A small Myrtle Beach hotel is getting a big overhaul with the help of a popular Travel Channel show.
“Hotel Impossible,” which features “hotel fixer” Anthony Melchiorri getting struggling hotels back on track, will film early next year at the Carnival Motor Inn on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach episode is expected to air during the summer, though a specific date hasn’t been set, said Erin Styles, a spokeswoman for the Travel Channel.
George Brickwedde, who bought the 24-room property on the oceanfront near 25th Avenue North in 2012, said the national TV exposure and advice from experts could help the family owned and operated hotel, which had a slow summer.
“They come in – mostly smaller individually owned properties – evaluate it, help you, give you suggestions,” he said. “Hopefully it will help us some.”
This will be the first time “Hotel Impossible” has filmed along the Grand Strand. The show started eyeing Myrtle Beach after Brickwedde completed a questionnaire for the show.
“They said they had never done a hotel in Myrtle Beach and were interested,” he said.
The episode featuring Myrtle Beach will be part of the fourth season of “Hotel Impossible,” which has 13 episodes and kicks off next month.
“The family is hoping they can make it through the winter and are determined to keep the Carnival Inn alive,” according to a “backstory” about the planned episode from the Travel Channel.
The fourth season kicks off at 10 p.m. Jan. 27 and will feature the 100-year-old Alaskan Hotel & Bar in Alaska. Other episodes will be filmed in destinations such as Estes Park, Co.; Hollywood, Calif.; Homestead, Fla., and Las Vegas.
The Travel Channel also filmed along the Grand Strand in 2008 when host Samantha Brown showcased the area for her “Passport” series.
“Hotel Impossible” is the latest in a number of national TV shows that have filmed recently along the Grand Strand, including The Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible,” HGTV’s “House Hunters” and a new show called “Holy Smokers” that will air on Discovery networks.
Myrtle Beach’s biggest flash on the small screen was through TLC’s “Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” which is based in and filmed in the city in Patrick’s Mobile Home Park. Filming for the second season wrapped up earlier this year and will air sometime in 2014.
And a series for CMT was filmed earlier this year in Murrells Inlet, though officials haven’t said when it will air.
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