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Many brides dream of a fairytale wedding, but how about a honeymoon with major star power? We’d need to reference IMDb before even attempting to put together the list of motion picture set in New York, London, and Paris alone. Of course, it’s not just destinations that make on-screen magic happen. For true cinema enthusiasts, properties like The Plaza are just as much a part of movie iconography as the leading actors and actresses. Your post-wedding getaway is bound to be a blockbuster hit at these honeymoon hotels that were immortalized on film.
Best Splurge: Le Bristol Paris (Paris, France)
France’s capital is a favorite film location going back decades. Its landscaped parks, wide boulevards, bridges, sidewalk cafes, and iconic monuments evoke a sense of escapism that has long captivated audiences.
In the film Midnight in Paris (written and directed by Woody Allen), Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams stayed at Le Bristol Paris, a regal five-star hotel set on the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Many scenes from the fantasy comedy flick were shot in the spectacular Panoramic Suite. Fit for honeymooners seeking a first-class Parisian experience that spares no expense, the palatial pad is dripping in Louis XVI furniture, crystal chandeliers, priceless art, antique mirrors, and oak floors.
When not celebrating your newly minted relationship status behind closed doors, splurge at the Michelin-starred restaurant and exquisite bar where you can get an extremely rare dish of blue lobster.
Best for Romance: La Casa Que Canta (Zihuatanejo, Mexico)
Tulum, Punta Mita, and Los Cabo may be the most obvious picks (or, in movie terms, the frontrunners) for where to honeymoon in Mexico. The Pacific coastal town of Zihuatanejo is more of a dark horse in that regard.
But that doesn’t mean it’s any less deserving of your consideration. Especially since the resort city lays claim to a hillside hideaway called La Casa Que Canta, a prestigious bayfront retreat that first stole our hearts in the 1994 Meg Ryan flick, When a Man Loves a Woman. Since then, we’ve been daydreaming of staying in a secluded terracotta-hued hacienda overlooking La Ropa Beach.
Designed for lovers, the breezy beachfront getaway provides guests with the top in romantic relaxation, from spa treatments like a Salty Safflower Body Scrub at the spa, and authentic Mexican cuisine like cochinita pibil tamales and tuna ceviche at the Mar y Cielo restaurant.
Best for Celeb Spotting: Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (Los Angeles, California)
A honeymoon in Tinseltown provides a plethora of movie-centric activities. No doubt you’ll identify the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel for its prominent role in Pretty Woman. Since the Garry Marshall-directed film hit theaters in 1990, the glamorous five-star property and popular celeb hangout has become something of a pilgrimage site for cinephiles.
Why just visit a famous film location when you can stay at one? In the R-rated update on Cinderella, Richard Gere’s character arrives in town for a business trip and immediately checks into the Presidential Suite.
Channel your inner Julia Roberts by singing Prince’s song "Kiss" in the bubble bath, book a couple's massage, and shop on Rodeo Drive. If you really want to splash out, don an evening gown and do date night at the Los Angeles Opera.
At the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant headed by famed chef Wolfgang Puck, grab dishes like Alaskan King Crab & Louisiana Shrimp Louis, or American wagyu filet carpaccio.
Best Views: Park Hyatt Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
In a city full of fabulous hotels, the Park Hyatt Tokyo shines a bit brighter than the rest. To us—and fans of Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film, Lost in Translation—it will always be the place where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson fell head over heels in love.
Staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo is a chance to steal the spotlight as the leading lady in your very own romantic comedy. After a long-haul flight, unwind in one of the luxurious rooms or suites before getting into character for some sexy role play action on the 52nd floor. Pretend you and your hubby are attractive strangers in a foreign country having a serendipitous encounter over expensive cocktails at the New York Bar, which looks just as classy IRL as it does on camera and offers spellbinding skyline views.
Grab a steak at the New York Grill that looks out over all of Tokyo from the 52nd floor of the building, or get a whiskey in the New York Bar, just like Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.
Best for Luxury: The Plaza (New York, New York)
A Manhattan landmark synonymous with high style and spending power, The Plaza is the most filmed building in all of New York City. Its list of major motion picture credits reads like an Oscar ballot: North by Northwest, The Great Gatsby, Annie Hall, Funny Girl, The Fisher King, Scent of a Woman, Almost Famous, American Hustle, Ocean's Eight, and about a dozen other award-winning flicks.
Decorated like a luxurious, plush mansion, The Plaza's massive location offers envious views over Central Park and Fifth Avenue, the two busiest spots in all of Manhattan.
Honeymooning at The Plaza is the epitome of living the suite life. You can recreate our favorite scene from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York by ordering a glutinous amount of room service (a.k.a. pulling a Kevin McCallister), saunter downstairs for afternoon tea a la Eloise, prepare for a night out on the town with a red carpet-worthy blowout, sip champagne at the ritzy bar, or purchase designer duds on Fifth Avenue.
