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Competition is fierce in the hotel business. Online review sites can kill a business’ reputation with one bad review. Staffs are untrained, surly or apathetic in a profession that lives or dies on service. So what’s a struggling hotel operator to do? Bring in Anthony Melchiorri, a hotel “fixer,” who can turn any establishment around in weeks … and he does just that in Hotel Impossible, a new one-hour series on the Travel Channel airing Monday’s at 10|9c.
Melchiorri’s tough-love style can be hard to swallow and overhauling a business is a painful and often emotional task, but the potential reward of a fully booked hotel with excellent customer reviews makes it all worth it.
Each episode features a hotel that is having problems or is not living up to it’s potential. Melchiorri secretly scouts the property and identifies its biggest problems. He then meets with the staff from front desk receptionists to housekeeping to the owners themselves to determine the key operation issues. Some owners could risk losing their hotels if Melchiorri’s renovations do not work. After coming up with a plan and prescribing the changes that need to be made, Melchiorri revamps and re-motivates the staff and transforms the hotel. Whether it is demonstrating the proper way to pour a glass of wine or gutting and redecorating a lobby, Melchiorri knows how to turn a struggling hotel into a bustling tourist destination.
Upcoming episodes feature major transformations that help get hotels back on track and improve their business, including Gurney’s Inn, Montauk, NY; The Penguin Hotel, Miami, FL; Motel New Yorker, Miami, FL; Ocean Manor, Fort Lauderdale, FL; The Purple Orchid Resort & Spa, Livermore, CA; Hotel Corpus Christi Bayfront, Corpus Christi, TX; La Jolla Cove Suites, La Jolla, CA; and Bromley Sun Lodge, Peru, VT.
Philosophy: My passion for Interior Design comes secondary to my need to translate my client’s ideas into reality. The aesthetic I work with is not a category that you can label—it’s a lifestyle that is individual to each client. I create environments that are beautiful…yes, comfortable…always. I believe design should say something about the people experiencing it, not about the person designing it.
Bio: Blanche Garcia draws from a degree in Interior Design and over 16 years experience in residential and commercial design. Her client lists includes the homes of professional athletes, corporations, restaurants, nightclubs and lounges. She also specializes in “Green” design, and is a LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Commission. With her “no client too far to reach” approach, her client base is local and international.
Her work has been featured in Wall Street Journal, US Magazine, Red Book, Small Room Decorating, Latina, Design NJ, New Jersey Countryside, New Jersey Monthly, and more. Garcia’s Design columns have been published in The Star Ledger and The Record. She has also appeared on HGTV “Design Star”, “MTV Cribs”, “Better Show”, “DayTime” and “HouseSmarts”.
Love: My clients’ reaction when they see the finished product.
Hate: Flame stitch fabric
Can’t Live Without: Cheese
Most Memorable Moment: The day I realized that I’m accountable for more than myself in life.
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