Want to relive your cult movie? Are you a movie fan and would like to visit famous film locations or film-inspired hotels? We’ve found 13 hotels around the world that are cult movie sets or that will immerse you in the world of your heroes. From the frightening Shining to James Bond, from Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings, you’ll be amazed!
The Timberline Lodge – Shining
Where: Mount Hood, Oregon
Appears in: Shining (1980)
Today we rediscover the sinister “Overlook Hotel” in Stanley Kubrick’s Shining. This hotel was used as a set for some of the film’s exterior scenes. None of the interior scenes were filmed inside the hotel. This does not prevent Kubrick from being asked not to represent room n°217 (presented in the book) in Shining, because future guests of the hotel might be afraid to stay there. Thus, a non-existent room, No. 237, was replaced in the film. Curiously and somewhat ironically, room no. 217 is requested more often than any other room at the Timberline.
Fontainebleau – Goldfinger, Scarface
Where: Miami, Florida
Appears in: Goldfinger (1964), Scarface (1983)
The luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach is the perfect place to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous spy, James Bond. In the opening scene of the film Goldfinger you can admire an aerial view of the Fonainebleau Hotel, which is today a true monument of Miami Beach. This is also where you can discover the pool where Tony Montana and his best friend Manny Ray in Scarface like to enjoy beautiful women in swimsuits.
Caesar’s Palace – very bad trip
Where : Las Vegas, Nevada
Appears in : Very Bad Trip (2009), Very Bad Trip 3 (2013)
Unfortunately, the real Caesar never lived here, but Bradley Cooper and company took advantage of the hotel for a well-watered bachelor party. Why not do the same? Just remember that while tigers are beautiful, they are no less dangerous.
Hotel Seven – James bond
Where: Paris, France
Inspired by:James Bond 007
We love the Seven at Voyage Insolite. We organize our aperitif trips there and we rediscover with pleasure the 7 suites of this exceptional boutique hotel. And in particular perhaps its most famous suite, Suite 007: giant screen, high-tech, golden gun… A suite for secret agents!
Hotel Sidi Driss – Star wars
Appeared in: Star Wars, episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
In the middle of Tunisia is the Lars farm, yes the uncle and aunt of young Luke Skywalker, the future great Jedi. We had the chance to visit this Star Wars hotel: this traditional troglodyte dwelling in Matmata, between Tozeur and Djerba, which became, thanks to Georges Lucas, a film location, a real pilgrimage place for Star Wars fans. And turned into a hotel in the early ’80s. Not much luxury, but sleeping in Luke’s room is priceless.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel – GHOSBUSTERS
Where: Los Angeles, California
Appears in: SOS Ghosts (1984), Spider-Man (2002), Serial noceurs (2005), True Lies (1994), etc.
One of the most exclusive hotels on this side of Greater Budapest, this 4-star hotel has been the location for more than 100 films. With its luxurious lobby, elaborate dining rooms and visibly expensive bedrooms, the Millennium Biltmore is the perfect setting for living the high life.
Desert Sands Motor Hotel – no country for old man
Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Appearing in: No Country For Old Men (2007)
If you remember the last ambiguous scene (and the cold-blooded killer Anton Chigurh) from the Cohen brothers’ No Country For Old Men, you certainly won’t want to stay at the Desert Sands Motor Hotel. If you want, you should have no problem paying for a room in the motel. But keep your doors locked, for obvious reasons…
Georgian House – harry potter
Where: London, England
Inspired by:Harry Potter
If you love magic and especially the world of Harry Potter, the rooms at Georgian House will delight you. This hotel offers rooms with a Hogwarts theme. Stained glass windows, (false) stone walls, candles, antique style desks, bed linen and draperies in Gryffindor’s colours are all there to have a replica of Harry’s room. In addition to a typical English breakfast, you’ll be treated to a tour of the film’s locations and admission to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour to see what goes on behind the scenes.
The Hobbit Motel – Lord of the Rings
Where: Waitomo, New Zealand
Appeared in: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. And now, in New Zealand (or Middle-Earth in real life), you can live like Bilbo, Frodo and Sam, in the Hobbit Motel .
Park Hyatt Tokyo – lost in translation
Where: Tokyo, Japan
Appeared in: Lost In Translation (2003)
Come and relive Sofia Coppola’s film at Park Hyatt Tokyo, where half of the scenes from Lost In Translation take place in the hotel.
The Plaza Hotel – gatsby the magnificent
Where: New York, New York
Appeared in: Gatsby the Magnificent (2013)
In Baz Luhrmann‘s Gatsby the Magnificent, Leonardo Dicaprio organizes extravagant parties, where the champagne flows and the women are more beautiful than each other. All this takes place at the Plaza Hotel. To relive the film with dignity, ask for the Fitzgerald Suite created especially for the film.
Château Marmont – somewhere
Where: Los Angeles, California
Appeared in: Somewhere (2010)
The hotel has been the scene of anecdotes or events in the lives of artists, particularly American, from the world of music or cinema. Many clips are shot there and it is in these places that Sofia Coppola shoots Somewhere.
Hitching Post Motel – fargo
Where: Forest Lake, Minnesota
Appears in: Fargo (1996)
This hotel was made famous by Fargo as the place where William H. Macy tried to escape through the bathroom window in his underwear. Why don’t you recreate the scene yourself?
So what hotel are you going to spend your next vacation in? Maybe not The Shining’s hotel anyway?