ABC's slickly produced hotel drama based on the Spanish TV series Gran Hotel premiered this summer, and the Grand Hotel cast is pretty impressive. The series takes place in the so-called "last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach," at the Mendoza family's Riviera Grand Hotel. Santiago Mendoza, the family patriarch, inherited the hotel from his late wife. Now remarried (to her best friend), he and his children live off their wealth from the property. But hidden debts, the illicit dealings of their wealthy clientele, and a hotel staff frequently embroiled in secret-keeping and coverups necessary to keep their jobs all threaten the family's status.
According to the Miami New Times, the Riviera Grand Hotel is modeled after the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and many of the cast members are Miami natives. The show also made an effort to employ local crew members from Miami. Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria serves as one of Grand Hotel's executive producers, so you can expect the series to have the same sexy, soapy vibe. She made her directorial debut on the Jul. 1 episode, where she also made a cameo appearance as Beatriz Mendoza, Santiago's late wife. My guess is, viewers have much to learn from Beatriz's flashback scenes. But in the meantime, here's more on the show's series regulars.