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Paris : 10 hotels appearing in your favorite movies

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In the City of Lights, the stars shine in droves. There’s a good chance you’re going to have some sweet dreams. Sleep in the same hotel of heroes from your favourite movies.

A night in a Parisian hotel of your favorite movie

From The Da Vinci Code to Rush Hour 3 through Army of Shadows, from the tracks of his favorite heroes, it's going to be tired, so let's go to the favorite movie heroes right now. From the Ritz to the Peninsula, go to the end of the night with our guide Paris of the 1000 cult movies, series, music, comics and novels locations.

Le guide Paris des 1000 lieux cultes de films, séries, musiques, bd et romans.

The Ritz Hotel in The Da Vinci Code

Professor Langdon stays in this hotel.  It’s actually his starting point to follow the invisible meridian line and so discover the tomb of Mary Magdalene.  The Ritz is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, an adjective that also applies to Place Vendome where it’s located.  Published in March 2003 in the United States, the eponymous novel by Dan Brown was such a success that Columbia bought the rights as of June of the same year.  Great foresight as the film totaled $850 million in revenues!

 “The penultimate step before heaven”, Ernest Hemingway used to say, a regular in this luxurious establishment.  Because nothing is beautiful enough for their guests, the five-star hotel founded in 1898 stayed closed for four years, the time needed for a makeover.  Reopened in 2016, it now offers a terrace with a retractable roof, a Chanel spa – “Coco” lived here for 37 years and a suite is named after her -, a tea salon overlooked by the portrait of Marcel Proust, another unconditional of the hotel, and even, especially for their VIP guests, a secret tunnel to get to the Place Vendome parking lot away from prying eyes!

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The Scribe Hotel in The Devil wears Prada

During their Parisian escapade, Miranda and Andy stay in this hotel.  Built in 1861, it has welcomed guests such as Josephine Baker in 1968.  The filming in France took place without Meryl Streep; the actress didn’t make the trip to Paris.  As such, the interior scenes in the rooms were not shot on location but in the USA.

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The Meurice Hotel in Is Paris Burning?

During the occupation, the German army had set up their command center in this luxury hotel.  As military governor of Greater Paris, the General Dietrich von Choltitz (Gerd Froebe) hosts the Swedish consul played by Orson Welles.  Adapted from the eponymous novel by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, this 175-minute feature film tells the story of the Liberation of Paris at the end of the Second World War.  If the movie is in black and white it’s mainly because at the time of shooting, the government refused to have Nazi flags flying in the streets of Paris.  Only their grey versions were tolerated.    The title is a quote from Hitler to General Dietrich von Choltitz, governor of Paris at the time.  The dictator had ordered him on August 23rd, 1944, to leave the city in ruins when the Allies were to enter.  The next day, Hitler supposedly called him, furious, to ask “Is Paris burning?”  It wasn’t.  The high level officer had refused to follow Hitler’s orders, convinced he had become insane when he had met him a few weeks prior. The general signed the German surrender on August 25th, 1944 in the Montparnasse train station.

For 27 years, Salvador Dali occupied the royal suite Alphonse XIII for one month every year.  Like a rock star, the eccentric genius smeared the walls with paint, while his tame cheetahs lacerated the carpet.  Surrealistic!  The mythical Parisian palace, established since 1835 across from the Tuileries gardens, didn’t hold it against him and named their gastronomic restaurant after him. In the kitchens of the two-Michelin-star Le Dalí, one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Paris, as well as those of the hotel, reigns the chef Alain Ducasse.  For an unforgettable night, go for the Belle Etoile royal suite, with its 250m2 balcony offering a panoramic 360° view of Paris.

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The George V Hotel in 3 days to kill

Ethan manages to find the room of the Albino’s “accountant” but he is interrupted by a call from Zooey.  She’s waiting for him as they have a father-daughter rendezvous.

Ideally located a few steps away from the Champs-Elysées, the Four Seasons George V hotel, built in 1928 in an art deco style, offers 244 rooms and suites, conceived as veritable Paris apartments, a spa and three restaurants all sporting Michelin Guide 2017 stars, a first in Europe.  The George V is also a magnificent marble courtyard and an incredible wine cellar, situated fourteen meters underground and stocking 50,000 bottles.  The oldest is a Madeira 1792; the most expensive is a magnum of Pétrus vintage 1964 with a value of 40,000 euros. 

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The Plaza Athénée Hotel in Rush Hour 3

Just come out of the sewers with a particularly disagreeable odor but a completely neutral attitude, James Carter and Yan Naing Lee go to this five-star establishment where they ask for a room with two beds and two bathrooms.  They also order a massage, clothes and a case of Eau de Cologne.

