The Academy Awards are peeking around the corner. So this is probably a very good time to find ten iconic hotels around the world which served as a backdrop for some of Hollywood’s most famous flicks. You might never have the chance to stroll down Hollywood’s legendary red carpet, but you can certainly re-enact a part of film history by checking in at these famous digs. So get your popcorn ready, sit comfortably and read on to decide which of the following nominees is truly Oscar-worthy.
The nominees are…
1. The Plaza, New York
Starring in: North by Northwest (1959)
Located on New York’s posh 5th Avenue, this place has got sweeping views over Central Park. The Plaza has been a setting for films including Hitchcock’s classic North by Northwest, starring a dashing Cary Grant. Other box office hits that took place at The Plaza include The Way We Were, Home Alone 2, Crocodile Dundee and Bride Wars.
2. Grandhotel Pupp, Czech Republic
Starring in: Casino Royale (2006)
This 5 star is one of Europe’s most beautiful hotels. Located in the idyllic Spa town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, the Grandhotel Pupp stars in Daniel Craig’s first Bond movie as the fictional “Hotel Splendid”, set in Montenegro.
3. Timberline Lodge, Oregon
Starring in The Shining (1980)
“Here’s Johnny!’” is one of the most legendary film quotes of all time, and who can ever forget Jack Nicholson’s deranged look in The Shining as he utters these words? The Oscar-winning actor plays a writer slowly going mad in the remote Overlook Hotel, which in reality is none other than the Timberline Lodge in snowy Mt. Hood in Oregon, USA.
4. Lancaster London
Starring in The Italian Job (1969)
After being released from a two-year prison sentence, dapper Charlie Croker (Michael Cain) checks in at Suite 602 in the hotel then known as The Royal Lancaster, for a “getting out” party. The rooms at the Lancaster no longer have the groovy-chic décor seen in the 60s cult film, but this 4 star still offers some of the best views over London’s Hyde Park.
5. Park Hyatt Tokyo
Starring in Lost in Translation (2003)
Housed on the upper floors of the Shinjuku Park Tower, Park Hyatt Tokyo played the starring role in Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning indie film Lost in Translation. The film revolves around aging actor Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and recent graduate Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), who develop a special bond after a chance meeting at the hotel’s bar. The Park View Room alone is worth a visit to Tokyo, with its soaring vistas of Yoyogi Park and Mt Fuji and a bathtub that overlooks the city’s skyline.
6. Melia Hotel de la Reconquista
Starring in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
The one and only Woody Allen chose northern Spain and Oviedo’s leading luxury hotel as the location for some of the scenes for his blockbuster hit Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The film, which depicts a strange love triangle between Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz – who won an Oscar for best supporting actress.
7. Mountain Lake
Starring in Dirty Dancing (1987)
Set in Pembroke, Virginia, if you’re a fan of Dirty Dancing you’ll certainly have the – wait for it – time of your life (boom!) when you check in at the Mountain Lake. Featured as the fictional Kellerman’s resort where Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny (Patrick Swayze) hang out, the hotel offers themed weekends which include dancing lessons and film location tours.
8. The Langham
Starring in Golden Eye (1995)
Another Bond-worthy location, the elegant entryway for The Langham featured in the 17th film of everyone’s favourite secret agent. In GoldenEye, the London hotel doubled as St Petersburg’s Grand Hotel Europe. The film was also Pierce Brosnan’s debut as James Bond.
9. Bellagio Hotel
Starring in Oceans 11 (2001)
Located in the heart of the Vegas Strip, the Bellagio is a Triple A Five Diamond Award-winning hotel. Phew. So, it’s good then? Oceans 11 and Oceans 13 are two box office hits featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, where the Bellagio takes centre stage at the centre of a heist.
10. Budapest Marriott Hotel
Starring in Munich (2005)
Steven Spielberg’s thriller Munich narrates the aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics. The Budapest Marriott co-stars alongside Eric Bana and Daniel Craig, as a fictitious London hotel. With over 350 rooms, this grand 5 star hotel offers some of Budapest’s finest views over the Danube.
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