Hotels in Famous Films

28 Mar Hotels in Famous Films

Film buffs will recognize these 10 hotels we decided to showcase, as seen in famous films that have been made over the past few decades.

Title Image: still from Lost in Translation

1. The Drake Hotel, Chicago, USA

Price: From 139 USD a night

Address: 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois, 60611-1501, USA

As seen in: Carol, Mission Impossible, and many others


In Carol, Rooney Mara plays Therese Belivet, an aspiring photographer who sets out on a road trip with her lover Carol. They travel from New York to Chicago, eventually ending up at The Drake Hotel.

This is an iconic hotel where scenes from many other movies such as Mission Impossible have been filmed. Situated conveniently along the Oak Street Beach, expect to be pampered in style.


Enjoy some afternoon tea at Palm Court or laze around in the luxurious rooms as Carol and Therese have done.

1drake0Expect nothing less than the finest in convenience and comfort from The Drake. With 535 luxurious guest rooms and 74 spectacular suites, it is a hotel perfect for families and couples alike.


Be sure to check out the Chicago Observation Deck a 3-minute walk away too!

2. Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort and Spa, Graubünden, Switzerland

Price: From 327 USD a night

Address: Via dil Parc 3, 7018 Flims, Switzerland

As seen in: Youth

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Live in the lap of luxury as the septuagenarian protagonists of Youth, Fred Ballinger and Mick Boyle, have.

2graubuenden-3Located in lush woods somewhere deep within the Swiss Alps, this historic resort offers the weary traveler amazing quality rooms, a colossal spa (2500m2!), and five restaurants, all replete with Belle Époque charm.2Waldhaus-Flims_Spa-Winter_

3. Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur, India

Price: From 658 USD a night

Address: PO Box No. 5,  Udaipur,  Rajasthan 313001, India

As seen in: The Best Marigold Exotic Hotel and Octopussy

BEMH2_26905.jpgThis gorgeous hotel was where most of the scenes in The Best Marigold Exotic Hotel were filmed. 

3octopussy-1983-wallpaper-007-2In Octopussy, it was the island getaway of the female villain Octopussy, where James Bond swims up to.


But fear not, no real danger awaits in this magnificently grand hotel, situated on an island in the middle of India’s Lake Pichola, where guests are treated like royalty. Unwind in serene comfort at the floating boat spa and be out for a night in the city in minutes, by means of water taxis provided by the hotel.

4. Hotel Bristol Palace, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Price: From 99 USD a night

Address: Zamecky vrch 34, Karlovy Vary, 36001, Czech Republic

As seen in: The Grand Budapest Hotel


While The Grand Budapest Hotel was not actually filmed here, the Hotel Bristol Palace’s pink exterior was the inspiration for the model constructed to film exterior shots of the hotel in the film.

4bristolpalaceKarlovy Vary is a spa town, and Hotel Bristol Palace is one of the best spa hotels in this region. Enjoy a myriad of treatments such as classic and underwater massages, mud baths, Scotch showers, and hot-spring shower baths. Guests can also rent bicycles from the hotel to explore the nearby greenery.

See also: Danubius Hotel Gellért, Grandhotel Pupp

5. Timberline Lodge, Oregon, USA

Price: From 144 USD a night

Address: 27500 East Timberline Road, Timberline, OR 97028, USA

As seen in: The Shining
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Don’t forget to ask for room #217 if you check into the Timberline Lodge. Aerial shots and exterior footage of this beautiful hotel were used by director Stanley Kubrick to establish the external look of the fictional Overlook Hotel in the movie. However, there is nothing creepy about this lodge, which features a heated outdoor swimming pool, a mountain hot tub, and skiing and snowshoeing equipment for exhilarating winter adventures.

4Loket-Castle-(Czech-Republic)Make a day trip out to Loket Castle while you are there between skiing trips for even more amazing views.

6. Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Price: From 846 USD a night

Address: 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo,  Japan, 163-1055

As seen in: Lost in Translation

6lostintranslationThe main filming location for Lost in Translation, the  52nd floor hotel bar is showcased when the film’s two main characters, Bob and Charlotte, meet. Park Hyatt Tokyo has been named one of the best hotels in Tokyo. 

6Park_Hyatt_morning_shotWith flawless service that will not be lost in translation, and breath-taking views of Mount Fuji, its location is also perfect to explore one of the most happening neighborhoods in the city — Shinjuku.

7. Hôtel Raphaël, Paris, France

Price: From 343 USD a night

Address: 17 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France


As seen in: Hotel Chevalier


Having been described as “a haven of peace near the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe”, the Hôtel Raphaël is merely a few streets away from museums and Parisian boutiques.


It also has a top floor terrace for you to enjoy the sun setting over the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, and have a romantic dinner.


No wonder Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman’s characters chose this hotel to rekindle their previous romance.

8. Chateau Marmont, California, USA

Price: From 435 USD a night

Address: 8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States

As seen in: Somewhere


The first earthquake-proof building in Los Angeles, be well-insulated from the hustle and bustle of the city here.

MM481 – Stephen Dorff (left) and Elle Fanning (right) star in Sofia Coppola’s SOMEWHERE, a Focus Features release. Photo Credit: Merrick MortonThis hotel is the favorite hideout of many Hollywood stars and artistes such as Led Zeppelin, who once rode their Harley Davidson motorcycles through the hotel lobby.

8somewhere Naturally, Sofia Coppola places a Hollywood actor in this setting in Somewhere, and the hotel is the perfect backdrop for the film’s wild events to unfold.8marmont

9. The Headland Hotel, Cornwall, England

Price: From 198 USD a night

Address: Headland Road, Newquay, TR7 1EW, United Kingdom


As seen in: The Witches


Aside from being the filming site for the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, good seafood, cosy cottages and spectacular beach views await at The Headland Hotel.

Hotel guests must try the lobster macaroni cheese and Dover sole after a pampering session at The Headland Spa.

10. Queen Mary Hotel, California, USA

Price: From 99 USD a night

Address: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA


As seen in: Barton Fink

The Queen Mary Hotel is in fact a ship dating from the 1930s.


It is currently moored in Long Beach, Los Angeles County.


Its Art Deco interior is part museum, part hotel, and guests can explore its rich history and faded, old-world glamour, as well as the nightly ghost tours.


There is a decent range of dining options, such as the stylish restaurant and bar where the title character in Barton Fink receives the call to the West Coast.

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