Top 10……Movie Locations Where You Can Stay

Hot on the tail of the top (double oh) 7 hotels featured in James Bond films here are the top 10 recommendations for other places where you can spend a night amidst movie history. Just to get things clear you have to pay to stay in all of the listed accommodation rather than just rocking up and pitching a tent outside the filming location!! This list, which is in no particular order, will take you around the globe and offers the full spectrum of price range.

1. Sidi Driss, (from $9 per night) Matmatat-Al-Qadimal, Matmata (Tunisia): Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – No surprise that this one is featured. Coach loads of tourists stop off here every day yet very few of them actually stay the night! That’s probably because it’s very dirty with poor service! I was the only guest when I stayed there…..but it was a privilege to spend the night at Luke Skywalker’s home! Cheap too!More details here.

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2. On On Hotel (from $3 per night), 19 Phang-Nga Road, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket  (Thailand): The Beach (2000) – Another ridiculously cheap place to stay. Leonard DiCaprio checks in to this rundown “Kao San Road” backpacker place but its nowhere near the legendary Bangkok spot where western travellers congregate. It is in fact way, way down south in Phuket town. More details here.

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3. Imperial Palace (from $49 per night), 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109  (USA): Austin Powers International Man Of Mystery (1997) – This Nevada state city has been used in many movies over the years and could probably have it’s very own top 10 list (now there’s an idea!) but just the single hotel for this entry and that’s Alotta Fagina’s penthouse suite where Austin shagged her rotten to use his exact words!! It’s since been re-named as The Quad Resort & Hotel. More details here.

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4. Tiki Motel (from $?? per night), 7301 Santa Fe Avenue, Huntington Park, Los Angeles (USA): The Terminator (1984) – John Connor was conceived at this very run-down in what is perhaps the most pivotal point in the whole Terminator franchise. You could stay in the same room where Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese did the deed but in all honesty you probably wouldn’t want to! More details here.

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5. Royal Eagle Hotel (from $627 per night), 26-30 Craven Rd, London W2 3QB (UK): Trainspotting (1996) – The boys take a break from Scotland and head down south to London to do a drug deal. Sick Boy leads the guys out of Smallbrook Mews, across Craven Road in a parody of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover. The “small-time wasters” then wander into the Royal Eagle Hotel. More details here.

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6. Grand Hotel Evropa (from $30 per night), Vaclavske namesti 25, Prague (Czech Republic): Mission: Impossible (1996) – This was the headquarters of mysterious arms dealer Max (Vanessa Redgrave) in the first of this action spy film series based on the TV series from the 60’s and 70’s. More details here.

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7. Westin Grand (from $274 per night), Friedrichstrasse 158 – 164, 10117 Berlin  (Germany): The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – The luxury hotel where Landy stays. Bourne cleverly finds out at reception that she is staying in room 235. He then watches her leave from his position on the 4th floor and then takes the stairs down and goes through the hotels revolving doors where he gets in a taxi and follows her to the CIA hub. More details here.

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8. Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel (from $216 per night), Wollestraat 41-47, Bruges (Belgium): In Bruges (2008) – Dark, comedy thriller featuring Colin Farrell (Ray), Brendan Gleeson (Ken) and Ralph Fiennes (Harry) with the former two Irish hit-men lying low in the Belgian city at this canal-side hotel. More details here.

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9. Four Season’s Hotel (from $750 per night), Teyfikhane Sok No 1 SultanahmetIstanbul 34110 (Turkey): Midnight Express (1978) – This used to be the infamous Sultanahmet jail depicted in this biographical crime drama. More details here.

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10. Plaza Hotel (from $550 per night), 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (USA): Crocodile Dundee (1986) – What could be better than washing your backside in the same bidet that Mick Dundee (presumably) washed his posterior in? Well sadly that can’t be done here as the facilities don’t have bidets! The interior scenes were shot in the studio but you could still pretend and shout it from the window down to pedestrians on the street below!  More details here.

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20 Movie Characters’ Homes You Can Visit

A tour of movie stars homes in Los Angeles in 2002 left me fairly unimpressed but since then I’ve found something of much more interest to me and that’s the places where some of films most famous characters live. Over the years I’ve covered hundreds or movie locations in many countries but I think many of my favourite photo’s have been captured at these homes.

So, here is a virtual tour taking you around the world from the UK to the USA to Tunisia to France to Germany. It might cost you a fair bit to visit all these homes and there’s not much chance of seeing the stars you believe to live there. We here at Beyond The Movies have made huge losses undertaking such ventures so that you don’t have to but if you actually do then please be aware that many of these homes are private property so behave with respect and discretion. Here then, in no real particular order, is the list…

1. Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio), The Karate Kid (1984) – 19223 Saticoy Street, Reseda (USA). Details here

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2. Marty McFly (Michael J Fox), Back To The Future (1985) – 9303 Roslyndale Avenue, Arieta (USA). Details here

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3. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), The Bourne Identity (2002) – 104 Avenue Kléber, Paris (France). Details here

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4. Lola (Franka Potente), Lola Rennt (a.k.a. Run Lola Run) (1988) – 13-14 Albrechtstrasse, Berlin (Germany). Details here

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5. Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire), Spider-Man (2002) – 8839 on 69th Road, Forest Hills, New York (USA). Details here

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6. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – Sidi Driss Hotel, Matmata (Tunisia). Details here

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7. Ben Kenobi (Alec Guiness), Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – Djerba (Tunisia). Details here

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8. M (Judi Dench), Skyfall (2012) – 82 Cadogan Square, London (UK). Details here

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9. Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – 36 Fuller Place, Brooklyn, New York (USA). Details here

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10. Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), Bridget Jones’s Diary – Globe Pub, 8 Bedale Street, London (UK). Details here

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11. Will Freeman (Hugh Grant), About A Boy (2002) – 16-18 St James’ Walk, London (UK). Details here

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12. Charlie Croker (Michael Caine), The Italian Job (1969) – 18 Denbigh Close, London (UK). Details here

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13. Charles (Hugh Grant), Four Weddings & A Funeral (1994) – 22 Highbury Terrace, London (UK). Details here

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14. Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) – Ksar Medenine (Tunisia). Details here

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15. Dr Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd), Back To The Future (1985) – 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena (USA). Details here

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16. Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961) – 169 East 71st Street (USA). Details here

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17. Robert Neville (Will Smith), I Am Legend (2007) – 11 Washington Square Park North, New York (USA). Details here

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18. Carly Norris (Sharon Stone), Sliver (1993) – 211 Madison Avenue at East 36th Street, New York (USA). Details here

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19. Tokunaga FamilyJu-On: The Grudge – Tokorozawa, Saitama (Japan). Details here

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20. Amélie (Audrey Taotou), Amélie (2001) – 56 Rue des Trois-Freres, Paris (France).Details here

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