Always wanted to live the life of a movie star and experience the silver screen first hand? Here are three of the best hotels around the world for die-hard movie fans to enjoy some time in the spotlight.
Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Japan
Known for: Lost in Translation
The Park Hyatt in Tokyo is one of the best hotels for movie lovers. It’s the setting for Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola’s 2003 love story about two struggling souls played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Comprising the top 14 floors of a Tokyo skyscraper, the hotel is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore the city’s Shinjuku and Shibuya districts. Be warned, though: the Hyatt isn’t cheap. It’s rumoured that the least expensive item on the bar menu is a bottle of beer for 1,000 yen — at current rates, that’s nearly £7.
The Stanley, Estes Park, Colorado, US
Known for: The Shining
In The Shining (1980), Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) plays an aspiring writer who takes a job looking after the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies during the winter. This grim tale of loneliness, isolation and paranoia was inspired by a real hotel — The Stanley, in Estes Park, Colorado. King stayed there for one night in 1973. The room he stayed in — number 217 — is reportedly the hotel’s most requested.
The Headland Hotel, Cornwall, UK
Known for: The Witches
In The Witches (1990), the black fantasy based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, the film’s central character, seven year old Luke, is turned into a mouse by witches attending an annual conference at the Hotel Excelsior. In real life this is The Headland Hotel in Cornwall, which to this day is visited by thousands of Witches fans every year. During the production of the film, it’s said that Jack Nicholson, who was the then-boyfriend of Anjelica Huston, who played the High Witch, would send in huge bouquets of flowers to the hotel.