The show takes place at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach, Florida.
Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success.
The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior.
- Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza
- Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza
- Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza
- Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza
- Wendy Raquel Robinson as Helen "Mrs. P" Parker
- Lincoln Younes as Danny
- Shalim Ortiz as Mateo
- Anne Winters as Ingrid
- Chris Warren as Jason Parker
- Feliz Ramirez as Carolina
- Justina Adorno as Yoli
- Jencarlos Canela as El Rey
- John Marshall Jones as Malcolm Parker
- Richard Burgi as Michael Finn
- Adrian Pasdar as Felix
- Katey Sagal as Teresa
- Freddie Stroma as Oliver
- Ken Kirby as Byron
- Eva Longoria as Beatriz Mendoza
On November 21, 2017, it was announced that ABC was developing an American adaptation of the Spanish drama TV series "Gran Hotel".
The pilot script was set to be written by Brian Tanen who was also set as an executive producer alongside Eva Longoria, Ben Spector, Oliver Bachert, and Christian Gockel. P
Production companies involved with the pilot include ABC Studios and UnveliEVAble Entertainment.
On February 2, 2018, it was announced that ABC had given the production a pilot order; on February 23, 2018, it was reported that Ken Olin would direct the pilot episode.
On May 11, 2018, it was announced that ABC had given the production a series order. Additionally, it was reported that Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés, producers of the original Spanish series, were joining the series as executive producers.
A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere in the spring of 2019 as a mid-season replacement.
On December 12, 2018, it was announced that the series would be held back from mid-season and instead debut during the summer season with a premiere date of June 17, 2019. It was scheduled to air weekly on Mondays during the 10:00 PM time slot.
In February of 2018, it was announced that Roselyn Sanchez and Chris Warren had joined the pilot's main cast.
In March of 2018, it was reported that Demián Bichir, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Shalim Ortiz, Denyse Tontz, Anne Winters, Bryan Craig, Lincoln Younes, Feliz Ramirez, and Justina Adorno had been cast in the pilot's additional main roles.
In September of 2018, it was announced that Eva Longoria had been cast in a guest starring role and that Jencarlos Canela would appear in a recurring capacity.
On November 15, 2018, it was reported that John Marshall Jones, Richard Burgi, and Adrian Pasdar had been cast in recurring roles.
In December of 2018, it was announced that Katey Sagal, Freddie Stroma, and Ken Kirby had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.
Principal photography for the pilot took place over the course of three weeks in March 2018 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
On May 15, 2018, the first official trailer for "Grand Hotel" was released and on December 20, 2018, a "first look" still image from the show was released.