Lights, cameras…action! To celebrate the Academy Awards this past weekend we’ve decided to add a little movie magic to your next holiday. We’ve asked our travel experts to pick their favourite hotels from films they’d recommend to travel moveie lovers. Here are some of our top hotels featured in some of Hollywood’s top feature films:
When it comes to movie-famous hotels in New York, The Plaza Hotel takes the cake. This iconic landmark has been featured in both classic and recent films including Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, the 1974 Great Gatsby film starring Mia Farrow, Home Alone 2, Almost Famous and the Oscar-nominated American Hustle. Located on Fifth Avenue, the historic landmark still upholds its reputation as the luxury centrepiece of Manhattan.
There’s a reason why Caesars Palace is a popular hotspot for Las Vegas holidaymakers. Other than housing a Colosseum-style concert hall, a myriad of celebrity restaurants and some of the city’s finest hotel rooms, many flock to the luxury Vegas hotel to see where their favourite movies were filmed. The biggest, possibly most well-known Caesars Palace film is the Hangover, which featured the main lobby and swimming pools. The Emperor Suite was used as a backdrop for a scene in Rain Man, where Tom Cruise’s character teaches Dustin Hoffman’s how to dance. Fun fact: many people still refer to the suite as the ‘Rain Man Suite.’ Jenifer Hudson’s Goosebumps-worthy rendition of ‘And I Am Telling You’ from Dreamgirls, was also shot at the Caesars Palace showroom.
This San Diego hotel has had a long and strong history with Hollywood since its opening in 1888. Other than being a weekend hotspot for celebrities, like Frank Sinatra, Goldie Hawn, Oprah Winfrey, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford and Walt Disney (just to name a few) the historic beachfront hotel was actually featured in the Marilyn Monroe comedy classic, Some Like it Hot back in 1959. Although most of the film was set in Miami, filmmakers chose the hotel in San Diego as a stand in for many of the main scenes in the film.
The Beverly Wilshire hotel was featured in the 1990 chick-flick classic, Pretty Woman, starring Hollywood elites, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Today, fans of the film can book the Pretty Woman Hotel Experience package, which includes behind-the-scenes tour of Rodeo Drive’s top fashion houses, a luxury dining experience at THE Blvd and a booking in the in the exact same suite where Julia Roberts and Richard Gere shot their scenes.
This five-star Tokyo hotel was the setting for Sofia Coppola’s 2003 comedy-drama, Lost in Translation. The story centres on the unlikely friendship of Charlotte and Bob, played by Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, as each come face to face with the reality of their marriages and careers. The pair strike up a friendship after meeting at the hotel’s bar and continue to spend time with each other while staying at the Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo. While both Johansson’s and Murray’s performances were highly praised, many were also impressed with the interior shots of the Tokyo hotel.