoers. 960 1280

  

Fontainebleau Guest Room

Fontainebleau Guest Room

Talk about a room with a view! Who wouldn’t want to wake up and look straight out over Miami’s famed Biscayne Bay or the Atlantic Ocean? The view may be the rooms’ best feature, but they also include top-notch amenities, including flat-screen TVs and Apple desktop computers. 960 1280

Paul Warchol  

Hakkasan

Hakkasan

Looking for good Chinese in South Beach? Look no further than the ultra-chic, AAA 4-diamond restaurant Hakkasan, which is inside the Fontainebleau Hotel. 960 1280

Paul Warchol  

Fontainebleau Pool

Fontainebleau Pool

With posh furniture, palm trees every 10 feet and classic Miami neon lights in the backdrop, the pool and its surrounding area scream South Beach 960 1280

Photographer: Paul Warchol  

Langham Hotel

Langham Hotel

Looking for luxury while staying in Chicago? There’s no better place in the Windy City to rest your head than the Langham Hotel. It has the highest-quality accommodations, great service and a killer location, so make sure to book a room at the Langham. 960 1280

  

Langham Lobby

Langham Lobby

From the great reception staff to the modern, 2-level design, the lobby at the Langham Hotel is classy every step of the way. 960 1280

  

Chuan Spa

Chuan Spa

Take a dip in the 67-foot swimming pool or unwind with a body-rejuvenating massage. One step inside the Langham Hotel’s Chuan Spa, and all your worries will slip away. 960 1280

  

Grand King Suite

Grand King Suite

When you go on vacation, the point is to get out and see the sights the city has to offer. But after spending a few minutes inside the Langham Hotel’s grand king suite, you may never want to leave. From 55-inch LCD HDTVs to luxurious comfort and much more, the rooms at the Langham are truly spectacular. 960 1280

  

Langham Guest Bathroom

Langham Guest Bathroom

Ever thought you’d be able to take a bath while also taking in breathtaking views of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile? Well, if you stay at the Langham Hotel, the possibilities are endless. With first-class amenities and marble covering every inch, this guest bathroom is quintessential luxury. 960 1280

  

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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Hotel Impossible: Showdown is a winner takes all competition, where four amazing hotels, inns and B&B's go head to head for a $25,000 prize. Hotel expert Anthony Melchiorri follows the four very confident hoteliers, as they spend the night in each other's establishment, with an exacting eye for details, both positive and negative. Then they award up to five stars each for accommodations, amenities, hospitality and overall experience. The property with the highest score wins the coveted $25,000.

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