New York: Top 10 hotels for your favorite movies and series

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New York may be the city that never sleeps, but that doesn't stop you from thinking about resting in one of its sumptuous hotels. For a starry night, read on...
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Hotels in New York

Frank Sinatra sang it, New York never sleeps. And yet sometimes these locals do it, just like the tourists do. And for that, nothing beats good hotels, to be found in the New York guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels.

1. The Plaza

In Home Alone: Lost in New York, young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) manages to book a room in this luxurious and mythical New York hotel by skillfully using a dictaphone and his father’s credit card. In the lobby, he also ran into Donald Trump and asked him where the reception desk was. The future American president was at the time the owner of the premises. “I didn’t buy a building, I bought a masterpiece”, he said in 1988 when he bought it. He sold it in 1995.

Built in 1909, inspired by the French castles of the Renaissance, the Plaza is a heritage jewel of unprecedented luxury. Do not hesitate to discover the splendid glass roof of his restaurant. And if you’re afraid of the card rates, you can eat for a more affordable amount at the Plaza Food Hall in the basement.

Address: 768 5th Avenue, New York, USA

2. Waldorf Astoria, the most curious of hotels

Waldorf Astoria - The Adjustment Bureau
Waldorf Astoria – The Adjustment Bureau

In The Adjustment Bureau, this world-famous Art Deco palace is the scene of the first meeting between David Norris (Matt Damon) and Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). As he repeats his defeat speech thinking he is alone in the toilet, the young woman betrays his presence. Their discussion will be decisive.

Luxury, glamour and voluptuousness. Long regarded as the world’s largest hotel with 1,400 rooms spread over 49 floors, the Waldorf Astoria is a landmark on Park Avenue. And the interior, where marble is omnipresent, is even more dazzling. From Charlie Chaplin to Fidel Castro, from Elizabeth Taylor to Frank Sinatra, celebrities and politicians had made this five-star hotel their home in New York. To get there from Grand Central, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took a private underground train.

Address: 301 Park Avenue, New York, USA

3. The St. Regis

St Regis New York
St Regis – Photo credit: Fantrippers

In The Godfather, after learning on the way out of Radio City Hall with Kay (Diane Keaton) that his father had been the victim of an assassination attempt, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) dines with his girlfriend in one of the hotel suites. He asks the young woman to return to her parents’ home while he goes to see her father in the hospital, who has now disappeared. No need also to go to the place where the Don is shot (128 Mott Street), the place is unrecognizable.

When it opened in 1901, the luxurious St. Regis was New York’s tallest hotel. However, it is not easy to keep this title in a city where architectural prowess follows one another. On the other hand, the building has made history in its own way, since it was within its walls, at the King Cole Bar, that the famous “Bloody Mary” cocktail was invented in 1934.

Address: 2 East 55th Street, New York, USA

4. The Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel - Photo Wikimedia Commons by Billy Hathorn
The Roosevelt Hotel – Photo Wikimedia Commons by Billy Hathorn

In Mad Men, after his divorce from Betty (January Jones), Don spends a few nights in this beautiful hotel whose bar, the Madison Club Loung, was also used for some scenes. Go for a drink, guaranteed immersion.

Named after the 26th American president (1901-1909) Theodore Roosevelt, this four-star hotel is not the best known in New York, but it is considered one of the most pleasant. So much so that Conrad Hilton, founder of the eponymous chain, chose to reside in the presidential suite even though he also owns the mythical Plaza and Waldorf Astoria hotels.

Address: 45 E 45th St, New York, USA

5. Lotte New York Palace, the most heterogeneous of hotels

In Gossip Girl, during the work on her penthouse, the Van Der Woodsen family is staying in this hotel owned by Bart, Chuck’s father. It is here that 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 had made his fortune in the railways, the building was inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture. A 55-storey skyscraper was added to it in 1974 when the hotel project began.

