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So, What Exactly Is the Deal with Dorinda Medley’s Fish Room?!

The Real Housewives of New York City ladies are up in arms about their room assignments at Blue Stone Manor. Let's assess. 

By Courtney Thompson
Luann de Lesseps Doesn’t Want to Stay in the Fish Room

It comes as no surprise that on this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, the ladies are very opinionated about where they will be sleeping during a visit to Dorinda Medley’s Berkshires home, Blue Stone Manor. After all, has there ever been a RHONY getaway where picking a room hasn’t ended in a kerfuffle?

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What is surprising, however, is that Ramona Singer isn’t the one who’s most adamant about her room assignment.

Nope, this time around it’s Luann de Lesseps who is simply refusing to sleep in one specific room… aaaaand, let’s just say that it seems that Ramona, Sonja Morgan, Tinsley Mortimer, and Bethenny Frankel all agree with her regarding which room in Dorinda’s home is the least desirable. It’s the fish room, folks.


Awash in vibrant green paint, and featuring not one, not two, but THREE oversized fish mounts on the walls, the aptly named “fish room” looks (to us) like a lovely room to rest your head. It’s got two big beds with upholstered headboards and bases, a neutral rug anchoring the room, an extra sofa for anyone stopping by for a chat, and windows bringing in a whole lotta natural light.

But for the RHONY ladies — especially Luann — the fish room is not where you want to sleep. “Don’t tell me I’m in the fish room,” Luann said to the ladies during dinner while Dorinda was in the ladies room. “If I’m in the fish room I’m gonna freak out. I cannot be in the fish room again!”

What are their reasons? Let’s assess.


While Bethenny didn’t opine on the room per se, she did stake a claim on the home’s most desirable room ahead of time by telling Dorinda she would stay in a hotel if she didn’t get Hannah’s room.


For Ramona, her disdain is strictly decor-related. “Who wants to wake up with a big fish?” she asks. “You feel like you’re being punished if you stay in that room!” Added Sonja during the dinner, “The fish room sucks!”


Luann agrees. “The walls are green, and it’s navy blue bedcovers, it’s like for a boy who’s 14,” she says. But for Lu, her refusal also goes a bit deeper. “We all woke up with the worst hangover in that room,” she explains, referring to the trip the girls made last Christmas before Luann went to rehab... and yes, that was when the fish were decorated in lights and wearing Santa hats. “I would think that the girls would remember that."

When Sonja suggests that Tinsley take the room, she replied, “Why do I always get the short end of the stick?!”

Not surprisingly, Dorinda is gobsmacked by the group’s unanimous disdain for her beloved shark room.  “There’s no bad rooms in my house, it’s a beautiful manor, every room is a half-a-million-dollar room,” she retorts. “I mean it’s not like some cottage, you’re staying at an estate.”

How does it all pan out? Tune in to RHONY next Wednesday at 9/8c to find out!

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