CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Fox producers tease a precarious financial situation in a synopsis for the upcoming episode of "Hotel Hell" featuring the Cambridge Hotel. The new Gordon Ramsay-produced show premieres next week with a two-parter featuring a "picturesque Vermont inn with an odor problem" in Windsor, Vt.
The episode in Cambridge shot this past January airs the week after, Monday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. "The inexperienced owners of a historic -- and haunted -- New York hotel may lose their investment if the business isn't turned around quickly," the synopsis reads. Promotional material describes the new reality show as a series in which Ramsay "offers advice
Spoiler alert: The investment's already lost in Cambridge, where the hotel reverted back to Glens Falls National Bank and Trust following foreclosure earlier this year in lieu of back mortgage payments. The bank was the sole bidder during an auction mid-June, and on July 31 the historic hotel went on the market. There's a $399,900 asking price for the historic 25,554-square-foot property at 4 West Main St., which is listed as having "many business possibilities" but is being sold "as is."
Will upcoming "Hotel Hell" publicity be a boon to brokering a sale of the purported home of pie "a la mode"?
"We have had interest," said Tom Trevett, owner/broker of the Trevett Group, which is currently listing the property online across a number of commercial real estate websites. "We have showings scheduled."
"I've probably been showing it twice a week," said Trevett, reporting bites from across the country representing a variety of interests including hotels and restaurants.
While Trevett said his records date the property to 1844, the most recent owners dated the hotel to 1885 -- and in 2010, the hotel marked 125 years, recognized with an official village proclamation.
The Cambridge Hotel was most recently operated by Tina and John Imhoff, along with a number of additional partners, who purchased the property in June 2007.
In an interview on the hotel's last day open June 17, Tina Imhoff said the week of taping for "Hotel Hell" had lived up to the series' name.
Filming was scheduled from Jan. 25 to 28, and promos currently airing depict British celebrity chef Ramsay shielding his eyes at the hotel's front desk in an expression of exasperation.
"Ramsay will endure hotels at their worst," states a summary on the Fox Broadcasting Co. website. "Ramsay will travel to San Diego, Cali.; Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; Cambridge, N.Y.; Milford, Penn.; and Windsor, Vt., to fix horrid hotels, awful inns and just plain bad bed and breakfasts," it continues alliteratively.
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