7 legendary movie hotels to escape to this summer

Hotels are good places for film screenplays. Sometimes frightening as in Shining, sometimes fruit of all temptations as in La Dolce Vita… Instead of an Airbnb, what if we opted for a mythical movie hotel this summer?

There are countless films whose plot is set in the heart of a hotel. The hotel is a place that feeds the imagination and dreams of the greatest filmmakers, from Sofia Coppola to Hitchcock. He appears either as a character in his own right as in “Somewhere”, or as a means of sublimating the dramatic effects of cinema as in “Shining”. These places have been and still are home to some of the craziest stories and legends. It’s no coincidence that they fascinate so much, so why not spend your next vacation in a famous hotel at the movies?

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To surrender: the Hotel Château Marmont in “Somewhere”.

It’s one of the most mythical places in the world. Located on the heights of Los Angeles, this legendary baroque style hotel is the favourite place of all the biggest stars: Humphrey Bogart, Grace Kelly, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, … It became sadly famous for its escapades and excesses. The castle witnessed the death of fashion photographer Helmut Newton in January 2004, when his car hit a wall in the hotel’s driveway. John Belushi, one of the Blues Brothers, also died in the hotel following an overdose in 1982.

Sofia Coppola was a regular guest at the hotel with her father Francis Ford Coppola, who almost bought the hotel. There she shot the film “Somewhere” among clients and staff members. The story is largely inspired by the director’s childhood, as the film tells the life of an actor with a sulphurous reputation who lives at the Château Marmont and sees his 11-year-old daughter arrive. They barely know each other and, to kill time, spend their days sunbathing by the pool, playing air guitar or taking road trips.

If you wish to book this hotel for your stay in Los Angeles, you will have to pay a minimum of $400 for one night.

To scare yourself: the Timberline Lodge in “Shining”…

Located at the foot of Mount Hood, Oregon, Timberline Lodge was built in 1937. The hotel was chosen to represent the outdoor version of the famous Overlook Hotel de Shining. The interior was completely rebuilt into studios. Kubrick was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Colorado for his sets. It was in this hotel that Stephen King imagined the outline of his novel Shining, l’enfant lumière (1977).

Some say that the Timberline Lodge is haunted by skiers and climbers. The hotel is located in a winter sports resort at an altitude of 1,800 metres. During the snowy scene in the labyrinth, the ghostly figure of this slightly creepy hotel appears several times in the frame. For thrill seekers, go to room 217 !3/7

For impromptu encounters: the Park Hyatt Hotel in “Lost in Translation”.

Did you know that director Sofia Coppola was fascinated by the city of Tokyo? So she naturally chose the Park Hyatt Hotel to set the stage for her film. This luxurious 52-storey building appears as a third person alongside Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. Imposing in height, it presents itself as a labyrinthine haven of peace in which the two heroes of the film meet and get to know each other. You can even order Bill Murray’s 17 year old Hibiki whisky.4/7

For a glamorous weekend: Hotel Excelsior in “La Dolce Vita”.

We all immediately think of the famous scene of Anita Ekberg in a long black dress plunging into the Trevi Fountain holding Marcello Mastroianni’s hand. Federico Fellini’s film, released in 1960, is largely set around the Hotel Excelsior in Rome. Situated on the famous Via Veneto, the hotel is recognisable by its imposing dome. This dome also houses a suite known to be one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world with 7 rooms and a private cinema. We start contributing among friends ?5/7

For a taste of luxury: the Plaza Hotel in “Gatsby the Magnificent”.

The Plaza Hotel in New York is known for its appearances in many movies and series: “Mom I missed the plane”, “The Sopranos”, “Love at first sight in Seattle” but especially “Gatsby the Magnificent”. In Baz Luhrmann’s film, one of the hotel suites appears in the warmth scene where Gatsby loses his temper, and the writer Scott Fitzgerald also often stayed in this emblematic place with his wife. So, a little trip to New York to taste the Roaring Sixties and Seventies?

To breathe the perfumes of the Orient: The Mamounia in the movie “The Man Who Knew Too Much”…

La Mamounia is the emblematic hotel of Marrakech. In a letter to Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill described the hotel as “one of the most beautiful places in the world. The hotel will be at the heart of Hitchcock’s famous film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”. Doris Day and James Stewart evolve sumptuous rooms adorned with mosaics and elegant rooms worthy of a tale of a thousand and one nights. The anecdote that kills? The dovecote of the Mamounia would have inspired Hitchcock’s film “The Birds”.7/7

To get old: the Mountain Lake Lodge in “Dirty Dancing”…

One remembers the languorous dance scenes in the hotel rooms and the famous carrying into the lake. Dirty Dancing made a whole generation dream and continues to be discovered today. The places of the idyll between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey inevitably makes people curious today. The Mountain Lake Lodge located in Virginia has become the preferred location for weddings but also a major attraction for tourists who come to do activities around the theme Dirty Dancing. Ideal for those who want to have a deliciously regressive weekend.

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13 cult film hotels

Want to relive your cult movie? Are you a movie fan and would like to visit famous film locations or film-inspired hotels? We’ve found 13 hotels around the world that are cult movie sets or that will immerse you in the world of your heroes. From the frightening Shining to James Bond, from Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings, you’ll be amazed!

