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Hotel Impossible: Newport Spa & Whirlpool Suites - Newport, RI

Anthony takes on a hotel whose clueless owner is more interested in buying up-to-date gym equipment then keeping his hotel in shape and his pool filled with water.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x10
Airdate: Monday June 25th, 2012

Director: Carlos Bible

Main Cast


In Newport, RI, Anthony is called in to help the 120-room Newport Spa & Whirlpool Suites, built in 1959 and owned by John Syragakis. Business has steadily declined for the last ten years and John is barely covering his expenses. Upon arrival, the first thing Anthony notices is that it does advertise whirlpool suites, which went out of vogue decades ago. Looking around, he finds an empty inside pool that looks like it’s been abandoned. He also notices that the sign says that it’s “Newport Inn & Spa.”..

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Episode Quotes
Anthony: About 1979 there was a memo that went out to all hotel owners in the world. It said whirlpool suites are kind of--it's over.
John: Oh, it is? I missed that one.

Anthony: This is the suite where you can get the romance and bubbles package. I just have a feeling when I go in there, I may see a big champagne glass with two naked people in it.

Anthony: This luxury mattress cover has never been cleaned or at least hasn't been cleaned in 200 guests. If I had my romance and bubbles package, really kicked in, and we had a really wild night, and the sheets came off, I would literally pack up and run out of this hotel.

Anthony: I like my job, but sometimes I don't really like my job very much at all.

Anthony: It doesn't feel like romance and bubbles, it feels like bologna and beer.

Blanche: Oh, I didn't know they had a pool or a hole in the floor.
Anthony: Surprise.

Anthony: What do you believe in more, the hotel or the gym?
John: I do believe in the gym. I want you to know that from the bottom of my heart. Good question. Oh, the hotel, I meant. I'm sorry, did I say that wrong? I meant I believe in the hotel. But you got to admit, this is nice equipment, right?

Anthony: You are scaring the living *bleep* out of me. Because you're running a hotel that's falling apart, that's going bankrupt, and you're spending $110,000 on a gym. I'm getting scared, John. I have filters that are filthy, I have light bulbs that are out, I have signs that are falling down, I have a pool that's collapsing, I have a bankruptcy last year almost. and I have a $110,000 gym without locker rooms that we're going to sell memberships for $40 a month to a thousand people that don't exist. I--I--I--got to get my head around this men. (walks away)
John: What I was also gonna do was actually try to get the membership base up, so this was just a--are you back? Are you coming back?

Anthony: You're stuck with this equipment. You made some bad decisions.
John: Probably, yes.
Anthony: Bad decision.
John: Bad decision.
Anthony: Really bad decision.
John: Really bad decision.
Anthony: What's the biggest problem in this hotel?
John: Maintenance.
Anthony: What's the biggest problem in this hotel?
John: Me.
Anthony: Thank you.

Anthony: You're a ridiculously big dreamer. I like that about you, but it also scares me.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBruce David Klein  |  Brian Leonard (1)
Co-Executive ProducerRob Green  |  Anthony Melchiorri  |  Lorri Leighton
Associate ProducerJoe Jacobs
EditorDavid Peterson  |  Katherine Hunt
CastingThalia Dacosta  |  Tori Gallarello Alcock  |  Aisha Reyes
Production AssistantTim Rea  |  Damany Campbell
Production CoordinatorMira Friedlaender  |  Jonathan Rittenberg
Assistant EditorXuan Vu  |  Matthia Baptiste  |  Alana Hoffman
Post Production SupervisorJoe Eckardt
On-Line EditorKim D. Hylan
Director of PhotographyLeo Lawrence
Production ManagerNeil Mason Parrish
Story ProducerJohn Michael Scholl
Field ProducerHolly Silber
Camera AssistantIcaro Godoi
Post Production ManagerMia Trombino
Post Production AssistantGreg Littauer
Media TechnicianChase Bartee
AudioEnrique Larreal
DesignerBlanche Garcia
Business AffairsSara Hofstein
Design AssistantFrancheska Torres
Assistant On-line EditorQuincy Hinds
CameraEdwin Mesa
Supervising Post ProducerJulie Lei  |  Steven Matty
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