Classic Movie Hotels

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These locations have made memorable appearances in a host of celebrated films.

The Academy Awards ceremony, which has honored the likes of James Stewart, Marlon Brando and Meryl Streep in its 84 years, first doled out its iconic Oscar—an eight-pound golden knight statuette standing on a reel of film—in 1929 in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Since, it has evolved into one of the most significant honors in Hollywood.

The excitement over this year’s lauded films (Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty among them) makes it the perfect time to look back at some of the unsung stars of movie favorites over the years—namely the hotels in (and around) which they were shot.

In some cases the property is the driving force behind a narrative, like the Park Hyatt Tokyo, which contains nearly all of the action in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003), a script she wrote with the hotel in mind. Or the sun-drenched villa that Diane Lane’s character purchases and renovates in Under the Tuscan Sun (2003). Other times cameo appearances have helped cement a property’s pop-icon status, such as the sexy, sprawling poolside shots of Fontainbleau Miami Beach featured in the opening scenes of Goldfinger (1963) or The Plaza’s inclusion in North by Northwest (1959).

Here’s to a few of our favorite hotels that have made their own indelible mark on the silver screen.