10 Famous Hotels from Movies, Where You Can Actually Stay
You don’t need to go to Los Angeles for a dose of Hollywood
Well before the age where you could make your own travel plans, the easiest way to see another place was to watch a film. These days, we’ve got access to pictures of far-flung destinations at our fingertips, but there’s still something special about seeing a new city on the big screen: a good movie has the power to magically drop you into another time and place. We haven’t figured out time travel yet, but there are some places where you can relive your favorite film — right down to staying in the hotel where it was made.
Seeing a hotel in a film automatically makes it seem glamorous. Yes, that probably has something to do with the carefully selected angles and perfectly-placed lighting, but it’s also to do with the fact that film scouts have toiled finding the best possible backdrop for their plot line.
Take, for example, the 1990 classic Pretty Woman. Julia Roberts looks stunning when she appears in that red dress, but the real star? The Beverly Wilshire Hotel — just look at the detail in that facade! The love story isn’t necessarily the meet-cute many people dream of, but the idea of being whisked away to a luxe penthouse sounds pretty good.
In Pretty Woman, the hotel plays a lead role, but in plenty of other films, hotels make subtle cameos. Hotel Regina has a bit part in The Bourne Identity, but it’s enough to inspire a visit to the City of Lights. The Plaza is synonymous with the ‘New York City experience,’ largely because we’ve seen it pop up in New York stories for years. Whether you’re headed across the U.S., to France or to India, here are 10 of the best hotels which are famous for their role in blockbusters.