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Hotel: Season 1 (2009)

James Brolin , Connie Sellecca  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 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 (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00274SIVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,132 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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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 giant...it 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check into the St. Gregory for a Great Vacation! January 23, 2012
Format:DVD
Welcome to the St. Gregory; your stay here is going to be beyond satisfactory. "Hotel" is one of the reasons I've been yearning for 80's entertainment with its vibrant color, glamorous surroundings and elegantly-dressed, beautiful staff and guests. It's like taking a mini vacation, and you'll feel like you've spent time in the lap of luxury.

Season one is a great package with 22 episodes and the two-hour pilot. It's an Aaron Spelling production, so expect some bigger-than-life entertainment. I miss Mr. Spelling; he knew how to sweep you into another world. Set in San Francisco, the shots are beautiful inside and outside. T.V. shows now seem mostly to be shot through some kind of gray filter with everything being gritty. "Hotel" is just the opposite.

The regulars: James Brolin, Connie Sellecca, Anne Baxter, Heidi Bohay, Shea Farrell, Nathan Cooke, Shari Belafonte and Michael Spound are both featured in stories of their own and also play into stories from guests staying at the St. Gregory. The guest stars add to the fun. Look for everyone from Heather Locklear to Tommy Smothers. Also, several from the cast of "Dallas" show up in stories. And movie buffs will love seeing Jean Simmons,Donald O'Connor and Eleanor Parker.

There is the occasional loopy plot: Shelley Winters playing a nutty woman who has a bone to pick, to put it lightly, with Mrs. Cabot forces her to participate in a fake trial in her own penthouse. It only adds to the fun of these shows. Most of the stories are dramatic (leaving out the loopy side), some are humorous and some romantic. In season one, two of my favorite episodes are "Designs" and "Tomorrows.
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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
Published 3 months ago by phannah4@hotmail.ca
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 6 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 7 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 9 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 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 14 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 15 months ago by barblee
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