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Close Encounter With ‘Hotel Hell’

My 15 minutes of fame never happened. I was so close yet so far from appearing on “Hotel Hell.” It wasn't surprising that my wife and I ended up on the cutting room floor. We're not confrontational enough. We clearly can't compete with the Roosevelt Inn's owners John and Tina Hough in the drama department. When word spread that Gordon Ramsay would be taping an episode of his new show, “Hotel Hell” in Coeur d'Alene and they were looking for people to be on the show, my wife Monique and I thought it would be fun to apply. I dashed off a quick email explaining that we had our rehearsal dinner at the Roosevelt Inn more than 10 years ago and that we're regular viewers of Ramsay's other shows. We both thought there was no way in “Hotel Hell” that we would be selected. We were wrong/Marc Stewart, Coeur d'Alene Press guest comment. More here.

Question: Have you used up any of your 15 minutes of fame? How?

Cindy Descends Into ‘Hotel Hell’

Some of us receive invitations to go to hell more frequently than others – that’s the nature of being a newspaper columnist. But when friends invited Derek and me to join them for dinner in hell we quickly agreed. This particular Hades involved a taping of “Hotel Hell” at the Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene, and dinner was a mystery – a murder mystery. We received an email assigning us our roles. I was to portray Millicent the Milliner. Derek’s role? A professor and colleague of our host Sherlock Holmes, aka innkeeper, John Hough. We were instructed to come in character and advised to bring cash for our $50 a plate dinner, as the inn’s credit card machine ran slow. Oh yeah, we were told it was strictly a BYOB meal. The Roosevelt had no wine, beer or liquor license. After conferring with our friends Jeff “the Eccentric Scientist” Selle and his wife, Sue, “the Debutante,” we rustled up suitable evening wear/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

  • View Online: Miss your chance to see the Roosevelt Inn on Gordon Ramsay’s “Hotel Hell”? An episode featuring the historic Coeur d’Alene hotel aired for the first time Monday on Fox. Viewers who missed it can watch online starting eight days after the original air date, on Sept. 11, at www.fox.com/hotel-hell/.

Question: Did you watch the Roosevelt Inn edition of Hotel Hell? Where/what was the worst meal you ever ate?

Cindy: Chefs Ramsay Or Bordain?

On her Facebook wall, Cindy (who will be co-hosting Blogfest 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fort Ground Grill) writes: “Watched my first episode of Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' last night. All I can say is if Chef Gordon was in my mom's kitchen, he'd be sitting in the corner with a bar of Irish Spring wedged in his mouth! But now I'm wondering: Who would you rather have a drink with, Gordon Ramsay or Anthony Bordain?

DFO: I'd prefer Bent.

Question: Well?

2MC: Roosevelt Inn Hosts ‘Hotel Hell’

Here’s a chance for a taste of dining purgatory. Gordon Ramsay and crew will be shooting an episode his new Fox television show, “Hotel Hell,” at the Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene Feb. 20-24. For those familiar with Gordon’s “Kitchen Nightmares” show, “Hotel Hell” has similar format with the celebrity chef offering ideas to help turn struggling business around. While filming is happening, the restaurant and inn will be open to the public by reservation only. Producers are looking for people who want to dine or stay there during the filming and be a part of the show. It is not a free ride/Lori Hutson, Too Many Cooks. More here. (AP file photo of Gordon Ramsay on video of successful “Hell's Kitchen” show)

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Question: Would you be interested in staying at the Roosevelt Inn during “Hotel Hell” filming?

There will be profanity

Here’s a chance for a taste of dining purgatory.

Gordon Ramsay and crew will be shooting an episode his new Fox television show, “Hotel Hell,” at the Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene Feb. 20-24.

For those familiar with Gordon’s “Kitchen Nightmares” show, “Hotel Hell” has similar format with the celebrity chef offering ideas to help turn struggling business around.

While filming is happening, the restaurant and inn will be open to the public by reservation only. Producers are looking for people who want to dine or stay there during the filming and be a part of the show. It is not a free ride. Those who dine will have to pay for their meals and drinks. Rooms will only be available on a select night and rates have not yet been determined, but guests will pay for their room. Those who stay will be asked for feedback by Ramsay.

For a chance to dine or stay, email reservation requests to hotelshowrooseveltinn@gmail.com. Be sure to include first and last name, phone number and the size of your party in the request.

- Lorie Hutson