Travel Channel visits Cedar City; volunteer, on-camera opportunities

"Hotel Impossible" host Anthony Melchiorri, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of The Travel Channel, St. George News

CEDAR CITY – The Travel Channel’s hit series “Hotel Impossible” has brought its brand of business rescue to Southern Utah, and show host Anthony Melchiorri will be in Cedar City through the end of the week filming an episode of the show and lending his makeover magic to the Stratford Court Hotel.

Southern Utahns with a hankering for TV fame have an opportunity to participate in the filming.

“Melchiorri is relentless when it comes to getting struggling hotels all over the world back on their feet and on the path to success,” a press release from the Travel Channel said. “His no-nonsense approach may put some owners off, but his advice can transform even the most down-and-out properties. Yet it’s ultimately up to the hotel owners to implement and maintain his changes.”

In any given episode of “Hotel Impossible,” Melchiorri visits struggling hotels selected to be on the show, gives hotel owners and staff some tough love and harsh reality checks, and then sets to work getting the hotels back in shape and on the path to profitability. This week, owners and staff at Cedar City’s Stratford Court Hotel get their chance to be in Melchiorri’s hot seat.

“In the hospitality business for more than twenty years, Melchiorri has an unmatched ability to identify problems and find smart solutions,” the press release said. “He provides the tools for a business to get back on the path to success and generate profits. In addition to being the host of ‘Hotel Impossible,’ Melchiorri runs his own company, Argeo Hospitality, consulting on hotel projects for private owners and investors.”


Local volunteers are needed to help on the show through Friday night, according to a press release from the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Volunteer slots are scheduled in three-hour shifts from 9 a.m.-midnight each day of the shoot. Workers are needed in the following areas:

  • Labor: People to help with cleanup, construction, painting, etc.
  • Landscaping: Plants, trees, flowers and shrubs (indoor and outdoor)
  • Food and beverages: Help feed the volunteers

Volunteers are encouraged to wear T-shirts with their company name or logo.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up online or call the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce, 435-586-4484.

Be on camera

Residents can additionally appear as extras in the episode.

A casting call will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, 299 W. Center St. in Cedar City. Individuals and entire families are invited to participate.

“We will need you for about an hour,” a post on the Utah Shakespeare Festival: Playmakers Facebook page said. “Come be a part of the fun, and getting on national TV isn’t so bad either!”

The air date of the Stratford Court Hotel episode of “Hotel Impossible” has not yet been announced by the Travel Channel.


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  • DB March 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Based on what I read on, this will be a project worthy of the show’s time, but not an unusual one, if you are familiar with the show.

  • CaliGirl March 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Now if we could get Gordon Ramsey to film a “Kitchen Nightmares” for our stupid weird crazy bull owner out in Hurricane!

    • partyhatbull March 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      A bull with 5 legs is crazy?

    • DB March 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      We need Chef Ramsey! I think we have another “Amy’s Bakery” on our hands.

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