On location: 5 Asian hotels on the silver screenBy Jo Lane Oct 21, 2013 6:55PM UTC
From lake palaces to neon-lit high rise or colonial elegance, Asia’s hotels have featured prominently on the silver screen. Featuring Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Thailand, these five hotels might be next on your accommodation list.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
The former royal summer palace of the Mewar dynasty has developed a new lease of life in more recent years as both a luxury hotel and good backdrop for a movie. India’s most romantic hotel, the Lake Palace luxury hotel, has starred in the James Bond film Octopussy, and The Best Exotic Gold Marigold Hotel, The Jewel in the Crown and Bollywood film Yaadein. Thanks to its location on a lake, at least during monsoon season, it makes for a superb film setting. And because its a hotel, a rather exclusive one though, you can actually visit the set. Fans of The Best Exotic Gold Marigold Hotel may also be interested to discover the hotel used in the movie for stars like Maggie Steed and Julie Dench’s new home is actually Ravla Khempur, an hour from Udaipur. This equestrian hotel was a former tribal chieftain palace and has the run down but quiet setting required for the movie.
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The Peninsula, Hong Kong
This colonial hotel in Kowloon dates back to 1928 and is the flagship property for The Peninsula Hotels group. It has stunning views over Victoria Harbour and the ultimate in luxury and service. It also has a private helipad that was added in 1994. For this reason it was chosen for scenes in the 2007 movie The Dark Knight starring Morgan Freeman and Christopher Bale. Other locations in Hong Kong include Times Square at Causeway Bay and the International Finance Centre. The hotel also featured in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Should you visit look out for the hotel’s collection of Rolls Royces.
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Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Raffles Hotel in Singapore is a place of legend with many claims to fame – writers and foreign correspondents have hung out here, the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented here, and Queen Elizabeth has stayed along with a slew of other celebrities. The writer W Somerset Maugham was one of these guests and reportedly used the gossip he overheard at Raffles for his own tales. It makes sense then that the hotel, the very symbol of colonial elegance and opulence with chandeliers, grandfather clocks and grand pianos, should have featured in a film. It’s actually been in several. Paradise Road starts at Raffles with scenes from an elegant party in 1942 before the fall of Singapore. It also featured in Murakami Ryu’s novel that was made into a film titled Raffles Hotel and the 1967 film Pretty Polly.
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Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Japan
Lost in Translation was filmed almost entirely shot in Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya districts with classic neon-lit scenes of these entertainment areas. The Park Hyatt itself plays a big role in scenes where the main characters played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson stay and meet. Views you may recall include those overlooking Tokyo from their windows, swimming in the sky pool and visiting the incredible New York Bar. The Park Hyatt is posh, luxurious and glamorous and you can still visit without being a paying guest, but there are seating charges that might set you back and opt for the rental cost of viewing the movie instead of the actual location.
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lebua at State Tower Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Even if The Hangover Part II isn’t really your thing it provides a great backdrop for some amazing views over Bangkok. Some of the more memorable scenes were filmed at The Lebua hotel. Scenes in the film include the Tower Club, Sky Bar, open air Sirocco restaurant, the Dome and even The Hangover Suite that can be booked for just US $2200 a night. The hotel even serves a Hangovertini. But if you’re at all concerned about the premise for the film, go easy on these.
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