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Want to stay in Julia Roberts' bed from Pretty Woman? What about the suite Michael Caine's character partied in during The Italian Job? Should probably steer clear of the one from The Shining mind.
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Want to stay in Julia Roberts' bed from Pretty Woman? What about the suite Michael Caine's character partied in during The Italian Job? Should probably steer clear of the one from The Shining mind.

Octopussy - The Taj Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, India

She was one of the most innuendo-laden characters in the history of the James Bond films, but there's no denying that Octopussy had a fantastic house. The floating marble masterpiece, smack in the middle of Lake Pichola in India, was built in 1746 for the Mewar royal dynasty, but the four-acre marvel is now the luxury Taj Lake Palace Hotel. Some of the staff are the descendants of the original royal retainers, so expect to be treated like a king.

Pretty Woman - Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, LA, USA

You probably won't get the kind of room service that Richard Gere did from Julia Roberts (the suite they stayed in was actually a soundstage set), but you can still gawp at the exterior and the lobby of the hotel from Pretty Woman rightat the foot of the shopping Mecca that is Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Wilshire oozes old school Hollywood glamour.

Room With A View - Degli Orafi, Florence, Italy

Wandering along the Arno in Florence looking for somewhere to stay? Follow in the footsteps of the Merchant Ivory film, A Room With A View, and check into the Degli Orafi Hotel. The 4 star hotel dates back to the 13th century, but its big claim to fame came when Helena Bonham Carter and co shot the EM Forster adaptation there in 1985. For the full experience, try and book room 414, the actual room used in the movie. The terrace has a great view over the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio.

Lost In Translation – Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

Vertigo sufferers probably aren't going to want to follow in the footsteps of Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray's characters – the Park Hyatt hotel where their chaste romance plays out in Lost In Translation occupies the top 14 floors of the 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower office building in Tokyo's Shinjuku district. The prices are steep too, but it's almost worthwhile for the views from the top-floor New York bar, where Murray's character tries to relax in the movie.

The Rock - The Fairmont, San Francisco, USA

No wonder Sean Connery's prison escapee demands a suite at The Fairmont in The Rock. One of San Francisco's oldest and most luxurious hotels, the 591 room Fairmont sits high up on Nob Hill at the only spot where the city's cable car lines all meet – handy for a quick getaway. It's been host to dozens of films (Hitchcock filmed his final movie Family Plot here) but has also hosted other entertainers too. Legend has it that Tony Bennett first performed I Left My Heart In San Francisco at the Fairmont.

"You can either rent a 'hut' (complete with four-poster beds, wet bars and spa baths) near one of the 14 beaches or splash out to get the entire 500 acre island to yourself for a week. If you have to wonder how much that costs, you probably can't afford it."

The Shining - Timberline Lodge, Oregon, USA

The interiors for Stanley Kubrick's classic chiller were slapped together on an Elstree soundstage in England, but the Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood in Oregon doubled for the exterior of the haunted Overlook Hotel. Built during the Depression and declared a National Landmark in 1977, the ski lodge remains a popular holiday, tourist and even wedding destination. Though their website, perhaps unsurprisingly, neglects to mention its role as a ghost-filled killing field in The Shining...

Dirty Dancing - Mountain Lake Hotel, Pembroke, Virginia, USA

On the other hand, the 152-year-old Mountain Lake Hotel in Virginia is inordinately proud of its connection to slushy Eighties romance, Dirty Dancing. The “Real Kellerman's Mountain Resort” runs Dirty Dancing Weekends that feature tours, quizzes and, yes, dance lessons, but don't let them put you in a corner. You can also hike, mountainbike or climb around the 2,600 acre mountaintop location.

Casino Royale - Grand Hotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Forget trying a few hands at the Casino Royale itself – the building they used is actually the old Kaiserbad Spa. However, you can check out and even into the hotel that Bond and Vesper Lynd stayed at in the 2006 film. The Grand Hotel Pupp which played the film's Hotel Splendide dates back in places to 1701, but it now offers some very modern Bond-related package deals. One of which even takes you to a local shooting range to let off a few rounds...

Some Like It Hot - Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, California, USA

A National Historic Landmark, the Coronado's 700 rooms have played host to a slew of celebs since it opened in 1888 (no less than eight US presidents have stayed here and it's rumoured to be the place where Edward VIII met Wallace Simpson). However, its fantasy towers and turrets are most famous as the spot where a dragged-up Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon hide out from the mob in Billy Wilder's classic comedy.

Blue Lagoon – Turtle Island resort, Fiji

The cast of The Blue Lagoon had to rough it a bit when they filmed the steamy movie on the Fijiian island of Nanuya Levu back in 1980. These days, they'd have considerably more modern amenities to hand. Housing the upscale Turtle Island resort, the island is now one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the world. You can either rent a 'hut' (complete with four-poster beds, wet bars and spa baths) near one of the 14 beaches or splash out to get the entire 500 acre island to yourself for a week. If you have to wonder how much that costs, though, you probably can't afford it...

Goldfinger - Hotel Fontainebleau Resorts – Miami Beach, Florida, USA

When the 007 filmmakers wanted a luxurious setting for Goldfinger to be found cheating at cards at the start of the third Bond film, they dropped him next to the 6,500 square foot pool at Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel. The hotel's curving facade was built in 1954, but the old place has recently undergone a $1 billion renovation and expansion. Getting a room shouldn't be too tricky – it now boasts 1,504 of them.

The Italian Job – Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, UK

Before heading off to hijack a vanload of Italian gold, Michael Caine's chirpy cockney thief, Charlie Croker, has a surprise party full of pretty girls thrown for him at London's slick Royal Lancaster Hotel. Charlie probably didn't spend much time looking out of the windows though which is a pity as some of the hotel's 416 rooms offer amazing views across Hyde Park.

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