From the Tokyo Park Hyatt (the hotel central to the film Lost In Translation) to the iconic Beverly Wilshire in Pretty Woman, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s top hotel properties made famous on film
The Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, California
The 1990 classic Pretty Woman showcased Los Angeles luxury at its very best, with the Beverly Wilshire the setting for many of its most famous scenes. Right in the heart of the famous Rodeo Drive, it’s an LA landmark. It was also featured in the Beverly Hills Cop films and 1998’s Bulworth, directed by Warren Beatty.
Hotel Regina, Paris, France
This chic Parisian hotel was one of the settings for the 2002 blockbuster The Bourne Identity, starring Matt Damon. Situated in the city’s famous Place des Pyramides, the historic hotel offers only the most luxurious of rooms, and is also conveniently based – the Louvre Museum and the Tulieres Gardens are just a stone’s throw away.
Mountain Lake Hotel, Pembroke, Virginia
Many people are surprised to learn that Kellerman’s Resort from the much-loved Dirty Dancing was actually a real hotel. In fact, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey filmed some of the movie’s most memorable scenes at The Mountain Lake Hotel, set in the Appalachian Mountains. Set in stunning surroundings, it even offers ‘Dirty Dancing’ themed weekend packages including dance lessons.
Hotel de la Reconquista, Oviedo, Spain
Taking an exotic break from his usual New York City settings, Woody Allen chose the Hotel de la Reconquista in Oviedo, Spain, as one of the locations for his 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Magnificent suites, a rich history, and glamorous city-centre location make it a must-see while on a trip to Oviedo.
Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Japan
Most of the action in the Oscar-winning film Lost In Translation took place at the Park Hyatt – and now it’s famous. The hotel attracts visitors from around the world who are keen to eat in the New York Bar and Grill, which featured in several of the scenes. The hotel is so popular with fans of the film that there is even a LIT cocktail!
Hotel de Paris, Monaco
Hollywood megastars Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr acted out Iron Man 2 against the magnificent Hotel de Paris in Monaco. The five-star hotel impresses thanks to its glamorous décor, while luxurious amenities – including a heliport, no less. Two James Bond movies – Never Say Never Again and Golden Eye – were also filmed here.
Hotel 71, Chicago, Illinois USA
The Dark Knight is famous for Heath Ledger’s scene-stealing scenes as The Joker. But Hotel 71, based in downtown Chicago, also has a starring role as Bruce Wayne’s penthouse suite. The former residential block was transformed into a luxury boutique hotel, with guests choosing it for its prime location near Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” and views of the river.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Although they can’t guarantee tigers in your bathroom, Caesar’s Palace in Paradise, Las Vegas, was one of the main backdrops for the comedy The Hangover. As one of Vegas’ best-known hotels and casinos, a weekend in Caesars Palace can seem like a movie fantasy, with gambling galore, bright lights, fountains and all the excitement that “The Strip” has to offer. You can even bring your pet pooch and if you’re staying at a LV timeshare resort, this hotel is a must for lunch or a drink – just to be able to say you’ve been there!
Round Hill Resort, Jamaica, Caribbean
The movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back catapulted the Round Hill Resort in Jamaica into the spotlight – and the setting is as beautiful in real life as it was in the film. Located in Montego Bay, the hotel is the ideal romantic retreat for a beach wedding, or for a blissful honeymoon break.
Timberline Lodge, Oregon, USA
The Timberline Lodge can go down in history as the setting for one of the creepiest films of all-time, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic spine-chilling movie, The Shining. The movie took full advantage of the imposing façade of the lodge, which is a popular ski resort in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Hotel Sidi Driss, Tunisia
Fans of the ever-popular Star Wars franchise may be surprised to know that the homestead was actually a real hotel in Tunisia, of all places. The Hotel Sidi Driss starred in both the original movie and its sequels, and some of the original decorations have been retained to this day.
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA
Steeped in Hollywood history, this Californian hotel has seen some of the world’s most famous names through its doors. Thanks in part to its unparalleled luxury, Alfred Hitchcock chose the Fairmont to film scenes from the movie classic Vertigo, while The Rock, starring Sean Connery, was also shot there. Other movie legends, including Clint Eastwood and Arnold Scwarzenegger, have also shot films at this legendary property.
The ‘Fairmont Heritage Place’ private residence club is one of the most luxurious fractional ownership programmes in the world.