As Seen on Screen: Hotels from Hollywood films

Casting call for film lovers, devoted fans, and anybody who’s ever wanted to be a star for a day! We’ve created a highlights reel of’s most famous façades, so you can stay in the best hotels from the big screen.

According to’s travel predictions for the new year, movies will play a huge role in what inspires traveler’s decisions on vacation. In 2018, reading blogs or watching YouTuber recommendations will spark ideas for four in ten (39%) travelers and on-screen locations from television, film or music videos will win over 36% of travelers. So, these five properties are just the thing for some cinematic escapism – costume optional, of course!

Lost in Translation
Park Hyatt Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

Director, Sofia Coppola, described Lost in Translation as ‘a valentine to Tokyo’ – and with its luxury feel and sprawling city views, the Park Hyatt provides the ideal backdrop for her love affair. At the top of the 52-storey skyscraper is the ‘New York Bar’, where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson have their late-night insomnia-induced rendezvous.

The spacious rooms here come with complimentary robes and slippers, so you can even recreate the famous bed shot, with Tokyo twinkling behind you.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Grandhotel Pupp (and Hotel Palace Bristol) – Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Wes Anderson is famed for his pastel-hued, symmetrical shots, and the sugary sweet façade of The Grand Budapest Hotel is a classic example.

The finished product is straight from Anderson’s imagination, but fans can still pay homage at the Grandhotel Pupp – which inspired the design. (The candyfloss pink comes from the Hotel Palace Bristol, also in Karlovy Vary!)

While the perfumed Monsieur Gustave H. may never have graced the concierge desk here, Grandhotel Pupp has had famous visitors in the form of composers Bach and Wagner.

The Shining
Timberline Lodge – Timberline, USA

From the outside, Timberline Lodge is immediately identifiable as The Shining’s eerie Overlook Hotel. But put aside all thoughts of spooky twins, hatchet-wielding antagonists and waves of blood rolling down the hallways – most of the interior shots were actually filmed in a studio.

The real lodge is a cosy ski-to- door accommodation, that’s a far cry from the bleak setting of the cult horror classic. Deep in the Mount Hood National Forest, Timberline has three restaurants, a heated outdoor pool, and an indulgent sauna.

Pretty Woman
Beverly Wilshire – Beverly Hills, USA

The grand-looking Beverly Wilshire sits right in the heart of Beverly Hills, just a short walk from Rodeo Drive – where Vivien (Julia Roberts) exacts her revenge on Pretty Woman’s venomous shop assistants.

Rooms here are huge, plush pads, with the larger suites more than slightly resembling the penthouse rented out by Richard Gere’s character, Edward. Gere and Roberts are spotted having drinks here sometimes, which makes the perfect excuse to grab a ‘Pretty Woman’ cocktail in the hotel’s ‘The Blvd’ bar.

The Hangover
Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, USA

It doesn’t get much more ‘Vegas’ than the ostentatious Caesars Palace – the playground for the debauched stag-party antics of The Hangover.

The huge hotel manages to encompass a vast casino, shopping centre, sports arena, nightclub, several restaurants and no fewer than seven swimming pools. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also right on the Las Vegas strip. Its range of opulent suites are comfortable in the extreme, with luxurious, hopefully tiger-free, en suite bathrooms.

James Chung

Vancouver Lifestyle, Cool Tech & Travel Adventure. Email: [email protected]

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