(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 19, 2016
Beachfront Inn and Inlet Address: 110 S Ocean Dr Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Beachfront Inn & Inlet was a Fort Pierce, Florida hotel featured on Season 3 of Hotel Hell.
Though the Beachfront Inn Hotel Hell episode aired in July 2016, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place in late 2015.
It was Season 3 Episode 7 Hotel Hell.
Beachfront Inn and Inlet is in Fort Pierce, FL.
The hotel is named the Beachfront Inn and then the restaurant is named The Inlet.
The hotel is in a prime location on Florida’s coast and is owned by Brian Paul.
If you’re not familiar with Fort Pierce, it’s on the east coast of Florida, straight up from Miami and West Palm Beach.
In 2012, Brian used the money from his family’s fishing business to open the inn.
Liza is the hotel’s manager, and she doesn’t believe Brian has any experience in the hotel industry.
Gina is a server who says that although Brian is at the inn physically, his mind is elsewhere.
Sous chef Joey thinks that Brian is too lax and needs to step up as a leader.
James runs the restaurant and says the lack of consistency from the kitchen is a cause of the inn’s problems.
Ben, a hotel executive, thinks the menu is too vast.
Basically, all the staff are quick to volunteer reasons why the Beachfront Inn Hotel Hell episode needed to happen.
The hotel has a party reputation.
Guests are known to party well into the morning, but other customers complain about this issue.
Gordon Ramsay loves the hotel’s area, but the inn itself looks like it is closed.
Lisa greets Gordon at the front desk, where they sell pieces of driftwood for $22.
I guess that’s a smart business?
But I don’t think I would be buying one.
Gordon Ramsay is taken to his room in the Caribbean building.
The bed is outdated and uncomfortable, and the rest of the room smells musty.
Later, Brian meets Gordon, who informs him he has no prior hotel experience.
Brian does tell Gordon they use fresh fish from a fish market, so Gordon heads down to the kitchen.
The menu Gordon Ramsay is given is too extensive.
He orders lobster mac and cheese, chicken wings, and a burger.
The tuna burger is frozen, and the mac and cheese uses penne pasta, so it can’t technically be called mac and cheese.
Gordon asks Brian about the frozen tuna because he claimed they used fresh fish.
Brian did use fresh fish from his brother’s fish market, but now he owes his brother money, so he will no longer allow Brian to purchase fresh fish from him.
This has forced Brian to use frozen fish.
At dinner that evening, Gordon asks the customers if they expect fresh or frozen fish.
Obviously, everyone thought they weren’t getting frozen fish.
Gordon Ramsay inspects the kitchen and finds a disgusting walk-in cooler.
There is cooked and raw chicken stored together, a health hazard.
When Gordon asks Brian, who is in charge of the kitchen, he is told that Ben, the executive chef is in order.
James tells Gordon that Ben is not in the restaurant a lot of the time, which is why the state of the refrigerator is disgusting.
Brian defends Ben to Gordon, but Gordon tells Brian that Ben is dragging down the hotel.
Gordon walks to the front desk to sit with Liza.
While he’s there, a phone comes in from a guest with a dust allergy.
That’s some great reality TV producing, haha.
Brian and Gordon go up to the guest’s room and encounter another guest with an issue with her air conditioner.
Gordon then sees the air conditioner has not been cleaned for some time, so the guest is moved.
Eric, Brian’s brother, meets with Gordon the following day.
Eric tells Brian he has to pay him back $30,000 or he will be cut off even further.
Brian arrives at work the next day dressed in shorts.
Gordon makes him change so he will look like a leader.
The hotel staff is shown the renovated hotel, and the kitchen will now use fresh fish.
The mayor comes for dinner, but Brian wanders around aimlessly instead of introducing the chefs to the mayor.
Brian also messes up the mayor’s order, and he is left waiting a long time for his food.
Gordon Ramsay leaves the service disappointed in Brian and wondering about the prospects of success at Beachfront Inn.
He gives a monologue about all of the hotel’s issues while packing his suitcase.
Then, we get a shot of Gordon Ramsay walking away at the end of the episode.
So did Brian beat Gordon’s doubts, and was the Beachfront Inn Hotel Hell episode a success?
Keep reading to learn what happened next and if the Inlet hotel is still open in 2023.
Beachfront Inn and Inlet Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Inlet Hotel Hell visit, let’s talk about what happened to the hotel after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Fort Pierce, FL.
After the episode, it seems like there weren’t a ton of improvements, as reviews were still generally mixed.
There were some positive reviews of course, but there were also a lot of negative reviews that suggest issues from the Hotel Hell episode were still ongoing.
For example, consider this one star review:
This is the filthiest rat trap I ever checked into.
Black mold on bathroom baseboard, rust in tub, outlets dont work, broken lamp, disgusting.
The shrew at front desk yelled, Merry Christmas as I checked out early!
Here’s a sampling of a few other The Inlet reviews from after the visit from Gordon Ramsay…
1 star Yelp review from May 2018:
It is not an Hotel!
It is a loud and noisy bar, with a mediocre restaurant!
If you plan staying in the Hotel BEWARE!
We moved out the first night because the music was until 2 am!
And the owner looks like ballet parking or bartender, totally unprofessional.
1 star Yelp review from July 2017:
Sadly, if you want to know about this place…
Just know it was featured last season on Fox Channels “Hotel Hell” with celebrity guest chef Gordon Ramsey from Top Chef…
All the rooms were remodeled by the shows crew, but the episode literally ends with Gordon Ramsey giving up on the owner, Brian, who didn’t have a clue for operations, staff needs, kitchen expectations, etc..
All for folks making up their own mind against this review, but these yelp reviews are to stand warning against customers deciding where to spend hard earned money, time, and vacation experience on a place that was literally given up on, by a show called
“Hotel Hell; beachfront Inn episode”
—- which conveniently Hulu.com has it featured for streaming—–
wow, sad Gordon Ramsey walked out on you guys, after having so many chances to better it all…
That does not happen on that show… beware!
2 star Yelp review from June 2019:
After a return visit , well a few actually this place is going downhill.
It’s getting dirty and more rundown.
Clientele and workers look the same.
Unless they do any great updates I wpnt be back.
The chair on the balcony was so rusted it crumbled.
I fell and hit my head and they did not want to give a refund or I would have went elsewhere
Again, there were certainly some positive reviews mixed in.
But – overall – the reviews were very negative, which is evidenced by the 2.5 star rating.
Given those reviews, you can probably guess where this story is going.
Is Beachfront Inn and Inlet from Hotel Hell still open?
Beachfront Inn and Inlet closed in 2019, which means it survived for around four years after the actual Beachfront Inn Hotel Hell visit.
The hotel and restaurant closed because the owners sold it.
The new owners rebranded the property into a new hotel and restaurant.
As of 2023, the old Beachfront Inn and the Inlet Florida location is operating as Sunrise Sands Beach Resort.
However, reviews for the new hotel are not very good as it has just a 2.5 star rating on its TripAdvisor page.
It seems like problems continue at The Inlet Fort Piece property, despite the rebranding.
Hopefully the new owners can get things back on track!
Here’s what the Inlet Florida location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view – you can see the Sunrise Sands sign at the entrance to the property:
If you still want to test it out to see the property that Gordon Ramsay visited, rooms at Sunrise Sands Beach Resort start at around $125 per night.
Beachfront Inn and Inlet was the only Florida Hotel Hell episode.
The latter hotel is not very close but it’s the closest – Gordon didn’t spend much time in the south.
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Last updated: 2023-04-30 06:40