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Hotel Schwizerhof Bern & Spa

Plan an Oscar worthy trip at these ICONIC movie hotels that played a starring role on the Silver Screen.

IIf you’re a movie buff that dreams of walking the red carpet and living the celebrity lifestyle, get ready to live out your A-lister fantasy on a vacation at these famous hotels where movies were filmed. 

Hotel Schwizerhof Bern & Spa

iconic movie hotel Hotel Schwizerhof Bern & Spa

Hotel Schwizerhof Bern & Spa

Grab your license to kill and your best martini shaker and head to Switzerland’s Hotel Schwizerhof Bern. This ICONIC movie hotel Channels 007 as you walk in the footsteps of the legendary spy and his adventures in the 1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Played by George Lazenby, Bond is most famously seen on the fourth-floor balcony of the hotel (right above the “S” in Schwizerhof). The hotel was the home of the fictional Gumbold law offices in the film.

Today the historic five-star ICONIC movie hotel, centrally located across the street from the train station, offers luxurious rooms and suites fitting of the suave spy. If the weather cooperates don’t miss enjoying a drink (martini of course) at the hotel’s rooftop bar. 

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TWA Hotel

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TWA Hotel

What’s better for a jetsetter than a hotel reimagined from the  TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK airport? Prior to its life as the four-star TWA Hotel, the terminal (now the hotel lobby) was featured in Steven Spielberg’s ICONIC movie Catch me if You Can starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. In Oceans 8 a fashion show gone wrong was filmed in the area that is now the lobby and lounge.

The mid-century modern ICONIC movie hotel building was designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The 512 room property has floor-to-ceiling windows made from the second thickest glass in the world to silence jet noise. There are six restaurants, and gourmands won’t want to miss the Paris Café by Chef Jean Georges. Have a pre or post dinner drink in Connie, the cocktail lounge housed in a restored TWA airplane. 

 

The Brando

The Brando

The fact that this Tahitian hotel is named after one of the most ICONIC movie actors, Marlon Brando, tells you all about its Hollywood ties. Brando stumbled upon the Tetiaroa Atoll when he was on a hike during his time filming Mutiny on the Bounty in the 1960s. Working with a local hotelier, in 2014 Brando created The Brando, a 35-villa luxury resort committed to sustainability on the atoll. 

In the past, Tetiaroa was a getaway for Tahitian royalty. Today the ICONIC movie hotel property welcomes luxury travelers looking for a serene sanctuary in a LEED Platinum designed hotel. Each villa is a separate building affording travelers’ privacy, peace and stunning beachside views. Dining on property is paradise with Chef Jean Imbert bringing his experiences at Plaza Athenee and Maison Christian Dior in Paris, Cheval Blanc St-Barth hotel, and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to the table.

Hotel Del Coronado

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Hotel Del Coronado

ICONIC movie hotel Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Another ICONIC movie hotel is Hotel Del Coronado. Since opening in 1888, San Diego’s Hotel Del Coronado has welcomed world leaders, jetsetters and celebrities. It’s no surprise that its instantly recognizable Gothic Victorian turrets and red roof grabbed the attention of film makers. The most famous movie to use the Del as a backdrop was the 1959 Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe. The Money Pit, The Delinquents and My Blue Heaven were also shot partially at the hotel. While The Shining wasn’t filmed onsite, the hotel’s exterior was the inspiration for the fictional Overlook Hotel in the movie.

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Bellagio

Bellagio

The ICONIC movie hotel, Bellagio, with its famous fountain dominates the Las Vegas strip and it dominated the silver screen in the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven. The star-studded cast of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon to name a few stayed in the hotel’s private villa during the duration of their time shooting in Las Vegas. The plot, centered around robbing a vault at the luxury hotel, saw five weeks of filming on the property.

Besides its fountain, the five-diamond Bellagio dazzles guests with its five pools, conservatory and botanical gardens, luxury boutiques, 55,000 sq. ft. spa, and gourmet hotspots like Le Cirque and Picasso. The hotel also boasts over 100,000 sq. ft of gaming entertainment and is the home of “O” by Cirque du Soleil.

Sideways Inn

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Sideways Inn

Wine lovers remember the Oscar winning Sideways where two friends take a road trip through the Central Coast Wine Country before one gets married. The ICONIC movie and windmill hotel the duo stay at on their adventures is the Sideways Inn in Buellton. While the property still boasts the kitchy windmill from the movie, the boutique hotel is completely renovated and the premium king rooms make a comfortable base for exploring the wineries from the movie like the Sanford Winery where in the film Miles attempts to teach Jack how to taste wine. Naturally, you’ll want to sample the Pinot Noir the winery is known for. 

With these famous hotels from movies, anyone who loves Hollywood can be the star of their own vacation blockbuster.

 

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