6 super-sumptuous US hotels you’ll recognise from movies

Next time you're in the States, check into the hotel where Sleepless in Seattle or Saving Mr Banks was filmed...

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Reckon you could convince the staff of a 5-star hotel to use your father’s credit card like Kevin did in Home Alone 2? Or fancy strutting around a lobby like an A-lister? We do. So we scoured hotel comparison site Trivago to find out which US hotels have had cameos in movies.

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It turns out you probably will need your father’s credit card…


Saving Mr Banks – The Langham Pasadena, Los Angeles

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Emma Thompson looks for the meaning of life in The Langham Pasadena’s pool 

Saving Mr Banks is a 1960s-set period drama starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as author PL Travers, who meet in Hollywood to negotiate filming rights for Mary Poppins. Although Travers stays at the Beverley Hills Hotel in the film, the shoot actually took place at The Langham Pasadena. Located nine miles from Los Angeles at the foot of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, The Langham boasts grand ballrooms, 23 acres of gardens and 100 years of quality hospitality.

Check out the rooms and book here: langhamhotels.com

The Intern – The Waldorf-Astoria, New York City

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Even Anne Hathaway’s character wouldn’t complain about the view at the Waldorf-Astoria

A classic example of Art Deco decadence, the Waldorf-Astoria oozes luxury with its grandiose lobby and stylish rooms. Its glittering association with Hollywood dates back to 1945 when the hotel was chosen as the setting for Weekend at the Waldorf. A host of films have been shot there since then, including The Royal Tenenbaums, Maid in Manhattan and Scent of a Woman.

Workplace comedy The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, became the latest film to shoot at the Waldorf last year. Alongside richly-appointed suites, the Waldorf boasts the cutting-edge Guerlain Spa, which has over 15 treatment rooms and spectacular views of the New York skyline.

Check out the rooms and “experience the legend” (as the website says): waldorfnewyork.com 


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X-Men: Days of Future Past – W Washington D.C. 

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Hugh Jackman admires the ceiling of the lobby 

The W Washington D.C. dates back to 1918, making it the oldest continually-operating hotel in Washington D.C. Over the years the W has demonstrated its pop culture credentials, boasting former guests such as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe and made appearances in The Godfather Part II, The Firm, as well as the most recent X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The nearest hotel to the White House, The W also overlooks Washington Monument and features 317 elegant guest rooms and suites. As well as impressive spa and fitness facilities, The W is pet-friendly, and offers amenities including toys, treats and a custom pet bed.

Check out the rooms and book here: wwashingtondc.com

American Hustle – The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

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The cameramen didn’t get the dress code memo

Like The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle came away from the 2014 Oscars empty-handed despite being nominated for ten Academy Awards. The film follows con artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his partner-in-crime Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) as the two are led into the world of the mafia by insufferable FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). The Fairmont Copley Plaza plays a part when Irving and Sydney rejoice over their successes in the glamorous hotel lobby, complete with chandeliers, marble floors and gilded wall paneling. The hotel was recently renovated to celebrate its centennial anniversary, now featuring high-end furnishing and custom sketches of Boston in each of the 400 guest rooms.

Check out the rooms and book here: fairmont.com


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12 Years a Slave – Columns Hotel, New Orleans

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New Orleans-style Creole and Cajun dishes are served in the Victorian Lounge

Winner of Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lupita Nyong’o for her portrayal of Patsey), and Best Adapted Screenplay in the 2014 Oscars, 12 Years a Slave tells the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. In the film, Solomon is kidnapped in Washington D.C., but the scene was actually shot in the heart of New Orleans, at the historic Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. The Italiante property dates back to 1883 and holds a place in the National Register of Historic Places. Each of the 20 rooms is uniquely decorated with Victorian furnishings, four-poster beds, fireplaces and claw foot bathtubs. Guests will love the southern hospitality at the traditional Victorian Lounge.

Check out the rooms and book here: thecolumns.com

The Great Gatsby – The Plaza, New York City

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Joel Edgerton isn’t impressed by the décor at The Plaza

The iconic Plaza Hotel has featured in a host of films over the years, including American Hustle and Sleepless in Seattle. Macaulay Culkin tricked staff into giving him a room using his father’s credit card in 1992’s Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Although Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby was all filmed in Australia, The Plaza was recreated to host one of the most climactic scenes. In one of the lavish hotel suites, Tom confronts Daisy about her extramarital relationship (we won’t tell you what happens next – let’s just say there’s no happily ever after). F. Scott Fitzgerald no doubt included The Plaza in his novel because he was a regular patron of the hotel with his wife Zelda. The Plaza named one of their suites after him in honour of The Great Gatsby.

Check out the rooms and book here: theplazany.com

Do you know of other US hotels that had a cameo in blockbusters? Email us at travel@radiotimes.com.


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