Almost Famous: Hotels in the Movies


As the Academy Awards peek around the corner, we take a look at ten iconic hotels around the world which served as backdrop for some of Hollywood’s most famous flicks. And yes, 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.

And the nominees are…

The Plaza in North by Northwest (1959)

Located in New York’s hip 5th Avenue and boasting sweeping views over Central Park, the Plaza is a true landmark with no need for introductions.

The Plaza Exterior

The hotel featured as a setting for several 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.

Grandhotel Pupp in Casino Royale (2006)

This 5 star is one of Europe’s most beautiful hotels.

Grand Hotel Pupp Prague Exterior

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.

Timberline Lodge 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?

Timberline Lodge Exterior

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.

Lancaster London 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.

Lancaster Hotel Exterior

The rooms at the Lancaster no longer boast 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.

Park Hyatt Tokyo 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.

Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Exterior

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.

Melia Hotel de la Reconquista 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.

Mountain Lake in Dirty Dancing (1987)

Set in Pembroke, Virginia, fans of Dirty Dancing will certainly have the time of their lives when they check in at the Mountain Lake.

Mountain Lake Exterior

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!

The Langham in GoldenEye (1995)

Another Bond-worthy location, the elegant entryway for The Langham featured in the 17th film of everyone’s favourite secret agent.

The Langham Exterior

In GoldenEye, the London hotel doubled as St Petersburg’s Grand Hotel Europe. The film was also Pierce Brosnan’s debut as James Bond.

Bellagio Hotel in Oceans 11 (2001)

Located in the heart of the infamous Vegas Strip, the Bellagio is a triple A Five Diamond Award-winning hotel.


Oceans 11 and Oceans 13 are two box office hits featuring a top-notch Hollywood cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, where the Bellagio takes centre stage.

Budapest Marriott Hotel in Munich (2005)

Featured in Steven Spielberg’s thriller Munich, which narrates the aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics, Budapest Marriott co-stars alongside the likes of Eric Bana and Daniel Craig, as a fictitious London hotel.

Budapest Marriott Hotel Exterior

With over 350 rooms this grand 5 star hotel offers some of Budapest’s finest views over the Danube.

There are  many other hotel choices we could have added in here – what would your list of nominees be? Let us know in the comments.


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