The Top 10 Film Hotels
Wednesday 29, September 2010
The price comparison website www.trivago.co.uk has put together a list of 10 top-rated hotels having figured prominently in recent successful Hollywood movies.
Not only actors can become Hollywood film stars; hotels can also have their moment in the spotlight. For fans of the movies in which they appear, visiting one of these places adds a whole new dimension to their stay. Whether it is a visit to Batman’s penthouse, drinking a Martini like James Bond, or exploring the apartment of “Mr. Big” from Sex and the City: in these hotels, you follow in the footsteps of the stars. The hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk has put together a list of ten top-rated hotels, all of which have featured prominently in internationally successful movies. From Tokyo and Chicago to Monaco and Bruges, guests can enjoy elegant rooms, luxurious Spas, and excellent service, all while reliving scenes from their favourite movies.
Here are the 10 top-rated hotels, ranked according to the ratings given by travellers from the trivago travel community and its partner sites.
1. Hôtel de Paris (Monaco, Film: Iron Man 2, 2010)
The Hôtel de Paris in Monaco appears in the new superhero movie “Iron Man 2“, featuring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow und Mickey Rourke. In the film, Iron Man confronts his adversaries and attempts to save the free world while protecting the secrets of his power suit from the American military. The movie enjoyed a worldwide launch and has already generated over 600 million US dollars. The Hotel de Paris, in whose lobby an extensive brawl between Iron Man and his enemies takes place, is normally not so turbulent. Located directly on the Casino square in the heart of Monaco, each room in this magnificent hotel is individually decorated and styled. The establishment features three restaurants, including “Le Grill”, which serves Mediterrannean fare and has been awarded a star from the highly renowned Michelin food critic guide.
2. Hotel Park Hyatt Tokyo (Tokyo, Film: Lost in Translation, 2003)
In Sofia Coppola’s award-winning “Lost in Translation“, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson meet each other at the Hotel Park Hyatt Tokyo. The sad story of these two soul mates is recounted against the backdrop of Tokyo’s hotels, karaoke bars and nightlife. The film won the Oscar for best original screenplay in 2004. The elegant Park Hyatt Hotel is located in the heart of the Shinjuku district, an area which is permanently bustling with businessmen and tourists alike. After a shopping expedition to Omotesando street or a visit to the Meiji Shrine, guests will most likely enjoy a massage at the hotel’s “Club on the Park” Spa Centre. To end the day in style, guests can partake in a fine dining experience at the hotel’s “New York Grill” on the 52nd floor, where a captivating view of the Japanese capital can be found.
3. Grand Hotel de Cabourg (Cabourg, Film: Coco Before Chanel, 2009)
The ground-breaking movie ”Coco Before Channel”, relating the difficult ascension of the young stylist at the beginning of the 20th Century, was principally filmed in Normandy. The famous Grand Hotel de Cabourg, which is present in the movie as the “Deauville Palace”, is part of the MGallery collection. Situated on the coast of the Channel, this majestic hotel was one of the favourite places of writer Marcel Proust. Comfortably set up on one of the hotel’s ocean-facing room terraces, guests can enjoy a captivating view of the ocean before heading to the hotel’s restaurant for a delectable array of local seafood.
4. Hotel Giraffe (New York, Film: Sex and the City – the movie, 2008)
In the film “Sex and the City”, the Hotel Giraffe’s Piano Suite appears as the apartment belonging to “Mr. Big”. The movie, which followed the success of the television series of the same name, is a comedy where everything revolves around love and fashion in the Big Apple. Before the four main protagonists find their Happy Ending, they must overcome several comic misadventures. Fans of the four New Yorkers will definitely enjoy visiting Hotel Giraffe. This elegant city hotel offers a relaxed atmosphere in a modern style, with warm, muted colours and sophisticated furniture. The four-star hotel is located on Park Avenue on 26th Street. From there, New York’s many landmarks (the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building) are all easily accessible by foot or metro. And for shopaholics, “Macy’s” and “Bloomingdale’s” are certainly worth the visit.
