Seriously, who wouldn't want to live in a Wes Anderson movie? Everything would be so quaint and so cute, and the (mostly) happy endings don't hurt either... plus, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman! Anderson's films are basically like fairy tales for adults.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is one of his most critically acclaimed films to date, and with its fun, madcap (but still touching) plot and gorgeous, pre-WWII, Eastern Europe setting, it's not hard to see why. It takes place primarily in a whimsical and fantastical (but sadly fictional) hotel of the same name, and even though you can't stay at the Grand Budapest Hotel IRL, you can actually get pretty darn close to it.
While most of Anderson's sets were actually adorable miniatures (I'd expect nothing less), he was inspired by real-life hotels— especially the Grandhotel Pupp and the Hotel Imperial in the Czech Republic resort city of Karlovy Vary. There's even an observatory overlooking the Grandhotel Pupp— just like in the film. If you can't get to Eastern Europe, then celebrate the DVD release of The Grand Budapest Hotel by daydreaming about a trip to one of these classic and fanciful European-style hotels right here in America.
The Grand Hotel is a Mackinac Island resort that has old-school charm aplenty. It's right on the lake, and it claims to have the world's longest porch (which is filled with rocking chairs, of course). In fact, all of Mackinac Island has that magical, vintage feel— cars aren't allowed, so bikes and horse-drawn carriages are the main modes of transportation... and their main export is fudge.
As a native of Cincinnati, it's hard to picture the Queen City as a place that could muster up much Wes Anderson-style charm, especially if you're, say, stuck in traffic on I-75, but the Cincinnatian Hotel is proof that the city actually has a bit of class. The lavish, opulent decor of this French Second Empire hotel is definitely similar to The Grand Budapest— it's not hard to picture Ralph Fiennes running up and down the marble-and-walnut grand staircase in the building's lobby.
Sure, the Omni William Penn Hotel has undergone multiple restorations since its opening in 1916, but some things will never change; they still even serve a traditional afternoon high tea. Not every hotel in Pittsburgh can say that! Pro tip: sneak a peek into the two-story Grand Ballroom if you can... it is the very definition of opulence.
Should you ever tire of spending time in your elegant stateroom while staying at the Palace Hotel, it's no problem to hop on a cable car and cruise to one of San Francisco's many distinctive attractions, but no one will blame you for not wanting to leave the hotel's magnificent Garden Court, which serves up brunch and afternoon tea. The pool is also quite lovely as well!
The William Inter Continental is so fancy, it's earned the nickname "The Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue". Those who stay here are in good company: other famous guests include Mark Twain, Martin Luther King Jr, P.T. Barnum, Charles Dickens, and basically every President since 1853. And, the service is so spot-on, the hotel couldn't run smoother if M. Gustave himself was in charge.
The Hotel del Coronado is a Victorian beachfront resort that has a lot of character, from its red turrets to its alleged haunting to the very, very old elevators. Politicians and dignitaries frequent The Del, and tons of movies have been filmed here— you may recognize the building from its appearance in "Some Like it Hot". Oh, and during the winter, they set up an outdoor ice skating rink on the beach... if that isn't charmingly quirky, I don't know what is!
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