Many hotels around the globe have taken leading roles in film. Or rather, they’ve served as magnificent backdrops to actors who play leading roles in film. Some of the hotels which have proven so enticing on film that fans of the film frequently go to the hotel to visit.
Granted, a number of these hotels were actually quite famous before starring in films (likely the reason the producers were attracted to film there) however they nevertheless added ‘film star’ to their resumes.
The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel is an idol all on its own – no help was needed from the movies. Opened in 1907 at the junction of Fifth Avenue – as well as Central Park South – in Manhattan, the French château–style building is well known for regularly welcoming celebrities as well as dignitaries.
The hotel received some additional attention after appearing in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York in 1992. In the movie, Kevin McCallister (who is played by Macaulay Culkin) cons his way into a room at the luxury hotel and leaves a path of side-splitting destruction behind.
The property first made its film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and was also utilised in The Great Gatsby, American Hustle, and, of course, Eloise at the Plaza.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
The Hyatt Regency is the film location for the film Girls Trip. Visitors wanting to relive the Flossy Posse’s exploits in the Big Easy only need to check-in for relaxing interludes between nightlife escapades, cooking classes as well as fine cuisine on the banks of the Mississippi.
The Palace Of The Lost City, South Africa
Set among 60 acres of remote South African wilderness, the sprawling Palace of the Lost City complex is built in the crater of an extinct volcano is a wonderland destination where opulence in the bush takes on new meaning.
The Palace boasts interiors with hand-carved walls, bespoke furnishings as well as ceilings which depict a classic African landscape. Outside, the imitation sea and palm fringe beach – which is called the Valley of Waves – includes a 5 600-square-metre wave pool, waterslides, sway bridge and Botanical Garden trails. Also, there is a chance to see the Big Five on safari tours at the adjoining Pilanesberg National Park.
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s romantic comedy Blended (2014) was filmed here.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
A significant amount of the film Lost in Translation is dedicated to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Visitors still flock to take in Tokyo’s skyline views in The Peak Bar, The New York Bar, as well as The New York Grill, all of which feature prominently in the film.
Situated on Las Vegas’s famous Strip, Caesar’s Palace doesn’t require a movie to make it iconic. However, this venue definitely played a pivotal role in the 2009 hit The Hangover which stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms as well as Zach Galifianakis. The Wolfpack got into a whole lot of problems at the ancient Roman–themed hotel, and the movie was actually filmed on site at the front desk, lobby, entry driveway, pools as well as elevators.
The cast and crew even utilised the rooftop where the characters finally found their missing friend Doug at the end of the movie. And The Hangover is just one famous movie to feature the hotel and casino: Rain Man, Iron Man, The Big Short in addition Dreamgirls were also filmed there.