(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 11, 2014
Hotel Chester Address: 101 N Jackson St Starkville, MS 39759
Hotel Chester was a Starkville, Mississippi hotel featured on Season 2 of Hotel Hell.
Though the Hotel Chester 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 4 of Hotel Hell.
The Hotel Chester is located in Starkville, Mississippi.
Starkville is a small historic city in the eastern part of the state, not too far from the Alabama border.
It’s also a college town, with the local college being The Mississippi State University.
In 2000, David and Sukie Mollendor bought the hotel.
Thanks to its proximity to the university, the hotel saw success when it first opened.
Unfortunately, David was in a car accident that left him bedridden for over five months.
Because of that, the hotel lost a lot of money, and the owners had to file for bankruptcy.
Things got so bad that the bank took the home, and now they are forced to live in the hotel.
It’s a really sad story, so I hope that the Gordon Ramsay Hotel Hell visit can turn Hotel Chester around.
Sukie is the chef and manager, but she had to leave her job in real estate to run the hotel.
Gordon finds the hotel but complains that there is poor signage.
David tells Gordon that he has a degree in restaurant and hotel management and doesn’t think the reason for the failing hotel is the food or management.
Of course, most owners never think the business is failing because of their decisions. Funny how that works, right?
Everything is old and needs replacing. There are cracks in the walls.
Sukie explains to Gordon that although her family owned a Japanese restaurant, she had no experience in the restaurant business.
After Gordon unpacks and settles into his hotel room, he heads down to the restaurant.
Lindsay is Gordon’s server. The menu is only Japanese, and Sukie cooks everything.
Gordon waits over an hour for his food, which is just way too long.
When the food finally does arrive, he finds it gross.
The sushi is also way too big – Gordon has a funny moment where he asks Lindsay to try to eat the sushi with him:
Sukie is upset that Gordon doesn’t like anything she made.
She runs to tell her husband, who laughs at it.
Gordon meets with Sukie and David and complains about the wait and the weird tasting food.
The owners begin to argue about finances while guests check in to the hotel.
That night the restaurant and hotel are booked for the first time in years thanks to the Gordon Ramsay bump.
Gordon watches a dinner service and see’s that most guests are waiting over an hour for their food.
Despite that, David refuses to help in the kitchen.
Gordon goes food shopping to cook the remaining customers their food.
Everyone is fed after waiting close to three hours for their food.
Geez – I would go crazy if I were waiting that long!
The following day Gordon takes Sukie and David to other local businesses to show them the correct way to run things.
Gordon says they need to cater more to their clientele and get students and parents from the university to come in.
Gordon reveals all the new changes, including an updated beer garden, modern rooms, and new signage. It all looks great.
The room that David and Sukie live in has also been updated.
The menu has also been changed and now features local favorites.
A chef and two assistants come in during the relaunch to help out.
Many locals arrive for the relaunch of the hotel.
Sukie is no longer in the kitchen, and the head chef is doing a great job.
Gordon Ramsay even offers to pay her salary until the hotel makes more money and can afford to do so, which is a super nice thing.
Before he leaves, Gordon shows David and Sukie an apartment he rented for them for six months, which is also incredibly generous for Gordon to do.
So was the Hotel Chester Gordon Ramsay visit a long-term success? Keep reading my update to learn what happened next and if the Hotel Chester Mississippi hotel is still open in 2024.
Hotel Chester Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Hotel Chester Hotel Hell episode, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon Ramsay left Starkville, MS.
Three months after Gordon’s visit, weekend business at the hotel is way up and the customers generally seem to like the changes, which you can see in the review rating.
The weekday business still isn’t great, but that’s going to be difficult for any hotel in Starkville, I think.
The improved success has helped Sukie and David get back on their feet financially.
They’ve also kept most of the changes that Gordon Ramsay made to Hotel Chester, though they made a few tweaks.
They’ve also really leaned into marketing to the university, which I think is a great decision.
Is Hotel Chester from Hotel Hell still open?
As of 2023, Hotel Chester is still open and receiving customers in Starkville, MS. Business is up after Gordon Ramsay’s visit and the hotel has excellent reviews on various review platforms.
At the time that we’re writing this, Hotel Chester has a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor and a 4.9 star rating on Google reviews.
Here’s a sampling of Hotel Chester reviews that were written after the visit from Gordon Ramsay – these all come from the Hotel Chester TripAdvisor page…
If you want to learn more, you can check out the official Hotel Chester website.
If you want to book a stay at Hotel Chester, a basic queen room will run you around $100 per night.
A deluxe king suite will cost you $232 per night, which is the most expensive room.
You can also stay in the Hotel Chester Gordon Ramsay Executive King, which will cost you around $145 per night.
Or, if you want to save a little money, you can stay in the Gordon Ramsay Deluxe King for just $136.
Here’s an example of the booking page so that you can see the prices:
Where are the Hotel Chester owners now (2024)?
David and Sukie are still the Hotel Chester owners and living in Starkville, MS.
A 2022 article from a local news publication confirms that David and Sukie are indeed still the Hotel Chester owners.
They post on Facebook regularly and seem to generally be happy.
Overall, Hotel Chester seems like a real success story for Gordon Ramsay and Hotel Hell (along with David and Sukie, of course).
Congratulations to everyone involved!
Thanks for reading!
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Last updated: 2023-01-22 08:44