'Hotel Portofino' Recap: Episode 1

By Jiban Das

A“very English hotel on the Italian Riviera” has opened after some three years of work, and is finally ready to welcome Jazz Age English-speaking guests

such as the haughty Julia Drummond-Ward and her daughter Rose. The hotel is run by Bella Ainsworth with the help of her daughter Alice Mays-Smith.

Bella’s husband Cecil is nominally involved, but is often off on some scheme—as he is when his and Bella’s son Lucian meets Rose,

a possible match that is the purpose of the Drummond-Wards’ trip to Italy. Lucian and Rose have already missed their chance at a meet-cute:

when he arrived to pick the Drummond-Wards up from the train station, Julia immediately treated him as a common laborer and he obliged.

when he arrived to pick the Drummond-Wards up from the train station, Julia immediately treated him as a common laborer and he obliged.

when he arrived to pick the Drummond-Wards up from the train station, Julia immediately treated him as a common laborer and he obliged.

It was only at the hotel that Julia and Rose realized their mistake. The Drummond-Wards join such other guest

as the funereal Lady Latchmere and her niece Melissa De Vere; the Oxford-educated Italian Count Albani and his son Roberto;