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Hotel: Season 1 (2009)

James Brolin , Connie Sellecca  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Brolin, Connie Sellecca, Anne Baxter, Shari Belafonte, Nathan Cook
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 1169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00274SIVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An elegant hotel in San Francisco is the setting for each multi-plot episode involving employees of the hotel and an entertaining variety of new guests each week.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4-Star Hotel: The First Season! June 24, 2009
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Based on Arthur Hailey's popular novel and the 1967 film of the same name, ABC's "Hotel" (from super-producer Aaron Spelling and Douglas S. Cramer) was basically a land-based Love Boat set at San Francisco's opulent St. Gregory Hotel (utilizing exterior shots and modeled interiors of real life Fairmont Hotel San Francisco) featuring a combo of guest stars along with a regular cast in intertwined stories of primetime soap love, lust and drama (and occasional comedy).

Starring as the St. Gregory Hotel staff was ever-dapper James Brolin (Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Marcus Welby, M.D.) as Peter McDermott, the manager; gorgeous Connie Sellecca (The Greatest American Hero) as Christine Francis, the assistant manager and eventual love interest for Peter; Shea Farrell as Mark Danning, director of guest relations; Nathan Cook as Billy Griffin, ex-con turned chief of security; Michael Spound and Heidi Bohay as newlyweds Dave and Megan Kendall, a bellhop and desk clerk respectively (who themselves would marry in 1988); plus lovely Shari Belafonte (daughter of Harry Belafonte) as Julie Gillette, manager of hotel information. Look for legendary screen star Bette Davis in her first TV series role (pilot only) as St. Gregory owner Laura Trent who, due to illness, was replaced thereafter by her All About Eve co-star Anne Baxter who took over as her sister-in-law, Victoria Cabot.

A well-made primetime soap done in proven Love Boat style, Hotel was one of the early hits of the 1983-1984 season.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Love Boat April 25, 2009
While I understand the comparison to Love Boat because of the stars who permeated the show, that's where the similarities end. This series was a drama which often featured suspense. If you've never seen it I highly recommend it. Good acting and writing.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST......(Four seasons left) April 23, 2009
At last the 1983 series are released in dvd.
Hotel's first season is available in july with the pilot telefilm and all 22 episodes of the first season included in this set.
Hotel run for 5 seasons until 1988 which means there are 4 more seasons to be released SO IF U WANT THIS GEM BUY THIS FIRST SEASON.
As simple as that. Hotel had a lot of similarities with "the love boat" only it's own stories were set in a hotel. not in a boat.
Anyways it's great to have this series on dvd and still i wait for FALCON CREST TO BE RELEASED.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sparkly 80s fun October 31, 2010
By L P
This show is great. Was great. Well, great for a mid 80s TV show. It is sort of a mix between Dynasty, Love Boat, and Heart to Heart or something. I used to watch this in re-runs when I was a teenager and seeing it again after all these years has been lots of fun. The stories are interesting, the characters likable and the fashion...seeing all that sparkly, Halston-inspired 80s fashion that is just starting to be in again is amazing. The stories, like i said, are interesting, but alas only if real life played out like this. I mean here you have a bunch of really good people running this place and they treat others and each other with so much humanity. For example, they let a stranded artist stay in the Presidential Suite free of charge and the assistant to the manager gets her job (without a degree and experience) by sneaking into the office and telling 200 applicants that there wont be any interviews; the hotel owner personally backs up a hooker who has been raped and brings charges against a financial just goes on and you think to yourself, wow, this isnt even real; until you realize that it could be and how much of a better place this world could be if people were nice to each other and said yes and gave you opportunities etc.

Today, or in real life, you get turned down for the job even if you do have the qualifications and if you pull off what Connie Sellecca did then you will probably not only not get hired but also sued; no one let's you stay even in the broom closet for one night for free, much less the Presidential suite and no business owner risks his business and reputation to stand up for the rights of a prostitute. But in this TV show, they do...and that's what it's about: it's sort of like Fantasy Island meets Love Boat in a Hotel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars check into the St. Gregory for soapy drama fun! August 14, 2010
Originally crafted by producer Aaron Spelling as a land-bound companion to "The Love Boat", HOTEL operated in much the same way, with a parade of celebrity guest stars checking in, week after week, for glittery drama at the fictional St. Gregory Hotel in the heart of San Francisco.

Unlike "The Love Boat", though, the regular cast members took prominent roles in the storylines; and the show's later timeslot afforded writers the opportunity to give a darker, far more serious edge to the material. James Brolin starred as the St. Gregory's affable manager Peter McDermott; Connie Sellecca is his lovely assistant Christine Francis. The regular "staff" includes Shea Farrell, Heidi Bohay, Michael Spound, Shari Belafonte and Nathan Cook.

In the original movie-length pilot episode, Bette Davis added gravitas to the proceedings, playing the St. Gregory's owner, Mrs Laura Trent. Davis was to continue as part of the cast for the main series, but after suffering a severe stroke, she was replaced (quite ironically) by her dear friend and "All About Eve" co-star Anne Baxter. Baxter plays Trent's sister-in-law Victoria Cabot, but for all intents and purposes the roles are interchangeable. Baxter's cultured, warm Mrs Cabot is the glue that holds the early seasons together (Baxter sadly passed away during production on the third season).

Originally following "Dynasty", HOTEL was a solid ratings winner. It's fun to see some stars from "Dynasty" checking into the St. Gregory (Emma Samms, Heather Locklear, Bo Hopkins and Lloyd Bochner all feature in the debut season, not to mention "Dallas" favourites Charlene Tilton, Steve Kanaly and Ken Kercheval!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great series!
I have enjoyed re-watching season 1 of this show - such great guest stars and a good, clean show - so different from what we see these days!! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
No violence. Enjoyable to watch. Takes you back in time! We are enjoying it very much. Definitely get this one!
Published 8 months ago by Renee Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Love this series. ..cannot wait for the rest of them to come out.
love kicking it old school. Love it
Published 9 months ago by Barbara A Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
We have really enjoyed this and wish there was more seasons to purchase. So much better then the shows now a days.
Published 11 months ago by Wiggles
5.0 out of 5 stars Love IT!
Loved revisiting the cast and guest stars of Hotel. It is a Good clean show with no foul language or violence.
Published 13 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I have been trying to get this on dvd for years I loved it and am hoping you will follow up with the next season, this was great television
Published 13 months ago by M Gillian
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Harris
We saw the pilot at the Fairmont and wanted to check in for the rest of the series. We viewed the entire season one DVDs and now want to make reservations for the rest of the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stephen Louis Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotel
What a pity there is not more of the series available on DVD.
I never get tired of the St Gregory and the great stories. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Diana Robb
4.0 out of 5 stars STILL AS GOOD 30 YEARS LATER!!
I am really enjoying re-watching "Hotel: The First Season" as much as I did thirty years ago. The quality of the DVD is excellent which only adds to the enjoyment. Read more
Published 16 months ago by MICHAEL JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars for me
I have always loved Hotel it was a great series and I hope they bring out more seasons because I sure would buy them
Published 17 months ago by barblee
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