Applegate River Lodge Hotel Hell Update – Open or Closed in 2022?

Is Applegate River Lodge still open in 2022?

Current Status: >> OPEN <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 4, 2014
Applegate River Lodge Address: 15100 Hwy 238 Applegate, OR 97530
Applegate River Lodge Hotel Hell Update

Episode Recap

Applegate River Lodge was an Applegate, Oregon hotel featured on Season 2 of Hotel Hell.

Though the Applegate River Lodge Hotel Hell episode aired in August 2014, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in mid 2013. It was Season 2 Episode 3 of Hotel Hell.

The Applegate River Lodge is located in Applegate, Oregon.

It has an absolutely beautiful location right on the Applegate River – hence the name.

Applegate itself is a small unincorporated county in the very south of Oregon, not far from the California border.

The owners are Richard and Joanna Davis.

They and their family run the hotel.

Twenty-two years ago, the couple designed the hotel, but things began falling apart in the lodge and their family after their divorce. 

When Gordon Ramsay arrives at the lodge, he notices a foul smell and ugly décor.

Although he likes the lobby, there is barely any furniture or guests.

Gordon rings the buzzer for an attendant, but the employee Richard is slow to get there.

Since there are no chairs in the lobby, Gordon finds a seat for himself on the floor in a classic bit of Gordon Ramsay reality showmanship.

Richard introduces himself as “Pa Butt” and shows him the office/party venue.

Gordon recognizes the smell of weed. The show was filmed a little before Oregon legalized it, so it wasn’t legal at the time.

However, Richard says it is for medical purposes.

Gordon stays in the Cattleman Room, which Gordon states smell like cattle.

The furniture is stained and ugly, distracting Gordon from the stunning view. 

After seeing his room, Gordon meets with Joanna, who admits she runs things at the lodge.

The hotel is in severe debt and is losing money monthly, which is why the Applegate River Lodge Hotel Hell episode exists.

Dusty and Duke are the owner’s sons who run the restaurant and the music, but they do not share their profits with their mother. 

First, Gordon meets with Duke, who collects a door fee of $15.00 but doesn’t share that with the hotel.

Duke is high because he smoked weed earlier that day.

Dusty says he makes a lot of money at the lodge, which shocks his mother, Joanna, as he shares nothing of that with her. 

That’s really not cool, at least in my opinion

Locals have heard that Gordon Ramsay is in town, and the hotel is fully booked.

The restaurant is relatively busy, but many guests send back dishes, and Gordon notices a dog in the dining room.

The restaurant uses frozen seafood even though there is local and fresh salmon. 

At 10:00 PM that night, a concert begins in the lobby as guests check in.

Since paying guests cannot rest due to the noise, Joanna compensates them.

At midnight the show finally wraps up. Gordon is finally able to go to sleep. 

Before going to sleep, Gordon uses a black light on the hotel bed and sees fluid stains. Gross!

Gordon tries to sleep in his sleeping bag, but Richard starts another party in the lobby.

Gordon calls a family meeting right away. 

Gordon is upset that both sons have made money from their parties inside the hotel, but Joanna has lost money due to those parties.

Gordon tries to get the family to understand the hotel is a business first, but they do not understand.

Everyone goes back to bed with no real progress made.

Joanna meets guests who had previously stayed in the lodge.

They have many complaints, including Richard offering them weed. Remember – this was before it was legal, so it’s a bit weird to have the proprietor of a hotel dealing there.

Joanna talks to Gordon about her dreams for the place.

Gordon gets inspired and meets Dusty and Duke, who apologize to their mother. 

Joanna asks her sons to assist her in running the hotel.

While that’s happening, Gordon’s team begins renovating the hotel.

The lobby is given chairs, so guests can now sit as they arrive.

The hotel room has been clean intensely.

The family loves the new smaller menu that Gordon has introduced. 

During the relaunch, both brothers are busy helping their mom.

The concerts are now far enough away that no one will be disturbed. 

Applegate River Lodge Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Applegate River Lodge Hotel Hell episode, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon Ramsay left Applegate, OR.

We don’t get revisit episodes on Hotel Hell, unfortunately, so let’s jump right into the most important question on your mind.

Is Applegate River Lodge from Hotel Hell still open?

As of 2022, the Applegate River Lodge is still open and serving customers in Applegate, OR. The reviews aren’t especially great, though, as it has a 3.5 star rating on TripAdvisor and a 3 star rating on Yelp.

Everyone seems to agree that the location and views of the hotel are amazing.

However, there do seem to be some complaints about the service, especially when it comes to the hotel part of the business.

The restaurant does a little better, which makes sense because the restaurant is where Gordon Ramsay really shines.

Overall, while the reviews are mixed, Applegate River Lodge is still open and successful, even managing to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

If anything changes, we’ll be sure to update this post.

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Last updated: 2022-02-19 05:40

6 thoughts on “Applegate River Lodge Hotel Hell Update – Open or Closed in 2022?”

  1. I was shocked to hear the sons didn’t help there mum financially while making a lot of money Gordon had his work cut out beautiful location stunning hotel but run badly glad he turned it around shame the reviews aren’t fantastic I wish them all the best and hope the pot head is travelling the world in his minibus far away from his family ….

  2. Thanks for these updates! I am watching now on Hulu. I am glad to see that they are still open, I felt for Joanne. She deserved a lot better than her ex-husband and sons were giving her.

  3. I’m also watching it for the first time on Hulu. That ex husband is a selfish, useless waste of space. That poor woman…

  4. Me 3 watching on Hulu! I notice this episode didn’t feature the star of the show, Gordon’s butt. My girlfriend suggests “Too much competition from the butt hut?”


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