Here’s Johnny! Or at least Johnny was here, at Timberline Lodge Photo: DS IMAGERY
Here’s Johnny! Or at least Johnny was here, at Timberline Lodge Photo: DS IMAGERY


Sleep like a star – hotels from movies

Numerous hotels around the world have been made famous by Hollywood movies. You can check in to many of them and sleep like a screen star. Though you may have more nightmares than sweet dreams in the hotel from The Shining!

Jack Nicholson at the hotel bar in The Shining. Photo: Getty Images

Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood

You may want to think twice before booking a room in this place, which featured in the 1980 Jack Nicholson thriller The Shining. Only the ¬exterior actually appears in the film, but the hotel’s most requested room is still 217, the haunted room from the best-selling novel by Stephen King on which the film is based. If you see anyone with an axe or riding a small tricycle, we suggest you check out immediately.

Timberline Lodge

27500 E Timberline Road, Oregon, US

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Pillows Anna van den Vondel, Amsterdam

A different kind of romance formed the back story in 2014’s The Fault in Our Stars. Tragic couple Augustus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) take their friendship to the next level at the newly-reopened Pillows Anna van den Vondel, formerly the Hotel de Filosoof, in Amsterdam. Although the couple supposedly stays at the hotel in the film though, its interiors were filmed at another Amsterdam gem, the American Hotel.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel

Anna van Den Vondelstraat 6, 1054 GZ Amsterdam

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Sofia Coppola’s movie Somewhere was filmed at LA’s Chateau Marmont. Photo: Shutterstock

Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles

As well as providing the inspiration for the Eagles' classic “Hotel California,” the Chateau Marmont has always been a magnet for celebrities. Director Sofia Coppola filmed Somewhere almost entirely on location here, James Dean apparently jumped through a window during an audition for Rebel Without A Cause, while Blues Brothers star John Belushi died of an overdose in one of the Marmont’s 63 rooms in 1982. Its wild reputation is well earned.

Chateau Marmont

8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

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Juvet Landscape Hotel, Valldal

Scandinavia offers every backdrop imaginable for filmmakers. Ruben Östlund filmed his dark comedy Turist at the Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Åre, Sweden. And in Norway, the modernist Juvet Landscape Hotel provided the spectacular location for Ex Machina, a stunning setting that has done wonders for the Norwegian Tourist Board.

Alstad, Valldal

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Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Los Angeles

This fabulous hotel in Beverly Hills was the location for the Julia Roberts hit Pretty Woman in 1990. The “Pretty Woman for the Day” package starts at $15,000. The hotel also features in Clueless (1995) and Sex and the City: The Movie (2008).

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

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Park Hyatt, Tokyo

In Lost in Translation, Bill Murray and Scarlett ¬Johansson begin their wild adventure through Japan at the Park Hyatt. You can mimic the Hollywood A-listers by ordering cocktails or Suntory whiskies at the sumptuous New York Bar, which offers spectacular views over the city and Mount Fuji in the distance.

Park Hyatt

3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo

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Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

“Filming in Progress” is a sign you will likely see if you stay at this iconic LA hotel, which is probably the world’s most popular screen hotel. Bill Murray fought ghouls in Ghostbusters here, Jamie Lee Curtis and -Arnold Schwarzenegger tangoed in True Lies, ¬Michelle Pfeiffer sang “Makin’ Whoopee” in The ¬Fabulous Baker Boys and Robert De Niro killed Benicio Del Toro here in the 1996 thriller The Fan. It’s a wonder there’s any space for regular paying guests.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

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Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Las Vegas has seen its fair share of hell-raising both on and off the big screen. It therefore made the perfect location for 2009’s The Hangover, which was filmed almost entirely at Caesar’s Palace. Other movies filmed here include Iron Man (2008), The Big Short (2015), Dreamgirls (2006) and Rain Man (1988).

Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas

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Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke, Virginia

Although Dirty Dancing was set in a fictional location in New York’s Catskill Mountains, it was in the Mountain Lake Lodge where Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were filmed putting their best feet forward. The hotel hosts “Dirty Dancing weekends” with group dance lessons, a tour of the filming locations and a watermelon toss.

Mountain Lake Lodge

115 Hotel Cir, Pembroke, Virginia

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Plaza Hotel, New York

New York provides endless opportunities for filmmakers, and the Plaza Hotel has been a go-to location for many. Having been separated again from his family, Macaulay Culkin filmed Home Alone 2: Lost in New York here, Leonardo DiCaprio made the most of the hotel’s splendor in The Great Gatsby (2013) and Dudley Moore wooed Liza Minnelli here in Arthur in 1981.

Plaza Hotel

768 5th Ave, New York

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Dolder Grand, Zurich

The five-star Dolder Grand in Zurich was built in 1899 and is still regarded as the best hotel in the city. Perhaps rest and relaxation aren’t uppermost in the mind of the newly minted Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) as she carries out her complex plans ofrevenge in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Dolder Grand

Kurhausstrasse 65, Zurich

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…and just in case you are wondering, the Bates Motel, the Grand Budapest Hotel and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are, alas, all fictional.

Last edited: February 5, 2018

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