‘Gran Hotel’ is a Spanish period-drama that follows the love, life and scandals of the people in a hotel. The popularity of the series in Spain brought it to the attention of the ABC network. An adaptation was quickly commissioned. Instead of giving an ethnic makeover to the cast, owing to its shift to America, it was decided to keep the focus on a Hispanic family.
The first season of the show didn’t do as well as the network expected it to. So, the question then arises, will there be a Grant Hotel season 2? Let’s find out. But before that, a quick recap of what the show is about.
Grand Hotel Cast: Who’s in It?
‘Grand Hotel’ stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza. He is an Academy Award-nominated actor and is known for his roles in ‘A Better Life’, ‘American Visa’, ‘Machete Kills’, ‘Death in Buenos Aires’, ‘The Hateful Eight’, ‘Alien: Covenant’, ‘The Bridge’ and ‘Weeds’. He is also set to appear in the upcoming movies, ‘Grudge’, ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ and ‘Chaos Walking’.
Roselyn Sanchez plays the role of Gigi Mendoza. She has worked in films and TV shows like ‘Without A Trace’, ‘Devious Maids’, ‘Boat Trip’, ‘The Game Plan’, ‘Rush Hour 2’, ‘Kojak’, ‘Nash Bridges’, ‘Fame L.A’ and ‘Act of Valor’.
Denyse Tontz appears as Alicia Mendoza. Her work in films and TV shows constitutes roles like ‘The Fosters’, ‘All My Children’, ‘Incorporated’, ‘Big Time Rush’, ‘Dog with a Blog’, ‘Bones’, ‘Melissa and Joey’, ‘Shake It Up’ and ‘Pair of Kings’.
Bryan Craig plays the role of Javi Mendoza. He has worked in films and TV shows like ‘Valor’, ‘General Hospital’, ‘The Nine Lives of Chloe King’, ‘Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures’ and ‘Christmas Spirit’. He has received four consecutive nominations for Daytime Emmy Awards, out of which he has won two.
Wendy Raquel Robinson plays the role of Helen Parker. She is a familiar face for the people who have seen ‘The Steve Harvey Show’, ‘The Game’, ‘Dear White People’, ‘The Mayor’, ‘Here We Go Again’, ‘The Boondocks’, ‘Cedric the Entertainer Presenter’, ‘Minor Adjustments’, ‘Flatliners’, ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Miss Congeniality’.
Lincoln Younes appears as Danny. He is known for his roles in films and TV shows like ‘Tangle’, ‘Home and Away’, ‘Hiding’, ‘Love Child’, ‘Down Under’, ‘City Homicide’ and ‘The Wedding Party’. He is also set to appear in the crime drama, ‘Dead Lucky’.
Shalim Ortiz plays the role of Mateo. He has worked in films and TV shows like ‘Tres Milagros’, ‘La Hermandad’, ‘La Piloto’, ‘Ballers’, ‘Señora Acero’, ‘Magic City’, ‘Una Maid en Manhattan’, ‘Man Eater’, ‘Heroes’ and ‘Silver Cage’.
Anne Winters plays the role of Ingrid. She has worked in a number of films and TV shows which includes names like ‘Tyrant’, ‘Wicked City’, ‘13 Reasons Why’, ‘Sand Castles’, ‘Zac and Mia’, ‘The Fosters’, ‘The Bride He Bought Online’, ‘Reality High’, ‘Fatal Instinct’ and ‘Pass the Light’.
Chris Warren plays the role of Jason Parker. He is best known for his role as Zeke in the ‘High School Musical’ series. He has also appeared in ‘The Fosters’, ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel’, ‘Good Luck Charlie’, ‘Just Jordan’, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ and ‘Love and Basketball’.
Additional cast includes Feliz Ramirez, Justin Adorno, Jencarlos Canela (‘The Passion’, ‘Pasión Prohibida’), John Marshall Jones (‘Bosch’, ‘Mann and Wife’, ‘Hart of Dixie’), Richard Burgi (‘The Sentinel’, ‘Desperate Housewives’), Adrian Pasdar (‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘The Lying Game’), Katey Sagal (‘Sons of Anarchy’, ‘Married… with Children’, ‘Futurama’), Freddie Stroma (‘Harry Potter’, ‘Time After Time’, ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’) and Ken Kirby. Eva Longoria also appears in the series in the guest role of Beatriz Mendoza.
Grand Hotel Plot: What’s it About?
The original show is set in the early 20th century. It follows the story of the owners of a lavish hotel and the people who work for them. The scenario is very similar to the upstairs-downstairs themes of some British shows like ‘Downton Abbey’. However, the drama is a notch higher, with a more twisted storyline. The American adaptation takes this a step further. Transferring the premise to contemporary times, it makes the hotel more lavish, its owners richer, the hotel staff more complicated, and the overall story spicier.
Set in Miami, it focuses on the last-family hotel owned by the Mendoza family. Santiago is the patriarch of this empire, that is getting more prone to ruin. He has the pressure of keeping the name of the family and the business away from any scandals that may harm their reputation while taking care of the escalating debts that will eventually wear down their riches. However, his complicated family doesn’t allow him the luxury of doing all this easily. His second-wife, Gigi, is as glamorous as she is outspoken. Their children are all adults now and have their own struggles. Then there is the hotel staff, the people who have worked there for so long that they might as well be family. They are deeply loyal to their employers, but you never know when this loyalty might be called to test.
Grand Hotel Season 2 Release Date: Is it Happening?
‘Grand Hotel’ season 1 premiered on June 17, 2019. The original Spanish series, ‘Gran Hotel’, has been very popular and a couple of adaptations have already been made in Italy, Mexico and Egypt. The show’s storyline is full of twists and turns, secrets, betrayals and scandals that make it a juicy watch for anyone who loves drama. Unfortunately, it seems like the show didn’t translate well for the US audience and ABC had to cancel it after just one season. The reason of cancellation was poor ratings of the show.
Grand Hotel Trailer
If you love shows like ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘Gossip Girl’, then ‘Grand Hotel’ serves you with an amalgamation of all those. You can catch all its episodes on ABC. Here is a sneak peek from season 1 of the show.
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