Grand Hotel

Series 1 - 1. La Doncella en el Estanque

La Doncella en el Estanque
Radio Times
Review by:
Claire Webb

It’s been dubbed “the Spanish Downton” and has all the credentials: a stunning setting, elegant aristocrats and an abundance of servants who don’t know their place. The difference is that it’s about a luxury hotel with a devious widow at the helm. And if Julian Fellowes’s plotting occasionally seems a little far-fetched, Grand Hotel’s double-dealing will make your head spin.

In this bumper first episode, set in 1905, the dashing Julio gets a job as a waiter to investigate another servant’s disappearance, and also finds time to bat his eyelashes at a comely heiress. Deliciously moreish if you can overlook the melodrama.

About this programme

1/9. Julio arrives at a luxury hotel to visit his chambermaid sister - only to discover she vanished months before. Determined to uncover the truth, he lands a job at the establishment and begins an investigation into the lives of the staff and the guests - falling for an heiress in the process. Spanish drama set in the early 20th century, starring Yon Gonzalez.

Cast and crew


Dona Teresa
Adriana Ozores
Alicia Alarcon
Amaia Salamanca
Julio Olmedo
Yon Gonzalez
Javier Alarcon
Eloy Azorín
Alfredo Vergara
Fele Martinez
Manuel de Blas


Carlos Sedes