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A Look Inside the Riviera Grand Hotel

GRAND HOTEL - ABC's "Grand Hotel" stars Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Chris Warren as Jason, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Demi‡n Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Roselyn S‡anchez as Gigi Mendoza, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina, Lincoln Younes as Danny, and Justina Adorno as Yoli. (ABC/Ed Herrera)

Following in the footsteps of the films The Bodyguard, Goldfinger, and Scarface, Grand Hotel is a new ABC TV drama set to premiere 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 “Riviera Grand Hotel.”

 “We needed something grand and elegant and iconic and we needed that Miami modern look as well… Fontainebleau was exactly the palette we were looking for — it represented glamour, sophistication and elegance and it still carries on today.”

— Eva Longoria, Sun Sentinel

The story is based on the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach and wealthy hotel owner, Santiago Mendoza, his spoiled adult children, and the staff who help run the resort where they attend to wealthy guests. Although they appear to be living the American dream, there’s scandal, increasing dept, and unimaginable secrets behind the façade of the luxury hotel.

Grand Hotel will air every Monday night at 10|9c on ABC. Be sure to tune in!