(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: August 20, 2012
Cambridge Hotel Address: 4 W Main St Cambridge, NY 12816
Cambridge Hotel was a Cambridge, New York hotel featured on Season 1 of Hotel Hell.
Though the Cambridge Hotel Hotel Hell episode aired in August 2012, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in 2012.
It was Season 1 Episode 3 of Hotel Hell.
In this episode, Gordon Ramsay visits the Cambridge Hotel, which is located in Cambridge, New York.
The hotel is a few hour’s drives from New York City.
It’s a very small town, with a population of just around 2,000. However, it’s in a beautiful area, with lots of natural wilderness around.
The hotel has been in business for over one hundred years.
They have 16 rooms and a large restaurant.
John Imhof, a local lawyer, is the owner.
He is assisted by his wife, Tina.
The pair bought the hotel in 2007.
The staff is not a fan of John’s management skills; they refer to him as a control freak.
The control freak approach isn’t working, though, because the hotel is over $700,000 in debt.
They are losing money and guests, but Tina declines to put more money into the hotel.
When Gordon arrives at the hotel, he is greeted by a weird R.I.P sign at the check-in desk.
The staff says this is for Alice, a four-year-old ghost who haunts the Cambridge Hotel.
On the way up the creaky stairs, Gordon is shown Alice’s room on the sealed-off third floor.
Gordon’s room has floral decor that he believes will make him sick.
Later, Gordon meets with the owners, who claim they have no prior hotel experience.
Almost everyone in their family has lent Tina and John money for the hotel.
They have plans to move into the hotel’s third floor because they are running out of money.
Tina confides in Gordon that sometimes she wants to run away.
She said her husband wouldn’t listen to her.
She wants to give up.
Phillip is Gordon’s server for the night, and he orders pork and beans, duck, and pie ala mode.
The pork and beans were gross, and the duck was frozen.
He is disappointed to find out the pie is also frozen.
Gordon and Tina talk about how John won’t listen to her or anyone’s ideas.
The staff says John controls them, and everything they do has to run past him for approval.
The following day Gordon brings the owners to his room filled with guests from the hotel.
The guests complain to the owners, and Gordon points out that the front door is not locked at night and has no security.
Gordon meets with Brittany, the general manager, and asks her to plan a special night for girls with chef Rich preparing all of the food.
The prep cook, Scooter, is a student in culinary school.
He has dreams of becoming a pastry chef.
Gordon Ramsay promises to support Scooter’s schooling financially, which is super nice to do.
John has to be locked on the third floor during the ladies’ night to stop him from intervening.
The night is booming, and John finally realizes he can trust his team.
Gordon’s team works overnight in the hotel to renovate and improve it.
The hotel is given new flooring and drapes and $75,000 worth of linens.
Gordon also removes the scary R.I.P sign from the reception area as guests come in.
Before he leaves, he also meets with Scooter and offers to finance his way through culinary school.
So was the Cambridge Hotel Hotel Hell episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if the New York hotel is still open in 2024 and beyond.
Cambridge Hotel Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Cambridge Hotel Hotel Hell episode, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon Ramsay left Cambridge, NY.
After Gordon’s changes, reviews for the hotel were generally positive.
However, they didn’t have much time to serve customers because the financial situation of the hotel went downhill very quickly.
Is Cambridge Hotel from Hotel Hell still open?
Unfortunately, Cambridge Hotel closed in June 2012 after being foreclosed on for falling behind on its $486,000 mortgage.
The Cambridge Hotel NY building was later purchased at auction by another bank for $299,000.
All of this happened before the Cambridge Hotel episode aired on Hotel Hell (though it was around six months after the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay).
That means Cambridge Hotel was already closed and sold before you even saw the Hotel Hell episode, which makes this one of the least successful Gordon Ramsay rescues on Hotel Hell.
As of 2023, the old Cambridge Hotel New York building is now occupied by an assisted living home called The Cambridge Assisted Living.
So, while it’s not a hotel anymore, the beautiful historic building is still being used and maintained.
You can see the new tenant at the old Cambridge Hotel New York location in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
What happened to Scooter from Hotel Hell?
A lot of people are interested in learning what happened to Scooter after the Cambridge Hotel Hotel Hell episode.
In the episode, Gordon Ramsay committed to paying for Scooter’s tuition at culinary school. So did he do that? And what happened to Scooter after Hotel Hell?
First off, Scooter is not dead. I don’t know why some people say that he died – that’s totally not true. But for some reason, you can find some people saying he died. False.
Gordon honored his commitment and Scooter enrolled in the culinary arts program from Schenectady County Community College after the episode.
Scooter eventually graduated in 2014 – here’s a Tweet from him mentioning the graduation and thanking Gordon Ramsay for his help.
As of 2023, he seems to be working as a cook at Healthy Living Market and Cafe, Saratoga Springs, NY, at least according to his LinkedIn.
In the past, he’s had other cooking jobs at Crazy Cow Restaurant and Dline Pub.
Unfortunately, Scooter doesn’t have his own bakery yet, but he still has plans to do it as recently as 2021.
In addition to working as a cook, he also runs a side business with his cousin doing landscaping work.
If you want to connect with Scooter, you can check out his Instagram here (his real name is Donald).
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Last updated: 2023-01-21 06:50