(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 Steinberg 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.
This performance is why some people call this the Hotel Hell Cher episode.
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.
There’s even a funny moment when Gordon Ramsay freezes Cali’s mic in a block of ice to give her time to resist her urge to sing.
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 2024.
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.
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.
While I don’t know the final sale price, I did find a for sale brochure that listed the asking price for Meson de Mesilla at $2,850,000, which included the hotel’s liquor license.
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.
Cali Szczawinski – where is she now?
After selling Meson de Mesilla, Cali seems to have retired and moved to Florida, where she’s living in the popular/huge The Villages retirement community.
However, while Cali retired from running the hotel, she hasn’t retired from singing and performing.
As of 2023, she seems to be still performing music/covers using the name Cali McCord.
She even has her own website for her music and is still performing live gigs as of May 2023.
You can check out Cali’s website here.
In addition to the website, I was also able to find a 2020 video of Cali singing covers and impersonations.
You can watch it below:
I know people like to mock Cali’s singing from the episode, but I think it’s cool that she’s still doing what she loves even in retirement.
Again, she’s still actively performing at local bars and such, even in her late 60s.
Final thoughts on Meson De Mesilla
To recap, Cali Szczawinski sold Meson De Mesilla to new owners in 2017.
As of 2023, those new owners are still running the Meson De Mesilla Las Cruces location.
However, they’ve slightly tweaked the name to Hacienda De Mesilla and don’t seem happy about the Hotel Hell connection.
After selling the hotel, Cali Szczawinski retired to Florida where she is still singing and performing under the name Cali McCord.
Meson De Mesilla was the only New Mexico Hotel Hell episode.
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Last updated: 2023-06-05 11:45