Anthony Melchiorri Image Credit: PASSPORT Magazine
Anthony Melchiorri Image Credit: PASSPORT Magazine

Anthony Melchiorri

Hospitality’s Mr. Feel Good

Jeff Heilman

Hosting and co-producing his top-rated Hotel Impossible and its two spin-offs on the Travel Channel, Anthony Melchiorri is a man constantly on the go. With a fourth show in the works, details under wraps, his enterprise extends to his hotel management and consulting company Argeo Hospitality, regular speaking engagements, his line of hotel products, and a forthcoming book.

“I travel more and sleep less than most humans,” said the charismatic Brooklyn native by phone from Daytona Beach, Florida, where he is consulting on the relaunch of the 1940’s Streamline Hotel, birthplace of NASCAR and with past incarnations that included a gay friendly bar and hotel. “But I love my job, which is helping hotel people be successful. I’m like the proverbial kid in the candy store.”

That’s a distant cry from his upbringing in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay, his birthplace and home to this day. “When my father passed away, my mother struggled to pay the rent and feed us,” he said, remembering “hiding in the closet when bill collectors came around.” Amid the instability, 15-year-old Melchiorri found awakening at Manhattan’s fabled The Plaza Hotel.

“Walking around the Plaza with my girlfriend, things seemed better,” Melchiorri recalls. “Not better than my life, just better. It looked good, smelled good, and I said to myself, one day I am going to run this hotel.

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