Grand Hotel (TV series)

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Grand Hotel
Santander.Palacio.de.la.Magdalena.2.jpg
Genre Historical drama
Directed by Carlos Sedes
Starring
Country of origin Spain
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Ramón Campos
Teres Fernández-Valdés
Producer(s) Bambú Producciones
Location(s) Santander
Running time 70 -80 minutes
Release
Original network Antena 3
Original release October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04) – June 25, 2013 (2013-06-25)
Chronology
Related shows El Hotel de los Secretos
External links
Website skyarts.sky.com/grand-hotel

Grand Hotel (Spanish: Gran Hotel) is a Spanish drama television series directed by Carlos Sedes and starring Yon Gonzalez and Amaia Salamanca. It first aired on Antena 3 in Spain on 11 October 2011 and on Sky Arts 1 in the UK on 18 November 2012.

The series, filmed at the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander, is set in an early 20th century aristocratic hotel during the reign of King Alfonso XIII and is centered on the mysteries that involve the owner family and the hotel servants.

Plot[edit]

The events take place in 1905 in Spain, near a town called Cantaloa. The working-class Julio Olmedo arrives at the luxurious Grand Hotel to visit his sister Cristina, who works there as a maid and who has recently been promoted to floor manager. Julio is told by a waiter that Cristina was fired for theft a month before, a story Julio does not believe. He is convinced something happened to her at the hotel and there was a coverup. He takes a job there as a waiter as Julio Espinosa to investigate his sister's disappearance. He soon finds an ally in Alicia Alarcón, one of the daughters of hotel owner Doña Teresa. Alicia, who is being forced to marry hotel manager Diego Murquía, is also suspicious of things happening at the hotel. Together Julio and Alicia work to uncover the secrets of the Grand Hotel.

Cast[edit]

Character Actor
Doña Teresa Aldecoa Adriana Ozores
Alicia Alarcón Amaia Salamanca
Julio Olmedo / Julio Espinosa / Julio Molins Yon González
Javier Alarcón Aldecoa Eloy Azorín
Alfredo Marqués de Vergara Fele Martínez
Benjamín Manuel de Blas
Horacio Ayala Pep Antón Muñoz
Diego Murquía / Adrián Vera Celande Pedro Alonso
Sofía Alarcón Luz Valdenebro
Belén Martín Marta Larralde
Andrés Alarcón Salinas / Andrés Cernuda Salinas Llorenç González
Ángela Salinas Concha Velasco

International broadcasts[edit]

In France, the series premiered on Téva on 1 June 2012 and on M6 on 4 July 2012.[1] In Russia, it started airing on Domashny on 11 June 2012.[2] The rights to broadcast Grand Hotel were acquired in the United Kingdom by Sky Arts. The series has also been sold to Turkey (Sinema TV Aşk),[3] Lithuania (LNK),[4] Estonia (Sony Entertainment Estonia and Kanal 11) and Venezuela (Televen). In Germany, the rights were acquired by Sony Entertainment Television [5] and on the free-TV-channel Disney Channel. in Poland the series started on 12 November 2013 by AXN White. its original language and Polish lector [1] In Slovakia, broadcasting by RTVS TV canal, started on the 7th of January 2014[6] In Serbia, it started airing on RTS 2 on 10 March 2015.[7] In Bulgaria the series started on June 5, 2015 on Nova Television.[8]

In the United States, Grand Hotel premiered on VmeTV[9] on 31 October 2013 in its original language. As of June 2015, episodes can be streamed on Netflix with English subtitles. Hulu is showing the first season with English subtitles.

Mexican network Televisa produced an adaptation, El hotel de los secretos ("The Hotel of Secrets"), that premiered on Las Estrellas channel in January 2016.[10] Egypt's CBC produced a popular Arabic market adaptation of Grand Hotel as a musalsal in 2016.[11]2016 summer in Greece end all episodes in Alpha television

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No.overall No. in

season

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.code U.S. viewers

(millions)

1 1 La doncella en el estanque

(The maiden in the pond)

