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Hotel Portofino (2022)

Rayting:   6.7/10 875 votes
Country: UK
Language: English

A glamorous period drama, as the characters go about their lives in 1920s Italy, when Benito Mussolini's brand of fascism was on the rise.

Episode Guide

Season 1

January 27, 2022Episode 6 Denouements
January 27, 2022Episode 5 Discoveries
January 27, 2022Episode 4 Uncoverings
January 27, 2022Episode 3 Invitations
January 27, 2022Episode 2 Lessons

Best Hotel Portofino Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

January 27, 2022star7.5 30 votesS1E5 Discoveries
January 27, 2022star7.5 28 votesS1E6 Denouements
January 27, 2022star7.4 30 votesS1E3 Invitations
January 27, 2022star7.4 30 votesS1E4 Uncoverings
January 27, 2022star7.0 87 votesS1E1 First Impressions
January 27, 2022star7.0 41 votesS1E2 Lessons

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User Reviews

tm-sheehan 15 February 2022

My Review - Hotel Portofino - Streaming on Foxtel

My Rating 6.5 /10

Wonderful scenery filmed on location in Portofino, Italy as well as Rijeka, Lovran, and Rovinj, Croatia and some impressive performances in my opinion are spoiled by a muddy and lack lustre script.

Just when you think it may take off it crash lands on some odd unexplained plot line that centres around one of the many characters to include the seemingly necessary forbidden subjects of the time illegitimacy, homosexuality, infidelity and domestic violence plus the usual class snobbery and romantic trysts .

I can't fathom why this series has already been picked up for an encore season while Julian Fellowes fine period series Belgravia looks like it won't have an encore?

The quality and detail that Julian Fellowes the creator of Downton Abbey , Belgravia and The Gilded Age are missing in Hotel Portofino . The creator and script writer Matt Baker and Director Adam Wimpenny have missed the opportunity to develop a storyline that is worthy of the fine cast .

This period drama series set in the era of Mussolini's Italian riviera in 1926, Hotel Portofino tells the story of matriarch Bella Ainsworth, who has relocated to Italy . Bella has opened a fine hotel that she wishes to be a home from home for wealthy English travellers.

As well as demanding guests, she struggles to contend with an errant husband, and being blackmailed by the local fascist politician.

Natascha McElhone is delightful as Bella Ainsworth the hotel proprietress who struggles with a boorish and domineering husband while trying to keep the Hotel Portofino operating .

The delightful talents of Anna Chancellor as Lady Latchmere are wasted as she could have been used as effectively as Dame Maggie Smith was in her role as Violet Crawley Dowager Countess of Grantham . Her character has a few eccentric one liners and only features in a brief plot twist at the end.

I did enjoy Oliver Dench as Lucian Ainsworth looks like he is following in his Aunt Judi's thespian footsteps.

His character role as the son of Bella and totally unpleasant father Cecil who taunts him about his artistic temperament I thought was the best developed but even it fizzled out at the end .

I'll follow Oliver Dench's career with interest at only 27 years old I think we will see more of this fine actor.

If you want some light entertainment in beautiful settings I'm sure you'll enjoy Hotel Portofino .

I enjoyed the more contemporary sensational trashier thriller series Riviera much more because even though it was high dynasty melodrama the characters interested me and until it got silly and off the rails in Season 3.

fandomfatale 14 April 2022

Beautiful scenery and lots of potential in the characters and overall vibe but I felt like it was lacking something. A lot of the plots made me wonder why anyone would want to be watching something like this happen. A show is for entertainment, so shouldn't scenes be enjoyable to watch? It felt like jumping from one uncomfortable or unpleasant moment to the next.

xmasdaybaby1966 29 January 2022

I am writing this after bingewatching series 1.

The series does grow but there does seem to be a spark missing.

Yes, there is stunning scenery and the boxes are ticked regarding ethnic minorities appearing as well as feminism and homosexual relationships featuring too.

I am a big fan of Eagle Eye Dramas and this is not bad as their first attempt at an original drama.

It is like The Durrells meeting Downton Abbey

The Americans will love it.

For me, the storyline might be dreamy but it is also thin and lacks in humour but has plenty of humility and humanity.

