Hotel Impossible, Vol. 8HDClosed Captioning
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No-nonsense fixer Anthony Melchiorri gets struggling hotels back on their feet and on the path to success. His management skills, emotions and patience are tested as he evaluates and revamps these down-and-out properties.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFull Throttle in Sturgis||Anthony is on a mission to save three struggling hotels near Sturgis, South Dakota. Will he have time to fix all the issues at these properties before hundreds of thousands of bikers come rolling into town?||42:08||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFire Island Meltdown||At Clegg's Hotel on Fire Island in New York, Anthony meets a wary owner that needs to update his hotel, which has barely changed in 70 years. Can Anthony get through to the owner and make Clegg's the pride of Fire Island?||42:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLions, Tigers and Wasps, Oh My||Anthony visits Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas where lodging has taken a backseat to caring for the animals. If Anthony can help the owners focus on lodging, they could generate more money to save more animals.||42:09||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAlarmed in Alaska||Anthony meets the owner of Hooligan's Lodge in Soldotna, Alaska, who won't comply with the local fire code. Can Anthony give her a wake-up call before the place goes up in flames?||42:07||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRocky's Hot Tub Horror Show||Anthony visits a struggling hotel in Albany, NY, and discovers filthy rooms and poor management. The owner wants to spend over a million dollars to rebuild, but Anthony tries to convince him to renovate instead.||42:08||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJersey Shore Uproar||Anthony visits a not-so-fun motel in the resort town of Wildwood, New Jersey. After learning the business isn't really in financial trouble, Anthony discovers the owner is taking advantage of her underpaid general manager.||42:11||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLake Superior, Hotel Inferior||Anthony visits Bayfield, WI, to help the struggling Greunke's First Street Inn and Restaurant. To get the inn running to its full potential, Anthony will have to convince the owner to agree to some major management changes.||42:09||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoIce Hotels...Not Impossible||Anthony goes on a snowy trek through Norway, Sweden and Finland to explore four unique hotels made entirely out of ice and the incredible amenities they offer.||42:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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So glad it's back for another season - but you shouldn't buy this season on iTunes as is.
With the death of Kitchen Nightmares, the seeming hiatus of Restaurant Impossible, and the fact that "Hotel Hell" offers little actual business know-how in favor of heightened drama, Hotel Impossible remains one of the best "fix a failing business" shows on the air after 8 seasons.
The host, Anthony Melchiorri, is likeable, knowledgable, and genuinely considered an expert in his field. He takes great pains to convince the audience that "this isn't a fake show" (in his own words, when challenged by an owner for supposedly setting something up), and I'm actually inclined to believe him; he focuses on making simple and cost-effective changes to existing business systems, and the results speak for themselves.
The real star of each episode is often the breathtaking location Anthony is visiting. We've been treated to episodes in the likes of Niagra Falls, Jamaica, and more; the cinematography is often stunning, and many episodes highlight a unique activity in the area. There's a reason this show is on the Travel Channel, after all.
If you're still a fan of these "tough fixer goes into a failing business and points out the flaws, then solves them with limited time and resources" type shows, Hotel Impossible is an obvious choice. If you prefer to spend your 43 minutes per episode immersed in drama, you may prefer the dumpster fire that is Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell instead.
UPDATE: unfortunately, I can't recommend that you purchase this season on iTunes. For whatever reason, buying the season pass does not include any of the "Five Star Secrets" episodes which aired as part of this season. To add insult to injury, those episodes can be seen on the Travel Channel site (or mobile app) for free - and yet those who really love the show and purchase the season pass don't get them. There's not even an option to buy this content separately as its own "season" on iTunes! (Note: it really should be included with the main season, but at least give us some way to get this content!)
This is all likely a move on Travel Channel's part to encourage use of their site, but unfortunately the decision serves as a large middle finger to the biggest fans of the show. Until this is resolved, you should not buy this season pass - and unfortunately I can't bring myself to buy the next season pass if doing so won't even get me access to all the episodes.
I will update this again if iTunes and Travel Channel can provide season pass holders with a way to actually view the entire season's worth of content.