Has Richard E Grant ever grown up? I don’t think so and thats what makes him so endearing. The basis of the program is to show off the most luxurious hotels in the world.
True to the title Richard does “wow” his way around some of the most opulent hotel suites I have ever seen. His genius is to do this while pretending to be an aeroplane and not looking foolish.
In episode one, Richard heads to Miami. In the 80’s Miami was the preserve of pensioners leathering themselves in the sun. Since then, the presence of Miami Vice, Gianni Versace and finally Studio 54’s Ian Shraeger and his friend Philipe Stark, who took over South Beach’s Delano, has moved Miami back into the limelight. It is now as trendy and fashionable as it has ever been.
Richard checks out the incredibly impressive suites at The Setai, The Standard, The Raleigh, The Betsey, The Fontainebleu and Gloria Estefan’s Cordozo. He hangs off a four poster, climbs into a bath and is then covered in mud at the clothing optional Hotel Victor (although we are spared any actual nudity).
Does Miami have soul? Perhaps not, but the intoxicating Richard E Grant has more than enough to make up for it.
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