Hotel Impossible: Operation Sandy Part 1 Pictures

Anthony is in Seaside Heights, NJ, determined to help rebuild the Thunderbird Motel, which remains beaten up 9 months after Hurricane Sandy.

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Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN
Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN

Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN

The Fiddler's Inn is a 202-room, independently owned hotel located right across the street from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. The Grand Ole Opry is a country music stage that has presented some of the biggest acts in the genre since 1925. 960 1280

  

Anthony and Johnny Walker on the Radio

Anthony and Johnny Walker on the Radio

Anthony takes the Fiddler's Inn owner, Johnny Walker to the WSM Radio station in Nashville to help promote the struggling hotel. 960 1280

  

Anthony Meets Craig Morgan

Anthony Meets Craig Morgan

Anthony and Johnny Walker meet Craig Morgan, a country music star who dropped by to judge the cuisine in the local food truck competition. 960 1280

  

Blanche Installs New Light Fixtures

Blanche Installs New Light Fixtures

Blanche steps in to help with the drilling for the new light fixtures. 960 1280

  

Anthony Talks to the Director

Anthony Talks to the Director

Anthony talks to the director before sampling the food truck cuisine. 960 1280

  

Gourmet Food Truck

Gourmet Food Truck

Anthony, Johnny Walker and Craig Morgan sample the gourmet food truck cuisine. 960 1280

  

Craig Morgan Performs

Craig Morgan Performs

Craig Morgan performs at the Fiddler's Inn. 960 1280

  

Fiddler's Inn Exterior

Fiddler's Inn Exterior

Anthony shares his thoughts about the hotel's exterior. 960 1280

  

Anthony, Craig Morgan and Johnny Walker

Anthony, Craig Morgan and Johnny Walker

Anthony, Craig Morgan and Johnny Walker try Nashville's best gourmet truck food at the Fiddler's Inn Food Truck Fest. 960 1280

  

Anthony Warns Blanche

Anthony Warns Blanche

Anthony warns Blanche that what she is about to see is not your typical hotel lobby. 960 1280

  

Fiddler's Inn Lobby

Fiddler's Inn Lobby

Anthony finds that the lobby has no personality, no place for guests to congregate and absolutely no connection to the oversized neon fiddles outside. 960 1280

  

A Lobby or a Gift Shop?

A Lobby or a Gift Shop?

Anthony walks into the hotel's lobby and is shocked to find that it is filled with cheap Nashville souvenirs. He points out that this should be a hotel with a gift shop, not the other way around. 960 1280

  

Anthony Melchiorri in Front of the Penguin
Anthony Melchiorri in Front of the Penguin

Anthony Melchiorri in Front of the Penguin

Anthony poses in front of the Penguin Hotel located in the South Beach section of Miami. 960 1280

  

Anthony Gives Markus Tips

Anthony Gives Markus Tips

Anthony gives the owner Markus and his wife some tips on turning the hotel around. 960 1280

  

Anthony and Blanche Talk Front Porch

Anthony and Blanche Talk Front Porch

Anthony and his interior designer, Blanche, discuss how they can revamp the front porch. 960 1280

  

Blanche Cleans the Chandelier

Blanche Cleans the Chandelier

Blanche cleans off the new chandelier for the main lobby. 960 1280

  

Anthony and Markus Discuss the Hotel

Anthony and Markus Discuss the Hotel

Anthony and Markus, owner of the Penguin Hotel, have a sit-down and try to resolve some of the issues that have been plaguing the Penguin for the last few years. 960 1280

  

Anthony Posing

Anthony Posing

Anthony poses for a not-so-candid shot in the lobby. 960 1280

  

New Breakfast Display

New Breakfast Display

The new breakfast display that Anthony designed for the hotel. 960 1280

  

Inside Shot of the Lobby

Inside Shot of the Lobby

An inside shot of the lobby before renovation takes place. 960 1280

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Anthony Melchiorri

Anthony Melchiorri

Hotel Impossible host, Anthony Melchiorri, presents a red appointment book to the concierge at Gurney's Inn & Spa in Montauk, NY. 960 1280

  

Beautiful Beach

Beautiful Beach

A view of Gurney's Inn & Spa’s beautiful beach. 960 1280

  

Staff Meeting

Staff Meeting

Demonstrating to Anthony that he has heeded his advice, restaurant manager John Lomitola conducts a lineup inspection of his staff. 960 1280

  

The Monte Family

The Monte Family

The Monte family, current managers of Gurney's Inn, listen attentively to Anthony's advice. 960 1280

  

Private Nook

Private Nook

In a private nook overlooking the sea salt pool, guests can cool off and relax while snacking on fresh fruit slices. 960 1280

  

John Lomitola

John Lomitola

Restaurant manager John Lomitola has a few choice words for one staff member during the lineup inspection as Anthony looks on. 960 1280

  

Awestruck Glance

Awestruck Glance

After the hotel lobby reveal, Angelo and Paul Monte quietly express their amazement as Candice and concierge Maureen Keller exchange an awestruck glance. 960 1280

  

Five Hundred A Night

Five Hundred A Night

The view alone from the seaside cottages at Gurney's Inn merits the $500 per night sticker price. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Before

Before renovation takes place, check out the courtyard at the New Yorker Boutique Hotel in Miami. 960 1280

  

After

After

An overall view of the courtyard after the renovation is completed by Anthony and his team. 960 1280

  

Before

Before

With folding tables and dirty equipment, Anthony has a lot of work cut out for him when it comes to revamping the breakfast bar. 960 1280

  

After

After

After the renovation, the folding tables have been replaced with white counters, and the equipment has been cleaned and is ready for use. 960 1280

  

Before

Before

With blue walls and blue cement floors, the lounge area in the courtyard was very basic. 960 1280

  

After

After

After the renovation, notice the vibrant colors and new light fixtures that add class to the courtyard. 960 1280

  

Before

Before

The dining section of the courtyard. 960 1280

  

After

After

The new and improved dining area. 960 1280

  

Before

Before

The original couches were placed directly in the middle of the courtyard. 960 1280

  

After

After

The couches -- now with cushions -- provide a much more comfortable environment for hotel guests. 960 1280

  

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