Welcome to the 2nd installment in our series covering some of the most well-known hotels that have featured in hit movies. Our first part covered three fictional hotels in the shape of, Hotel Transylvania (movie of the same name), The Grand Budapest Hotel (movie of the same name) and The Overlook Hotel (The Shining). The theme for the first blog was that we wanted to cover fictional hotels. However, this time around we will feature hotels that actually allow you to book a stay.
Trust me, you wouldn’t want to stay in two of the three from the first set any way!
Okay, onwards with the round up for this blog.
The Hyatt Hotel – Tokyo
Offering spectacular neon lit views of the city, the Hyatt Hotel featured heavily in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 hit, Lost in Translation. The hotel itself was the backdrop for the meeting and subsequent relationship between a Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, when they met in the New York bar at the hotel. Billed as a luxury 5-star hotel the Hyatt doesn’t fail to impress visitors. Of course, many of Japan’s structures are tall, with the 52 storey hotel not being left out of this company. The Shinjuku Park Tower as it is often referred to is a resplendent edition to an otherwise exceptional group of hotels. This particular offering was designed Kenzo Tange.
The Plaza Hotel – New York
If there was a prize for the hotel that featured in the most number of movies, then it would be awarded to the Plaza Hotel in New York City. We will get onto how many in a little bit, but before that we can say that perhaps the most famous of all movies shot here was Home Alone 2 (Lost in New York).
Another heavyweight movie filmed here was the home of legendary Aussie, Mick Dundee. Fans might remember this Aussie in the 1986 smash hit, Crocodile Dundee. The Plaza was also used extensively in the 2002 Cameron Crowe movie, Almost Famous, with Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit enjoying leading roles.
Other movies to grace this splendid hotel include:
- North by Northwest
- American Hustle
- The Great Gatsby
See, we weren’t joking when we said there were lots of movies made here!
The Beverly Wilshire – Beverly Hills
The 1990 “rom-com” Pretty Women enjoyed the Beverly Wilshire hotel as it’s almost exclusive setting. Riding on the back of the movie, the hotel actually offers guests its own version of “Pretty woman for a day” package which features a stay in the Pretty Woman suite (Presidential Suite).
The hotel also made guest appearances in Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Clueless and Sex in the City movie. If you are looking for somewhere high-end then it’s unlikely that the Beverly Wilshire would be easily topped. If it was good enough for Richard Gere and Julia Roberts then it is likely to be good enough for most tastes! We hope you have enjoyed the second part in our trilogy, stay tuned for the final one.