Seriously, who wouldn't want to live in a Wes Anderson movie? Everything would be so quaint and cute, and the quirky, uplifting endings don't hurt either (plus, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman!) Anderson's films are basically like fairy tales for adults. His latest theatrical release, The Grand Budapest Hotel, takes place primarily in a whimsical and fantastical (but sadly fictional) hotel of the same name.
While most of Anderson's sets were actually adorable miniatures (I'd expect nothing less), he was inspired by real-life hotels— especially the Grandhotel Pupp and the Hotel Imperial in the Czech Republic resort city of Karlovy Vary. There's even an observatory overlooking the Grandhotel Pupp— just like in the film. If you can't get to Eastern Europe, then celebrate the DVD release of The Grand Budapest Hotel by daydreaming about a trip to one of these classic and fanciful European-style hotels right here in America.
Grand Hotel: This Mackinac Island resort has old-school charm aplenty. It's right on the lake, and it claims to have the world's longest porch (which is filled with rocking chairs, of course). In fact, all of Mackinac Island has that magical, vintage feel— cars aren't allowed, so bikes and horse-drawn carriages are the main modes of transportation and their main export is fudge.
The Cincinnatian: The lavish, opulent decor of this French Second Empire hotel is definitely similar to The Grand Budapest— it's not hard to picture Ralph Fiennes running up and down the marble-and-walnut grand staircase in the building's lobby.
The William Penn: Sure, this hotel has undergone multiple restorations since its opening in 1916, but some things will never change; they still even serve a traditional afternoon tea. Not every hotel in Pittsburgh can say that!
Palace Hotel: Should you ever tire of spending time in your elegant stateroom while staying here, it's no problem to hop on a cable car and cruise to one of San Francisco's many distinctive attractions, but no one will blame you for not wanting to leave the hotel's magnificent Garden Court.
Willard InterContinental: This hotel is so fancy, it's earned the nickname "The Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue". Those who stay here are in good company: other famous guests include Mark Twain, Martin Luther King Jr, P.T. Barnum, Charles Dickens, and basically every President since 1853.
Hotel del Coronado: This Victorian beachfront resort has a lot of character, from its red turrets to its alleged haunting. Politicians and dignitaries frequent The Del, and tons of movies have been filmed here— you may recognize the building from its appearance in Some Like it Hot.
Still want more Wes Anderson whimsy? Check out these Moonrise Kingdom filming loactions!