- 3 Seasons
What is it about costume dramas set in the early pre-World War I twentieth century? It started with Upstairs Downstairs, continued with Downton Abbey, and now we have a Spanish TV series entitled Grand Hotel (Gran Hotel). Originally airing on Spain's Antena 3, it's available in the USA with English subtitles Grand Hotel has all the genre requirements: aristocrats and workers, gorgeous youth, stately elders, intriguing relationships and of course lots of romance, frustrated ambitions, pregnancies and births, disease and death. It's life's microcosm, set in an extraordinarily beautiful architectural wonder, the Palacio de la Magdalena in northern Spain. The luxurious Grand Hotel is the scene of a myriad of stories involving the owners, their guests, and their staff. At the center of the multifaceted plot is the owners' daughter Alicia (Amaia Salamanca), to the manner born and ever-conscious of her blue blood. The liaison she forms with the conflicted young waiter Julio (Yon Gonzales) provides plenty of opportunity for passion, intrigue, rejection and renunciation.