5. Hotel Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce (Bruges, Film: In Bruges, 2008)
In the movie “In Bruges“, the Hotel Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce constitutes the elegant backdrop in which two contract killers, interpreted by Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, must stay low after a botched job. The experience, enjoyed greatly by one of the killers and considerably less so by the other, quickly turns into a tragicomedy. The Hotel Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce and its characteristic wooden façade is very much in the foreground of the movie. This romantic establishment is located right in Bruges’ historical centre, on the banks of one of the Belgian city’s canals. Valuable antique furniture, art pieces and floral arrangement characterise this little four-star hotel. After a full day exploring the Flemish capital's canals and picturesque ‘brasseries’, guests will feel right at home in one of the hotel's 16 comfortable rooms.
6. Budapest Marriott Hotel (Budapest, Film: Munich, 2005)
The Marriott Hotel Budapest is portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama “Munich“ as a fictitious hotel in London. With this piece, Spielberg explores a politically sensitive subject, mixing historical elements and action to produce an exciting yet disturbing thriller. The main character, played by Eric Bana, is charged by the Israeli president to hunt down the ringleaders of the terrorist cell responsible for the attacks at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. As Bana’s vendetta continues, however, he begins to question the motives behind his task. Certain scenes were filmed in Budapest at the Marriott Hotel, which is located in the heart of Budapest. All 364 rooms have a direct view of the Danube River, and the hotel restaurant Peppers! is popular with both locals and tourists alike. The open kitchen prepares typically Hungarian dishes with Mediterranean influences. After a tourist visit of the Hungarian capital, the Aqua Bar offers the ideal place to unwind.
7. Hotel 71 (Chicago, Film: The Dark Knight, 2008)
In the Batman movie “The Dark Knight“, the 39th floor Suite of Hotel 71 in Chicago is used by the hero Bruce Wayne as a Penthouse. It is there that he recovers from his battle with his arch-nemesis, the Joker. Director Christopher Nolan put together a cast of top-notch actors for the movie, with Christian Bale playing the role of Batman, Heath Ledger as the Joker, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. The blockbuster hit, shown around the world, earned more than a million US dollars in box-office returns. Hotel 71 is a modern four star hotel in the centre of Chicago. It is an ideal place from which to get to know the “Windy City”, and the famous Willis Tower – the tallest building in the city – is located nearby.
8. Hotel de la Reconquista (Oviedo, Film: Vicky Christina Barcelona, 2008)
The Hotel de la Reconquista in Oviedo is one of the most impressive locations in the film ”Vicky Christina Barcelona”, with Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. The romantic drama, directed by Woody Allen (a big admirer of the Asturias region) relates the story of two young friends who travel to Spain and fall in love with the same man. It is possible to find this same romantic atmosphere at the Hotel de la Reconquista, where Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem become closer to one another in the movie. The five-star hotel in the heart of the city is truly luxurious: precious tapestries, gilded mirrors, chandeliers and art pieces combine to create a royal atmosphere. The hotel is also the site of the annual ”Principe de Asturias” Award Ceremony, which rewards distinguished scientists, writers, artists or athletes.
9. Grandhotel Pupp (Karlsbad, Film: Casino Royal, 2006)
In the movie ”Casino Royal”, James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) hunts down bad guys in the Karlsbad’s Grandhotel Pupp. The hotel plays the part of Montenegro’s “Hotel Splendide” – specifically, the hall in which 007 and Bond girl Eva Green find one another can be found in this hotel. The hotel has also appeared in other famous Hollywood movies, such as “Shanghai Kid” with Jackie Chan, and stars such as Antonio Banderas and John Malkovich have frequented its rooms. This historic building, designed by Karlovy Vary, was built in 1701, and has preserved all the charm and nobility of a traditional hotel. After a long day in the Czech city, guests can end the evening in style in the hotel bar, drinking a vodka martini ”shaken, not stirred”, as the secret agent prefers them.
10. Hotel Regina (Paris, Film: The Bourne Identity, 2002)
The Hotel Regina in Paris plays a key role in the nail-biting thriller movie “The Bourne Identity”. In the film, Oscar winner Matt Damon, alias Jason Bourne, tries to discover his forgotten past, along with the help of Marie, played by German actress Franka Potente. With its elaborate façade and floral interior, the Hotel Regina is not only a spectacular film backdrop, but also a luxurious establishment in the middle of Paris. Expensive, tasteful furniture, valuable paintings and majestic walls all give testament to this classic hotel’s eternal elegance. Located near the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden, the four-star hotel offers guests numerous nearby locations with which to begin their discovery of the French capital.
The ranking is based on the top rated hotels on www.trivago.co.uk that have featured in recent Hollywood blockbusters.
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