NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Here's a bit of pop culture bound to make many people feel old: The movie Pretty Woman is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
The romantic comedy about a relationship between a wealthy businessman and a call girl was Julia Roberts' breakout role, and the movie became a cultural phenomenon, putting shopping on Rodeo Drive and the luxurious Beverly Wilshire Hotel on full display so we could drool and daydream.
The hotel has developed various experiences to commemorate this silver anniversary for die-hard fans or those who simply enjoy luxurious living.
If you don't have the deep pockets Richard Gere's character did in the movie, there is the budget option of popping into the hotel's bar, The Blvd., and ordering its Pretty Woman cocktail. After savoring your drink, take a selfie with the displayed replica of the stunning red gown Roberts so famously wore in the movie.
There are also daylong spa experiences tied to the theme, as well as entire shopping-oriented stays.
The Pretty Woman for a Day packages are available for various price ranges — the most expensive of which includes staying in the Pretty Woman Suite (also known as the Presidential Suite), a personal shopping consultation and chauffeured Rolls-Royce transportation to Greystone Mansion for a romantic picnic.
"We've always enjoyed our relationship with the movie and consider it to be a bit of fun," says Beverly Wilshire Regional Vice President and General Manager Ben Trodd.
A full 25 years after the movie's release, people still come into the hotel asking about its ties to Pretty Woman.
If you're not a Pretty Woman fan but are still a movie buff, there are other hotels across the country that have been featured onscreen. A recent study from Marriott Rewards Credit Card showed this appeals especially to Millennials, with 20% expressing interest in visiting hotels that have appeared in films, compared with only 11% of Gen X and 7% of Baby Boomers.
With that in mind, here's a look at some old standards that continue to impress and some lesser-known up-and-comers that have appeared in movies.
In addition to being the site of numerous movies over the years, the W Washington D.C. is a great place to celebrity watch, General Manager Meade Atkinson says.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Jon Hamm and Bradley Cooper have all been guests, and movies that have shot scenes here include The Godfather II, No Way Out, Contact and last year's X-Men: Days of Futures Past.
If that's not enough of a draw, the W is also the closest hotel to the White House. "The most perfect thing we can show a customer is when Marine One is coming in for a landing and the president is getting out on the White House lawn," Atkinson says.
For the history buffs, it might be interesting to know that the property was known originally as The Hotel Washington. It's the oldest continually operating hotel in the city, dating back to 1888.
It is also the only Washington D.C. hotel in which Marilyn Monroe ever stayed, and it's where Elvis penned his famous letter to President Richard Nixon asking to be deputized as an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
For those in search of something a little quieter or more off the beaten path, try the Grand Hotel, a picturesque property on a small island where Jimmy Durante and Esther Williams came to film 1947's This Time for Keeps. In 1980, the property was the stunning setting for Somewhere in Time, a love story starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer.
Opened in 1887 as a summer retreat for vacationers, the 390-room hotel is a National Historic Landmark, and visiting does indeed feel like a trip back in time — there are no cars allowed on the island; horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are the preferred modes of transportation. The hotel's original architecture has also been preserved, as have many of its traditions.
"The hotel today retains the same antique character that the movie Somewhere in Time played up," says Melanie Tucker, owner of Rare Finds Travel, an agency that specializes in unique travel experiences. "It looks just like it did in the movie, very old-fashioned. And you still have to wear a coat and tie at dinner."
The movie continues to have a significant following, including a fan club that meets at Grand Hotel each October, and five U.S. presidents — Clinton, Bush, Ford, Kennedy and Truman — have visited.
The hotel's front porch, at 660 feet long, is the longest in the world. In the late 1800s, the porch was the principal meeting place for all of Mackinac Island, and a "flirtation walk" for island romantics.
More recently, thanks to its many activities and kid's programs, the Grand Hotel was rated by Travel+Leisure Family magazine as one of the 10 kid-friendliest resorts in the U.S.
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York
One of the nation's iconic hotels, The Waldorf-Astoria has hosted literally dozens of movies, countless celebrities and a long list of television shows, and the list continues to grow.
Its glittering association with all things Hollywood dates back to 1945 when the hotel was chosen as the setting for the first ever on-location movie, Weekend at the Waldorf. That movie included a dinner scene with Ginger Rogers, Van Johnson and Lana Turner shot in the hotel's Starlight Room.
