Mission “impossible” in Mammoth Lakes


Much like the popular “Restaurant Impossible” on the Food Channel, “Hotel Impossible” on the Travel Channel finds troubled businesses, gives them a bit of a facelift and serious counseling. Monday night, the hotel version goes to Alpenhof Lodge in Mammoth Lakes. No previews allowed.

Officials of “Hotel Impossible” said they were focusing on different ski towns in the West. They said the name and look of the Alpenhof Lodge was “very unique.” They checked reviews, found some good and some bad, but nothing too extreme on either end. The crew called the Alpenhof, and the rest can be seen on TV.

Stacy Schaubmayer, General Manager of Alpenhof said the only thing she can say is “He came here, and it’s airing Monday.” The “he” she referred to is Anthony Melchiorri (Mel-key-or-ee), the hotel fixer in “Hotel Impossible.” The shaved head, natty dresser, Melchiorri has been described as in-your-face and can-do. He has worked in the hospitality business for 20 years in such famous places as New York’s Plaza Hotel and the Algonquin.

On his TV show, Melchiorri gives hotels an extensive make-over with his special team. According to the internet, Melchiorri secretly scouts each property and identifies their biggest problems. He meets with the staff and the owners to determine key issues. His team creates a physical and cosmetic re-do along with procedural changes.

He checks out the Alpenhof Lodge in Mammoth Lakes Monday night, March 11th, on the Travel Channel. Check your local listings for times.



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5 Responses to Mission “impossible” in Mammoth Lakes

  1. ferdinandlopez March 9, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    send them over to motel 6

  2. Paul Sez March 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Great to see a local family-run business get some national attention!

  3. MK March 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    That was a great episode.
    The best to the entire Shaubmayer family.

  4. Benett Kessler March 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Schaubmayers, a wonderful story on Hotel Impossible. Not a dry eye in the house as you all responded with love and sincerity and smarts to handle change. May we all deal with such tough life decisions with as much grace. Great show!
    Benett Kessler

  5. Marilyn March 13, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Good show. The guy really knows how to handle people. He didn’t give orders but guidance and assistance to go the way they already knew they really needed to go. Used local providers, too. Husband read the credits for Alpine Paint, etc.


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