Hotel is a very well made, handsomely produced drama about the guests and management of an old hostelry which must modernize or shutter. Uniformly strong performances, scripting and direction make for good pacing.
In an impressive debut as a film producer, Wendell Mayes has dressed the pic with lush settings and wardrobe, while not neglecting scripting chores in adapting Arthur Hailey’s novel.
Merle Oberon, dripping in gems, registers well as the wife of Michael Rennie, whose hit-and-run driving cues a blackmail attempt by house gumshoe Richard Conte. Catherine Spaak, in her US film debut, is charming and sexy as Kevin McCarthy’s mistress who drifts to Rod Taylor. Karl Malden has a choice role of a key thief who is frustrated at many turns by double-crossing accomplices.