The hotel suites from famous movies you can actually stay in
ASIA is home to some of the world’s most iconic movie scenes.
From Danny Boyle’s 2000 blockbuster The Beach to Sophia Coppola’s tender rom-com, Lost in Translation, Asia’s cityscapes and natural beauty provide directors with an array of ideal filming locations.
It’s no secret that people travel the world to discover these locations and get the perfect picture to prove they’ve been there.
There’s something undeniably satisfying about treading in the footsteps of movies stars, but imagine if you could stay in the same beds as they did too.
While a lot of movie interior shots are filmed in the studio, these Asia-based blockbusters utilized charming hotel suites to create authentic scenes; and you can check in to them for your very own cinematic experience.
The Hangover Part II, Thailand
In the second installment of the outrageous “bachelor party gone wrong” film, The Hangover Part II, Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and the gang head to Bangkok, Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding.
The group ends up with facial tattoos, a monkey, a severed finger, and no memory.
Many of film’s scenes were shot in Lebua at State Tower hotel, a property known for its lavish suites, breathtaking views, and iconic rooftop bars.
A one-night stay here starts at US$107, but if you’re going in for the true Hangover experience and want to stay in the original suite, it’ll set you back US$931.
However, the suite from the movie sleeps 11 people, so it could be a great choice for a raucous bachelor party of your own.
- Address: State Tower, Yan Nawa 1055 Si Lom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.
- Telephone: +662624999.
Lost in Translations, Japan
“The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you,” Bob Harris (Bill Murray) tells Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) in Lost in Translation as they lay on a bed in Park Hyatt, Tokyo.
Park Hyatt’s elegant oasis is an antithesis of Tokyo’s chaotic atmosphere and a stay in the Lost in Translation suite starts from around US$750 per night.
Head up to the New York Bar on the 52nd floor to sip whiskey and plenty of other delights just like Bob and Charlotte did in the film.
- Address: 3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
- Telephone: +810353221234.
“Bond, James Bond,” is one of the most iconic movie lines ever and James Bond, a fictional spy, is an archetype of British culture.
He’s traveled the world, from Russia to Hong Kong and Italy to India, which is where the stunning Taj Lake Palace hotel from the 1983 Octopussy starring Roger Moore as James Bond can be found.
Often referred to as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, the marble-clad Taj Lake Palace is set on Lake Pichola and only accessible via boat.
You can dine on the terrace where James Bond wooed one of his many ladies and experience the luxury suites for as little as US$281 per night.
- Address: Postbox 5, Udaipur, Rajasthan – 313001 , India.
- Telephone: +910294248800.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, India
This endearing film stars some of Britain’s biggest names such as Dame Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel.
The Best Marigold Hotel features in the film as a blissful retirement home for foreigners but in reality, it is the Ravla Khempur hotel.
All the rooms are exactly as they appear in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, if not a little better after its recent refurbishment.
For those going to India to seek culture and an authentic experience, Ravla Khempur hotel is a wonderful place to stay especially if you want to take 40 winks in the same bed Bill Nighy slept in, and for only US$53 per night.
- Address: Khempur Village, Mavli, District, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, 313203.
- Telephone: +91295537154.
The Impossible, Thailand
The Impossible recounts the tragic story of one of the tens of thousands of families caught up in the catastrophic 2004 tsunami which hit Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia and many other nations bordering the Indian Ocean.
In the film, the family stays at the Orchid Beach Resort in the Khao Lak region, directly on the seafront. In a heart-wrenching tale, viewers see the family yanked apart by the devastating wave then embark on a harrowing journey of survival and defiance.
The resort was in fact damaged by the tsunami but has since had a beautiful renovation. It offers four types of accommodation for singles, couples, families and friends, all with stunning ocean vistas.
A vacation in this beautiful setting starts from US$44 per night depending on which month you go.
- Address: 61 Moo 3, Khuk Khak Beach, T.Khuk Khak A.Takuapa, Phang Nga, Thailand 82190.
- Telephone: +660764862212.