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The Suite Life: 4 Popular Hotel-Themed Television Shows

January 23, 2015

Except for this listed in our previous post, hotels provide unparalleled comfort, undisturbed peace, and unmatched relaxation the moment you lay down on their soft and cozy mattresses. In the fictional world, hotels are utilized as the framework for comedy, drama, horror, you name it!

We’ve already explored the presence of hotels in film through our post entitled “5 Terrifying Hotel Horror Movies”. Now it’s time to dive in the medium of television! Check out the following hotel-themed TV shows and try to determine which one you’ll enjoy the most:

Arthur Hailey's Hotel

Hotel

This classic show features the St. Gregory Hotel, owned by the rich aristocrat Victoria Cabot and managed by Peter McDermott and his staff. Each of these characters were portrayed by stalwart actors and actresses, including Anne Baxter, James Brolin, Connie Sellecca, Shari Belafonte, Nathan Cook and real life spouses Michael Spound and Heidi Bohay. Hotel is noted for broaching a lot of heavy and serious subject matter as it explores the lives of guests and hotel staff alike. It aired from September 21, 1983 to May 5, 1988, with five seasons totaling 114 episodes.

Hotel Babylon

Hotel Babylon

Based on Imogen Edward-Jones’ book of the same name, the television series features a glamorous 5 Star hotel in London and follows the personal lives of its employees. Watch Tony Casemore, the hotel’s head concierge, as he tries to satisfy the guests’ needs using his outstanding knowledge of London while dealing the friction at home with his wife and kids. Another slice of the story involves the conflict between Sam Franklin, the hotel owner, and Juliet Miller, a bailiff turned general manager who happens to be Franklin’s ex-wife. Hotel Babylon aired 32 episodes in a span of four seasons.

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Have you ever dreamed of living in a luxurious hotel when you were a kid? Well, Zack and Cody Martin (played by identical twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse) can show you just how fun it could be! Aside from this wacky duo, you’ll also meet a lot of crazy yet lovable characters in the fictional Tipton Hotel (a parody of the Hilton Hotel).

The most memorable of all the supporting characters is Mr. Moseby, the hotel’s serious, strict, and dutiful manager who often foils Zack and Cody’s antics. Completing the cast are Maddie Fitzpatrick and London Tipton, who are respectively the hotel’s down-to-earth candy-counter girl and the owner’s ditzy daughter. The Suite Life of Zack & Cody became one of Disney’s most successful hits, featuring three seasons and 87 episodes.

Bates Motel

Bates Motel

Created by Kerry Ehrin, Anthony Cipriano, and Carlton Cuse, Bates Motel serves as the contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, exploring the lives of Norman Bates and his mother before the events of the movie. As the series progresses, the terrifying world that Hitchcock etched in our minds expands as we’re introduced to new characters that include Norman’s half-brother, best friend, the town sheriff, and many more. Bates Motel has premiered two seasons so far and was renewed for a third run on April 7, 2014.

Have you seen any of these shows? Which one would you like to binge-watch the most? Do you know of any other hotel-themed television shows that deserve a spot on this list? Please do let us know in the comment section below!

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