We’ve all done it, imagined the moment we get an Oscar in the shower with a shampoo bottle, and who we’d thank. Maybe even giving it several goes until we are sure we’ve nailed it. Almost as if we are actually actors or actresses and not soapy individuals in our bathrooms.
But what if you could do that in the bathroom of a hotel made famous by a movie? Stand at the same window, staring out as the cast of the movie? Or better yet, have you ever watched a film and wished to yourself you could be there, on that film set?
Well, you’re in luck.
Some of those recognisable hotels aren’t the things made of imagination and great sound stages, they’re real and out there for you to visit. Some of those gorgeous locations are only a booking away, and to make it a little easier we’ve come up with a list of ten you may be interested in.
So, for the film star within you. Here are just some famous movie hotels around the world, and the films which made them famous:
The Plaza Hotel, New York, USA
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
You’d be lying if you said you never imagined being Kevin McCallister in the luxury hotel when he found himself stranded alone in New York. Whether it’s as the child ordering a bunch of desserts to the room; as a parent just wishing for a break from the hyper children at Christmas. We’ve all imagined stretching out over that grand bed at The Plaza Hotel.
This iconic hotel has often hosted Broadway legends and Hollywood royals, and so it’s the perfect place to kick off this list. Its unmatched elegance and central location makes it the ideal place to inspire the star within.
Le Bristol Paris, Paris, France
Midnight In Paris
It’s enchanting, magnificent and just been through some astonishing refurbishments, but the Le Bristol Paris shows you the heart of the French capital. It’s glitzy, glamorous—just like a movie which made it famous, which is why many of the scenes from Midnight In Paris had been shot on location. Because sometimes, you just can’t manufacture such beauty.
With a chocolate factory within this Parisian palace and Fa-Raon, the Burmese cat who lives there, there’s plenty this charming hotel offers. Oh, it also has a stunning rooftop indoor swimming pool with views of the Eiffel Tower, to add to the glamour of this place.
The Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, USA
This hotel was the setting of Pretty Woman’s less than cute meet-cute of hooker Vivian and businessman Edward. If you found yourself swooning at the champagne and strawberries, and also imagined yourself walking along the designer shops, this hotel is the perfect one.
Bonus, you can even stay in the Presidential Suite, where their relationship blossomed. It’s also the real room in which scenes from the movie had been filmed.
With this hotel at the heart of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, you’ll be pressed hard not to enjoy the views and shopping close by. And, the bonus of being in the room it all happened.
Sahara Palace Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco
Sex and the City 2
This luxurious hotel did host the cast of Sex and The City Two. This is because the film was actually shot there, instead of Abu Dhabi as the film mentions. With Carrie going on a girls’ trip, where madness and glamour follow, this hotel is found often in the backdrop of the four iconic girls’ scenes.
This hotel, with its pool, sports activities and fitness amenities, offers luxury rooms in the Venetian style. It is also within close distance to Dunes & Desert Quad Marrakech and overlooks mountains as a view to remember.
Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood, USA
This historic hotel was the set of the 2010 film Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning as the movie star dad and his daughter who changes his life.
With it having a large pool—for which we hear oversized glasses are a must—and the off chance you may run into a celebrity, this place is buzzing for the wannabe film star within. Locals often frequent the famous outdoor restaurant area, and staying here almost makes you a movie star… almost.
Headland Hotel, Newquay, England
With this hotel able to suggest rooms to book, especially ones used during filming, this South England hotel is majestic and the perfect seaside getaway.
While the 1990 movie based on ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl was a dark fantasy film about evil witches, this five-star hotel screams relax and unwind in their luxury suites. While the rooms have since been modernised, the views have not.
This provides you with a chance to escape into your imagination. With the cliffs and ocean, it’s easy to melt into this hotel and pretend you’re as glamorous as Anjelica Huston.
The Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway
The snowy backdrop and icy feel add to the feeling of this thriller movie about robots gaining consciousness. However, this couldn’t be further from the vibe this hotel provides.
Located in a remote part of Norway, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind, with the motto of this place, ‘Leave the world behind you’.
Boasting a luxury spa with a silent room, and beautiful landscapes to admire, searching for robots may be the last thing on your list.
Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Lost In Translation
Park Hyatt Tokyo, made famous by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, is central to the busy city around it. With the memorable growing companionship during the film, the real star of the movie should have been the incredible views.
With its landmark restaurant, New York Grill & Bar, showcasing m360 degree views of Tokyo, it’s no wonder why Grand is in its name.
With an indoor pool, and some rooms even offering a direct sight of Mount Fuji on clear days, you can really begin exploring and getting the feel of Tokyo from the hotel.
The Bellagio, Las Vegas, USA
We all remember that shot, where they meet up outside the fountains. It’s a beautiful scene where many of us have envisioned ourselves there, with someone taking a photo of us as we pretend to be Danny Ocean.
This hotel with it’s prime position on the strip, awe-worthy views, and money-can-buy experience. There is entertainment, nightlife, and casinos to keep you busy all night—and into the early morning. A stay here is a trip you’ll never forget. Not that you’d want to.
Which nicely leads us on to:
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, USA
Except for the room in which the characters stay, much of this film was shot on location, including that famous rooftop. With a sleek design, effortless glamour and high-end suites, it is also the home to Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.
With the rise of people travelling for their bachelor/bachelorette/stag/hen-do these days, it’s a magical place in Sin City, boasting of plenty to do. It has nothing to do with replicating the madness of The Hangover, none at all…!
What famous locations from the silver screen have you always wanted to visit, and will you be taking the dive on your next holiday?