The Arthur Hailey novel was vastly improved upon by the film, which was a cut above average, but no more. HOTEL is really a variation on the 1930s GRAND HOTEL. Here it's the St. Gregory Hotel in New Orleans, one of the last of the great luxury hotels; its elegance and grace reflect the
personality of its elderly owner, gentlemanly Douglas. The hotel is in financial trouble. Douglas relies upon his loyal manager, Taylor, to find a solution. McCarthy, owner of a chain of plastic hotel palaces, wants to buy the St. Gregory and reshape it in his own pedestrian image. He arrives with
his mistress, Spaak. She tries to vamp Taylor into helping out her boy friend but quick...