Have you ever watched a film and as one of the characters steps out of a grand hotel, it sparks a thought that you would like to go there one day? Us too, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite hotels which have featured in various films over the years, giving you the chance to star in your own holiday hit.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
The notorious Caesars Palace has featured as the backdrop to various films over the years, most notably The Hangover when Zach Galifianakis’ character asks, ‘Did Caesar live here?’
But it has also been the star of other movies, such as Rain Man – starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman – and Dreamgirls, the Oscar winning delight that saw Jennifer Hudson singing ‘And I am Telling You I’m not Going’ in Caesars Palace.
When you’re not recreating your favourite film scenes here, Caesars Palace also boasts a casino and myriad of entertainment shows, with headline acts such as Elton John and Celine Dion known to swing by.
The Ocean Club, Bahamas
There have been many films shot in the Bahamas over the years, from the Pirates of the Caribbean to Splash, but there’s one secret agent in particular who’s taken a particular shine to the island.
In fact, there have been a total of four James Bond films which have been filmed in the Bahamas, including Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, Never Say Never Again and Casino Royale. However, it was Casino Royale which really cemented the Bahamas as an idyllic destination, with Bond staying in the Ocean Club, where his villa looked directly onto the pristine Caribbean Sea.
Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris
If you’re planning on staying in Paris and want the full experience of living like the other half do, then a stay in the Hotel Plaza Athénée is essential; after all, if it was good enough for Miranda Priestly in the Devil Wears Prada then it must be good enough for anyone!
The hotel has played host to a number of other films over the years as well, including Something’s Gotta Give and the show finale of Sex and the City.
As part of the Dorchester collection, the Hotel Plaza Athénée enjoys unparalleled grandness, down to the last detail. You’ll also find a spa here, with Dior products used in its therapeutic treatments and beauty regimes.
St. Regis, Kauai
Considered to be one of the finest hotel gems in Hawaii, the St. Regis is a 251-room paradise which boasts ocean views and a peaceful atmosphere.
George Clooney’s award winning film The Descendants was shot here, with Clooney staying in the Presidential Suite. With wraparound views of Hanalei Bay and the surrounding mountains, not to mention its own formal dining area and kitchen with separate butler access, it’s no wonder we got such a good look at the hotel in The Descendants.
The Plaza, New York
Beginning with Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in 1959, the Plaza has since become the backdrop to many films set in New York.
However, arguably the most famous film set in the Plaza is Home Alone 2. Who could forget Kevin McCallister checking himself into the Plaza, as he roams New York unchaperoned, where inevitable hijinks ensue?
It’s no surprise that the Plaza features so heavily in cinema. The epitome of luxury, the Plaza overlooks Central Park, offering an unbeatable location; it also comes with a wealth of interesting history and characters, including Eloise, who is sure to be a hit with families travelling to the Big Apple.
For more film inspired holidays, visit our ‘Travel Republic Presents’ guide to some of the most famous movie locations.