Feel like a film star when staying at any of these hotels that were used as movie settings.
Movies have a way of immortalising a moment, and when a hotel provides the backdrop for a particularly memorable film, it inadvertently becomes embedded in film history. Check into these five movie hotels to soak up your share of cinematic magic.
If you have seen Sofia Coppola’s Academy award-winning movie Lost in Translation, you would remember Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s characters of Bob and Charlotte traipsing all over the Park Hyatt Tokyo, and meeting regularly at the New York Bar on the 52nd floor where they would plan their wild adventures. In fact, because the Park Hyatt Tokyo was so central to the movie that it is often called “the Lost in Translation hotel”. Located in downtown Tokyo, the hotel provides a 360- degree view of the city and Mount Fuji in the distance. It offers 177 luxury rooms and suites and six restaurants, bars, and a delicatessen and pastry boutique.
Think Crazy Rich Asians starring Henry Golding, Constance Wu, and Michelle Yeoh and think of Penang’s Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, or the Blue Mansion as it is also famously known as. Located in George Town, Penang, this 1896 mansion was the setting for the final showdown scene between Wu’s and Yeoh’s characters in a mahjong hall. Now transformed into a heritage boutique hotel, the mansion won UNESCO’s Most Excellent Project in the Asia Pacific Heritage Award in 2000. The hotel was also the venue of choice for the 1992 Oscar-winning movie Indochine, and many other Malaysian movies. There are only 18 rooms here - all unique - and several dining options such as fine dining at Indigo, spirits and drinks at The Bar and all day dining at the Courtyard.
When it comes to being featured in Hollywood films, The Plaza Hotel situated on Fifth Avenue, New York is a must-mention. The list of movies it has been featured in could probably be the longest in the world as it include Sleepless in Seattle, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, North By Northwest, Crocodile Dundee, Almost Famous, Arthur, American Hustle, The Way We Were, Funny Girl and The Great Gatsby. Opened on October 1, 1907, The Plaza has 19 floors, 300 rooms and suites, and dignified elegance fit for world leaders, dignitaries, captains of industry, and celebrities of Broadway and Hollywood - many of whom have graced its spaces. Due to its illustrious past, it is also a National Historic Landmark of America.
Another exceptionally famous movie hotel in America is the enormous Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Florida. Back in 1965, this hotel was memorably featured in Goldfinger, in the scene where James Bond (played by the late Sir Sean Connery) found his Bond girl killed and painted completely in gold by Goldfinger’s henchman. This scene was so iconic, it prompted magazines of the day to recreate the shot on their front covers. Apart from this scene, the hotel was also featured in the sweeping aerial shots of the opening credits of the movie. Meanwhile, other blockbusters it has appeared in include The Bodyguard, Police Academy 5, Scarface, The Bellboy, Midnight Cowboy, Analyse This and many more. The Fontainebleau is still in full swing today and offers extraordinary hospitality capable of transforming holidays into larger-than-life experiences.
The 1985 multiple-Academy Award-winning film, A Room with a View, starring Helena Bonham Carter, is based on the 1908 novel by E.M. Forster. To get the titular “view”, the hotel that was used for the film was the Hotel Degli Oragi, a sprawling, ornate 13th century property set in the historic centre of Florence. You can even book the room that Bonham Carter stayed in ─ Room 414 ─ and relive those beautiful movie moments while overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the medieval stone arch bridge spanning the Arno River. If you can’t get the actual room, don’t be dismayed as all the other 42 rooms and suites offer equally spectacular views of breathtaking Florence.
As they say, “Plan now, travel later”, so if you’re thinking of your next great escapade, these stunning hotels that let you walk into the gilt and glam of the film world should definitely be on your list.