(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 9, 2014
Murphys Hotel Address: 457 Main St Murphys, CA 95247
Murphys Hotel was a Murphys, California hotel featured on Season 2 of Hotel Hell.
Though the Murphys Hotel Hotel Hell episode aired in September 2014, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in 2014.
It was Season 2 Episode 8 of Hotel Hell.
Murphys Hotel is a historic hotel located in Murphys, CA.
The closest major city is Sacramento, but Murphys itself is a small village with a population of just around 2,000 people.
The hotel is named after the location, it’s not named after a person named Murphy.
I’ve seen some people write this as the Murphy’s Hotel Hotel Hell episode, but there’s no apostrophe because the name is not possessive.
I’m going on a little rant here. But yeah, it’s Murphys Hotel and not Murphy’s Hotel.
The hotel is the neighborhood’s oldest building.
Murphys Hotel is a registered landmark and has housed many affluent people, including former presidents.
Friends Brian Goss, Kevin Clerico, Joel Lacitignola, own the hotel.
The trio has only owned the hotel for less than one year at the time of the Murphys Hotel Gordon Ramsay visit.
The bar is a part area, and hotel guests are kept awake most of the night due to the noise levels.
When Gordon arrives, he is impressed by the hotel and its landmark status.
Conetha Smith, a staff member of the hotel, informs Gordon there are sixteen wine tasting rooms around the hotel.
Conetha thinks the problem with the hotel is the management.
She has even seen the owners giving inappropriate dances.
Gordon is taken to the presidential suite where President Grant had stayed.
A tour group enters while Gordon is there, and Conetha says that has happened to a paying guest.
Gordon heads down to the dining area, which is very pink.
While down there, he meets with owner Brian who has deemed himself an employee of the month.
Brian is Gordon’s server, but he can’t remember the specials, so he has to go back to the kitchen.
Gordon thinks the food is terrible and has Brian try it, who agrees it tastes awful.
Joel meets Gordon in the dining room, where Gordon finds out that the owners have not tasted the food or done anything regarding the hotel.
That night there is a party outside the windows of customers’ rooms.
How are people supposed to sleep at a hotel with that going on?
It’s not much better in the restaurant.
Gordon stays to look in the kitchen and finds cross-contamination and moldy food.
The owners remain to clean the freezer, which they claim they clean every two weeks but end up joining the party.
Gordon is shown to be still awake in the middle of the night due to the noise.
He looks for a quieter room, but instead, he finds a drunk and rowdy Brian.
They move Gordon to a ‘modern’ room, but he can still hear the noise and hates the decor, saying it is far from modern.
The following day the staff meets with Gordon.
The team complains about the owners and says they are unprofessional.
Kevin threatens the employees’ jobs when he drinks.
Brian steps up to take charge, and his co-owners agree with this.
Gordon and Brian meet to make sure he is ready for this responsibility.
The renovation team works overnight to make the hotel look amazing.
The lobby is new with an online reservation system.
Gordon also makes sure they divert guests from the presidential suite when the room is occupied.
The dining room is no longer pink, and the rooms have been updated.
The relaunch is a success, with the customers loving the new rooms and wine menu.
So was the Murphys Hotel Hotel Hell episode a long-term success?
Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Murphys CA hotel is still open in 2023.
Murphys Hotel Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Murphys Hotel Gordon Ramsay visit, let’s talk about what happened after the Hotel Hell visit concluded and Gordon Ramsay left Murphys, CA.
Overall, there seemed to be some mixed reaction to the changes from Gordon Ramsay.
A lot of people loved the new look and changes, while some regulars missed the old food and environment.
Let’s kick things off with the most important question about the Murphys historic hotel, and then I’ll get into some other details, such as some reviews from after the episode.
Is Murphys Hotel from Hotel Hell still open?
As of 2023, Murphys Hotel is still open and serving patrons in Murphys, Ca.
The hotel has good but not great reviews, with a 3.5 star rating on both TripAdvisor and Yelp.
While the hotel is open now, it did have to briefly close during Covid-19, which was a first for the hotel.
In an interview with a local publication, Brian Goss (one of the Murphys Hotel owners from the show) had this to say:
To my knowledge, it has never been completely shut down and not operated in 164 years
But again, Murphys Hotel is fully open and functioning again in 2023 and beyond.
If you’re in the area and want to book a visit, you can do so via the official Murphys Hotel website or some third-party booking platforms.
The historic rooms cost around $100 per night if booked during the week or ~$130-$200 if booked on a weekend.
The modern lodge rooms can be cheaper or more expensive depending on the room.
For example, a basic single queen room will cost you around $145 per night on the weekends.
Here’s what the Murphys Hotel California location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
If you want to see a more recent look at the hotel, popular YouTuber Brennen Taylor stayed at Murphys Hotel in 2020.
The video includes a tour of the hotel, which lets you see the rooms (both historic and modern) and restaurant.
Brennen usually talks with the owners. However, he wasn’t able to do that for this video.
He does talk with the bartender a bit, though.
I’ve embedded the video below:
Murphys Hotel California reviews after Hotel Hell
As I mentioned above, the Murphys historical hotel has 3.5 star ratings on both TripAdvisor and Yelp.
That’s not horrible, but also not amazing.
Overall, it’s pretty middle of the road.
Here’s a sampling of a few reviews that were written after the Murphys Hotel Gordon Ramsay visit…
3 star TripAdvisor review from July 2016:
3 star TripAdvisor review from December 2014:
3 star TripAdvisor review from September 2013:
Final thoughts on Murphys historical hotel
Overall, the Murphys Hotel Hell episode seems to be a real success so far.
It’s been almost a decade since the episode aired and the Murphys Hotel California location is still going strong.
While the reviews aren’t amazing, the hotel does seem to be a successful business.
If you want to see some other nearby hotels from the show, you might be interested in my updates for The Keating Hotel in San Diego CA, Applegate River Lodge in Applegate OR, and Monticello Hotel in Longview WA.
And if you want to share your thoughts on the Murphys Hotel episode, you can do so using the comments section below.
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Last updated: 2023-05-21 08:52