Have you ever thought of staying at a hotel that was featured in a major motion picture? If you’re celebrity obsessed like me, I would jump at the chance to stay at any one of these 10 movie hotels. Our list stretches from South Africa, Japan, Buenos Aires, Bora Bora and the United States. Whether you’re looking for a romantic rendezvous or a family vacation, these hotels will be guaranteed to take your breath away.
The Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy about two single parents raising their kids has many good laughs that parents can certainly relate to. The second half of the movie was filmed on location in South Africa, with hotel scenes shot at the extravagant Palace of the Lost City Hotel in Sun City.
The Fountainbleau Miami Beach was the location for a charity concert that Whitney Houston’s character Rachel Marron headlined in the movie The Bodyguard.
Couples Retreat starring Vince Vaughan, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis and Jason Bateman finds the fictitious couples heading to a luxurious Caribbean resort for a vacation, turned couples therapy retreat. Couples Retreat was filmed on location at the beautiful St. Regis Resort in Bora Bora.
One of my all time favourite films, Dirty Dancing, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. The coming of age film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey takes place at the fictitious Kellerman’s Resort, which in reality was Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia. The Lodge continues to offer Dirty Dancing weekends, so grab a partner and relive the movie musical all over again.
The chic, sexy film about con artists starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was partially filmed in Buenos Aires at the posh Faena Hotel. The sophisticated pool (crown and all) can be seen in the film.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin McAllister gets lost, this time in NYC and ends up staying at the historical Plaza Hotel, where much of the hotel scenes were shot. Many were not aware that the pool scene was actually filmed at the Four Seasons in Chicago, as The Plaza does not have a pool.
Lost in Translation
Filmed entirely in Japan, the film centers around an odd love story between the Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson characters as two Americans in Tokyo. The famous bar scenes were filmed at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, which occupies the hotel’s top floor. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll recall the spectacular views of Tokyo from the hotel’s bar. Admittedly, I don’t recall much about the film, but I do remember the bar scenes with the gorgeous view of the city.
The movie that launched Julia Roberts’ career was filmed on location at the historic Beverly Hills Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The hotel (Presidential Suite) is where Richard Gere’s character stayed, so the hotel and the Presidential Suite were featured prominently throughout the film. The hotel still offers “Pretty Woman for a Day” packages.
Overlook Hotel from the horror film The Shining, has got to be one of the creepiest hotels in movie history, but it doesn’t actually exist. Aerial and exterior shots of Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon were used to portray Overlook Hotel where Jack Nicholson’s character turns dangerously violent with help from the hotel’s evil and spiritual beings.
Somewhere in Time
The 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plumber was filmed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The island is accessible by ferry and the only modes of transportation you’ll find here are bikes and horse drawn carriages as cars are not permitted on the island. It truly was the perfect setting for the film that takes Christopher Reeves character back in time to find his one true love. Look for the Grand Hotel “Somewhere in Time” weekend packages.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.