Hotel Impossible: After Anthony Pictures

Last season on Hotel Impossible, Anthony traveled around the country to help underperforming hotels get back on their feet. Have they taken his advice, or are they still stuck in their old ways?

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Bardessono (Yountville, California)
Bardessono (Yountville, California)

Bardessono (Yountville, California)

Travelers know Napa Valley as wine country, but they may not know about this intimate-sized hotel where each room is designed to be a private spa. What sets Bardessono apart from others is its focus on sustainability and efficient use of both land and energy. From locally grown foods, complimentary yoga lessons and even a LEED Platinum Certification -- just one of only 3 hotels in the US to have such a designation -- this hotel marries sustainable design with service to make for a truly relaxing experience. 960 1280

Bardessono  

Waldorf Astoria Orlando (Orlando, Florida)

Waldorf Astoria Orlando (Orlando, Florida)

If you’re headed to Orlando, chances are you’ve got the whole family with you to visit many of the theme parks located there. Let the kids enjoy feeling like royalty all day long – you’ve got your own castle to return to as night falls. Waldorf Astoria Orlando is modern and luxurious with excellent service to match. Try the Bull and Bear -- one of a half-dozen in-house restaurants at the hotel -- that specialize in tableside food preparation that will give your eyes a treat before you eat. The hotel also includes a shuttle to the various Disney theme parks. 960 1280

Waldorf Astoria Orlando  

Hotel Andra (Seattle)

Hotel Andra (Seattle)

On a tree-lined avenue right around the corner from the Space Needle, you’ll find the Hotel Andra. This boutique hotel is designed with Scandinavian themes and it has a contemporary look. Try dining on-site at Lola, a farm-to-table restaurant. The hotel is perfectly situated close to Pike Place Market, one of the oldest public farmers markets in the US. You’ll also want to visit Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Museum of Flight -- two of Seattle’s most popular attractions. So grab your latte and explore. 960 1280

Hotel Andra  

Maui Four Seasons (Maui, Hawaii)

Maui Four Seasons (Maui, Hawaii)

If you’ve been looking for paradise, you needn’t look any further. I can tell you it’s in Hawaii. The Maui Four Seasons is second to none. It not only offers phenomenal accommodations, but also several pools, a relaxing spa and an art collection with more than 280 original pieces of art. This hotel is redefining the meaning of the word “service;” staff and management take care of everything – literally. Everything here is pure luxury with an “at your service approach” awaiting you at every turn. 960 1280

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Triple Creek Ranch (Darby, Montana)

Triple Creek Ranch (Darby, Montana)

If you make your way to Darby, MT, head to the Triple Creek Ranch. You’ll find the main lodge and its deluxe cabins surrounded by the pines of Trapper Peak and incredible views of the mountainous surroundings. Catch a glimpse of wildlife, including bald eagles, and try your hand at the local sport, fly-fishing. With on-site gourmet dining, finish the day with a glass of wine from their stellar wine cellar that consistently wins Wine Spectator awards. 960 1280

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The Raphael (Kansas City, Missouri)

The Raphael (Kansas City, Missouri)

If you’re traveling to the heartland, make it a point to stay at the Raphael Hotel, a historic property with service where attention to detail is paramount. Here, the staff truly takes pride in having you as their guest, including a complimentary valet and a welcome treat of truffles. With the jazz bar jumping with live music several nights a week, this hotel is filled with modern elegance while still holding onto its southern heritage -- right down to the fried green tomatoes on their menu. 960 1280

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Miami)

Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Miami)

Whatever your vacation style may be -- whether it’s indulging in a spa treatment, digging your toes into white sandy beaches or fine dining -- the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has you covered. Located near “Millionaire’s Row,” this oceanfront property was featured in numerous books, songs and movies, including the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. With valet parking, fine accommodations and deluxe dining options, you’ll feel part of the elite crowd the moment you arrive. And no stay is complete without relaxing poolside at one of their cabanas. 960 1280

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Le Pavillon Hotel (New Orleans)

Le Pavillon Hotel (New Orleans)

If you’re headed to “The Big Easy,” try the historic Le Pavillon Hotel, located just outside the French Quarter, just 5 short blocks to the music clubs on Bourbon Street and famous restaurants and antique shops on Royal Street. Enjoy the hotel’s rooftop pool for amazing views of the city. But don’t fall asleep too early. When the clock strikes 10, head to the lobby for complimentary PB & Js -- a hotel tradition that started on Sept. 10, 1988. 960 1280

Le Pavillon Hotel  

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco (San Francisco)

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco (San Francisco)

At Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, I recommend booking the “bridge room” so that each day starts with exceptional views of the City by the Bay and nearby Bay Bridge. With an impeccably well-trained staff, don’t be surprised if the doorman remembers your name -- they’re known for that. This hotel is within walking distance to the TransAmerica Pyramid, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown. 960 1280

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Beaufort Inn (Beaufort, South Carolina)

Beaufort Inn (Beaufort, South Carolina)

What happens when you combine hotel service and charm? You get true southern hospitality, and the Beaufort Inn embodies that inside and out. This historic Victorian mansion has hardwood floors, fireplaces and cast iron claw-foot tubs, along with modern technologies and distinct amenities. While in town, take a carriage ride, attend a shrimp festival, charter a boat or just sit out on the verandah and relax. 960 1280

Beaufort Inn  

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Bardessono (Yountville, California)

Bardessono (Yountville, California)

Travelers know Napa Valley as wine country, but they may not know about this intimate-sized hotel where each room is designed to be a private spa. What sets Bardessono apart from others is its focus on sustainability and efficient use of both land and energy. From locally grown foods, complimentary yoga lessons and even a LEED Platinum Certification -- just one of only 3 hotels in the US to have such a designation -- this hotel marries sustainable design with service to make for a truly relaxing experience. 960 1280

Bardessono  

Waldorf Astoria Orlando (Orlando, Florida)

Waldorf Astoria Orlando (Orlando, Florida)

If you’re headed to Orlando, chances are you’ve got the whole family with you to visit many of the theme parks located there. Let the kids enjoy feeling like royalty all day long – you’ve got your own castle to return to as night falls. Waldorf Astoria Orlando is modern and luxurious with excellent service to match. Try the Bull and Bear -- one of a half-dozen in-house restaurants at the hotel -- that specialize in tableside food preparation that will give your eyes a treat before you eat. The hotel also includes a shuttle to the various Disney theme parks. 960 1280

Waldorf Astoria Orlando  

Hotel Andra (Seattle)

Hotel Andra (Seattle)

On a tree-lined avenue right around the corner from the Space Needle, you’ll find the Hotel Andra. This boutique hotel is designed with Scandinavian themes and it has a contemporary look. Try dining on-site at Lola, a farm-to-table restaurant. The hotel is perfectly situated close to Pike Place Market, one of the oldest public farmers markets in the US. You’ll also want to visit Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Museum of Flight -- two of Seattle’s most popular attractions. So grab your latte and explore. 960 1280

Hotel Andra  

Maui Four Seasons (Maui, Hawaii)

Maui Four Seasons (Maui, Hawaii)

If you’ve been looking for paradise, you needn’t look any further. I can tell you it’s in Hawaii. The Maui Four Seasons is second to none. It not only offers phenomenal accommodations, but also several pools, a relaxing spa and an art collection with more than 280 original pieces of art. This hotel is redefining the meaning of the word “service;” staff and management take care of everything – literally. Everything here is pure luxury with an “at your service approach” awaiting you at every turn. 960 1280

Four Seasons Resort Maui  

Triple Creek Ranch (Darby, Montana)

Triple Creek Ranch (Darby, Montana)

If you make your way to Darby, MT, head to the Triple Creek Ranch. You’ll find the main lodge and its deluxe cabins surrounded by the pines of Trapper Peak and incredible views of the mountainous surroundings. Catch a glimpse of wildlife, including bald eagles, and try your hand at the local sport, fly-fishing. With on-site gourmet dining, finish the day with a glass of wine from their stellar wine cellar that consistently wins Wine Spectator awards. 960 1280

Triple Creek Ranch  

The Raphael (Kansas City, Missouri)

The Raphael (Kansas City, Missouri)

If you’re traveling to the heartland, make it a point to stay at the Raphael Hotel, a historic property with service where attention to detail is paramount. Here, the staff truly takes pride in having you as their guest, including a complimentary valet and a welcome treat of truffles. With the jazz bar jumping with live music several nights a week, this hotel is filled with modern elegance while still holding onto its southern heritage -- right down to the fried green tomatoes on their menu. 960 1280

The Raphael  

Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Miami)

Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Miami)

Whatever your vacation style may be -- whether it’s indulging in a spa treatment, digging your toes into white sandy beaches or fine dining -- the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has you covered. Located near “Millionaire’s Row,” this oceanfront property was featured in numerous books, songs and movies, including the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. With valet parking, fine accommodations and deluxe dining options, you’ll feel part of the elite crowd the moment you arrive. And no stay is complete without relaxing poolside at one of their cabanas. 960 1280

Fontainebleau Miami Beach  

Le Pavillon Hotel (New Orleans)

Le Pavillon Hotel (New Orleans)

