Following in the footsteps of the films The Bodyguard, Goldfinger, and Scarface, Grand Hotel is a new ABC TV drama which premiered on June 17. The drama is based on the Spanish telenovela series Gran Hotel set in Spain in the early 1900s, described by many as a “Spanish Downton Abbey.” Executive produced by Eva Longoria, the filming of the pilot episode took place here at Fontainebleau® over the course of three weeks last March. “I was obsessed with the Spanish one,” Longoria said. “I thought it was so good. I wanted to make this in English.”
Longoria’s version takes place in contemporary Miami Beach at the fictional “Grand Riviera Hotel.”
The story is based on the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior.