(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 21, 2014
Meson De Mesilla Address: 1803 Avenida De Mesilla Mesilla, NM 88046
Meson De Mesilla was a Las Cruces, New Mexico hotel featured on Season 2 of Hotel Hell.
Though the Meson De Mesilla Hotel Hell episode aired in July 2014, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in mid-2013.
It was Season 2 Episode 1 of Hotel Hell.
Meson De Mesilla is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Cali Szczawinski purchased the hotel in 2006, which means she’s been the owner for about seven years at the time of the Meson De Mesilla Hotel Hell episode.
The hotel has 14 rooms, so it’s not as big as some of the other hotels that Gordon Ramsay has rescued.
As Gordon Ramsay drives to the hotel, he notices no signs for the hotel on the road and gets lost.
Upon arrival, Gordon is asked to sign a liability waiver about damage to the “fancy” Venetian plaster.
He is offended and rips the document in half.
It’s such a weird thing and lots of viewers have talked about this. Imagine signing a waiver just to rent a room? It’s crazy!
He isn’t impressed by the hotel and the beige colors of the room.
When he meets Cali, the owner, he asks her about the liability waiver and is told it costs $7.50 to replace the Venetian wallpaper.
There are three stages for performances around the hotel, and they are all used by Cali, who used to have dreams of being a singer.
The pool is disgusting and needs a good clean, but no one uses the pool anyway.
Chef Ceara works in the kitchen.
Although Ceara lives locally, she doesn’t cook local recipes.
Cali tells Gordon she only has enough money to keep the hotel open for another six months; then, she will be forced to close it.
Zan is the general manager and restaurant manager.
He blames Cali for the failing hotel.
When Gordon sits down to eat, he asks for the vinyl tabletop cover to be removed.
Mitzi is the server and the manager’s wife.
She says that the food is Tuscan-themed and Cali thinks it is good. Gordon does not believe the food is good at all.
This isn’t a surprise, as Gordon Ramsay generally hates the food everywhere he goes (though he has liked some of the food on Kitchen Nightmares).
Mitzi also blames Cali for the failing hotel as Cali takes the stage to sing a Cher tune making everyone uncomfortable.
The guests are not happy that they were forced to sign a waiver and no breakfast services or room service.
After he eats, Gordon meets the staff in the kitchen, and Ceara says she is only working with what she is given.
Zan and Cali begin to get in a fight.
Things heat up and Cali fires Zan and his wife Mitzi leaves behind him.
The next day Gordon goes for a drive and finds a food truck owned by David, the prep cook from the hotel.
Gordon is impressed by his food and drink.
He meets with Cali when he returns to the hotel. He also brings hotel guests with him.
They say they are insulted by the waiver, and one guest even offers Cali money to stop singing.
Cali finally realizes she wants to change.
The reconstruction team works overnight, and the first thing you see when you come to the hotel is a beautiful sign.
David, the prep cook, is the new breakfast chef.
Gordon also removed the waiver. The stage by the pool has been removed. And the pool has finally been cleaned.
Cali wants the old furniture back, and Gordon threatens to take back everything he bought for her.
Gordon informs Cali it is time to let go of her dreams of singing and focus on the hotel.
The relaunch is a pool party, and a local band plays.
So was the Hotel Hell Meson De Mesilla episode a long-term success? Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Las Cruces New Mexico hotel is still open in 2023.
Meson De Mesilla Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Meson De Mesilla Gordon Ramsay visit, let’s talk about what happened to the hotel after the Hotel Hell crew rolled on out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
After the episode, the hotel generally reported a boost in business.
However, it would soon undergo a lot of changes.
In 2014, Cali brought in a 50/50 silent partner to split off the restaurant at Meson De Mesilla and create a new name for the restaurant called NM Grille & Bar.
The hotel was attached to the restaurant, but remained separate. Here’s an article that interviewed Cali about it.
Cali also didn’t have positive things to say about Gordon Ramsay in the article:
Really, when that man was here he didn’t do anything I could keep.
Almost every place he has gone to has closed and I didn’t, praise God.
This will be reincarnation three for me.
In 2017, Cali fully sold the hotel to new owners in the form of couple Thomas and Jerean Hutchinson.
As of 2023, Thomas and Jerean Hutchinson are the current owners of Meson De Mesilla.
Is Meson De Mesilla from Hotel Hell still open?
As of 2023, Meson De Mesilla is still open and serving customers in Las Cruces, NM. However, it’s doing it under new ownership and a slightly different name since 2017.
The hotel now goes by Hacienda De Mesilla, though most of the other details are still the same.
Overall, I was on the fence about marking this one as open or closed.
It is open and still mostly unchanged.
However, the ownership and name are different than when the hotel appeared on the Meson De Mesilla Hotel Hell episode, so it’s not quite the same hotel.
To give you an idea of where it is now, here’s what the Meson De Mesilla New Mexico location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
Additionally, the new owners don’t seem to love the association with Hotel Hell.
In an interview with KFox14, they said the fact that the hotel appeared on Hotel Hell almost made them not make the purchase:
I saw the Gordon Ramsey piece about three weeks before we bought the place and it almost changed my mind.
