The Grand Hotel is a romance/mystery/historical Spanish drama series that made its way onto Netflix last year.
This subtitled Spanish series is a period piece based in 1905 Spain where you met Julio Olmedo who is on his way to visit his sister Cristina who has found work at the luxurious Grand Hotel.
However, upon arriving at the hotel our Julio is thrust into a mystery involving the family who owned the Grand Hotel (the Alrcons), the workers of the hotel (seriously all of whom have 99 problems plus the bitch) and soon the nearby villagers of a town called Cantalona.
The Netflix description of this series is “To learn the truth about his sister’s mysterious disappearance, a young man infiltrates a hotel in the guise of a footman and begins an investigation.”
This an utter shit description of this series.
A better description is “prepare to be f****d with by 1905 Spanish hotel-owning family and its staff”
Basically from the first episode of what seems like a Spanish version of Downton abbey is made apparent quite quickly that this is nothing like Downton Abbey and under no circumstances would you ever want to stay at this hotel… ever.
From murder mysteries, rape, psychopathic deceit, attempts to abort other pregnant women, bar fights… and that’s just the staff of the Grand Hotel, you are constantly thrown between characters and storylines that arc and fold over each other.
With the conclusion of one storyline comes the beginning of another, and no one storyline overpowers the other.
What seems like an easy solve of the first mystery (at the beginning at least) turns into a much larger story, that neither I or the detective of the show Detective Ayala ever saw coming.
The fact that the series is all in Spanish will not phase you at all.
By Episode 3 you have already gone down the rabbit hole and have slowly started to peel back the carefully crafted layers of this story that masquerades as a star-crossed lovers romance.
In fact by the end of the series you honestly don’t give a toss about the romance or the stars.
Because by the time you have reached the end of the series you would have had internal struggles of sympathising with the antagonists, wanting to slap the heroes or heroines…several times, and wondering how has nobody heard of all this scandal and why are they still even able to get guests and then remembering that it’s 1905 and they only just got electricity let alone a wifi connection which is still 108 years away or so.
I want to say so much more but I don’t want to give away spoilers.
In Spain each episode aired for around 80mins.
But this is Netflix and binge watching is the name of the game so each episode has been carefully paced out at 45mins.
If you are planning on binge watching all at once I don’t recommend it. There are 66 episodes.
Schedule this baby out across at least 4 weekends.
Highly recommend 4 Hashtags.