Inside creepy abandoned hotel which appeared on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares after it went bust & fell into ruin | The Sun

Inside creepy abandoned hotel which appeared on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares after it went bust & fell into ruin | The Sun

January 14, 2023

THE best efforts of Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay couldn’t save this hotel from closing down and is now left abandoned to rot.

Hotel Ristorante La Gondola, in Derby, opened its doors in 1969 and was the talk of the town but by 2006 when the top chef visited he was amazed it was stuck in the past and little had changed.

The restaurant featured in series 16 of Kitchen Nightmares but despite the publicity Ramsay was unable to save it and it closed down for good in 2009.

Now, more than a decade later, urban explorer Lost Places & Forgotten Faces has gone round to document the state of dereliction it has fallen into.

Urban explorers usually visit buildings that have been left abandoned, often as a hobby to give a historical document.

Anyone who wants to get involved should always get permission to enter from the current owners or they could face being charged with trespass.

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On the outside, there are smashed windows and vegetation is starting to run wild.

Inside, while there are still signs of it former glory, mostly it is in a state of ruin with fading wallpaper, exposed brickwork and rubble lying about.

In one photo, a creepy-looking doll sits on a chair which has seen better days.

The kitchen is full of rubbish covering the floor and what appears to be the former dining area has upturned tables and chairs littered about.

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Another photo shows some graffiti on a wall which says “Gordon R woz ‘ere”.

In another picture, a large wine rack has been left empty while the ceiling above is falling down.

What was probably once the cloakroom shows the crumbling walls and here as well, the ceiling is coming apart.

In April last year plans were submitted to knock the hotel down and replace it with 42 apartments.

It was purchased by developer Elgie Properties in April, 2021, for £745,000, according to the Derby Telegraph.

The Sun Online has contacted the Elgie Group for comment.

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