Hotel Hell: What happened to the owners of Juniper Hill Inn?

Hotel Heltyl: What happened to the owners of Juniper Hill Inn?

The owners of Hotel Hell’s Juniper Hill Inn have mostly stayed off social media after the inn closed down.

Hotel Hell certainly had a lot to live up to when the series started airing in 2012, as the famed celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, already had two other successful business-rescue shows on the air at the time.

But this show came out swinging, with a special double-episode makeover at the Juniper Hill Inn.

As with all of the hotels, motels and inns that have appeared on Hotel Hell since this episode, the Windsor-based historic Juniper Hill Inn was plagued by a multitude of issues.

But its owners, Robert Dean II’s and Ari Nikki’s friends-only guest list for the establishment, antique collection, and multi-thousand dollar motor coach, in which they stayed while failing to compensate their employees, did not help the situation.

What happened at the Juniper Hill Inn after Hotel Hell?

Ultimately, it seems like Ramsay’s Hotel Hell intervention was just not enough to save this business, and the Juniper Hill Inn went into foreclosure in 2014.

And in an honestly not-all-that-surprising turn of events, neither Robert nor his partner, Ari, have any kind of public presence on social media these days.

So it seems as though these former owners of the Juniper Hill Inn have mostly tried to keep a very low profile after the episode aired – which is probably for the best, as Robert’s disappointingly low-value art collection is still mocked online to this day.

The most entitled owners from Hotel Hell

There is truly no denying that Robert and Ari’s questionable choices pre-Hotel Hell makeover have landed these former Juniper Hill Inn owners high on the list of show’s most entitled people in charge.

However, since the series seems to bring out the worst in some of these owners, Robert and Ari do not make it to the top of the list.

Instead, our ranking for Hotel Hell’s most entitled owners is as follows:

Rank Owners Hotel Hell business
5. Phillip Lovingfoss and his girlfriend Ginger Monticello Hotel (Season 2, episode 2)
4. John Hough and his wife Tina Hough The Roosevelt Inn (Season 1, episode 6)
3. Verindar Kaur and her son Chiranjiv ‘CJ’ Jouhal Brick Hotel (season 3, episode 6)
2. Partners Robert Dean II and Ari Nikki Juniper Hill Inn (Season 1, episode 1 and 2)
1. The sisters Rina and Vanda Smrkovski Calumet Inn (season 2, episode 5)

Robert and Ari had mixed feelings about being on the show

Robert and Ari likely had no idea that their business would eventually be added to the Hotel Hell hall of fame when Ramsay and his film crew first showed up at the Juniper Hill Inn.

But these former owners did seem slightly overwhelmed by everything when they took to Facebook, right after the episode premiered.

Robert and Ari opened this long-winded post by stating that they “contemplated long and hard about doing it” and eventually moved on to say “Chef Ramsay's visit was difficult on all of us although we truly listened to what was said and have been working diligently to implement the suggestions which has been realized by our rapid growth”, which seems to imply that they did not see the experience as all bad when all was said and done.

Ramsay once referred to his stay at the Juniper Hill Inn as “horrific”

It seems as though Ramsay himself had some mixed feelings about the Juniper Hill Inn after the makeover.

This celebrity chef indirectly referenced this inn during a 2012 interview with TV Is My Pacifier, where he was asked about how he goes about choosing the establishments profiled on the series.

Ramsay answered that he had a particularly soft spot for businesses with great historic value (like the Juniper Hill Inn), which were just not being run efficiently.

He then went on to explain how the inn’s basement pigsty made the entire place smell horrible while he was there (and how Robert had tried to convince him that the smell was caused by an old plumbing issue).

The historic Juniper Inn now

It seems as though the Juniper Hill Inn continued to struggle financially after Ramsay’s visit and the inn eventually closed its doors just a few months after the episode first aired.

However, the inn’s rocky history did not deter new investors, and Kenni Lucci and Brenda Bradley were able to purchase this historic property for a reported $400,000, just a short while later.

The inn relaunched in 2016, newly renamed as the Windsor Mansion Inn, and it currently has an excellent 5 out of 5-star rating on TripAdvisor.