It is such a shame that competent actresses such as Anna Chancellor and Elizabeth Carling didn't have bigger roles

The stories might have been better if ithey had been a bit shorter but a good watch.

marylou_booth 2 February 2022

This is gorgeous to look at. The scenery, fashion and attractive people are a strong feature of this series.

That's not enough for me though. I need strong story lines and there weren't any.

Half way through episode three I gave up. It was too slow and I just didn't care.

grahamf-55542 8 February 2022

This series didn't have a great start. After E1 I was close to dismissing it as a rather inferior cross between Downton and The Durrells. I still wasn't convinced after E2. I was finding the short snappy clips rather annoying, the dialogue sometimes excruciating.

But then it got better. Or perhaps I just got used to it. Whatever it was, by the end I was very happy with it, and I'd definitely watch S2 if it is being planned.

Natascha McElhone was outstanding as Bella. Apart from her my favourite character was Imogen King who played Melissa. A caricature, as were many of the others, but this was really amusing.

mosquitobite 26 February 2022

Only 20 reviews? That's a bit poor. Anyway I liked this, its not nor does it try to be wildly groundbreaking. The charactors and well drawn and engaging all performances strong, some will say its cliche but really what does that mean. There are typical traits to be portrayed and this is done with care and in a genuine heartfelt way. Cecil is a great cad though we see his soft underbelly, loved Melissa she was the perfect pre debutante, best giggly, silly endearing girl in a period piece I think Ive ever seen in a very long time, Claudine was excellent, Lucien an absolute delight along with Nish, no one over-did their portrayal, staying within character confines which was awesome.

Def hope there's a Season 3.

Oh and gosh so beautiful visually. Well done all.

ianbrumpton 27 January 2022

The Durrells meets Downton (but not quite on a par with either of those just yet) in this new Britbox series following a British family who open the Hotel Portofino on the Italian Riviera in the 1920's, starring Natascha McElhone.

It's very watchable, helped by the beautiful setting with Croatia doubling for Italy. Production values were OK and the large cast were good, everyone seemed to be 'rather attractive'. Its definitely a traditional period show pitched at an older audience but there's no harm in that, though critics will probably disagree.

I rather liked it. The opening episode had an awful lot of characters to introduce and consequently was a bit too slow moving but the pace picked up as the series developed and there were some interesting plots and themes.

Not an instant classic, but as a light drama in a beautiful setting it does what is says on the tin. A diverting watch for cold Winter evenings.

lineart-12973 1 February 2022

A period piece including the frightful politics of that day. Portofino shines and brings back many personal memories. Great character developments, variety of personas. Rich and entertaining. With all these dreary crime-dramas being churned out, like Ozark and Billions, this gorgeous film is a great escape for us today.

garysyms-14865 2 February 2022

Enjoyed watching Hotel Portofino. Beautiful setting and when relaxing down having time to oneself with a lovely cup of tea this is just right to watch.

Littleredtulip 8 February 2022

The house, landscape and costumes steal the show at times. The cast is great but can be overshadowed by how beautiful each scene is set.

The story is goodfwntle fayre and would be perfect Sunday night viewing. The woke storylines are a bit manufactured to meet production quotas but not too off-putting.

slowpulse 17 May 2022

If a high school theater ensemble made a Riviera rehash of "Downton Abbey", with a reverential scent of Jane Austen on everything, this is probably very close to what the finished product would look like.

It's not completely bad, but everything feels slightly campy and counterfeit all the time. The "bad guys" are almost all cartoonishly shady, bordering on old-school mustache-twirling villains - even the women, constantly displeased and scheming.

And the many anachronisms surely don't help either. Back in the 1920's, Italians didn't speak English: it was not taught in school, it was not heard on the radio and was not read anywhere. So it's utterly lazy writing to have them magically understand the show's English characters. Even worse, this was when religion and fascism ruled unopposed: the show's young black woman wouldn't have been allowed to sashay around like she owned Portofino. In reality, she would've been arrested, or even publicly beaten by Mussolini's Black Shirts. Simply put, several of the characters don't make much sense.

bobbywoo-05838 27 January 2022

Really enjoyed the show. Cast were great and if you love the classic British dramas with beautiful settings, this is definitely the series for you.

In a year full of COVID and non vacations, it's fantastic to be transported back to 1920s Italy and emerge ourselves in a wonderful story.

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