Almost as glamorous as the Oscars, this coveted Top10 counts down our favourite hotels that have appeared on the big screen, often as themselves, sometimes under an alias. So grab your popcorn and check out our run down of the greatest hotels from the movies…
Park Hyatt Hotel, Tokyo
Arguably the most iconic hotel from any movie, the Park Hyatt hotel was the setting for Lost in Translation, the film where lost souls Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray form the most unlikely of bonds. The hotel’s New York Bar, 52 floors up, is also the place to be seen sipping on the L.I.T. cocktail of sake and cherry blossom.
The Bellagio, Las Vegas
In the 2001 blockbuster Ocean’s Eleven, George Clooney, Brad Pitt & Co showed us how to clear out a casino, whilst under the beautiful backdrop of The Bellagio. This is certainly not the first time this luxurious hotel, or more specifically it’s amazing fountains, have appeared on the big screen, but we think the clever casino robbery is by far the most memorable!
The Stanley Hotel, Colorado
Not just famous for inspiring Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’, The Stanley Hotel is also notorious for being one of the USA’s most haunted hotels. Just to add to the atmosphere, the hotel continually runs The Shining on each TV in its hotel rooms. Thankfully all the doors are still in one piece….
Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, Hollywood
Favoured by high-flyer Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) in ‘Pretty Woman’ and famed for Julia Roberts strutting through reception in knee high boots, The Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire was the prime location for the hooker classic from 1990. Interestingly, the set was designed to also mimic the hotel’s luxurious layout.
Millenium Biltmore, Los Angeles
We’re not saying the Millenium Biltmore in LA is haunted, but never fear, if any apparitions do show up, they’ve got it covered. After all ’who they gonna call?’ (sorry, we couldn’t resist). The hotel became the fictitious Sedgewick Hotel in Ghostbusters where the slimer was captured.
Historic Lake Lure Inn, North Carolina
The Historic Lake Lure Inn certainly lives up to it’s name, this was where the Baby & Johnny love affair in Dirty Dancing started at the ‘Kellermans Holiday Resort’. Fans of the movie can relive the 1960s love story by staying in the Patrick Swayze Suite. You can also try out that iconic lift in the lakes if you’re feeling brave (or mad)!
Grandhotel Pupp, Czech Republic
Who can forget Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond, where he played his hand at poker at Hotel Splendide in Casino Royale? Hotel Splendide is in fact, the Grandhotel Pupp in the Czech Republic, which, dating back to 1701 makes it a very grand location – perfect for 007 and his sexy lady friends!
Westin Grand, Berlin
This hotel in Berlin plays a big part in the 2nd instalment of Jason Bourne’s adventures in The Bourne Supremacy, it’s grand, imposing staircase being a handy means of escape….. because obviously Bourne can’t just leave out the front door like the rest of us eh?
The Ritz, Paris
When he wasn’t cracking the code to the Universe in The Davinci Code, we imagine Tom Hanks needed to rest his grey matter. We think his choice of The Ritz Paris was a wise one, steeped in both history and luxury.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Another entry for 007, this time it’s the turn of Taj Lake Palace, the secluded lair used by Octopussy – the infamous brunette Bond Girl.
How many did you recognise? Have you got a favourite we’ve forgotten about? Share it with us in the comments below!