Spain’s ‘Grand Hotel’

(Above: Yon González and Amaia Salamanca star in ‘Grand Hotel’)

“Think Downton Abbey on steroids in Spain. But with less #richpeopleproblems, more murder.”

That’s how Caitlin E. O’Conner of the Tampa Bay Times recently described Grand Hotel, which streams free starting next week over KCET and Link TV.

In the 39-episode, English-subtitled series set in 1905, a man disguises himself as a footman at a family-owned hotel in order to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his sister. And that’s just the first episode…

If you live in the Los Angeles area, or use Roku or Apple TV, you can watch each subtitled weekly episode of Grand Hotel before the streams begin by tuning into KCET channel 28 Sundays at 10 pm PT, or Link TV (channel 28.2 in LA, and Roku or Apple TV nationwide) Mondays at 9 pm. Then, anyone can stream each episode afterwards for one week only at or

Can’t stand to wait a week for the next episode? If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you can binge all 39 episodes right now.

Originally titled Gran Hotel, the series premiered on Spain’s Antena 3 in 2011, running for three seasons. Eva Langoria and ABC are now reportedly developing a US version set in Miami Beach.

Finally, since the Oscar nominations were announced today, we must point out that this Grand Hotel has nothing to do with the 1932 MGM blockbuster of the same name. With an all-star cast including Greta Garbo, John Barrymore and Joan Crawford, Grand Hotel remains the only movie ever to win Best Picture without being nominated in any other category. You can stream it for just $2 from Vudu.


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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