The pinnacle of luxury travel is staying in a five-star hotel, and picking a hotel with celebrity status may make a trip truly one-of-a-kind. Fortunately, there are several hotels from movies that you can actually stay in. Some have become just as well-known as the movies they appear in, if not more so. Don’t even think about the actors — these hotels are definitely stars in their own right.
Indeed, these properties have entered the archives of cinema history after catching the attention of Hollywood directors. Few things inspire travel like a good movie, whether it’s a timeless classic, a beloved rom-com, or a spine-tingling thriller, and making a trip to the destinations from your favorite movies are more likely to occur than ever. Here are 8 luxurious film-based hotels where you can stay the night.
The Beverly Wilshire is a Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The hotel was used in several scenes from the 1990 film Pretty Woman. Many of them took place on the eighth floor in the 4,000-square-foot Presidential Suite, a two-bedroom condo. The grand entry leads to a living room, library, and formal dining room with a kitchenette. The master bedroom has a plush king-size canopy bed and cutting-edge media equipment. Julia Roberts sang the famous Prince song “Kiss” in the luxurious bathtub while Richard Gere took calls at the mahogany desk. The balconies offer three different perspectives of Beverly Hills. The Presidential Suite costs a whopping $20,000 per night, but if you can’t afford that, other rooms are much cheaper. For die-hard fans, the hotel even has a special package called Pretty Woman for a Day dedicated to the film.
There’s a good reason why Timberline Lodge’s elegant building is so widely recognized. The exterior of this opulent hotel and ski lodge served as the setting for the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Nearly 2 million people visit the lodge and nearby ski areas each year at Timberline, which is situated 6000 feet up the south side of Mount Hood, an hour from Portland, Oregon. While the hedge maze and hotel interiors from the movie were filmed on sets at Elstree Studios in London, the lodge’s striking exterior is a real-life movie location that you can visit and stay in. The Timberline Lodge website has information on the most current deals and packages available for your movie themed vacation.
Kellerman’s, the establishment where Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny (Patrick Swayze) first met in the immortal 1987 film Dirty Dancing, was meant to be in the Catskills, but the movie was really filmed in Pembroke, Virginia’s Mountain Lake Lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, you’ll find spacious views, fresh air, and cabin life while looking like you’ve stepped right into the film. Fans have the chance to travel back in time to the mambo by staying at the resort where the classic film was filmed. In reality, Mountain Lake Lodge is a 2,600-acre bird refuge and wildlife preserve, but it also has a Dirty Dancing themed package, as well as official merchandise and a Kellerman’s-based gift shop.
In Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) was kidnapped at The Plaza Hotel, a 20-story monument of America’s Gilded Age. It has since appeared in a variety of films, including Arthur, Scent of a Woman, American Hustle, and .... The hotel even had its own film back in 1971, Plaza Suite. It eventually evolved into a symbol of Manhattan similar to what the Eiffel Tower is for Paris, appearing in comedies about strangers in new cities, like Crocodile Dundee II (1988). Of course, the Plaza Hotel is probably most recognized though for appearing in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, where a young Macauley Culkin gets on a plane going in the wrong direction, away from his vacationing family, and ends up at The Plaza, where he meets Donald Trump, who was the building’s owner at the time. Stays at The Plaza Hotel can be booked on their website, which features opulent one-of-a-kind suites, unlike anything you’ve likely ever seen.
In the romantic comedy from 2002 called Maid in Manhattan, starring Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Lopez, the legendary Waldorf Astoria in New York City takes center stage as The Beresford, the accommodation at the center of the tale. In the movie, a lower-income single mother who works as a maid falls in love with a more affluent aspiring politician who mistakenly thinks she’s a hotel guest too. The Waldorf’s interior spaces, as well as soundstage sets made by production designer Jane Musky at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, were used to create the interior of the fictional Beresford hotel. Bookings for nights at the filming site can be made through the website for Waldorf Astoria, a Hilton Hotels subsidiary.
The Tribute Headquarters in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was filmed in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. The rooftop of the hotel and the 52-story glass elevators in the atrium are also shown in the movie, adding a magnificent luxury to the backdrop. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth play members of a society in The Hunger Games movies where districts are subdivided and there are yearly fights to the death using Tributes from each District that are actually meant to keep the population under control. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I also utilized the Atlanta Marriott Marquis location as a set. You can reserve one of the hotel’s luxurious or basic guest rooms on the Marriott website.
To loot the Bellagio vault, more than a team of highly skilled thieves, specialized grifters, experts in firearms, and surveillance professionals would be needed. A team executes such a robbery in the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven, which features a star-studded ensemble that includes George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Bernie Mac. The Fountains of Bellagio were the focus of the most famous sequence in the film, which showed Danny Ocean’s crew parting ways while admiring the water’s motion to the strains of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” The Bellagio also hosted some of the shoots for the film’s sequels, Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007). Visit Bellagio’s website, owned by MGM Resorts, to make a reservation if you’re a fan of the movie.
The distinctive Juvet Landscape Hotel is a blend of an unspoiled environment, rich cultural past, and avant-garde design. It is located in Valldal, Norway. The closest city is 90 minutes away by car from the hotel, which is located far from the world’s most inhabited areas. In Ex Machina, a tech billionaire who conducted research on humanoid robots had this breathtaking secluded retreat. Since The Juvet Hotel is made up of nine wood-paneled pods dispersed around the woods, these rooms were specifically created to get you as close to nature as possible while still protecting you from its chilly winds and sharp-toothed inhabitants. Visit their website to reserve a room and see the Ex Machina location in person.