WEST DOVER, VERMONT — There’s a fine line between being a dog-friendly hotel and being a hotel for the dogs. Unfortunately, for famed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, that line was crossed during a stay at The Four Seasons Inn in West Dover, Vermont.
Featured on an episode of Gordon’s ‘Hotel Hell’, the chef stayed at the quaint-looking inn, which, as it turns out, isn’t part of the Four Seasons chain. Gordon, who later refers to the property as “the fake Four Seasons”, goes on to discover “floaties” in the pool, which were left there presumably by the inn’s resident dog Layla.
Inside the inn, Gordon uses a blue light to reveal gross stains on the bedding and also finds dog hair on the tablecloths and plates in the restaurant. Layla strikes again!
Following the chef’s visit, the owner of the inn said, “I’ve never had the complaints I had today. It’s humiliating, it’s embarrassing, it’s like being flogged in the centre of town.”
But proving that lemonade can always be made from lemons, the owner has since rebranded the inn as a ‘dog-friendly’ property called Layla’s Riverside Lodge. It now boasts a 3.5-star rating on Yelp.