13 Famous Movie Hotels You Can Actually Stay In
Even though our plebeian, non-scripted world may pale in comparison to that of the silver screen, we can get a taste of that cinematic magic by shacking up at these 13 hotels—either directly inspired by, or actually featured in, some of our favorite films. Live like Kevin McCallister, if only for one day.
The Timberline Lodge
Where: Mount Hood, Oregon
Featured in: The Shining
The ominous "Overlook Hotel" from Stanley Kubrick's legendary horror opus is available for visitors who fear neither axe-wielding maniacs, nor creeptastic twins in jumpers. Rumor has it, Shelley Duvall is still roaming the halls at the Timberline, looking for work.
Where: Miami, Florida
Featured in: Scarface
When Tony Montana discusses his theories on cocaine, women, and power—he's chilling at the Fontainebleau, a lush Miami spot where future drug lords and Spanish-infused rappers hang out and discuss the American Dream.
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Featured in: The Hangover
Unfortunately, the real Caesar never lived here, but B. Cooper and Co. saddled up for the night after their legendary, roofie-infused bachelor party. And you can too—though remember, tigers are beautiful, but dangerous.
Where: Paris, France
Based on: James Bond 007 Franchise
007 has frequented myriad hotels with many women with questionable names and morals. This Paris-based, swank hotel has Bond-themed rooms that will get you in the secret agent spirit. Just make sure you check the room for dwarves in bowler hats before you slumber.
Sadri Miss (or, Tatooine)
Featured In: Star Wars: A New Hope
Room service, continental breakfasts, palatial spreads—these are things a Jedi craves not. What a Jedi does crave, however, is spending a night in Luke Skywalker's Tatooine farm, where he can drink blue milk, buy droids, and wistfully look out into the double-sunset.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Where: Los Angeles, California
Featured In:Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Wedding Crashers, True Lies, etc.
One of the swankiest hotels this side of the Grand Budapest, the Millenium Biltmore has been featured in more movies than Kevin Bacon and explosions, combined. With its plush lobby, elaborate dining room, and obviously pricey rooms making it the perfect backdrop for living large, or regular ol' Ghostbustin'.
Desert Sands Motor Hotel
Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Featured In: No Country For Old Men
if you remember the ambiguous last scene (and stone-cold killer Anton Chigurh) from the Cohen brothers' modern classic, No Country For Old Men, you probably won't want to stay in the Desert Stands. If you do, for some reason, you should have no problem affording the roadside motel. But lock your doors, for obvious reasons.
The Georgian House
Where: London, England
Featured In: Harry Potter Franchise
This London locale took major advantage of its central location to the world of Harry Potter by launching these hotel rooms, which are modeled off of Harry Potter's quarters. No sorting required—but if you want to beat your bludgers, put up a curtain.
The Hobbit Motel
Where: Waitomo, New Zealand
Featured In: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
In a hole, in the ground, there lived a Hobbit. And now, in New Zealand (aka real-life Middle Earth) you can actually live like Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, and those other guys, in the Hobbit motel.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Where: Tokyo, Japan
Featured In: Lost In Translation
For a relaxing time, make it Suntory time. For a Lost in Translation time, head to the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel, a prime location in the central metro area, and a perfect spot to meet a younger woman, or an older Bill Murray.
The Plaza Hotel
Where: New York, New York
Featured in: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Almost Famous
If you choose to lounge out at the very spot where Kevin McCallister pigged out on ice cream and gangster films, expect an extremely large bill, and aggressive pigeon ladies trying to befriend you.
Where: Los Angeles, California
Featured in: Somewhere, every classic Hollywood movie ever.
The Chateau Marmont is arguably the most famous hotel in Hollywood, both for its inclusion in classic films, and the smorgasbord of A-list stars who frequent the spot (Bono, Jim Morrison, Vincent Chase, Johnny Depp). John Belushi passed away here, which is a bummer, but who wouldn't want to party with Bluto's ghost?
Hitching Post Motel
Where: Forest Lake, Minnesota
Featured In: Fargo
This hotel was made famous via Fargo, as the spot where William H. Macy tried to escape through the bathroom window in his underwear. Recreate the scene yourself...or don't. It's your hotel room, dude.