Part of the magic of a great movie lies in its setting. In fact, some of the biggest blockbusters have used striking and evocative locations that turned into tourist attractions after the film’s premier. Classic examples of this include the Lord of the Rings trilogy which raised the profile of New Zealand, Harry Potter put Alnwick Castle in the UK on the map and fans of Danny Boyle’s The Beach (calling all Leo fans) still flock to Thailand to see the idyllic setting for themselves.
To help satisfy film buffs’ wanderlust, Booking.com, the global leader in providing travellers with the best places to stay, has selected the top accommodations worldwide recognizable from major smash-hit films. With a stay in any of these beautiful locales you can relive your favourite moments and inject some Hollywood glamour to your getaway!
The Plaza – New York, USA | The Great Gatsby (2013)
Enjoying a prime location close to Central Park and Fifth Avenue, The Plaza is a timeless example of art-deco elegance, and featured famously in The Great Gatsby novel and 2013 film. The Plaza is synonymous with luxury, where you can party in style like Gatsby and Daisy in the many sophisticated bars and restaurants, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and exclusive shops.
Stoke Park – Buckinghamshire, UK | Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
This gorgeous stately home in the rolling English countryside was the fantastic setting for the ill-fated weekend mini-break in Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001). In addition to indulging in a spot of poetry on the boating lake like Bridget, this luxurious stately home offers 300 acres of parkland to explore, a sumptuous spa, 27-hole golf course, tennis courts and an award-winning restaurant.
Caesar’s Palace – Las Vegas, USA | The Hangover (2009)
This legendary Las Vegas institution has featured in many films, but most famously was the setting for riotous comedy The Hangover in 2009. Whilst you may be looking for a less eventful visit to Las Vegas then Bradley Cooper and co, Caesar’s Palace is a fantastic place to stay to enjoy the thrills of Las Vegas, complete with a range of fine-dining options, a modest seven swimming pools to choose from and an elegant spa offering an extensive range of treatments for a luxurious stay.
Villas in Talamone I – Tuscany, Italy | Quantum of Solace (2008)
The Villa la Torre served as Mathis’ hideout in Bond’s 2008 adventure Quantum of Solace. Benefitting from stunning, panoramic sea views and a peaceful secluded terrace with pool, this cliff-top villa is the perfect restful retreat.
Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron – Salzburg, Austria | The Sound of Music (1965):
The Sound of Music is a timeless classic, thanks in part to the stunning natural beauty of the Austrian Alps. The historic Leopoldskron Palace was one of the primary filming locations and offers exclusive accommodation in the palace itself, surrounded by the beautiful lake and mountains so familiar from the film, whilst being only 1.2 miles from the charming historic centre of Salzburg.
Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo, Japan | Lost in Translation (2003)
The setting for the hit romantic drama starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, The Park Hyatt is a luxurious five-star hotel which towers over the Tokyo skyline. Offering world-class service alongside the other-worldly views, guests can dine at the 52nd floor restaurant, indulge in the spa and share a drink in the iconic bar for a truly romantic stay.
The Villa Sophia – Los Angeles, USA | Entourage (2015)
A location for the 2015 comedy, this palatial villa is secluded in the celebrity-filled hills of Los Feliz, offering panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline. It’s is the perfect base for a quiet retreat after sightseeing, with a peaceful pool, hot tub and outdoor living area to relax in and enjoy the famous Californian climate.
One&Only Ocean Club Resort – The Islands of The Bahamas | Casino Royale 2006
The magnificent oceanfront estate, The One & Only Ocean Club made its latest cameo appearance in the unforgettable Casino Royale where Daniel Craig made his debut as the new James Bond. This Versailles-inspired paradise, complete with terraced gardens and opulent European sculptures, stole centre stage post-Mr. Bond’s epic valet parking scene, as an impeccably dressed Bond made his way into the lobby.