Carlos Sedes Ramón Campos

Gema R. Neira

Elegio R. Montero

4 Oct. 2011 (Spain)
This episode introduces the characters, the tensions, and the mysteries of the season, as well as the beautiful turn-of the-century costumes and the luxurious hotel set on the Spanish coast. A young man (we'll later know as Julio Olmedo) boards a train headed for Cantaloa. Up ahead, he notices a lovely, well-dressed blond woman (we'll later know as Alicia Alarcon). He is traveling to Cantaloa to search for his sister, Cristina, a floor manager at the Grand Hotel there. The tone of mystery is set as he reads his sister's letter, and we see scenes of her life at the bustling hotel. This flashback introduces the stern housekeeper Angela, the jealous maid Belén, and the haughty owner Doña Teresa. Scenes of a glittering celebration are juxtaposed with scenes of a panicked Cristina, being chased by someone with a knife. The flashback ends with a scream, and back in the present, Julio arrives at Cantaloa. At the hotel, Julio meets a friendly waiter Andrés, who reveals that his sister was fired for stealing jewelry from a guest, and left without another word. Not believing it, Julio decides to stay and investigate. He adopts a fake name, Julio Espinosa, and takes a job as a waiter. (In a scene that foreshadows future, darker revelations about Julio's character, we see him coldly turn away the man who was actually supposed to fill the position.) As he learns the demands of his job, we meet additional characters: the sinister maitre, don Benjamin, and the overbearing hotel manager, don Diego. The drama is heightened as Doña Teresa reveals the financial crisis she discovered after her husband's sudden death. The only solution is for Alicia to marry don Diego. Doña Teresa doesn't trust her son, Javier, her elder daughter, Sofia, or her son-in-law. As the siblings arrive at the hotel, the family tensions mount—especially when Javier is accompanied by an obvious prostitute. Meanwhile, Julio takes a guest's suit from the hotel laundry so that he can impersonate a gentleman at dinner and speak to the guest, Lady, who had accused his sister. He charms his way to Lady's table, where he learns that no jewels were stolen. Later, still in his gentleman's tails, "Julio Molins" enjoys a romantic moment with Alicia on the moonlit balcony. (Interrupted briefly by the Andrés, who is stunned to see his fellow waiter impersonating a guest.) This scene introduces a visual motif of the series, as the couple shares cigarettes, and a central conflict of the series, as Alicia speaks wistfully of her desire for freedom and Julio tries to convince her that she could be free, if only she would allow herself to be. Back indoors, Alicia and Diego have a tense conversation about her lack of feelings for him. Yet as the episode closes, he goes to his room and finds comfort with the conniving maid Belén. This starts off the episode of Diego's fling.
2 2 El anónimo

(The anonymous one)

Carlos Sedes Ana Domínguez

Cristóbal Garrido

María López Castaño

4 Oct. 2011 (Spain)
The opening scene takes up where the last episode ended, as Diego and Belén embrace on the bed. They are interrupted by a knock at the door, and Doña Teresa's urgent request for help from Diego. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Andrés scolds Julio for impersonating a guest. Julio defends his risk because he learned from Lady that no jewels were stolen. He vows to find out what really happened to his sister. His suspicions fall on Diego, who is sneaking out of the hotel. Julio follows Diego to a bar in the village. Diego speaks to the bar owner, who then sends two thugs into the back room, where they attack Javier. The bar owner demands that he pay off his bad bets or get out. Javier invokes his family name, which only causes the bar owner to reveal that in fact it is Javier's own mother who is demanding this harsh treatment. Now Julio charges in, expertly punches the attackers and drops them in quick succession, and finally pulls Javier out of the bar. Back in the safety of the hotel kitchen, Julio tries to get Javier to talk about the disappearance of the house maid, but Javier answers only with foreboding comments about not trusting anyone. Another late night conversation occurs at the front desk, where Don Benjamin catches Alicia rifling through the guest register in search of information about the mysterious Mr. Molins. The next day, Julio searches for clues in the room that his sister shared with Belén. He discovers a hidden package that includes an ornate key. He begins going through the hotel, trying the key in various locks. In a subplot of this episode, Sofia and her husband Alfredo worry over Doña Teresa's decision to give control of the hotel to Diego. Sofia presses her husband to confront Doña Teresa and demand the respect that he deserves as son of a Marquis. As Alicia's curiosity about Mr. Molins grows, she accidentally discovers Julio's identity. She slaps him and puts a temporary damper on the relationship that she thought they had.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grand Hôtel
  2. ^ "Гранд отель". domashniy.ru. 
  3. ^ "sinemaloji.com - This website is for sale! - sinemaloji Resources and Information.". 
  4. ^ "Serialas – Viešbutis "Grand Hotel" – LNK". lnk.lt. 
  5. ^ "Grand Hotel". sonyentertainment.tv. 
  6. ^ "RTVS.sk". rtvs.sk. 
  7. ^ Serbia, RTS, Radio televizija Srbije, Radio Television of. "Hotel Grand". 
  8. ^ "Мистерии и изпепеляваща любов в сериала "Гранд хотел"". Novatv.bg. 5 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Gran Hotel". vmetv.com. 
  10. ^ "Remake De ‘Gran Hotel’ En México Se Llamará ‘El Hotel De Los Secretos’". NovelaLounge.com. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  11. ^ El Goarany, Ahmed (3 July 2016). "Grand Hotel: a journey through time". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 

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