Hotel Hell: What happened to Layla’s Riverside Lodge?

Layla Riverside Lodge, which featured in Hotel Hell, is still operational in 2022, however, Layla has since passed away, as her death was confirmed in September 2021.

Hotel Hell is the 2012 reality show executively produced and fronted by Gordon Ramsay. The premise of the show is, “Chef Gordon Ramsay visits struggling, dysfunctional hotels across America and spends a week trying to help them become successful.”

Despite the fact that the show ended its three-season run in 2014, fans still revisit and binge on the three seasons of the show. As such, many fans of the show may wonder whether some of the fan-favourite features, like Layla’s Riverside Lodge, is still operational.

As of June 2022, it can be confirmed that the inn is still operational.

What came before Hotel Hell?

Gordon Ramsay has had a successful and mutually beneficial working relationship with the Fox network for 17 years.

Ramsay started with the release of the popular viewing option, Hell’s Kitchen.

In the years since, Ramsay and Fox have launched a slew of culinary, reality-format shows that have become fan-favourites. Some of these shows are MasterChef US and Kitchen Nightmares, as well as newer experimental shows like Next Level Chef.

Hotel Hell marked the fourth official collaborative show to be released as the fruit of the ongoing working relationship between Ramsay and Fox.

Hotel Hell: What happened to Layla’s Riverside Lodge?

One of the most memorable episodes from Hotel Hell was from the second season and it was titled, Four Seasons Inn.

The sixth episode aired in August 2014, as the sixth episode of the second season which premiered in August 2014 and ended in September 2014 after eight episodes.

Four Seasons Inn’s episode introduced viewers to the pet-friendly inn owned by former construction worker, Sandy MacDougall. The inn had a total of 14 rooms and a dog kennel and the ethos of the inn was specifically dog-friendly based on the fact that Sandy had a dog by the name of Layla.

But while the inn was dog-friendly, it seemed that everything else was going amiss during Ramsay’s visit.

The dog beds were dirty and Ramsay needed to be moved from his initial room because the first one was not only dirty but had discarded beer cans in it.

To make matters worse, Sandy was not paying his staff. He claimed that the free accommodation at the inn was compensation for their work. Moreover, Sandy was the head chef of the inn, yet he made some of the worst food.

Luckily, Gordon Ramsay was able to turn the inn around, starting with the name. Four Seasons Inn was renamed Layla’s Riverside Lodge in order to continue highlighting the dog-friendly aspect of the lodge.

Additionally, he renovated the space and deep cleaned the rooms. As of June 2022, Layla’s Riverside Lodge is still operational.

Can I stay at Layla’s Riverside Lodge?

Unlike its predecessor Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell seems to have hotels that have survived in the years since they were featured on the series. Therefore, if you are looking for an ideal spot in West Dover, Vermont, then you might be interested in visiting the dog-friendly lodge, Layla’s Riverside Lodge.

The cost ranges from $180 per night to $380 for the Layla’s Riverside Lodge Honeymoon Suite, which includes a large balcony and a jacuzzi bathtub.

If you are looking for a more detailed breakdown and booking details, Layla’s Riverside Lodge has a website that you can visit to ascertain further details.

Is Layla’s Riverside Lodge worth it?

Layla’s Riverside Lodge is a dog-friendly lodge in West Dover, Vermont.

Despite its initial precarious beginning with Sandy MacDougall wearing too many hats at the same time, the lodge has managed to garner positive reviews on the internet following the visit and help from Gordon Ramsay and Hotel Hell.

TripAdvisor has rated the lodge a total of 4.5 out of 5, which, all things considered, is great for how far it has come.

Layla of Layla’s Riverside Lodge announced dead

Layla’s Riverside Lodge was initially called the Four Seasons Inn, but was not affiliated with the major hotel chain in any way. Hence, there was confusion regarding the inspiration behind naming the lodge after the popular hotel chain.

As a result, when Gordon Ramsay completed his intervention, the first thing he did was rename Four Seasons Inn to Layla’s Riverside Lodge, after the owner’s dog.

However, in September 2021, it was announced that, unfortunately, Layla had passed away. Now, the lodge remains as a monument to the dedicated the dog.

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