It remains one of the five-star hotels the most sought after by celebrities.  The Plaza Athénée, open in 1913, is also one of the most easily identifiable with 1900 red geraniums at the windows, a souvenir of the love between Marlene Dietrich and Jean Gabin.  After celebrating its centennial, the establishment closed for six months in order to modernize and it now has 5,500 m2, 14 supplementary suites and a new bar. 

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The Grand Hotel Paris Intercontinental in Ready to Wear

Kitty Potter (Kim Basinger) interviews numerous people by the reception counter in this sumptuous hotel open since 1862.

Looking over the Place de l’Opera, the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand is a veritable institution, inaugurated in 1862 by the Empress Eugenie with the presence of an orchestra directed by Offenbach.  With 470 rooms and suites, redecorated in 2002 in a Napoleon III style, its veranda, an 800m2 winter garden planted with giant ficus and flowering white orchids, and the marine spa, the establishment reaches new heights of elegance.

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The Lutetia Hotel in The Round Up

One of the scenes takes place in this hotel, at the end of the war.  The establishment indeed served as a haven for people escaped from the death camps.  It’s here that most of them were identified and cared for.

Since 1910, its imposing front faces the department store Bon Marché to which it owes its existence:  Marguerite Boucicaut, the owner of the department store, had it built in order to house her provincial or foreign clients.  Among the patrons there was Gide, Joyce, Beckett, Malraux, Saint-Exupéry, Picasso, Matisse as well as Josephine Baker.  The Lutetia gave carte blanche to certain guests – the sculptor Philippe Hiquily, the filmmaker David Lynch – to design their own suites.  Re-imagined by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the emblematic Art Deco hotel reopened its doors in July 2018 after four years of renovations.  Paintings and stained glass once again found their original luster and now the hotel also offers a 700 m2 spa with a 17-meter swimming pool.

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The Piscine Molitor in Life of Pi

The main character is called Piscine Molitor Patel (Suraj Sharma) because his father, rather than collecting postcards, “collected swimming pools”.  The man had swum in all the pools of the world and considered that the Piscine Molitor was the most beautiful.   We can see the swimming pool at the moment when Pi explains the origin of his name.  Nicknamed the “Le Paquebot blanc” (the white ocean liner), this Art Deco pool was the first, at the time of its opening, to bring together a covered pool as well as an outdoor Olympic sized pool.

Molitor resurfaced in 2014, metamorphosed into a luxury hotel complex, with a chic brasserie and spa.  Inaugurated in 1929 by Johnny Weissmuller, the swimming pool was for 60 years the most popular in Paris, with its two Art Deco pools and its avant-garde atmosphere, before becoming a mythical location for street art and the temple of the Parisian underground – a giant rave party took place here in 2001.  The pools have been reconstructed pretty much identical to the originals and Molitor has not forgotten its artistic past of the 90s: a Rolls Royce, once the property of Eric Cantona, decorated by the artist JonOne, embellishes the entrance hall.

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The Peninsula Hotel in Army of Shadows

During the Occupation, this establishment was requisitioned to set up the German Chiefs of Staff headquarters.  In this adaptation of the novel by Joseph Kessel, written in 1943, it’s here that Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura) is sent to be tortured for his “Gaullist” beliefs.  He manages, all the same, to escape.  Several other scenes were shot in this building, former luxury hotel from 1908 to 1936, under the name of the Majestic, before belonging to the French government until 2007.  It’s here, in particular, that the Paris Peace Accords were signed, ending the Vietnam War.  After having been sold and renovated, it once again found its initial function in 2014.

Two hundred sumptuous rooms, including 34 of the most spectacular suites in the capital, a spa and a breathtaking swimming pool, a cigar smoking lounge decorated with frescoes, three restaurants including the Oiseau Blanc on the top floor with a terrace offering a 360 degree view over the Eiffel Tower: the Asian group The Peninsula Hotels went all out with the opening of the Peninsula Paris in August 2014, its first incursion into Europe.

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The Saint-Jacques Hotel in Charade

Regina and Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) sleep in adjacent rooms of this hotel called at the time the Saint-Jacques.  Now, it’s called the Maxime Latin.  To get there, the characters go by the Saint-Jacques metro station, underground in the film but above ground in reality.  The filming was done at the Varenne station, on line 13, quite a bit closer to the gardens on the Champs-Élysées, to Palais Royal, the Halles and the Comédie Francaise that we see on screen.  Because the difference in age of the two actors made Cary Grant uncomfortable, some comical anecdotes were added in the scenario in order to reassure him.  The name of his role is composed of the two first names of director Stanley Donen’s sons. 

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