With Oscars season upon us, we're giving a lot of thought to how celebrities live. And as Los Angeles prepares to handle the coming wave of celebrities, their fans, and the paparazzi who document it all, we've got our eyes on more than the actors themselves—we're also thinking about the destinations that command their own star power on the silver screen.
Amsterdam provided the backdrop for some of the most critical scenes in The Fault in Our Stars, and Philadelphia is forever entwined with Rocky—and this year's breakout follow-up, Creed. The city of Boston and its religious heritage is integral to the plot and scenes in Spotlight, and Brooklyn toggles between the burgeoning New York City borough in the 1950s and the lush green hills of Ireland.
Since movies take anywhere from weeks to months to shoot, these destinations become the home base for the film crew while they're there—they set up camp, renting apartments, doing extended stays at hotels, and making the location their new home base while they're there. This means a whole host of destinations are equipped to handle the most discerning of visitors, and offer them the ability to travel in style. While we most often associate the sweet life with Hollywood, these five star hotels, over-the-top amenities, and special experiences are available on a much broader scale.
We did a little digging into 15 of our favorite cities, learning what movies have shot there, and how the visiting stars explored their surroundings while they did (as well as what they do when they come back). We learned about presidential "suites" that are actual homes tucked behind major hotels, and private shopping experiences at luxury stores. There are $400 steak dinners, $13,000 gowns, and $10,000 luxury suites—all available to you, if you're so inclined.
The point? You don't need to make headlines to travel like a VIP. But there's nothing wrong with emulating their choices when you hit the road.