Kristoffer Diaz's new comedy The Upstairs Concierge takes place in a fictional luxury hotel on the day of its grand opening. Ella Elizondo, the brand new Upstairs Concierge, is in charge of servicing the requests of the hotel's VIP and celebrity guests. Hotel life has always been fertile ground for film and television comedy. In honor of the start of The Upstairs Concierge, we've rounded up some of our favorite scenes from the big and small screens. How will Ella fair compared to these hotel service workers? Join us to find out!
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel introduced audiences to a secret society of hotel concierges. This incredibly (and comically) skilled group unites to rescue their friend and fellow concierge Gustav H as he flees his hotel accused of murder. Anderson's amazing attention to detail breathes life into this motley crew and their gorgeous hotels in this short clip.
Pretty Woman (1990)
This classic romantic comedy may have launched the career of Julia Roberts, but it wouldn't be as memorable without the gorgeous setting of the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Roberts' character Vivian receives a helping hand from hotel concierge Barnard Thompson, played by Héctor Elizondo, as teaches her proper dinner etiquette and grooms her into a refined society lady. Elizondo's scenes totaled only 10 minutes of screen time, but he earned a Golden Globe nomination for his compassionate portrayal of a concierge going beyond the call of duty.
The Bellboy (1960)
A hotel is much more than its concierge, but sometimes the other staffers aren't quite as helpful or resourceful as their colleagues. King of slapstick comedy Jerry Lewis memorably portrayed Stanley, an inept bellboy, in this 1960 film. In this scene, Stanley tries to helm the concierge desk to rather embarrassing results.
Fawlty Towers (1975)
Even when they give their all, some hotel staffers just can't handle the pressure of keeping their guests happy. John Cleese created one such hotel owner, Basil Fawlty, in his memorable BBC comedy Fawlty Towers. While it ran for only two seasons with 12 episodes, Fawlty Towers was a huge hit and is considered one of the most beloved British comedies ever. In this clip, Basil, long suffering from the overwhelming demands of his guests, experiences a hilarious breakdown.
Written by Kristoffer Diaz
Directed by KJ Sanchez