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Stay in hotels where mega stars shoot films
Not all stars of movies can walk and talk, as shown by some of the world's most glamorous hotels that have made massive Hollywood film appearances over the years. When a script calls for luxury five-star accommodations, a man-made set just won't do. Throughout the years, many prominent directors have filmed unique shots inside elite hotels with the owner's and staff's permission, of course. Let's face it, it seems pretty hard to pass up being the setting for all the action in films like "Pretty Woman," "Lost in Translation," "Ocean's Eleven" and "Dirty Dancing."
Here are some hotels that have made their mark on the silver screen:
Situated in Beverly Hills, California, the iconic Beverly Wilshire achieved Hollywood status with its appearance in the 1990 classic "Pretty Woman," starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. The prim and proper hotel was the perfect contrast to the risqué attire that Julia Roberts' character Vivian Ward sports in the film. The hotel is now part of the Four Seasons group and is still decked out with top-notch amenities as well as perks like the Mediterranean-style outdoor pool and luxurious cocktail lounge. By booking reservations here, you're putting yourself mere steps away from the famous boutiques along Rodeo Drive, so shopaholics and film buffs alike can enjoy an unforgettable LA vacation at this charming locale.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Virtually all of the entire "Lost in Translation" film was shot in this glamorous Tokyo hotel, setting the stories of two lonely souls in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Japan's capital city. The hotel lounge, which also played a big part in the movie, is the epitome of class, towering high above the city and overlooking its glowing lights with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows.
"Ten years have passed since the film's release, yet it continues to be a catalyst for people to discover both Park Hyatt Tokyo and the city of Tokyo," Philippe Roux-Dessarps, the hotel's general manager, told CNN.
With a crew like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Julia Roberts, you're going to need a spectacular hotel to match their prestige. Fortunately, Las Vegas has dozens of high-end hotels, but only one made the cut: the Bellagio, home to nearly 4,000 guest rooms and suites, as well as its world-famous dancing fountains out front. While "Ocean's Eleven" used the hotel as its set for a majority of the film, a handful of other movies have used snippets of the hotel – particularly the shooting fountains – to create memorable scenes of Las Vegas.
To make your glamorous vacation feel fit for Hollywood stars, you can take pictures that mimic shots from the film.