Are you considering staying at a waterfront hotel for your next vacation? If so, why not experience one that has been immortalized on the big screen? Many hotels have been used in movies, but there are only a handful that offer the beautiful, littoral escape that creates the perfect vacation. Here are some of the best options.
1. Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami, Florida
This iconic, beach-side resort was made famous by the notorious Rat Pack, who used the hotel to throw a concert to welcome home Elvis Presley from his two years of military duty in Germany. As the number-one rated resort in Miami, this piece of paradise offers you everything you want in a beach vacation. Indoor and outdoor pools, luxurious accommodations, and frequent celebrity guests. The resort played a major role in Al Pacino’s Scarface and has also been used in Goldfinger, The Bodyguard, The Specialist, Go For It, and Police Academy 5.
2. Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
The oldest waterfront hotel on the list, this lakeside island getaway dates back to 1887 and has hosted a couple of unforgettable movies. The first, starring Jimmy Durante and Esther Williams, is This Time For Keeps, which was released in 1947. Also featuring the historic resort is a 1980 love story starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour entitled Somewhere In Time. Known for its stunning views and grand front porch, the resort is now listed as one of the most kid-friendly hotels in the United States.
3. The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Otorohanga, New Zealand
Situated on the rolling hills of Middle Earth, aka New Zealand, The Hobbit Motel overlooks both a stream and river where the popular movies have been filmed. Complete with a grass roof, round doors, and round windows, this peculiar destination is perfect for Hobbit lovers, old and young. This waterfront hotel even features specially designed furniture and decor to give guests the entire Hobbit experience.
4. The Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
One of the largest waterfront hotels in the world, the Bellagio is the king of Vegas movies. Playing large and small roles alike in movies like The Hangover, Oceans 11, and Rush Hour 2, the hotel has seen its share of Hollywood Royalty. The Resort is an entertainment lover’s dream offering nightly shows, fine art exhibitions, a casino, and World Series of Poker tournaments. With world class dining, luxurious amenities, and the ideal location on the Vegas strip, who would not want to spend a week at the Bellagio?
5. Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront, Chicago, Illinois
Situated on the Chicago River in the city’s theater district, the waterfront hotel set the perfect backdrop for Bruce Wayne’s living quarters in the movie The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale. The Wyndham Grand’s penthouse, with floor-to-ceiling windows, set the stage for Heath Ledger to come crashing into Batman’s bachelor pad as the Joker. Various scenes from the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon were also filmed at the Chi-town establishment, which offers guests luxurious suites along with an elegant ballroom that serves fine cuisine.