We are hurtling toward the end of the year and, for Hollywood at least, that means one thing: Oscar season will soon be upon us. Even at the movies, we jet setters have our eyes trained on potential vacay spots. Here are some of our favorite luxe hotels that have made memorable appearances on the silver screen.
1. Hôtel Ritz Paris
Parisians, luxury travelers, and cineastes alike all breathed a sigh of relief when the iconic Ritz Paris reopened this summer after a $450 million renovation. Once again visitors can channel the always-elegant Audrey Hepburn who shot two movies there: Love in the Afternoon and How to Steal a Million. Keen-eyed movie-watchers can also spot the hotel during the song Bonjour Paris in Funny Face.
2. Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Ah, Charlotte and Bob. In 2003, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation introduced us to one of the oddest, sweetest, non-couples of recent cinema. Both were staying at the Park Hyatt, Tokyo in the city's vibrant Shinjuku district. The two leads first caught one another's eye in the hotel's 52nd-floor New York Bar, an unmissable spot for cocktails and panoramic city views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
3. The Bellagio, Las Vegas
It had to take something pretty special to divert moviegoers' attention from the eye-candy on offer in Ocean's 11, but the gorgeous, sparkling and dancing Bellagio fountain did the trick.
4. Pulitzer Amsterdam
Ocean's 12 took Brad, George et al from Las Vegas to Europe. In Amsterdam they, naturally, picked the city's classiest hotel to film a few scenes at. Pulitzer Amsterdam, which has just emerged from a full renovation, is spread throughout 25 connected canal houses. The Pulitzer Bar, where a scene was shot, is a legendary old school watering hole — discreet enough for the biggest of Hollywood stars.
5. Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles
Who could forget the glam hotel where Vivian gets here first taste of the "Cinder-****ing-rella" life in Pretty Woman? There's no guarantees of meeting your own Prince Charming at the Beverly Wilshire, but the hotel does offer $100,000 "Pretty Woman For a Day" package. And, frankly, if you can afford it, you don't need a Prince Charming.
6. The Plaza, New York City
The landmark Plaza Hotel towers over New York City's Fifth Avenue and has had a similar presence in numerous movies. Spot the historic hotel in North by Northwest, Funny Girl, Scent of a Woman, Sleepless in Seattle and The Great Gatsby. Its most famous appearance, though, may have been in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York where the then-hotel owner, and future presidential candidate, made a cameo.
7. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Surrounded by tall firs and snow-capped peaks, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise proved to be an ideal setting for the movie adaptation of Doctor Zhivago. But the hotel is not above making a small-screen appearance: A 2013 episode of The Bachelor was filmed here, with the Victoria Ballroom providing the setting for the rose ceremony.
8. The Savoy, London
London's Savoy has quite the storied history: It was the first luxury hotel in Britain, has hosted a galaxy of stars, and is home to one of the world's best bars, The American Bar. For those who came of age in the nineties, however, it is best remembered as the setting for Notting Hill's final scene: Anna's press conference was filmed in the Lancaster room.
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