On changing the name from Mason De Mesilla to Hacienda De Mesilla, they had this to say:
You’re dealing with reputation risk right off the bat, you have to turn that around.
Right off the bat, we had to rename it.
They also made some physical changes to the property beyond the name changes and say that they still get some negative reviews just from people watching the show.
In the end, they had this to say:
Check out the show.
I encourage it.
It’s where we’ve come from and you can see the difference is night and day.
Either way, I’m keeping this one on the Gordon Ramsay Hotel Hell success list for now.
If things change much more, though, I might shift it to the closed list.
Meson De Mesilla was the only New Mexico Hotel Hell episode.
If you want to see some other nearby hotels that Gordon Ramsay visited, the closest hotels are The Keating Hotel in San Diego CA, Murphys Hotel in Murphys CA, and Hotel Chester in Starkville MS.
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Last updated: 2023-01-22 08:40
20 thoughts on “Meson De Mesilla Hotel Hell Update – Still Open in 2023?”
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I cannot believe that Cali wanted to put everything back. And she is definitely not CHER.
Agreed! Apparently lepords truly never change their spots. It’s exactly what she did to the Manager that Gordon met their by blaming him for talking behind her back.
Sees she proved him right when SHE stuck the knife in Gordon’s back. I wish the new owners great success.
I wonder how she’s doing now.
Lol probably a lounge singer in a dark smoky spot sumwhere in downtown Tucumari NM or maybe even the old Vegas Strip…
All these business owners requesting the help and then rejecting it are simply ungrateful ego centric people who are scared to death of homelessness. The entertainment is constantly about each owner’s form of control. Yelling, putting employees down, blaming customers for lack of business, which is, WT?
Cali is no exception whatsoever! First thing she’s upset over is not knowing where her sh*^ is? Did she not know they were coming? Were they going to change the interior? Organize your own sh*^ girl. Any way, comprehension is the key to communication. If others are not comprehending you, it’s not them.
It is really ungrateful to say “Gordon did not do anything”. It is a shame. The hotel was about to collapse. That woman would loose everything and perhaps would end up in jail.
The singing was horrible and to be doing it while customers are eating how embarrassing for her.
I just returned from an overnight at the Hacienda under their new management. The room was quite comfortable and the staff very friendly and helpful. The grounds are in nice condition. The restaurant was busy even on a Monday night, with local patrons, so they’re clearly doing something right.
Thanks for sharing your experience!
I believe Ramsey does not consider how the owner can afford to keep white tablecloths
For breakfast. I think he is so fond of himself, he forgets the changes should also include a budget to afford the upkeep and possible new employees.
She shouldn’t have a business then. He did this to bring in customers. And you can take them in to get washed for $15-$20. High end restaurants have to go that extra step. They charge so much. The food isn’t that much to buy so they are also paying for the ambiance.
The fact that the hotel is still open but just under new owners doesn’t mean that Gordon failed. I think he did a good job of changing the hotel. I personally wouldn’t want to stay at the hotel that is more Italian then Mexican when in New Mexico. I personally want the Mexico feel when in New Mexico. This is a hotel that I would want to stay at after the episode and never before.
Agree 100%! Cali is egocentric, classless, and just plain mean. Ugh! Her statements since Gordon was there confirm that.
The great find of the episode was David! I hope he’s very successful in his endeavors!
Gordon did a great job…. Just unfortunate that Cali was bat shit crazy! If only she could turn back time 😎
The previous owner was ungrateful and self centered. Gordon tried to help and did a good job. If certain things are not working than you can still make some minor changes to make improvements. As a business owner there should always be updates and changes planned over a period of time. Its what keeps most businesses alive. I have helped start and manage a few businesses all successfully. There is a lot to running a business, but if your hearts in it and you do everything you can to make it work, I personally believe the most people can make it work.
I worked at Meson De Mesilla in 2011-2012. Cali was impossible to work for. She had no concept of what Customer Service is. It’s the only job I ever walked out of mid-shift. The new owners are lovely people and they have done a great job with that location.
Gordon Ramsey did everything right to all the hotels, it’s the owners who drove it back into the ground. This last was ungrateful and crazy. The pool was redone and the only real way to keep the hotel alive and thriving but she immediately criticized it. I’m not sure why Gordon Ramsay’s appearance would make people leav negative reviews, if anything they should be better, so if they are bad it’s the ownership.
The poolside food he brought out looked delicious and I’m sure they cut corners and made it horrible shortly after he left. It’s too bad.
Owners that turn around and dump on Gordan are disgusting.
Gordon Ramsey takes his time and blesses these ppl in these episodes & some R very appreciative but the few like Cali R ingrates and he said that $150G he shelled out isn’t a issue for him but Itz a lot 2 do 4 strangers.. Gordon will continue 2 b blessed by helping others try 2 b a success.. He pays it forward consistently…
I think the jewel of the episode was the food truck/prep chef David and his crazy laugh. He seemed talented and his food looked delicious. I hope he’s doing what he loves —he was so excited about GR’s changes and his new role as breakfast chef.