YOU’VE CERTAINLY THOUGHT ABOUT HAVING A LIFE MORE LIKE THE MOVIES, RIGHT? WELL, UNFORTUNATELY, THAT CAN’T BE EASILY FIXED, BUT AT LEAST YOU CAN PRETEND TO BE A MOVIE STAR BY SPENDING A NIGHT AT ONE OF THESE FAMOUS MOVIE HOTELS THAT ACTUALLY HOST “COMMON PEOPLE” LIKE US.
The Plaza Hotel, New York
- Home Alone 2 and The Great Gatsby
Dating back to the 50’s, this luxurious and historic New York institution is quite popular on the big screen. The 19-story hotel located in exuberant Upper Eastside is a place to be seen while in Manhattan. The Plaza first featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller North by Northwest and became the most filmed building in NYC. The Plaza’s most memorable guest is certainly the naughty kid Kevin in Home Alone 2. Suite 411, where he stayed in, is now named The Kevin Suite. More recently, The Plaza was taken back to the 20’s for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles
- Pretty Woman ere is the place to star your own rom-com!
Here is the place to star your own rom-com! The Beverly Wilshire has created a Pretty Woman package in tribute to the modern- day Cinderella story. The glamorous getaway for two will help you recreate the movie’s most iconic scenes – from a romantic picnic at the park to a ride along Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive with a personal shopper and chauffeur. You just have to bring your own Richard Gere.
Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles
- La La Land
Booking a room at the famous Chateau Marmont is proof that you’ve made it – as it happens to La La Land’s Mia, once she finally cracks Hollywood. Known as the great castle over the Sunset strip, the hotel is a discreet retreat for A-listers. You can swing by the famous Bar Marmont and enjoy a few martinis or just take refuge at one of the comfortable cottages or penthouse suites. The ideal place for a stylish holiday.
Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas
- The Hangover
This luxury hotel and casino was put on the movie map by blockbuster comedy The Hangover. After a crazy night in the city, the gang wake up with no recollection at all to find a baby in the closet, a chicken in the living room and a huge tiger in the bathroom – and, of course, a missing groom. Unfortunately, the famous bachelor room where everything went wrong was a set built specially for the movie, but Caesar’s Palace offers a similar Emperor’s Suite in which you can re-create the famous night.
Fontainebleau, Miami Beach
Mr. Bond himself checked into this Miami Beach icon in the 1960’s classic Goldfinger. Fontainebleau’s amazing architecture is shown off in the famous opening scene of the spy movie. The hotel’s luxurious style has been the background for several movies, including Scarface and The Bodyguard. Take some time to enjoy the spectacular oceanfront views.
Timberline Lodge, Oregon
- The Shining
It may sound weird that the setting of a 1980’s psychological thriller would become a touristic attraction, but yes, it happened. Travelers flock to Timberline Lodge to stay in the creepiest hotel in film history. Director Stanley Kubrick was asked not to depict the infamous room 217 originally featured in Stephen King’s novel (using 237 instead) as the hotel was worried about scaring off future guests. Ironically, room 217 is the most requested of all rooms. Timberline Lodge is actually a charming rustic retreat, complete with fireplaces and comfortable couches to relax while having a glass of wine. We just hope you don’t hear the words “Here’s Johnny!” during your stay.