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10 hotels from the world of cinema

Movie fans may experience deja vu upon entering the lobby of the Regina in Paris, the Park Hyatt in Tokyo or the Bellagio in Las Vegas, which have all provided shooting locations for iconic films, whether contemporary or classic.

travel Updated: Sep 18, 2013 16:21 IST
Park Hyatt,Tokyo,Chateau Marmont

Movie fans may experience deja vu upon entering the lobby of the Regina in Paris, the Park Hyatt in Tokyo or the Bellagio in Las Vegas, which have all provided shooting locations for iconic films, whether contemporary or classic. The hotels below, which have all had their moment of glory on the silver screen, offer luxury accommodations as well as a chance to walk in the footsteps of the stars.

The Park Hyatt Tokyo and Chateau Marmont
Sofia Coppola chose the Park Hyatt in Tokyo as the setting of her first feature-length film, "Lost in Translation," released in 2003. The film featured Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson lounging in the rooms and bar of the luxury five-star hotel, which occupies 14 storeys atop a 235-meter high rise. Seven years later, the director filmed "Somewhere" at the iconic Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles. Since opening its doors in 1929, this hotel has become a Hollywood legend, known as a haven for actors behaving badly.


The Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo set the scene for the on-screen meeting of Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, in "Lost in Translation." Photo: AFP

The Grand Hôtel Cabourg, France
Several scenes of Anne Fontaine's "Coco Before Chanel" (2009) were filmed in this historic hotel in Normandy, a frequent haunt of French literary legend Marcel Proust. A room in the Grand Hôtel Cabourg was even renovated especially for the needs of the film. French actress Audrey Tautou portrayed the legendary French designer in the film, lounging in the luxurious seaside hotel, where all of the 70 rooms feature a view on the ocean or on the lush gardens of the estate.

Several scenes from "Coco Before Chanel" were filmed at the Grand Hotel de Cabourg in Normandy, France. Photo: AFP

The Bellagio
Among the most famous hotels in Las Vegas, the Bellagio is particularly well known for its fountains, which come to life every day with spectacular light, water and music shows lasting between 15 and 30 minutes. The extravagance of the hotel has attracted more than one filmmaker, providing a setting that embodies the over-the-top spirit of Las Vegas. "Ocean's Eleven" (2002) and "The Hangover" (2009) are just a few of the movies that have contributed to the Bellagio's reputation as one of Sin City's most iconic establishments.


The outdoor fountains at the Bellagio offer water, light and music shows free of charge to passersby in Las Vegas. Photo: AFP

Hotel Giraffe
In the first film adaptation of the HBO show "Sex and the City," when Carrie Bradshaw pays a visit to the love of her life, Mr. Big, she is actually stepping into the Hotel Giraffe on Park Avenue. Director Michael Patrick King chose a room in this contemporary and refined hotel as the set of Mr. Big's apartment.

In the first "Sex and the City" film, Mr. Big's apartment is actually a suite at the Hotel Giraffe in Manhattan. Photo: AFP

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach
In Brian de Palma's classic gangster film "Scarface" (1983), Al Pacino lives it up at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in Florida, lounging at its poolside tiki bar. With its 1,500 rooms, the hotel also served as the backdrop for several scenes of "The Bodyguard" (1992), starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The Fontainebleau was built in 1954 by Morris Lapidus, an architect who contributed to the iconic resort-style associated with Miami since the late 20th century.

Grandhotel Pupp
When James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, checks into Montenegro's Hotel Splendide in "Casino Royal" (2006), he is actually at the Grandhotel Pupp, in the Czech Republic. The 18th-century hotel, located in the resort town of Karlovy Vary, includes rooms decorated in both traditional and contemporary styles.

The Grandhotel Pupp becomes the "Splendide Hotel" in the 2006 film "Casino Royal," with Daniel Craig in the role of 007. Photo: AFP

The Beverly Wilshire
In the late 1980s, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere played one of cinema's most memorable couples in "Pretty Woman." The film takes place in Los Angeles, for the most part within the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons hotel just off of Rodeo Drive. Several scenes were filmed in the hotel's penthouse suite, with its incredible view over the city.

The Taj Lake Palace
Occupying an 18th-century white marble mansion, the Taj Lake Palace served as the set of several scenes from the 1983 Bond film "Octopussy." The monumental hotel is located at the center of Lake Pichola, in Udaipur, India, and is said to offer splendid sunset views over the water. Several famous guests have stayed here, including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman.

The Taj Lake Palace in India can be seen in the 1983 film "Octopussy," starring Roger Moore in the role of James Bond. Photo: AFP

Hotel Regina
Luc Besson chose this four-star Parisian hotel as a shooting location for his iconic thriller "Nikita" (1990), while American filmmaker Doug Liman set up here to film "The Bourne Identity" (2002). Visitors can retrace Matt Damon's steps in the role of Jason Bourne through this hotel, built in 1900 for the World Expo, as well as across the Pont des Arts, the Quai des Tournelles, and several other locations in the French capital. Since then, the Regina has also appeared in French director Jean-Paul Salomé's "Female Agents" (2008) as well as in Stephen Frears' 2009 film "Chéri," starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

The Hotel Regina in Paris appears in a number of films, including "The Bourne Identity" starring Matt Damon. Photo: AFP

First Published: Sep 16, 2013 15:09 IST