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Travel Channel Rehabs Ocean City Hotel

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Travel Channel's "Hotel Impossible" breathes new life into old hotels across the country, and this week, the show has hit the Ocean City boardwalk...working on the 89 year old Lankford Hotel.

Built in 1924, the Lankford Hotel is an old school operation, run by the same family that built it.  Vernon Karst, head of maintenance and husband of one of the owner's daughters, says he did have some worries about strangers ripping up the family business.

"It's a little disconcerting at times," says Karst, "but all in all, I think it's becoming a positive thing."

The hotel owners thought the Lankford could use a modern update, but still maintain the historic feel...they just weren't sure how to do it themselves.  That's where the Hotel Impossible crew comes in.

The show's resident interior designer, Blanche Garcia, says they definitely want to stay true to the Ocean City charm.

Garcia told WMDT, "well, we work with Joseph Dashiell builders,  which they are local, so they're a great source."

Hotel Impossible is also using material from local shops, and even sampling some local eats, which WMDT's Jarred Hill thought would be his ticket into this impossibly secret renovation.

Jarred: So, I know that you can't tell me a lot, but is there any way I can bribe you with anything to get any sort of information?
Blanche: I do love cheese...I don't think I can let you in because I may lose my job.
Jarred: What about a crab cake? we are in Maryland...
Blanche: Crab cakes, I'm a little more open to that...we'll talk about it later.
Jarred: I'll see what I can do."

Alas, no luck.  We'll just have to wait until the new season to see the final result.

Hotel Impossible wraps up taping in Ocean City with a final reveal Thursday, and the new season starts in August, but the episode featuring Ocean City and the Lankford Hotel likely won't air until later in the fall.

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