Travel firm names top 10 famous movie hotels in US

The site of many Hollywood scenes, the Fairmont San Francisco. Picture: Wikipedia

Sunday, March 7, 2010

WHILE most travellers can only dream of getting an Oscar or being on the silver screen, anyone can pretend to be star at US hotels where countless movie scenes have been shot.

Travel firm TripAdvisor has come up with a list of the top 10 famous movie hotels, according to its editors. This list is not endorsed by Reuters. "While many travellers enjoy in-room movies as part of a relaxing hotel stay, these star-studded properties offer guests an actual connection with some classic movie scenes and famous characters," Christine Peterson, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, said in a statement.

1. The Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco, California

This grand hotel, set atop the steep incline of Nob Hill, has reached equally great heights on the silver screen.

Ever since Alfred Hitchcock shot Vertigo at the Fairmont in 1958, the hotel has become an iconic part of San Francisco and many movies, including Towering Inferno, Sudden Impact, Junior and The Rock, in which Sean Connery's character enjoys a lavish suite at the property.

2. Bellagio Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

Boasting almost 4,000 guest rooms and suites, a renowned casino and world-famous dancing fountains, this hotel is no stranger to the silver screen. The fountains alone have made countless Hollywood cameos and the hotel may be most famous for its parts in both Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Thirteen.

3. The Plaza, New York City, New York

This New York landmark hotel boasts sweeping views of Central Park, as well as impressive movie credentials. The Plaza's Oak Room was featured in Hitchcock's classic North By Northwest (and remains unchanged to this day), and the hotel has also served as the place where Crocodile Dundee swapped the Australian outback for a luxurious room, and starred in scenes in The Way We Were, Home Alone 2, Bride Wars and more.

4. Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California

Having been featured in more than 100 movies, the Millennium Biltmore is a true Hollywood scene-stealer.

The hotel's guest rooms have made appearances in Mission Impossible 3 and The Bodyguard, while Spiderman, Wedding Crashers, Dreamgirls and Pretty in Pink have also brought their all-star casts into the hotel.

5. Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California

Set just steps away from Rodeo Drive's renowned boutiques, this luxurious property will thrill shopaholics and Pretty Woman fans alike. This hotel should attract men too, as it's been the backdrop for scenes in the Beverly Hills Cop movies and Bulworth. "There is a glorious sense of old-time Hollywood glamour about the place," notes one TripAdvisor traveller.

6. Renaissance St Louis Hotel Airport, Saint Louis, Missouri

While numerous hotels were used in the filming of the movie Up in the Air, the guest rooms at Renaissance St Louis Hotel Airport were not only graced with George Clooney's on-screen presence, but also receive top marks for being quiet and close to the airport.

7. The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, New York

Boasting a rich history and prime location near Grand Central Station, The Roosevelt Hotel has seen its share of famous faces over the years. Jennifer Lopez's Maid in Manhattan landed a job at this hotel, while Michael Douglas' famous "Greed is good" scene in Wall Street was also shot at The Roosevelt.

8. Fountainebleau Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida

The A-list status of this hotel, a former vacation spot for iconic stars such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis, has been upheld by its many movie appearances. In The Bodyguard, Whitney Houston put the Fountainebleau on a high note; Goldfinger added the Midas touch to the property; and the Scarface famous pool scene was also shot here.

9. Timberline Lodge, Timberline Lodge, Oregon

Standing at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet (1,900 metres— within the Mount Hood National Forest, Timberline Lodge is a popular ski retreat, which famously provided chills in The Shining as the exterior of the fictional Overlook Hotel.

While the interior scenes were shot on a movie set, and Stephen King's inspiration for the nerve-jangling tale came from a trip to The Stanley Hotel, Colorado, it's Timberline Lodge's looming presence that remains a true scene-stealer.

10. Mountain Lake Hotel, Pembroke, Virginia

Dirty Dancing fans might just have the time of their lives at this property, which featured as the fictitious Kellerman's Resort in the cult classic movie. Nestled in the New River Valley of the Appalachian Mountains, the hotel offers stunning scenery, as well as Dirty Dancing weekends featuring karaoke, dance lessons and a film location tour.

Reuters


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