Hot on the heels of the release of the latest James Bond epic, Skyfall, here’s the top ten most spectacular hotels to have played host to the legendary spy.
Four Seasons Hotel at Canary Wharf, London: Skyfall
With the film hitting UK cinemas, HRS can reveal the location of the hotel swimming pool where Daniel Craig takes a dip in the latest Bond adventure – the rooftop pool of the Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf, London. The stunning pool with floor-to-ceiling glass walls offers a unique view of the capital and the bedrooms are equally luxurious.
One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas: Casino Royale
In Casino Royale, the arduous task of shadowing a known terrorist leads Bond to the One&Only Ocean Club, a luxurious holiday resort with a total of 105 rooms, suites and villas, each with expansive views of the turquoise waters. Perceptive guests will recognise the hotel’s library from the scene in which James Bond wins his enemy’s car in a poker game.
Grandhotel Pupp, Karlsbad (Czech Republic): Casino Royale
When it comes to choosing hotels for the films, specific requirements are only rarely met by one individual location. This is what prompted the makers of Casino Royale to simply relocate the Grandhotel Pupp in Karlsbad, to Montenegro. One scene features the elegant hotel’s opulent restaurant which was built in 1701.
Hotel Atlantic, Hamburg (Germany): Tomorrow Never Dies
In 1997, the Hotel Atlantic‘s famous rooftop globe was the focal point of a scene in which James Bond scales the rooftop of the traditional Hamburg hotel. After extensive renovation work in 2011, the 245 rooms of the Atlantic hotel (often referred to as the “White Castle” among Hanseatic citizens) have been beautifully re-done, offering guests a truly luxurious stay.
Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City: License to Kill
With its lavish lobby, complete with Tiffany stained glass ceiling dating back to 1908, Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico features in the 1989 classic, License to Kill. Located in the centre of the city, this architectural gem offers its visitors spectacular panoramic views and sumptuous gourmet cuisine.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipu (India): Octopussy
The Taj Lake Palace, a luxurious 18th century Indian hotel, serves as the palace of the evil Prince Kamal Khan in Octopussy. Located on Lake Pichola, the hotel offers guests superb views across the expanse of water, and an exclusive butler service instills a real sense of royalty for guests, bringing the days of the maharajas back to life.
Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas: Diamonds are Forever
This seventh installment of the Bond series to be made leads the agent to the city of Las Vegas. Many of the film’s pivotal scenes take place here, making the Hilton Hotel one of the most legendary places for James Bond fans today. As befitting a hotel located in the gambling capital of the world, it has an enormous casino of some 9,300 square metres.
Palácio Estoril, Estoril (Portugal): On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
This luxurious hotel located near Lisbon is steeped in history and is said to be the meeting place of international spies during World War 2. Both the legendary Casino Estoril, and the hotel’s ‘Bar Famous’, served as inspiration for Ian Fleming’s first major novel about the British agent. The hotel is extraordinarily elegant and has lavish gardens, with views of the Atlantic.
Schweizerhof, Bern (Switzerland): On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Located in the centre of Bern, the traditional Schweizerhof hotel provides the backdrop for the offices of the Gumpold-Moosbrugger Brothers law firm. As a luxury design hotel steeped in 150 years of history, this 5-star hotel is a haven for business travellers, culture-craving tourists, connoisseurs and spa lovers.
Stoke Park Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent (UK): Goldfinger
James Bond fans will be familiar with the gardens of the Stoke Park Hotel. The famous golf scene between Bond and Goldfinger took place in these gardens in 1964, culminating in Goldfinger’s bodyguard decapitating a statue with his steel bowler hat. The renowned setting of this traditional country-club hotel is considered a golfer’s paradise, and, in addition to the 27-hole course, the hotel has 49 exclusive rooms and suites, as well as an exceptional spa.
This list was compiled by hotel portal, HRS. For prices, availability and to book these hotels visit www.hrs.com.