Since then, more than 20 movies have been filmed at The Waldorf-Astoria, among them the 1992 film Scent of a Woman, whose unforgettable tango scene was shot in The Vanderbilt Room; and 2001's Serendipity, in which John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale ride the Grand Ballroom elevator cars. More recent additions to the list include last year's The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, and Maid in Manhattan, a 2002 film with Jennifer Lopez.
"Almost all of the action from Maid in Manhattan is taking place in the hotel. There were scenes right outside the building, up on all of the floors, throughout the whole hotel. We still have location managers talking about being on the set of that one," says Martin Andersen, the hotel's director of entertainment sales.
"Coming to America is the movie everyone associates with The Waldorf, even though the movie is so old, from the 1980s," he adds. "When we look at social media, we still see a lot of people talking about that movie and the fact that it was filmed here."
Among the hotel's television appearances are bar scenes at its Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse that were part of Sex and the City, and a ballroom scene in Gossip Girl.
The list continues to grow. The upcoming Robert DeNiro movie The Intern was also shot at The Waldorf, Andersen says.
For those wanting a closer glimpse of the hotel's history, the property offers a tour at 10:15 a.m. every Thursday and Saturday that includes lunch at Peacock Alley or Oscar's restaurant.
The Plaza, New York
Rivaling or perhaps slightly edging out The Waldorf when it comes to its legendary history, The Plaza has a staggering number of movies on its resume.
Beginning in 1959, when it debuted in the film North by Northwest, The Plaza has appeared in movies ever since, among them Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (in which Donald Trump, the property's then owner, makes a cameo), American Hustle, Funny Girl, The Way We Were, Love at First Bite, Arthur, Cotton Club, the first two Crocodile Dundee movies, King of New York, It Could Happen to You, Almost Famous, Sleepless in Seattle, The First Wives Club and the shows Dirty Sexy Money and Bride Wars.
"The Plaza — if it's not the most filmed hotel in this country, it's one of them," says Laura Michonski, site director for NewYork.com. "There have been over 40 films there, most recently The Great Gatsby."
There are numerous offerings these days at the hotel tied to The Great Gatsby, including a Fitzgerald Suite in honor of the story's author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. A page on the hotel's website details the options, including food tied to the movie in The Plaza Food Hall and Caudalie "Grape" Gatsby spa treatments at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa.
For literary groupies, the hotel's Oak Room bar, built in 1907, is a big attraction. It was once a hot literary hangout, particularly during the 1930s when it attracted the likes of Dorothy Parker and Fitzgerald.
If its connection to movies isn't enough of a draw, The Plaza's plush accommodations and prime location should help. A beautiful 19-story luxury hotel, it is on the most exclusive street in New York City, Central Park South.
One parting fact: The Beatles stayed here during their first U.S. visit in 1964.
Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, Fla.
Rated the No. 1 hotel in Miami Beach by Travel+Leisure magazine, the Fontainebleau as crafted by the legendary Morris Lapidus also been stylish enough to be the backdrop for James Bond in Goldfinger, glamorous enough for The Rat Pack and cool enough for Elvis Presley.
"The Fontainebleau is one of those unique properties. Just like some people have bigger, brighter, shinier personalities, so do some hotels, and that hotel definitely does," says Lisa Cole, a communications director for Hilton Worldwide, who worked in the Fontainebleau public relations department from 1979 to 2005 and served as the property's movie liaison. "It's partly because the property's architect and original owner — that's what they wanted, a showpiece. They wanted people to go ooh, ahh and wow. That's the stage that was set when this property was built [in 1954]. It's a hotel that has a bigger-than-life personality and a place that attracts bigger-than-life people."
Among the property's coolest highlights include it being the setting of a Frank Sinatra special, taped in 1960 to welcome Elvis Presley home from his two years of military service in Germany, and being featured prominently in the 1983 film Scarface.
Other movies filmed here include Go For It; Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach; The Bodyguard and The Specialist.
In 2008, the hotel went through a $1 billion reinvention and reopened with an A-list bash that included a Victoria's Secret fashion show and performances by Usher, Mariah Carey and Robin Thicke.
"It's a beautiful property. It's quite the place to go," Cole says.