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The Top Ten U.S. Hotels that Provide a Connection with Classic Movie Scenes;
The Fairmont San Francisco Ranked #1

NEWTON, Mass. – February 26, 2010 - TripAdvisor®, the world’s most popular and largest travel community, today announced its top 10 famous movie hotels, according to TripAdvisor editors.

While landing a seven-figure movie contract will never be more than a silver-screen dream for most travelers, anyone can be a star at these hotels, where countless classic celluloid scenes have been shot.

“While many travelers enjoy in-room movies as part of a relaxing hotel stay, these star-studded properties offer guests an actual connection with some classic movie scenes and famous characters,” said Christine Peterson, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

1. A Class Act: The Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Average Nightly Rate: $317 - Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: elegant décor, culture/sightseeing

This grand hotel, set atop the steep incline of Nob Hill, has reached equally great heights on the silver-screen. Ever since Alfred Hitchcock shot Vertigo at the Fairmont in 1958, the hotel has become an iconic part of San Francisco and many movies, including Towering Inferno, Sudden Impact, Junior and The Rock, in which Sean Connery’s character enjoys a lavish suite at the property. “There are posters hanging from the various movies that were filmed there, and lots of photos of famous guests throughout the years,” notes one TripAdvisor traveler.

2. High-Roller: Bellagio Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Average Nightly Rate: $253 Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: nightlife, gambling/casinos

Boasting almost 4,000 guest rooms and suites, a renowned casino and world-famous dancing fountains, this hotel is no stranger to the silver-screen. The fountains alone have made countless Hollywood cameos and the hotel may be most famous for its parts in both Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Thirteen. “I opted to stay at the Bellagio purely because of George Clooney and Ocean's Eleven! It proved to live up to every expectation,” writes one TripAdvisor traveler.

3. New York’s Leading Lady: The Plaza, New York City, New York
Average Nightly Rate: $840- Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: romantic retreat, shopping getaway

This New York landmark hotel boasts sweeping views of Central Park, as well as impressive movie credentials. The Plaza’s Oak Room was featured in Hitchcock’s classic North By Northwest (and remains unchanged to this day), and the hotel has also served as the place where Crocodile Dundee swapped the Australian outback for a luxurious room, and starred in scenes in The Way We Were, Home Alone 2, Bride Wars, and more. As one TripAdvisor traveler writes, “No wonder it’s so famous! It’s a stunning hotel with fantastic amenities.”

4. California Dream: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California
Average Nightly Rate: $203 - Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: beautiful décor, comfortable rooms

Having been featured in more than 100 movies, the Millennium Biltmore is a true Hollywood scene-stealer. The hotel’s guestrooms have made appearances inMission Impossible 3 and The Bodyguard, while Spiderman, Wedding Crashers, Dreamgirls and Pretty in Pink have also brought their all-star casts into the hotel. Remarks one TripAdvisor traveler, “You really feel a part of the old Hollywood in this hotel – I was wondering who has stayed in my room!”

5. Beverly Hills Beauty: Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California
Average Nightly Rate: $619 - Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: honeymoon, elegant décor

Set just steps away from Rodeo Drive’s renowned boutiques, this luxurious property will thrill shopaholics and Pretty Woman fans alike. This hotel should attract men too, as it’s been the backdrop for scenes in Beverly Hills Cop I and IIIand Bulworth. “There is a glorious sense of old-time Hollywood glamour about the place,” notes one TripAdvisor traveler.

6. Flying High: Renaissance St. Louis Hotel Airport, Saint Louis, Missouri
Average Nightly Rate: $163 - Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: older travelers, comfortable rooms

While numerous hotels were used in the filming of the movie Up in the Air, the guestrooms at Renaissance St. Louis Hotel Airport were not only graced with George Clooney's on-screen presence, but also receive top marks from TripAdvisor travelers for being quiet and close to the airport. As shared by one TripAdvisor traveler, “What amazed me is that although the airport is across the street, I could barely even tell when a plane was taking off or landing.”

7. City Scene-Stealer: The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, New York
Average Nightly Rate: $290 - Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: culture/sightseeing, shopping getaway

Boasting a rich history and prime location near Grand Central Station, The Roosevelt Hotel has seen its share of famous faces over the years. Jennifer Lopez's Maid in Manhattan landed a job at this hotel, while Michael Douglas's famous “Greed is good” scene in Wall Street was also shot at The Roosevelt. “It’s got a real classy look to it and it’s absolutely spotless. Looks like something out of a really old movie,” says one TripAdvisor traveler.

8. Beach-Side Blockbuster: Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
Average Nightly Rate: $492 - Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: beach/sun getaway, trendy décor

The A-list status of this hotel, a former vacation spot for iconic stars such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis, has been upheld by its many movie appearances. In The Bodyguard, Whitney Houston put the Fountainebleau on a high note; Goldfinger added the Midas touch to the property; and Scarface’s famous pool scene was also shot here. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “The lobby is great, the pools are like in the movie clips, and the chicks are like in the magazines!”

9. Shining On: Timberline Lodge, Timberline Lodge, Oregon
Average Nightly Rate: $152 - Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: cozy retreat, romantic getaway

Standing at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet within the Mount Hood National Forest, Timberline Lodge is a popular ski retreat, which famously provided chills in The Shining as the exterior of the fictional Overlook Hotel. While the interior scenes were shot on a movie set, and Stephen King’s inspiration for the nerve-jangling tale came from a trip to The Stanley Hotel, Colorado, it’s Timberline Lodge’s looming presence that remains a true scene-stealer. “Expect to never forget your stay,” writes one TripAdvisor traveler.

10. A Mov(i)er And Shaker: Mountain Lake Hotel, Pembroke, Virginia
Average Nightly Rate: $220 - Recommended by TripAdvisor travelers for: families, outdoor/adventure

Dirty Dancing fans might just have the time of their lives at this property, which featured as the fictitious Kellerman’s Resort in the cult classic movie. Nestled in the New River Valley of the Appalachian Mountains, the hotel offers stunning scenery, as well as Dirty Dancing weekends featuring karaoke, dance lessons and a film location tour. “We are not Dirty Dancing fanatics, but enjoyed seeing the locations around the property that we recognized from the movie, ” writes one TripAdvisor traveler.

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix, January 2010

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