The Hotel Inspector

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality show won't be a five-star experience for kids.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show doesn't send particularly strong messsages (either positive or negative), but it does sympathetically highlight the difficult nature of the hotel business and many of the challenges that hotel owners must face in order to successfully run their business.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's hostess is no-nonsense in her opinions and delivery, but it's clear that she genuinely wants to help the people she's mentoring.


Occasional mild arguments between Watson and hotel owners.


Curse words like "piss" and "f--k" are occasionally heard; the strongest are bleeped for U.S. audiences.


Features a variety of real English hotels and bed and breakfasts, but usually not in a good way.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Staff and guests are shown smoking and drinking (beer, martinis, wine) in the hotels' bars/restaurants.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this British reality series about a high-profile hotelier who tries to help struggling bed and breakfast owners revamp their inns is pretty mild overall, it probably won't appeal to most kids. Expect occasional strong language (like "piss" and "f--k," the latter of which is bleeped); hotel staff and guests are also sometimes shown drinking and smoking.

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Adult Written bysheikha1997 June 16, 2009

A bit of fun and education for entrepreneurs and travelers

'The Hotel Inspector' is a refreshing find! I am an
American who has traveled extensively and can relate
to this show for many reasons: as a trip do... Continue reading

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What's the story?

THE HOTEL INSPECTOR follows renowned hotelier and author Ruth Watson as she attempts to whip struggling British hotel and bed and breakfast owners into shape and jump-start their failing businesses. In each episode, Watson observes every detail of a new establishment, noting the hotel's cleanliness, staff efficiency, food quality, and customer service. After delivering her no-nonsense opinions, she leaves a detailed plan for owners to follow in order to transform their ailing hotel into a five-star guest experience. Upon her return, she finds that while some owners are able to fill their rooms with satisfied patrons, others are better off just checking out.

Is it any good?

The series highlights the complicated, demanding nature of the hospitality industry and offers a lot of information about what goes into creating and maintaining a successful hotel and/or bed and breakfast. Watson's careful attention to the endless mundane details of hotel management sometimes makes the show a little tedious. But the quirky, rather clueless hotel owners Watson mentors provide odd moments of entertainment.

While there's some smoking, drinking, and language, overall the show is still pretty mild, and adults who like this sort of thing may find it worth watching. But in the end it doesn't really have anything to offer kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what goes into running a hotel. What types of skills do you need in order to be successful in the hospitality business? Can anyone run a successful hotel?

  • What are some of the differences between British and U.S. series? Are there similarities?

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For kids who love reality TV

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