It’s the season 3 premiere of Hotel Hell and the show is starting off with the Angler’s Lodge. The official episode synopsis reads, “Gordon Ramsay visits Island Park, Idaho to rescue Angler’s Lodge, which fell into disrepair after the owner suffered a family tragedy and lost his passion for the business.” Owners Dave and Dede Eby have suffered a loss no parents should ever have to endure in their lifetimes. Tonight’s episode is sure to be filled with yelling, tears, rotted food and a hopeful ending. Get the details on the hotel that is the focus of the premiere by reading on below.
1. Ramsay Has Renovated the Hotel’s Rooms, But They Haven’t Updated Their Accommodations On Their Website
When Gordon Ramsay comes to save the day on the show, he ends up having their hotel rooms renovated. There’s a before (right) and after (left) photo of the hotel’s accommodations above. One would think the hotel would be so excited that they would have the beautiful pics of their new rooms up on their official website, but we checked and that’s not the case. Click here to have a look.
2. Tragedy Struck the Owners When His 10-Year-Old Son Died
About 10 years after owners Dave and Dede Eby bought the hotel, they completely lost the passion for the business. When their 10-year-old son died playing the “pass out game,” their world seemed to end. So, what is the “pass out game”? Dalton’s older brother Zach wrote a sad description of the story in addition to a recap of when his brother was found dead. In the recap, he explained:
It’s called “the pass-out game,” the “dream game,” “Space Monkey,” “Black-out,” or simply “the Game.” The idea is to literally make yourself pass out during this “game.” The method is simple. Just do anything that cuts off your air-supply. Youth do it by hanging themselves, sitting in chairs that are positioned in such a way that allows air supply cut off-other youth can literally choke you until you pass out. There are a variety of ways that youth can play. I’ve participated in this game myself. It started out as just a harmless game. We knew it wasn’t good for us, but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would lead to this.
To read everything that was so eloquently written about Dalton’s death by Zach, click here.
3. The Hotel Is Near Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is right near Island Park, Idaho, where the hotel sits. In addition, there are wonderful waters for fishing as well as boating on Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Ramsay admitted:
The location of this hotel is fascinating in terms of access. Hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and beautiful scenery literally right off the doorstep.
4. Dave Eby Dished On Getting Yelled at By Gordon Ramsay
In an interview with the East Idaho News, Eby described his in-house chef getting yelled at by Ramsay on the show. Eby stated:
He yelled and screamed at her about quality and the time (her food) took to prepare. But of course, they are going to break you down — that way they can be the hero at the end of the show.
Ramsay actually sends the chef home after they’ve reopened because she can’t keep up with the kitchen.
5. Because This Hotel Is a Family Business, Ramsay Felt More Pressure
While taking on Angler’s Lodge, Ramsay told the East Idaho News:
We look for the most fruitful, the most desperate scenarios. We met with the family last month and realized what was at stake. This isn’t a property purchased two years ago — this is nearly two decades in the making. When it’s family run and about to disappear, it makes me more anxious to get it right.
It seems like many of the establishments on the show are run by family, so there must be a great deal of pressure on Ramsay quite often.