Best hotels films

Jun 23,2014

Unsurprisingly, to us anyway, some of Hollywood's greatest films have been based in or around hotels. Here are our 5 favourite hotel films.

1. The Shining

The remote lodge where Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) experiences a mental breakdown was in actual fact a real operating hotel. Named Timberland Lodge, the hotel offered guests expansive views of Oregon's idyllic mountainous ranges as well as a whole host of extreme sporting forays.

The spooky goings-on indoors were filmed elsewhere however because, in reality, the lodge was stunningly decorated.

Favourite clip: 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' - a sole typewriter offers Wendy a window into Jack's madness.

2. Psycho

Hitchcock's black and white classic didn't initially go down well with critics or the public when it was first released back in the 60s, but of course nowadays it's revered as one of the most thrilling films in cinematic history. Ok, we know Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) runs a motel rather than a hotel but we couldn't leave this off our list.

Favourite clip: Has to be the shower curtain clip. The score is as daunting as Norman Bates himself. Apparently Alfred Hitchcock didn't tell actress Marion Leigh that her character was going to be killed in the shower. So when Norman pulls open the shower curtain that is a genuine terrified scream you hear.

3. Lost in Translation

The Telegraph has called Lost in Translation the best film set in a hotel, ever. We're not too sure if we agree with them - that's a big call - but it's certainly worthy of a place in our top 5. The film sees lonely souls Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson form an unlikely bond when facing their inherent fears.

Favourite clip: Karaoke - so much underlying intimacy when sharing the mic (and cigarette).

4. Some Like Hot

This comedy classic, which stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, was filmed in a San Diego beach resort hotel called Hotel del Coronado.

The 120-year-old hotel was thought a perfect site for a prohibition-era film, although, like the Shinning, the interior shots were taken elsewhere.

Favourite clip: Tango scene.

5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

An award-winning, all-star cast ensemble, led by jewel Judi Dench, light up this comedy. When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to fly off to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance ensue in the most unexpected ways. Marigold received raving reviews when it was first released, partly because it's life-affirming and genuinely charming. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel reminds us that, whatever our age, love and happiness is never far away.

Favourite clip: Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) gets stopped at airport security and has her bag checked by an official. The official opens up the bag and finds it stuffed with 'British essentials' - classic Brits abroad behaviour.


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