This five-star hotel combines history and modernity. It is accessed through the immense Villard Mansion, a magnificent mansion with an interior courtyard, built between 1882 and 1884 by Henry Villard, the boss of the Northern Pacific Railway. When the decision was made to transform the premises, a 55-storey glass tower was built just behind it. The establishment opened in 1981 and has 822 rooms and 87 suites.

Address: 455 Madison Avenue, New York, USA

6. The Pierre

The Pierre - Scent of a woman
The Pierre – Scent of a woman

In 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. It took four nights and two choreographers to shoot this memorable scene.

To go from the kitchen to the hotel is to stay among the stars. Weary of the changing ways in society, Charles Pierre Casalasco, a Corsican emigrant, decided to sell his Park Avenue restaurant to found The Pierre. Opened in 1930, the establishment launched a few oenological tours of France. Its summit is notably inspired by the royal chapel of the Palace of Versailles. The other levels also house exceptional rooms, such as the Rotunda or the Grand Ballroom, and its 160m tower offers residents a breathtaking view of Central Park.

Address: 795 5th Avenue, New York, USA

7. The Empire Hotel, the most gossip of hotels

In Gossip Girl, Chuck Bass’ hotel really exists and you’ll find a lot of places seen in the series: the velvet armchairs, the stairs, the rooftop… If you decide to have a drink there, you will discover that the cocktail menu is inspired by the series.

The Empire Hotel’s huge red illuminated sign, which has been on the roof since the hotel opened in 1923, has contributed to its fame. The Gossip Girl show gave her a second youth. It is estimated that this is responsible for a 5-10% increase in bookings. The hotel has understood this, offering a cocktail menu directly inspired by the show.

Address: 44 W 63rd St, New York, USA

8. The Jane Hotel

The Jane Hotel - Photo Wikimedia Commons by Beyond My Ken
The Jane Hotel – Photo Wikimedia Commons by Beyond My Ken

In Girls, in season 1, the launch party for the book “Leave me alone”, by Tally Schifrin (Jenny Slate), Hannah’s Nemesis, takes place in this 1908 hotel known for its wild parties in its splendid ballroom. This building was originally the headquarters of the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailors’ Home and Institute. The survivors of the Titanic were housed there for the time of the investigation following the sinking.

Its brick facade and the small section of paved street in front of it give it a deliciously retro charm. Originally intended for sailors, The Jane was one of the hotels which provided accommodation for the survivors of the Titanic during the investigation following the sinking. Its magnificent ballroom was converted into a theatre in the 1970s, then into a bar-lounge where memorable evenings are still held.

Address: 113 Jane Street, New York, USA

9. The Algonquin Hotel

Algonquin – Photo credit: Fantrippers

In Nine and a half weeks, Elizabeth appears at the bar, looking like a man. Opened in 1902, the Algonquin has played an important role in the cultural history of the town, since it was here in the 1920s that the Algonquin Round Table literary circle, made up of writers and enthusiasts, met.

From 1919 to 1929, writers and actors met at the Algonquin Round Table, the circle they had founded there. Today, we come here to taste, at the Blue Bar, one of the cocktails inspired by the Mad Men series. Other times, other customs…

Address: 59 West 55th Street, New York, USA

10. Riu Plaza New York Times Square

Taxi Driver Poster
Taxi Driver Poster

In Taxi Driver, after his night’s work, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) walks to this spot while smoking a cigarette. You can follow in his footsteps and replay the scene used to promote the film by crossing 46th Street on the west side of 8th Avenue. A cult image. This was also the location of the Show and Tell Theater, the adult movie theater where he goes. The building has since been demolished and made way for the splendid four-star Riu Plaza New York Times Square hotel.

Its ideal location and elegant decoration make it a haven of peace just a stone’s throw from the bustling city center. Opened in 2016 in a modern building with 657 rooms, this hotel has a fitness room, a restaurant, many services and lives with the times having adopted an environmental approach.

Address: 305 West 46th Street, New York, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Monday, January 28, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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