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The Fortune in Las Vegas to get makeover on Travel Channel’s ‘Hotel Impossible’


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Anthony Melchiorri hosts Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.”

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Anthony Melchiorri hosts Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.”

“Hotel Impossible” is the Travel Channel series that attempts to rescue “hotels from hell” and make them heavenly again.

Today, its cameras and host Anthony Melchiorri take on one of the most critiqued hotels in Las Vegas, according to Yelp and other online travel report sites. The Fortune — or the misfortune property, as it will be known on the show — is located on East Flamingo two blocks from the Strip.

I’m not going to repeat some of the awful comments from guests, but you can read them for yourself on Yelp. They are brutal! For the next five days, Anthony plans to change the hotel from top to bottom and save it from future problems.

A Travel Channel production rep told me this morning: “It takes a big personality and a tough attitude to save a hotel on the brink of collapse. The series follows Anthony as he tackles different struggling hotels that are on the verge of closing.

“With his brutally honest approach, he evaluates each hotel and identifies its most significant problems. He then makes critical changes that may include getting a stubborn owner with no business sense to listen or getting a lazy staff to step it up.

“This season, he goes even farther with more hidden cameras, gadgets and technology that test, evaluate and measure different aspects of the hotel, including ‘germ-o-meters’ and black lights. It won’t always be pretty, and it will never be easy, but he’ll push the owners to get it right. For many, this is their last hope.”

It’s Season 4 for the hotel guru and host of the hit series. The “hotel fixer” in the hospitality business for more than 20 years is described as part psychologist, part motivational speaker and part businessman. Exerts on past shows say he has an unmatched ability to identify problems and find smart solutions and provides the tools for a business to get back on the path to success and profits.

Filming starts today and will continue through Friday, when the transformation is revealed for the cameras. The air date next year has not been finalized.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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