As well as being popular amongst travellers worldwide for their quality service and luxurious atmosphere, the hotels below may also have caught the eye of film fans over the years. Whether it’s the hotel that played host to Javier Bardem’s antics in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, or the site for Pierce Brosnan strutting his stuff as 007 in GoldenEye, these hotels are definitely worth a visit!
Splendia brings you a selection of top hotels, which have not only hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but also featured in some of their films…
Hotel Neri – Barcelona, Spain
This small hotel is tucked amongst the enchanting buildings of Barcelona’s old town, in the historical Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, named after an Italian Jesuit who was made a saint. Housed in an 18th-century palazzo, it boasts a mythical terrace that has been used as a location for several films, such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Perfume. ‘The haunted square’ is where Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) and Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) suggest Vicky and her husband-to-be Doug have lunch together. The charming square also appears in Tom Tykwer’s thriller Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, as the backdrop to a dramatic encounter between Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) and the plum girl (Karoline Herfurth).
The Savoy London – London, UK
A British icon since 1889 and London’s most famous hotel, The Savoy guarantees to amaze with its stunning Edwardian interiors that sparkle with timeless elegance. Guests can follow in the footsteps of famous figures from across the globe, including Winston Churchill, Claude Monet, Marilyn Monroe and The Beatles. The Lancaster Room was chosen as the setting for the spectacular finale of Notting Hill, the award-winning romantic comedy featuring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. The Savoy also featured in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Long Good Friday, Entrapment, and most recently it was Nicholas Cage’s choice of hotel in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
Melia Hotel La Reconquista – Oviedo, Spain
Occupying a grand 18th century building in the northern town of Oviedo, this 5-star hotel has an impressive heritage, as it was originally the Hospice and Hospital of the Principality of Asturias. Those with a penchant for Woody Allen’s award-winning film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, will recognise Melia Hotel as the place where the romance between the three protagonists first began to take shape. The scenes portray the hotel in all its grandeur: its impressive facade, spacious lobby and elegant guestrooms all feature prominently.
The Langham London – London, UK
Located at the top of Regent Street and originally opened in 1865, this prestigious hotel was the first in Europe to be assigned ‘Grand Hotel’ status. Several decades after Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain were regular patrons, The Langham welcomed Pierce Brosnan as he played James Bond. The hotel’s impressive facade featured in the 1995 film GoldenEye, doubling as an exterior shot for what is, in the film, St Petersburg’s Grand Hotel Europe. The Langham also featured in Michael Winterbottom’s film Wonderland and was the exterior setting for the TV movie Winning London, featuring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. We are sure that the actors didn’t miss the opportunity to savour The Langham’s award-winning afternoon tea!
Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Located in the heart of the Monegasque capital, this majestic hotel is the perfect example of sumptuousness, with crystal chandeliers and marble colonnades giving a sense of serene solemnity. The hotel restaurants are further examples of luxury and include the Michelin 3-star Louis XV and Michelin-starred Le Grill. Enjoying an enviable location right next to the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, fans of action films can see Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Mickey Rourke in action at this magnificent palace, as it was first choice for the director of Iron Man II.
Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce – Bruges, Belgium
Set in the Flemish region of Belgium, this hotel is as romantic as can be. It is also the perfect spot from which to discover the stunning city of Bruges – commonly referred to as the Venice of the North. A small boutique hotel in Bruges is probably not the obvious choice for a British black comedy, but the hotel served as the setting for the 2008 film In Bruges, starring Colin Farrell as one of the two Irish hit-men who had to lay low in the Belgian municipality, awaiting instructions from their boss. The film serves as an impressive tribute to this waterfront hotel, with its beautiful half-timbered frontage and spectacular stained-glass windows.
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