Every great film has a great setting. And that setting often becomes iconic in its own right. Whether it’s a country, city or building, the setting stars alongside the famous faces and plays a part in making the film a memorable masterpiece.
Often times, that setting is a luxury hotel. And while you might never get the chance to star in a Hollywood flick, a stay at one of these hotels can get you as close as possible to the story and characters that you fell in love with.
So for all you film buffs out there, here are the 10 best 5-star hotels you’ll recognise from famous films.
With its unrivalled views of downtown Tokyo with the backdrop of Mount Fuji in the distance, the 52-story Park Hyatt Tokyo is the star of the Japanese city. It’s also the star of Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning Lost In Translation, in which its New York Bar plays the setting for the meeting of Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) before their oriental adventures begin.
New York City’s Plaza Hotel has appeared in a number of famous flicks, most notable for which include Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Crocodile Dundee, Almost Famous, North by Northwest, Arthur, American Hustle, and more recently The Great Gatsby.
- 3. Fontainebleau Miami Beach
As well as the setting for Jerry Lewis’ The Bellboy (1960) and Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s most remembered appearance comes at the beginning of Goldfinger. In fact, it’s at the iconic hotel that James Bond (Sean Connery) first meets the dastardly Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe).
- 4. Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills A Four Seasons Hotel
The Californian city of Beverly Hills is just as famous any of the Hollywood stars who live there. And one of the most recognisable hotels around is the Beverly Wilshire – or as some know it, the “Pretty Woman Hotel.” The iconic property even lends it out free of charge so lets guests can relive the film in the same rooms that it was set.
- 5. Budapest Marriott Hotel
The five-star Budapest Marriott stars in Steven Spielberg’s thriller Munich, which tells the story of the aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics. With over 350 stylish rooms and some of the city’s best views over the Danube, the grand hotel is a star in its own right.
- 6. Hotel Regina Paris
Facing the famous Louvre museum, this five-star Parisian hotel features in the 2002 action-packed film, The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon. As elegant as it is well-known, the Hotel Regina is one of the classiest in Paris.
- 7. Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, set in the middle of the tranquil Lake Pichola, is perhaps better known as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Dating from 1746, the stunning hotel also featured as the floating palace in Octopussy, in which it was the home of titular character.
- 8. Chateau Marmont Hotel Los Angeles
LA’s own Chateau Marmont, a favourite bolthole of many an A-lister, makes an appearance in 2016’s record-breaking musical drama “La La Land”. Keep your eyes peeled as the Chateau only appears right at the end of the film.
A superstar in the City Of Sin, the Bellagio and its famous fountains have been featured in a number of Hollywood flicks. But perhaps most memorable is its role in the star-studded “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Ocean’s Thirteen” film. It also made an appearance the first “Hangover” film.
- 10. Hotel Le Bristol
Set on one of Paris’ most fashionable streets, this regal palace hotel featured in Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris.” A stone’s throw from the Elysée Palace, Le Bristol is without a doubt one of the World’s finest hotels.