Best Mediterranean Getaway: L’Albergo Della Regina Isabella (Lacco Ameno, Italy)
A few days galavanting around the south of Italy—eating fresh-caught fish, learning how to prepare pasta by hand, splashing in azure waters, sailing on a mega-yacht, and soaking in the sun-drenched Mediterranean charm—sounds like a picture-perfect honeymoon.
Part of The Talented Mr. Ripley was filmed in Ischia, the largest Neapolitan island in the Gulf of Naples. Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and crew posted up at L’Albergo Della Regina Isabella during shooting. The hotel has even more Hollywood history than that: Richard Burton and Liz Taylor used to vacation at this five-star gem in the 1950s.
As the only luxury hotel perched directly on the idyllic coastline in the township of Lacco Ameno, the accommodations and vistas are absolutely superb. Because the most loved-up trip of our life should include plenty of R&R, take full advantage of the thermal baths, mud tanks, and holistic spa treatments. Don't forget to get a Michelin-level meal at Indaco Restaurant, where you can find the freshest seafood like razor shell clams and sea urchin caprice.
Best Fantasy: The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)
Fifty Shades of Grey devotees will remember The Heathman Hotel as the setting for college co-ed Ana Steele and wealthy playboy Christian Grey’s steamy scenes in the film adaptation of the novel. If you’ve ever fantasized about recreating your own BDSM-inspired rendezvous, this is the place to do it. You can even toss back oysters in the same private dining room as the on-screen couple.
The Fifty Shades erotic setting isn't the only reason to stay at The Heathman Hotel. Built in 1927, the 151-key landmark seduces honeymooners with its contemporary art collection, complimentary wine tastings, and desirable address in Portland’s hip downtown district.
Besides movie stardom, it also has rich literary roots. The on-site library houses more than 3,000 volumes signed by Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Presidents, and—we’re guessing—a few romance novelists.
Best for Nightlife: Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nevada)
The majority of The Hangover was shot on location at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Of course, we would never suggest modeling your honeymoon after the debaucherous antics of Doug, Phil, Stu, and Alan. (And please don’t ask the employees “did Caesar live here?” upon arrival).
From world-class entertainment and gambling to nightlife and thrilling attractions, Sin City isn’t short on stuff to keep newlyweds thoroughly absorbed. You can dine at restaurants and buffets helmed by renowned chefs, see superstars like Céline Dion perform live, indulge in decadent spa rituals, rent a cabana at the Roman-inspired pool oasis and—with any luck—win big in the high roller room without ever leaving Caesars Palace.
After all that excitement, it’s comforting to know a lavish villa with a pillow-top king bed, plush furnishings, his-and-hers bathrooms, two-person showers, and blackout shades awaits.
Best for History Buffs: Hotel del Coronado (San Diego, California)
A grande dame with lasting charisma on and off the silver screen, Hotel del Coronado served as the backdrop for the Billy Wilder screwball Some Like It Hot. Voted the top comedy of all time by the AFI, the critically acclaimed movie features a legendary cast. Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon share the limelight with the sun-kissed Victorian architecture of Hotel del Coronado.
Fast forward to the present, where guests can still enjoy the same sandy swoop of real estate as the alluring actress and her distinguished co-stars. The well-appointed suites are the perfect place to share special moments together thanks to their plush linens and ocean views. Though the property’s interiors didn’t actually make the final cut, there’s no denying the spaces that appear in the film bear a striking resemblance to the beachfront treasure once dubbed “Hollywood's playground.”
With watersports and a full spa and salon on-site, there's never-ending fun and relaxation nearby. The hotel will also help you reserve a tee-time at any one of the 80 golf courses nearby.
Best for Crown Chasers: The Ritz London (London, United Kingdom)
It’s sort of a no brainer that producers decided to shoot much of Notting Hill at The Ritz London in Piccadilly. Given the endless parade of famous faces that have flocked to the esteemed property for more than a century, it certainly wasn’t a stretch for audiences to believe that fictional A-lister Anna Scott would stay in the hotel’s beautiful Trafalgar Suite during the UK leg of her press tour.
Rom-com diehards will also recognize the historic exterior, staircase leading up from the lobby, and corridors. (In another unsurprising case of life imitating art, it’s well documented that Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts hunkered down here while filming the “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy” flick). Beyond its clout among cinephiles and celebs, The Ritz London frequently welcomes royals.
Beyond its stardom, the hotel offers the highest in luxury living, from stylishly victorian-decorated suites to a world-class afternoon tea time with mouth-watering pastries and eighteen different teas to choose from. Guests can even sip some top-shelf champagne if they want to liven things up.