Juneau will be featured Monday night on the Travel Channel as Hotel Impossible premiers its fourth season with an episode at The Alaskan Hotel & Bar.
The reality show’s crew was in the capital city last September and filmed for about a week at the famed downtown hotel. The Alaskan opened 100 years ago and is the oldest operating hotel in the state.
Hotel Impossible had a budget of $15,000 and hired Juneau contractors Greg Stopher of Stopher Construction and Alan Wilson with Alaska Renovators. But Hotel Impossible host Anthony Melchiorri said at the time of filming he wasn’t focused on construction. His main job was working on hotel operation.
“There’s running a hotel and controlling a hotel. And their hotel is being run but it’s not controlled,” said Melchiorri.
Hotel Impossible designer Blanche Garcia said for her and the TV crew, Hotel Impossible is more than just a reality show:
“We are actually here trying to help each hotel. I do the best design that I can give. Everything I do has high integrity. Anthony is the same way. He’s really passionate about what he does and helping people and that’s some of what you see on the show.
This is the second Alaska hotel to be featured on the show. Hotel Impossible worked on Yakutat’s Glacier Bear Lodge in 2012. Melchiorri says that was the show’s highest rated episode.
Hotel Impossible at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar airs Monday at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel.
- At a 30-day wellness camp hosted at Ekwok Lodge, participants fought alcohol and drug addiction with fishing and berry picking. Friday was graduation day.
- Before he was reassigned, Joel Clement was part of a working group focused on village relocation and coastal resilience in Alaska.
- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and its partners, including Kodiak area Native corporations, are at the beginning of a two-and-a-half year, $1.8 million study of elk and bears on on Afognak Island to help balance game management and logging.
- Kodiak Island Borough resource manager and officer Maggie Slife was part of a group that went out on a rainy day to inspect the completed replanting of the burn area the Chiniak fire left behind in 2015.