Hotels of New York
As the sung by Frank Sinatra, New York is the city that never sleeps. But when you want to sleep in New York, you can find some hotels in our guide New York of 1000 cult movies, series, musics, comics and novels locations.
On Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) manages to reserve a room in this mythical New York hotel by skillfully using a dictaphone as well as his father’s credit card. In the lobby he also runs into Donald Trump and asks him where the reception desk is. The future American President was at that time owner of the hotel. “I haven't purchased a building, I have purchased a masterpiece” he claimed in 1988 when he became the owner. He resold it in 1995.
Built in 1909 and taking inspiration from French Renaissance castles, the Plaza is a heritage gem of unbelievable luxury. Don’t hesitate to come see the splendid skylights in the restaurant, but if the menu prices scare you off, you could have something to eat for a much more modest price in the downstairs Food Hall.
On The Adjustment Bureau, this world renowned Art Deco luxury hotel is the theatre for the meeting between David Norris (Matt Damon) and Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). While he rehearses his concession speech, thinking he’s alone in the men’s room, the young woman betrays her presence. Their romantically-charged conversation will change things.
Luxury, glamour, pleasure. For a long time considered the grandest hotel in the world with 1,400 rooms over 49 floors, the Waldorf Astoria, currently closed for renovations, looms stately on Park Avenue. And the inside, where marble is omnipresent, is even more stunning. From Charlie Chaplin to Fidel Castro, from Elizabeth Taylor to Frank Sinatra, celebrities and statesmen have made this hotel their New York pied-à-terre. To get there from Grand Central, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took a private underground train.
The St. Regis
On The Godfather, while leaving Radio City Music Hall with Kay (Diane Keaton), Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) learns that his father has just been victim of a murder attempt and then dines with his girlfriend in one of the hotel suites. He asks the young woman to return to his parents’ while he goes to see his father in a hospital that doesn’t exist anymore. It’s not worth either trying to see the spot where the Don gets shot (128 Mott St), it’s no longer recognizable.
At the time of its inauguration in 1901, the luxurious St. Regis was the tallest hotel in New York. Not easy to hang on to this title in a city where architectural feats follow one after the other. However, the edifice has marked history in its own way because it was within these walls, in the King Cole Bar in 1934, that the famous cocktail the “Bloody Mary” was invented.
The Roosevelt Hotel
On Mad Men, after his divorce from Betty (January Jones), Don spends a few nights in this magnificent hotel of which the bar, the Madison Club Lounge, was also used for some scenes.
Named after the 26th President of the USA (1901-1909) Theodore Roosevelt, this four star hotel is not the most well-known of New York, but it is considered one of the nicest. So much so that Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotel chain, had chosen to stay in the presidential suite here even though he was owner of both the Plaza and the Waldorf Astoria.
Lotte New York Palace
On Gossip Girl, during the works in their penthouse, the Van Der Woodsen family reside in this hotel belonging to Bart, Chuck’s father. Here is where Dan and Nate, the two rivals, find themselves face to face while waiting for Serena (Blake Lively). Commissioned in 1882 by Henry Villard a financier who made it rich in railroads, the building reflects Italian Renaissance architecture. A 55-storey skyscraper was added in 1974 when the hotel came to be.
This five star hotel combines both history and modernity. The access is via the immense Villard Mansion, a magnificent private hotel with an interior courtyard built between 1882 and 1884 by Henry Villard, president of the Northern Pacific Railway. When the decision was taken to transform the premises, a 55-floor glass tower was constructed just behind the mansion. The establishment opened its doors in 1981 and includes 822 rooms and 87 suites.
On Scent of a Woman, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino) dances a sumptuous tango with Donna (Gabrielle Anwar) in the magnificent ballroom of this five star hotel. Four nights and two choreographers were needed to shoot this memorable scene.
To go from the kitchens to hotels is to remain amongst the stars. Dissatisfied with the changes in public manners, Charles Pierre Casalasco, a Corsican immigrant, decided to sell his restaurant on Park Ave to found The Pierre. Open in 1930, the establishment displays some French architectural features. The summit was inspired by the royal chapel at Versailles. The other levels also harbour some exceptional features such as the Rotunda or the great ballroom, and the 525.01 feet tower offers residents a breathtaking view over Central Park.
The Empire Hotel
On Gossip Girl, Chuck’s hotel really exists and you’ll find there a lot of places seen on screen: the velvet armchairs, the stairway, the rooftop… If you decide to have a drink, you’ll discover that the cocktail menu is inspired by the series.
Looming on the rooftop since the opening of the hotel in 1923, the iconic red neon sign “Empire Hotel” has contributed to its celebrity. The series Gossip Girl has given it a second life. It is said that the series is behind a 5 to 10% increase in reservations. The hotel has understood, now offering cocktails inspired directly from the show.
The Chelsea Hotel
On Nine 1/2 Weeks, the last sensual scene between John and Elizabeth takes place in one of the rooms of this mythical hotel.
Sung by Leonard Cohen, the Chelsea Hotel has welcomed a multitude of artists. Some even selling their works to pay the rent…
The Jane Hotel
On Girls, in season 1, the book launching party for “Leave me alone” by Tally Schifrin (Jenny Slate), Hannah’s Nemesis, took place in this 1908 hotel reputed for their evil parties in the splendid ballroom. Originally this building was the headquarters for the American Seamen's Friend Society Sailor’s Home and Institute. Titanic survivors were housed here during the investigation following the sinking.
The brick façade and the bit of paved street in front add some delightful retro charm. Initially planned for sailors, The Jane accommodated Titanic survivors during the investigation following the sinking. The magnificent ballroom was converted into a theatre in the 70s, then into a bar- lounge in which still today there some memorable evenings.
The Algonquin Hotel
On Nine 1/2 Weeks, it’s at the bar that Elizabeth appears dressed as a man. Open in 1902, the Algonquin has played an important role in the city’s cultural history as it’s here in the 20s that the Algonquin Round Table circle of writers and literary wits would gather.
From 1919 to 1929, writers, critics, actors, and wits gathered at the Algonquin Round Table, the literary circle that they had created there. Today people come to the “Blue Bar” to sip one of the cocktails inspired by the series Mad Men. Different times, different ways…