(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 24, 2016
Angler's Lodge Address: 3363 Old Hwy 191 Island Park, ID 83429
Angler’s Lodge was an Island Park, Idaho hotel featured on Season 3 of Hotel Hell.
Though the Angler’s Lodge Hotel Hell episode aired in May 2016, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in late 2015.
It was Season 3 Episode 1 of Hotel Hell.
In this episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Angler’s Lodge located in Island Park, Idaho.
As you’d expect, Angler’s Lodge has fishing spots right there, as it’s located on Henry’s Fork, which is a tributary of the Snake River.
Island Park, Idaho itself is in a beautiful area. It’s just to the west of Yellowstone National Park and surrounded by beautiful wildlife and nature.
Married couple DeDe and Dave Eby bought the land in 1999 because it was near some of the best fisheries.
He wanted to be able to fly-fish while running the lodge. Give a man a fish, he’ll eat a man for a day. Buy a man a fishing lodge, he’ll…well, I’m kind of messing up my metaphors, but you get the idea.
Their son Zac acts as the manager, and he grew up in the hotel as a waiter and runner.
The business was going so well that they decided to expand initially, but sadly, they had to delay those plans when their ten-year-old son Dalton died.
I don’t want to bring up the Angler’s Lodge Idaho tragedy in much detail because it seems like a thing that should be private, but here’s a news article about what happened if you’re really interested. It’s really sad and I feel so bad for the family having to deal with the death of their son in such a tragic way.
Upon arrival, Gordon Ramsay thinks the Angler’s Lodge is stunning, which isn’t always the case for hotels that are featured on Hotel Hell.
Savanna, the owner’s daughter, greets him when he arrives.
Soon after, Gordon is greeted by the rest of the family, who inform him about the hotel’s success when they first opened.
After Gordon sees his room, he describes the view as beautiful but the room as sad.
The air conditioner was dust-filled and it just generally seemed a bit neglected.
Gina in the restaurant tells Gordon that Zac comes into work late daily, which is a bit of an issue.
The food isn’t much better, either.
They serve Gordon frozen chicken wings and BBQ sauce. He is disappointed.
Gordon describes the trout as being the worst trout he ever had, when it should be fresh given Angler’s Lodge’s location.
Gina, the chef, has freedom over the menu and has written it.
Dave is trying to keep the costs low, but that affects the quality of the lodge.
Gordon meets with the staff the next day to tell them feedback from the customers.
Many complaints are about Dave’s attitude, saying he makes customers feel unwelcome.
Dave claims he is friendly, but Gordon says his friendliness is assertiveness.
Gordon and Dave walk away from the cameras to the car to have a heart-to-heart.
Gordon tells Dave that there is a lack of commitment from the staff and that he has to let people know how loving and generous he is.
The owners and Gordon meet, and Gordon shows them memories from the lodge’s early days.
He wants to remind them of the reasons they built the lodge in the first place.
To get things back on track, the renovation team gives the rooms an extensive makeover.
Gordon also prepared a new menu for the kitchen staff to debut during relaunch night.
Gordon also invited the locals back to help and rebuild their relationship with the owners.
A food critic is coming to the relaunch, so the stakes are high.
However, Gina doesn’t allow the sous chef to dress a salad, and she begins to struggle in the kitchen.
The food critic orders a kale salad, but Gordon stops it from going out because he thinks it isn’t good enough.
After Gina sends out more terrible dishes, Gordon sends her home.
The kitchen then picked up, and there were no more complaints from customers.
However, Gordon still thinks the family needs some help, so he introduces them to a consultant named Emily who will work with them for a month or so.
Gordon also orders Dave and Dede to have dinner, just the two of them, to help them rekindle their own passion in addition to the passion for the lodge.
So was the Angler’s Lodge Hotel Hell episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if the Idaho hotel is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Angler's Lodge Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Angler’s Lodge Hotel Hell visit, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon Ramsay gave up the island life and left Island Park, ID.
In general, things have been going well for Angler’s Lodge, in large part because Dave and Dede have redeveloped their passion for running the lodge.
They’ve also expanded beyond just offering lodge rooms – they now offer three cabins that people can rent if they need more space.
These cabins have five separate bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a full kitchen, and just generally everything a big family needs for a successful vacation.
Is Angler’s Lodge from Hotel Hell still open?
As of 2023, Angler’s Lodge is still open and serving patrons in Island Park, ID. Reviews for the hotel are about average, as it has a 3.5 star rating on both TripAdvisor and Yelp.
Most other booking platforms are around that same range or a bit higher. For example, it has 4.2 stars on Google Reviews, 4.1 stars on Expedia, and 4.1 stars on Booking.com.
If you’re in the Island Park, Idaho area and you’d like to book a stay at Angler’s Lodge, you can do so via the official Angler’s Lodge website or one of the many third-party booking platforms such as Expedia, Hotels.com, and Bookings.com.
As of 2022, the prices for the cheapest rooms start at around $100 per night, though it depends if it’s during the winter or summer.
If you want one of the full cabins, you’re looking at more like $600 per night, so it’s a big difference.
Here’s a screenshot of the prices to give you an idea:
You can also book the Angler’s Lodge cabins via Airbnb (for a slightly higher price). For example, here’s the listing for the Edgewater Cabin at Airbnb.
Angler’s Lodge reviews after Gordon Ramsay visit
As I mentioned, Angler’s Lodge has a 3.5 star rating on TripAdvisor, which is ok but not amazing.
Here’s a sampling of a few TripAdvisor reviews that were written after the Angler’s Lodge Gordon Ramsay visit…
What happened to the Angler’s Lodge Idaho owners?
As of 2022, Dave and DeDe Eby are still the owners of Angler’s Lodge.
That means nothing has changed in terms of ownership after the Hotel Hell Angler’s Lodge episode.
They seem to be doing well and the hotel is still a family affair, with other family members still working at the hotel.
If you want to see another Idaho Hotel Hell episode, you can check out the Roosevelt Inn update in Coeur d’Alene.
That hotel is also still open as of 2022, so it seems like Gordon Ramsay did a good job on his Idaho trip!
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Last updated: 2023-01-22 08:58