Look to Hollywood for inspiration when selecting accommodations for your next trip. Want to know an easy way to upgrade your travel and feel like a star? Booking a room at a hotel from an iconic movie is just the ticket. Check out the following hotels that you can actually stay in and the movies that made them famous.
- Timberline Lodge
Featured In: The Shining
The lodge, located in Mount Hood, Oregon was used for the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel depicted in the famous film based on a Stephen King novel. Afraid it may scare off future guests, management asked director Stanley Kubrick not to film room 217, the notoriously creepy room featured in the book. He respectfully obliged and used 237, a room number which the lodge did not have. Despite the change, the number of patrons of the lodge, still to this day, requests to stay in room 217 remains more than any other room number.
- Mountain Lake Lodge
Featured In: Dirty Dancing
Nestled in the town of Pembroke, Virginia, this lodge is the actual site of the Kellerman’s Resort seen in the film. Walk the grounds were Baby Houseman learned lessons in dance and love from Johnny Castle. Book your stay during one of their Dirty Dancing themed weekends (occurring four times a year) for the full experience. The package includes a walking tour of the iconic filming sites as well as group dance lessons and a dance party.
- Beverly Wilshire
Featured In: Pretty Woman
The classic romantic comedy of a street girl living the high life prominently features this ritzy California hotel. The exterior shots seen in the film are from this location, but many of the interior scenes in the movie were shot at the Los Angeles Ambassador hotel which has since been destroyed. Channel Vivian Ward by booking the “Pretty Woman for a Day” package. A unique experience offered by The Beverly Wilshire which not only entails includes staying in their specialty suite but also a behind-the-scenes tour of Rodeo Drive, complete with your very own personal wardrobe consultant.
- Turtle Bay Resort
Featured In: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
This amazing Hawaiian Resort is as amazing in real life as it looks in the movie. The romantic comedy follows Peter Bretter as he heads off to paradise in an attempt to get over his ex-girlfriend, Sarah Marshall. Unfortunately, she is staying there, too. But, she’s not alone. The hilarity ensures with this love triangle gone wrong. Filming took place at this real life resort, housed in Oahu’s North Shore. Turtle Bay offers the very same picturesque landscapes and tropical décor in the hotel rooms as seen in the film. Walk through paradise and relive the funny scenes as you forget your own troubles.
Featured In: Ocean’s Eleven
This Rat Pack remake follows Danny Ocean and his crew of misfits as the attempt to rob the Bellagio’s vault. The actual world-renowned Bellagio Casino and Hotel, located on the Las Vegas strip, was used for filming many of the scenes. Although well known for the magnificent fountains outside, the hotel also boasts an art gallery, conservatory and botanical garden as well as several restaurants and shops to complete your stay.