Hotels that have been featured in popular movies

The famously luxurious Plaza hotel in New York was featured in the Great Gatsby. Photo / Supplied
The famously luxurious Plaza hotel in New York was featured in the Great Gatsby. Photo / Supplied

Part of the magic of a great movie lies in the use of striking, evocative locations — and many filming locations from hit films have become tourist attractions by association.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy raised the profile of New Zealand, Harry Potter put Alnwick Castle in the UK on the map and fans of Danny Boyle movie The Beach still flock to Thailand to see the idyllic setting for themselves.

With the filming of Steven Spielberg's forthcoming sci-fi thriller Ready Player One currently causing waves in Birmingham and James Wan, director of upcoming superhero flick Aquaman teasing a range of possible locations on Instagram, it's clear film sets hold a fascination for many.

To help satisfy movie fans' wanderlust, Booking.com has selected some of the best hotels and homes worldwide which you will recognise from smash-hit films, including family favourites like the Sound of Music and Casino Royale.

With a stay in these beautiful locations you can relive your favourite moments and inject some Hollywood glamour into your getaway.

The Great Gatsby (2013): The Plaza - New York, USA

Enjoying a prime location close to Central Park and Fifth Avenue, The Plaza is a timeless example of art-deco elegance and famously featured in The Great Gatsby novel and 2013 film. The Plaza is synonymous with luxury and you can party in style like Gatsby and Daisy in the many sophisticated bars and restaurants, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings and exclusive shops.

The Plaza hotel in New York. Photo / 123RF
The Plaza hotel in New York. Photo / 123RF

Bridget Jones (2001): Stoke Park - Buckinghamshire, UK

This gorgeous stately home in the rolling English countryside was the setting for the ill-fated weekend mini-break in Bridget Jones' Diary. Those staying here could indulge in a spot of poetry on the boating lake — like Bridget did &mdash or explore the luxurious address' 300 acres of parkland, sumptuous spa, 27-hole golf course, tennis courts and and award-winning restaurant.

Bridget Jones took her ill-fated mini-break at the Stoke in Buckinghamshire. Photo / Supplied
Bridget Jones took her ill-fated mini-break at the Stoke in Buckinghamshire. Photo / Supplied

The Hangover (2009): Caesar's Palace - Las Vegas, USA

This Las Vegas institution has featured in many films, but was most famously the setting for riotous comedy The Hangover. While you may be looking for a less eventful visit to Las Vegas than Bradley Cooper and co, Caesar's Palace is a fantastic place to enjoy the city's thrills. It boasts a range of fine-dining options, seven swimming pools and an elegant spa offering an extensive range of treatments for a luxurious stay.

Caesar's Palace has featured in many films, including the Hangover. Photo / Supplied
Caesar's Palace has featured in many films, including the Hangover. Photo / Supplied

Quantum of Solace (2008): Villas in Talamone - Tuscany, Italy

Villa la Torre served as Mathis' hideout in Bond's 2008 adventure Quantum of Solace. Benefiting from stunning, panoramic sea views and a peaceful secluded terrace with pool, this cliff-top villa is the perfect restful retreat.

This clifftop villa featured in the Bond flick Quantum of Solace. Photo / Supplied
This clifftop villa featured in the Bond flick Quantum of Solace. Photo / Supplied

The Sound of Music (1965): Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron - Salzburg, Austria

The Sound of Music is a timeless classic, thanks in part to the stunning natural beauty of the Austrian Alps. The historic Leopoldskron Palace was one of the primary filming locations, and offers exclusive accommodation in the palace itself, surrounded by the beautiful lake and mountains so familiar from the film . . . and it's less than 2km from the charming historic centre of Salzburg.

The historic Leopoldskron Palace was one of the primary filming locations for the Sound of Music. Photo / Supplied
The historic Leopoldskron Palace was one of the primary filming locations for the Sound of Music. Photo / Supplied

Lost in Translation (2003): Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo, Japan

The setting for the hit romantic drama starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, The Park Hyatt is a luxurious five star hotel which towers over the Tokyo skyline. Offering world-class service alongside the other-worldly views, guests can dine at the 52nd floor restaurant, indulge in the spa and share a drink in the iconic bar for a truly romantic stay.

Lost in Translation was set in Tokyo's Park Hyatt hotel. Photo / Supplied
Lost in Translation was set in Tokyo's Park Hyatt hotel. Photo / Supplied

Entourage (2015): The Villa Sophia - Los Angeles, USA

A location for the 2015 comedy, this palatial villa is secluded in the celebrity-filled hills of Los Feliz, offering panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline. It's the perfect base for a quiet retreat after sightseeing, with a peaceful pool, hot tub and outdoor living area to relax in and enjoy the famous Californian climate.

The Villa Sophia was a location in Entourage. Photo / Supplied
The Villa Sophia was a location in Entourage. Photo / Supplied

Casino Royale (2006): Grand Hotel Pupp - Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

The Grand Hotel Pupp, located in the spa town of Karlovy Vary, served as the glamorous Hotel Splendide in Bond's 2006 adventure Casino Royale. Founded in 1701, this impressive hotel boasts an illustrious history, previously accommodating the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach and Richard Wagner. A highlight for guests is the luxurious Royal Spa, which is beautifully stylish, with a staggering range of facilities and treatments on offer.

The Grand Hotel Pupp served as the glamourous Hotel Splendide in Bond's 2006 adventure Casino Royale. Photo / Supplied
The Grand Hotel Pupp served as the glamourous Hotel Splendide in Bond's 2006 adventure Casino Royale. Photo / Supplied

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