Hotel Impossible: The Best Makeovers from Season 6

Beyond safety issues and outright grime, these hotels needed some serious updating and design love. See some of the incredible transformations Anthony Melchiorri and his team bring to these neglected guest rooms, lobbies and more. 

Photo By: Photographer: Glen Mordeci

Photo By: Photographer: Glen Mordeci

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

AFTER: Bossier Inn and Suites

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

 

BEFORE: Gardner Hotel

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

AFTER: Gardner Hotel

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

AFTER: Gardner Hotel

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

BEFORE: Colonial Mountain Inn

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

AFTER: Colonial Mountain Inn

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

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. 

AFTER: Colonial Mountain Inn

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

BEFORE: Colonial Mountain Inn

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

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. 

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. 

AFTER: Evergreen Motel

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

AFTER: Sandman Hotel

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

AFTER: Sandman Hotel

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

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. 

AFTER: Kauai Inn

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

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

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

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. 

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

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

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. 

BEFORE: Kauai Inn

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

AFTER: Kauai Inn

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

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. 

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

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

BEFORE: Trade Winds Inn

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

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

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

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.  

AFTER: Trade Winds Inn

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