Hotels are good places for film screenplays. Sometimes frightening as in Shining, sometimes fruit of all temptations as in La Dolce Vita… Instead of an Airbnb, what if we opted for a mythical movie hotel this summer?
There are countless films whose plot is set in the heart of a hotel. The hotel is a place that feeds the imagination and dreams of the greatest filmmakers, from Sofia Coppola to Hitchcock. He appears either as a character in his own right as in “Somewhere”, or as a means of sublimating the dramatic effects of cinema as in “Shining”. These places have been and still are home to some of the craziest stories and legends. It’s no coincidence that they fascinate so much, so why not spend your next vacation in a famous hotel at the movies?
To surrender: the Hotel Château Marmont in “Somewhere”.
It’s one of the most mythical places in the world. Located on the heights of Los Angeles, this legendary baroque style hotel is the favourite place of all the biggest stars: Humphrey Bogart, Grace Kelly, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, … It became sadly famous for its escapades and excesses. The castle witnessed the death of fashion photographer Helmut Newton in January 2004, when his car hit a wall in the hotel’s driveway. John Belushi, one of the Blues Brothers, also died in the hotel following an overdose in 1982.
Sofia Coppola was a regular guest at the hotel with her father Francis Ford Coppola, who almost bought the hotel. There she shot the film “Somewhere” among clients and staff members. The story is largely inspired by the director’s childhood, as the film tells the life of an actor with a sulphurous reputation who lives at the Château Marmont and sees his 11-year-old daughter arrive. They barely know each other and, to kill time, spend their days sunbathing by the pool, playing air guitar or taking road trips.
If you wish to book this hotel for your stay in Los Angeles, you will have to pay a minimum of $400 for one night.
To scare yourself: the Timberline Lodge in “Shining”…
Located at the foot of Mount Hood, Oregon, Timberline Lodge was built in 1937. The hotel was chosen to represent the outdoor version of the famous Overlook Hotel de Shining. The interior was completely rebuilt into studios. Kubrick was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Colorado for his sets. It was in this hotel that Stephen King imagined the outline of his novel Shining, l’enfant lumière (1977).
Some say that the Timberline Lodge is haunted by skiers and climbers. The hotel is located in a winter sports resort at an altitude of 1,800 metres. During the snowy scene in the labyrinth, the ghostly figure of this slightly creepy hotel appears several times in the frame. For thrill seekers, go to room 217 !3/7
For impromptu encounters: the Park Hyatt Hotel in “Lost in Translation”.
Did you know that director Sofia Coppola was fascinated by the city of Tokyo? So she naturally chose the Park Hyatt Hotel to set the stage for her film. This luxurious 52-storey building appears as a third person alongside Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. Imposing in height, it presents itself as a labyrinthine haven of peace in which the two heroes of the film meet and get to know each other. You can even order Bill Murray’s 17 year old Hibiki whisky.4/7
For a glamorous weekend: Hotel Excelsior in “La Dolce Vita”.
We all immediately think of the famous scene of Anita Ekberg in a long black dress plunging into the Trevi Fountain holding Marcello Mastroianni’s hand. Federico Fellini’s film, released in 1960, is largely set around the Hotel Excelsior in Rome. Situated on the famous Via Veneto, the hotel is recognisable by its imposing dome. This dome also houses a suite known to be one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world with 7 rooms and a private cinema. We start contributing among friends ?5/7
For a taste of luxury: the Plaza Hotel in “Gatsby the Magnificent”.
The Plaza Hotel in New York is known for its appearances in many movies and series: “Mom I missed the plane”, “The Sopranos”, “Love at first sight in Seattle” but especially “Gatsby the Magnificent”. In Baz Luhrmann’s film, one of the hotel suites appears in the warmth scene where Gatsby loses his temper, and the writer Scott Fitzgerald also often stayed in this emblematic place with his wife. So, a little trip to New York to taste the Roaring Sixties and Seventies?
To breathe the perfumes of the Orient: The Mamounia in the movie “The Man Who Knew Too Much”…
La Mamounia is the emblematic hotel of Marrakech. In a letter to Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill described the hotel as “one of the most beautiful places in the world. The hotel will be at the heart of Hitchcock’s famous film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”. Doris Day and James Stewart evolve sumptuous rooms adorned with mosaics and elegant rooms worthy of a tale of a thousand and one nights. The anecdote that kills? The dovecote of the Mamounia would have inspired Hitchcock’s film “The Birds”.7/7
To get old: the Mountain Lake Lodge in “Dirty Dancing”…
One remembers the languorous dance scenes in the hotel rooms and the famous carrying into the lake. Dirty Dancing made a whole generation dream and continues to be discovered today. The places of the idyll between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey inevitably makes people curious today. The Mountain Lake Lodge located in Virginia has become the preferred location for weddings but also a major attraction for tourists who come to do activities around the theme Dirty Dancing. Ideal for those who want to have a deliciously regressive weekend.