Fan of travelling? Of course you are. What about movies? You like those too?
Well, if you’re a filmophile who often succumbs to their wanderlust (a filmtrotter?), here is a list of leading role lodgings that you have to check out before your name ends up in the final credits.
Dumb and Dumber: The Stanley
Location: Estes Park, Colorado
Nightly Rates: ~$280 and up
At 7,500 feet above sea level, this beautiful (and potentially haunted) hotel was built in 1909 and hasn’t missed a step. There is obviously a ton of great skiing in the area, it’s moments from Rocky Mountain National Park, and keeping in the spirit of the entertainment inspiration, you can catch a movie at the nearby Park Theater, which is the oldest operating movie theatre in the US. Don’t forget to bring your IOUs.
“That John Denver’s full of sh*t, man.”
Lost In Translation: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Location: Tokyo, Japan (Shinjuku)
Nightly Rates: ~$775 and up
They may not be off with their self-proclaimed “over-the-top” experience verbiage; all guest rooms are located above the 41st floor (going up to 52nd). Their standard rooms (which range up to about $2,000 per night) all have “walk-in wardrobes” and the hotel has over five top-notch restaurants and bars. That being said, you’ll probably want to park at the movie’s famous backdrop, the New York Bar, where patrons have to pay a $30 cover if they’re not a guest of the hotel.
“I guess every girl goes through a photography phase. You know, horses… taking pictures of your feet.”
Pretty Woman: Beverly Wilshire
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Nightly Rates: ~$630 and up
Lady of the night or traveller of the world, everyone can appreciate classic California pampering. The hotel is only steps from the famous shopping and dining of Rodeo Drive, though you may not need to leave for the dining – they have a private dining room called Petit CUT, fronted by Wolfgang Puck, for what they call “power dining”. Yeah, that’s a thing. Standard rooms get up to $2,800 and beyond with options like their 5,000sq. ft. Penthouse Suite and their triple-wrapped-balcony-and-dining-area-for-six Governor Suite. Spoiler alert: While the actual front of the hotel and lobby were in the movie, the suite to which Vivian was being treated was actually a set built at the Disney Studios in Burbank.
“Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.”
Octopussy: Taj Lake Palace
Location: Udaipur, India (Rajasthan)
Nightly Rates: ~$815 and up (way up)
This place is sexier than James Bond and all his throw-away damsels put together. According to the place itself, Taj Lake Palace is the “most romantic hotel in the world.” It’s certainly one of the coolest places to ever get stranded in the middle of a lake. It was built in 1746 by Prince Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur (originally called Jag Niwas). It has 66 luxury rooms and 17 Grand Suites (one of them running you about $15K a night), vintage car tours and, yes, you didn’t guess it, a spa boat. I said, A SPA BOAT.
“You know what they say about the fittest.”
Wedding Crashers (& Ghostbusters): Millennium Biltmore
Location: Los Angeles, California
Nightly Rates: ~$335 and up
Sure, people have crashed stuff, and been slimed by stuff here, but the activities people have caught on camera here are so extensive that they have an area called the Historic Corridor where you can peruse the venue’s incredible film and television history. Designated a cultural landmark, the Biltmore is right downtown, giving you quick access to the Disney Concert Hall, drinks, and Clippers games in the L.A. Live complex. And much more.
“Why don’t you go enjoy yourself while I go ice my balls and spit up blood.”
The Descendants: The St. Regis Princeville
Location: Kauai, Hawaii (Princeville)
Nightly Rates: ~$625 and up
The movie might be a tad depressing, but this hotel and its mind-blowing backdrop are anything but – you really haven’t seen a view until you see these views. The St. Regis in the beautiful community of Princeville of Hanalei has a top-100-in-the-world gold course (Makai), a second-to-non spa, a big fat five-star restaurant, a setting for the world’s most beautiful wedding and, thanks to the small island, a quick drive to incredible hiking and helicopter rides.
“Don’t be fooled by appearances. In Hawaii, some of the most powerful people look like bums and stuntmen.”
Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Nightly Rates: ~$400 and up
You don’t need to be a drug dealer to appreciate this place (though I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt). They have Michelin-starred concepts for cuisine (Hakkasan), two aggressively clubby clubs (that attract the world’s biggest acts), great views and, of course, quick access to the much sought-after Miami Beach life.
“This is paradise, I’m tellin’ ya.”
Ronin: Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic
Location: Cannes, France
Nightly Rates: ~$330 and up
While I can’t condone high speed car chases (publicly), I would suggest getting to Cannes as soon as you, well, can. When you get there, you might as well stay at a place with the word “Majestic” in its name – Bobby De Niro would probably approve. They have a beautiful private beach on which you can eat sushi and enjoy water sports, a private pool with palm trees and endless tables and cabanas. And, of course, since it’s Cannes, a film screening room. Le Majestic is right in downtown Cannes near the fashion boutiques of La Croisette, wine, two world-renowned casinos, wine, and it’s just a quick slip over to Provence (wine).
The Godfather (& The Devil Wears Prada): The St. Regis New York
Location: Manhattan, New York
Nightly Rates: ~$900 and up
Clearly the people at St. Regis (which is Starwood) know what they’re doing – stay at this place and you can’t help but feel like Don Corleone. Or depending on how good your style is, Miranda Priestly. Between their 171 gorgeous guest rooms, 67 serious suites and its proximity to Central Park and all that is ritzy Manhattan, it is quite the offer you can’t refuse. And valet parking is only $71USD per day!
“Am I reaching for the stars here? Not really.”
The Quiet Man: Ashford Castle
Location: Cong, County Mayo, Ireland
Nightly Rates: ~$500 and up
Yeah, OK, you probably don’t know the movie – it was made in 1952. But it did star John Wayne and win two Oscars. Regardless, it’s a legit castle from the 13th Century in the rolling hills of Ireland, so you want to check it out. Via TripAdvisor it was ranked the second best hotel in all of Ireland. The décor is always camera-ready, and in classic old Irish style, it has wine cellars, a billiards room, a cigar terrace, and a restaurant called “The Dungeon.”
“When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey; and when I drink water, I drink water.”
Hot Tub Time Machine: Fernie Alpine Resort
Location: Fernie, British Columbia
Nightly Rates: ~$100 and up (various locations)
And of course what would this list be without a little Canadian content? Known as the Kodiak Valley Ski resort on the silver screen, on the West Coast this resort is known for reporting the highest annual snowfall of any resort in the Canadian Rockies. They have over 140 named runs and five alpine bowls. You can crash at any number of ski in/ski out locations on the mountain like Griz Inn, Cornerstone Lodge, Slopeside Lodge, Lizard Creek Lodge and Snow Creek Lodge.
“It’s so black, so impossibly black.”