If you’re headed to “The Big Easy,” try the historic Le Pavillon Hotel, located just outside the French Quarter, just 5 short blocks to the music clubs on Bourbon Street and famous restaurants and antique shops on Royal Street. Enjoy the hotel’s rooftop pool for amazing views of the city. But don’t fall asleep too early. When the clock strikes 10, head to the lobby for complimentary PB & Js -- a hotel tradition that started on Sept. 10, 1988. 960 1280

Le Pavillon Hotel  

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco (San Francisco)

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco (San Francisco)

At Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, I recommend booking the “bridge room” so that each day starts with exceptional views of the City by the Bay and nearby Bay Bridge. With an impeccably well-trained staff, don’t be surprised if the doorman remembers your name -- they’re known for that. This hotel is within walking distance to the TransAmerica Pyramid, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown. 960 1280

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Beaufort Inn (Beaufort, South Carolina)

Beaufort Inn (Beaufort, South Carolina)

What happens when you combine hotel service and charm? You get true southern hospitality, and the Beaufort Inn embodies that inside and out. This historic Victorian mansion has hardwood floors, fireplaces and cast iron claw-foot tubs, along with modern technologies and distinct amenities. While in town, take a carriage ride, attend a shrimp festival, charter a boat or just sit out on the verandah and relax. 960 1280

Beaufort Inn  

Telemark Resort and Convention Center in Cable, WI

Telemark Resort and Convention Center in Cable, WI

Anthony stands outside the Telemark Resort and Convention Center in Cable, WI. 960 1280

  

Triangle T Historic Ranch in Dragoon, AZ

Triangle T Historic Ranch in Dragoon, AZ

Anthony inspects a mattress at the Triangle T Historic Ranch in Dragoon, AZ. 960 1280

  

Sunseeker Resort in Maui

Sunseeker Resort in Maui

Anthony and general manager Michael Waddell practice before getting on the zip line at the Sunseeker Resort in Maui. 960 1280

  

Anthony Skims the Pool

Anthony Skims the Pool

Anthony skims the dirty pool at the Triangle T Historic Ranch. 960 1280

  

Anthony Uses a Chainsaw

Anthony Uses a Chainsaw

Anthony takes the chainsaw to the rooftop hot tub at the Sunseeker Resort in Maui. 960 1280

  

Anthony Mounts a Horse

Anthony Mounts a Horse

Anthony mounts a horse with the help of wrangler Mike outside the Triangle T Historic Ranch. 960 1280

  

Sunseeker Resort's New Bar

Sunseeker Resort's New Bar

Anthony checks out the new bar on the roofdeck of the Sunseeker Resort. 960 1280

  

Sitting on ATVs

Sitting on ATVs

Anthony and Rick sit on ATVs outside the Telemark Resort and Convention Center. 960 1280

  

Anthony Talks to Blanche

Anthony Talks to Blanche

Anthony gives Blanche his expectations for the renovation at the Sunseeker Resort. 960 1280

  

Caribe Playa in Puerto Rico

Caribe Playa in Puerto Rico

Anthony inspects a garbage can outside the Caribe Playa in Puerto Rico. 960 1280

  

Standing By The Plane

Standing By The Plane

Anthony and Chris stand by Chris's plane outside the Telemark Resort and Convention Center. 960 1280

  

The TeePee Room

The TeePee Room

Anthony, Rick, Robin and Blanche reveal the renovated “teepee” room at the Telemark Resort and Convention Center. 960 1280

  

Pulling Back the Sheets

Pulling Back the Sheets

Anthony pulls back the bed sheets to check the mattress in one of the rooms at the Caribe Playa. 960 1280

  

Anthony and Robin Talk

Anthony and Robin Talk

Anthony and Robin talk on the indoor pool deck at the Telemark Resort and Convention Center. 960 1280

  

Anthony, George and William

Anthony, George and William

Anthony, George and William stand at the pool bar at the Caribe Playa. 960 1280

  

Wisconsin-Based Resort

Wisconsin-Based Resort

Anthony welcomes the Telemark staff to a final event gathering at the Wisconsin-based resort. 960 1280

  

Anthony Interviews Frances

Anthony Interviews Frances

Anthony interviews Frances, the general manager of the Caribe Playa in Puerto Rico. 960 1280

  

Anthony and Blanche Talk

Anthony and Blanche Talk

Anthony and Blanche talk outside the doors of the Caribe Playa. 960 1280

  

Anthony Talks to Claire

Anthony Talks to Claire

Anthony talks to Claire, the front desk attendant at the Telemark Resort and Convention Center. 960 1280

  

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

  

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