Those include Nancy Sayegh, 22, a spitfire of a pool bartender with an eye on an acting career; front-desk clerk Karina d’Erizans, 26, who fields baffling guest requests; restaurant manager Morgan More, a drill sergeant-type from Poland whose droll delivery provides some of the show’s best moments; and general manager Stephanie Andron, 35, who keeps everyone else in check.
“There’s a lot of times when [the staffers] went crazy at pool parties and they’re wasted and then they still have to do a 5-hour shift,” she said. “So was I happy? No, I wanted to beat every single one of them.”
Other hoteliers say they don’t think they’ll find much “reality” in the show — but expect to see entertainment targeted at The Catalina’s key demographic.
“The South Beach group has chosen their niche as quirky, sexy hotels and there’s a market in South Beach for quirky, sexy hotels,” said Jeff Lehman, general manager of The Betsy Hotel in South Beach.
Wendy Kallergis, president and CEO of the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, said the group is “always delighted when local hotels are in the spotlight.”
She added: “This TV show is just another example of how our destination continues its growth as a premier location for TV and film production.”
While The Catalina is only slated for six episodes now, the CW’s Vadas said good ratings could merit another season — something Nathan Lieberman said he would welcome.
“The ideal end result is that everybody has a good time,” he said. “And we all make a little money.”