Some hotels on our list of 10 are well-known big screen hotspots, and some are off the beaten track, having only featured in one movie. You can see more information on Expedia here. Below is the full list of films and real-life hotels that were used in the movie.
1 – Carol – The Drake, Chicago
2 – Almost Famous – The Plaza, New York
3 – Hotel Rwanda – Hotel Des Mille Collines, Kigali
4 – Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Hotel de la Reconquista, Oviedo
5 – Midnight in Paris – Hôtel Le Bristol Paris, Paris
6 – Casino Royale – Grandhotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary
7 – Lost in Translation – Park Hyatt Tokyo
8 – Lucy – Hotel Regent Taipei
9 – Room with a View – Hotel degli Orafi, Florence
10 – In Bruges – Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, Bruges
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Las Vegas has perhaps unfairly been left off the map, and The Strip could have easily dominated the list, but we do have two North American residences to check out, in Chicago and New York.
Carol (2015), the drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, gave us all a satisfying dose of 1950s glamour. The award-winning film was noted for its tremendous central performances, as well as its recreation of the fashions and style of the era. Head down to The Drake in Chicago to relive the experience yourself.
In Europe, we have a plethora of hotels that you can stay in if you’re a fan of the movies.
Le Bristol in Paris is a favourite of director Woody Allen (Culture Trip recently interviewed him there) and it features in Midnight in Paris (2011). Then there is the beauty of Florence as seen in A Room with a View (1985) and the more contemporary exuberance of Barcelona as seen in another Woody Allen hit of recent years, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), starring Scarlett Johansson.
Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003), also starring Johansson and set in a Tokyo hotel, explores the isolation that can come with travel. The hotel lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but can become something more enjoyable, as Bill Murray discovers over the course of the movie.
Of course, if its luxury you’re after, then just whip on a tuxedo and pop on a bow tie to get into full 007 mode. The island of Karlovy Vary played host to James Bond in Casino Royale (2006) and comes with all the glamour you would expect.
Finally, continuing the action theme and once again featuring the ubiquitous Scarlett Johansson, we have Lucy (2014). The globe-trotting adventure heavily featured the Hotel Regent in Taipei, and instantly made us want to go there for a visit.