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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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

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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

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The Raphael (Kansas City, Missouri)

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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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Anthony Melchiorri in Front of the Penguin
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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

  

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Blanche Cleans the Chandelier

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

  

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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

  

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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

  

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Inside Shot of the Lobby

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

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At the Abacrombie Inn in Baltimore, MD, Anthony explains how guests should be welcomed. 960 1280

  

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Anthony shows the owners of the Abacrombie Inn a crack vial he found in their flower bed. 960 1280

  

Anthony Busts a Move

Anthony Busts a Move

Anthony busts a move for the camera while waiting for the Abacrombie Inn owners to return. 960 1280

  

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Anthony notices the dead plants at the entrance to the Holbrook Hotel in Grass Valley, CA. 960 1280

  

Playing in the Band

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Anthony plays drums with Holbrook Hotel owner Ian Garfinkel's band. 960 1280

  

Repelling Down a Waterfall

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Anthony prepares to repel down a waterfall just outside of the Litohoro Olympus Resort Villas & Spa in Greece.

  

Excessive Number of Lamps

Excessive Number of Lamps

Anthony notices the excessive number of lamps in the lobby of the Litohoro Olympus Resort. 960 1280

  

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Anthony explores the town of Litohoro, Greece, before heading back to the resort to speak to mother and son owners, Evgenia and Platon. 960 1280

  

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The pool at Hotel Iguanazul in Costa Rica looks pristine and Anthony feels the hotel staff is doing a poor job of taking advantage of the beautiful scenery surrounding it. 960 1280

  

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Hotel Iguanazul Bedroom

Anthony takes a look at one of the bedrooms at the Hotel Iguanazul in Costa Rica during his initial inspection of the property. 960 1280

  

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Discussing the Problems

Anthony and Roberto, the general manager, discuss problems and solutions with the Iguanazul staff. 960 1280

  

Water Gap Front Desk

Water Gap Front Desk

Anthony is disgusted by the condition of the front desk at the Water Gap Country Club in Pennsylvania … so he decides to rip it down! 960 1280

  

Water Gap Room

Water Gap Room

Anthony is disappointed with the condition of a room at Water Gap – there’s old bedding, the carpets are dirty, and there’s a hole in the wall where the AC unit is supposed to go. 960 1280

  

Hitting the Links

Hitting the Links

Anthony hits the links for a quick round of golf at the Water Gap Country Club. 960 1280

  

Photos

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

  

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

  

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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

  

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

  

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