Hotel Hell hotels that closed

Does Hotel Hell renovate all the rooms?

Just under half of the businesses that were featured on Gordon Ramsay’s show, Hotel Hell have now closed their doors.

Hotel Hell may not be as popular as Gordon Ramsay’s similar, but more focused restaurant-rescue franchise, Kitchen Nightmares, but the show certainly has its own sense of charm.

This reality television series, which aired three seasons between 2012 and 2016, documents Ramsay venturing outside of the kitchen and dining rooms to try to save various kinds of lodging establishments all over the United States.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the reason that you tune in to watch) his last-minute turnaround tactics often involve inspecting absolutely every inch of these businesses, including their usually-filthy pools, and disgustingly soiled sheets.

The amount of Hotel Hell hotels that have closed down

These Hotel Hell episodes always end with a fairly upbeat farewell from Ramsay telling the audience that these hotels, inns, motels, or even bed and breakfasts stand a real chance to turn their doomed fates around.

But the sad reality is that most of these businesses end up being sold or closing eventually.

Ramsay visited a total of 20 businesses throughout Hotel Hell’s three seasons, and 11 of these businesses have now closed down. This means that the series has only been able to maintain a success rate of 45% in the last seven years.

All the Hotel Hell hotels that have now closed their doors

The list of Hotel Hell hotels that closed their doors after Ramsay’s visit, include:

Season Initial air date Businesses that have closed
Season 1 August 13 to September 3, 2012
Season 2 July 21 to September 9, 2014
Season 3 May 24 to July 26, 2016

The Hotel Hell hotels that are still open

The lines of open and closed do tend to get a bit blurry when talking about the businesses which were once profiled on Hotel Hell, as many of the businesses have changed names or changed ownership in the last few years.

For instance, while the owner of The Keating Hotel (season 1, episode 4) recently reached out to us to confirm that the hotel is indeed still open, this establishment is now under new management and is mostly being run as an Airbnb (which is why the old hotel’s social media pages and website have not been updated in such a long time).

However, the businesses that have kept their doors open until the beginning of 2023 and which have remained in a somewhat similar condition to how they were portrayed on the show include:

The reasons why hotels close down

Whenever the topic of Hotel Hell’s success rate is brought up, a huge debate about the efficacy of the show inevitably erupts online.

And while there is certainly always room to debate the finer details of Ramsay’s business advice, it is also important to note that there are plenty of reasons why hotels (and all other kinds of lodging establishments for that matter) close.

In fact, McKinsey & Company estimated back in 2020 that most hotels in the United States would take until the end of this 2023 (or even later) to recover from the negative financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alix Partners’ CGA Hospitality Market Monitor reports that over 1130 pubs, bars and restaurants in the United Kingdom have closed “due to economic pressures and high inflation” since the third quarter of 2023.

This research only serves to highlight just how difficult it is for hospitality businesses to thrive in today’s economy and does not even begin to cover the other business-related issues that the Hotel Hell hotels may have faced.

In defense of Hotel Hell

It can be quite jarring to realize that almost one out of every two businesses featured on Hotel Hell through the years have closed since their episodes first aired.

But while some people are quick to point out that this may just be another case of reality show trickery, it is important to remember that all of these businesses are usually already on the brink of bankruptcy when Ramsay and his Hotel Hell team arrive.

And one could argue that none of these businesses would have survived if Ramsay had not intervened.

Therefore, every restaurant saved would actually be a bonus (Placing Ramsay’s scoreboard at +8 restaurants, instead of  45 percent success rate).

Either way, Hotel Hell is not that far off from some of the other business-rescue shows on television.

Alex Polizzi from Hotel Inspector told Express in 2011 that her show maintained “about a 50 per cent success rate”, and this business expert seemed quite pleased with this.

Furthermore, Anthony Melchiorri’s show, Hotel Impossible’s closure rate is just below 40 percent.