The Timberline Lodge – Shining

Where: Mount Hood, Oregon

Appears in: Shining (1980)

Today we rediscover the sinister “Overlook Hotel” in Stanley Kubrick’s Shining. This hotel was used as a set for some of the film’s exterior scenes. None of the interior scenes were filmed inside the hotel. This does not prevent Kubrick from being asked not to represent room n°217 (presented in the book) in Shining, because future guests of the hotel might be afraid to stay there. Thus, a non-existent room, No. 237, was replaced in the film. Curiously and somewhat ironically, room no. 217 is requested more often than any other room at the Timberline.

Fontainebleau – Goldfinger, Scarface

Where: Miami, Florida

Appears in: Goldfinger (1964), Scarface (1983)

The luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach is the perfect place to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous spy, James Bond. In the opening scene of the film Goldfinger you can admire an aerial view of the Fonainebleau Hotel, which is today a true monument of Miami Beach. This is also where you can discover the pool where Tony Montana and his best friend Manny Ray in Scarface like to enjoy beautiful women in swimsuits.

Caesar’s Palace – very bad trip

Where : Las Vegas, Nevada

Appears in : Very Bad Trip (2009), Very Bad Trip 3 (2013)

Unfortunately, the real Caesar never lived here, but Bradley Cooper and company took advantage of the hotel for a well-watered bachelor party. Why not do the same? Just remember that while tigers are beautiful, they are no less dangerous.

Hotel Seven – James bond

Where: Paris, France
Inspired by:James Bond 007

We love the Seven at Voyage Insolite. We organize our aperitif trips there and we rediscover with pleasure the 7 suites of this exceptional boutique hotel. And in particular perhaps its most famous suite, Suite 007: giant screen, high-tech, golden gun… A suite for secret agents!

Hotel Sidi Driss – Star wars

Where: Tunisia

Appeared in: Star Wars, episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

In the middle of Tunisia is the Lars farm, yes the uncle and aunt of young Luke Skywalker, the future great Jedi. We had the chance to visit this Star Wars hotel: this traditional troglodyte dwelling in Matmata, between Tozeur and Djerba, which became, thanks to Georges Lucas, a film location, a real pilgrimage place for Star Wars fans. And turned into a hotel in the early ’80s. Not much luxury, but sleeping in Luke’s room is priceless.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel – GHOSBUSTERS

Where: Los Angeles, California

Appears in: SOS Ghosts (1984), Spider-Man (2002), Serial noceurs (2005), True Lies (1994), etc.

One of the most exclusive hotels on this side of Greater Budapest, this 4-star hotel has been the location for more than 100 films. With its luxurious lobby, elaborate dining rooms and visibly expensive bedrooms, the Millennium Biltmore is the perfect setting for living the high life.

Desert Sands Motor Hotel – no country for old man

Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Appearing in: No Country For Old Men (2007)

If you remember the last ambiguous scene (and the cold-blooded killer Anton Chigurh) from the Cohen brothers’ No Country For Old Men, you certainly won’t want to stay at the Desert Sands Motor Hotel. If you want, you should have no problem paying for a room in the motel. But keep your doors locked, for obvious reasons…

Georgian House – harry potter

Where: London, England
Inspired by:Harry Potter

If you love magic and especially the world of Harry Potter, the rooms at Georgian House will delight you. This hotel offers rooms with a Hogwarts theme. Stained glass windows, (false) stone walls, candles, antique style desks, bed linen and draperies in Gryffindor’s colours are all there to have a replica of Harry’s room. In addition to a typical English breakfast, you’ll be treated to a tour of the film’s locations and admission to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour to see what goes on behind the scenes.

The Hobbit Motel – Lord of the Rings

Where: Waitomo, New Zealand

Appeared in: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit

In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. And now, in New Zealand (or Middle-Earth in real life), you can live like Bilbo, Frodo and Sam, in the Hobbit Motel .

Park Hyatt Tokyo – lost in translation

Where: Tokyo, Japan

Appeared in: Lost In Translation (2003)

Come and relive Sofia Coppola’s film at Park Hyatt Tokyo, where half of the scenes from Lost In Translation take place in the hotel.

The Plaza Hotel – gatsby the magnificent

Where: New York, New York

Appeared in: Gatsby the Magnificent (2013)

In Baz Luhrmann‘s Gatsby the Magnificent, Leonardo Dicaprio organizes extravagant parties, where the champagne flows and the women are more beautiful than each other. All this takes place at the Plaza Hotel. To relive the film with dignity, ask for the Fitzgerald Suite created especially for the film.

Château Marmont – somewhere

Where: Los Angeles, California

Appeared in: Somewhere (2010)

The hotel has been the scene of anecdotes or events in the lives of artists, particularly American, from the world of music or cinema. Many clips are shot there and it is in these places that Sofia Coppola shoots Somewhere.

Hitching Post Motel – fargo

Where: Forest Lake, Minnesota

Appears in: Fargo (1996)

This hotel was made famous by Fargo as the place where William H. Macy tried to escape through the bathroom window in his underwear. Why don’t you recreate the scene yourself?

So what hotel are you going to spend your next vacation in? Maybe not The Shining’s hotel anyway?

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