It’s been an excellent year for television and movies, with many popular shows and films transporting us from our sofas to Greek islands, the City of Light or a fantasy, if not slightly chaotic, luxury resort in Sicily. But these fictional locations are often real-life hotels and are open to booking for summer 2023. From the billionaire’s private island in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery to the real-life Sicilian White Lotus, here are the 6 hotels on TV shows and movies you can book now.
San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel, Sicily
Seen in: The White Lotus, Season 2
While The White Lotus hotel group is purely fictional, the stunning Sicily hotel, which became the star of Season Two, is far from that. For the much-anticipated return to screens, The White Lotus team chose the iconic Four Seasons brand once again (the original was filmed at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea) to double as The White Lotus Sicily. This time it was the turn of San Domenico Palace, A Four Seasons Hotel, located on a hilltop above the historic town of Taormina and the Mediterranean Sea. Sit in the bar where the intriguing cast of characters convene after dark, ride out of the iron gates on a Vespa like Tanya, sit on the terrace where awkward breakfasts and aperitivos take place and enjoy beautiful sea views from the pool, complete with white and blue umbrellas – just like the characters in White Lotus Season Two.
Taormina, Sicily, Italy; book now
Seen in: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
The stunning Greek hideaway Amanzoe is primed for filming – and previous guests will most likely say it feels like a movie set in itself. This became a reality in 2022, when the property doubled as the eccentric tech Billionaire Miles Bron’s private island mansion in Greece in the hit 2022 movie Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Located in the Peloponnese above Porto Heli and the Aegean on a hilltop scented by pine and olive groves, Amanzoe has just re-opened for the summer season. Much like in the film, it’s its own mini acropolis, comprising 52 private pool cabanas, pavilions and villas – which dot the 92-hectare estate and have views of the ocean or fragrant gardens. The main pool is the scene for the awkward first encounter between the group and exiled Cassandra Brand, and the modern and white-washed accommodations set the stage for plenty of the movie’s skulduggery.
Agios Panteleimonas, Greece; book now
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
Seen in: Emily in Paris Season 3
Emily in Paris is an ode to the most beautiful locations in the French capital, so it’s only right one of the city’s most iconic hotels be given a starring role. The palatial Four Seasons Hotel George V comes into play as Emily Cooper’s (played by Lily Collins) boss Madeline’s temporary Paris residence, located just 1 kilometre from the Champs-Élysées and with views across the City of Light. The fictional marketing firm is clearly doing exceptionally well, as Madeline was put up in the hotel’s stunning Eiffel Tower Suite – a soothing, light-flooded space with panoramic terrace (naturally with Eiffel Tower views), panelled walls and soft cream and white interiors.
Paris, France; book now
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Seen in: You Season 3
Showcasing Four Seasons’ stunning global portfolio of properties once again, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square had its time to shine in Season 4 of Netflix’s hit show, You. ‘That was the first place we shot,’ the show’s production designer Kevin Phipps told House Beautiful. ‘We only had, really, one visit to that location, so it didn’t make sense to build it as a set.’ One of the hotel’s elegant residences doubles as Lady Pheobe’s (played by Tilly Keeper) luxury London apartment, complete with a terrace with views over The Shard and Tower Bridge.
City of London, London, UK; book now
Hôtel Molitor Paris
Seen in: Emily in Paris Season 3
Episode five of Emily in Paris’ season three takes us to Piscine Molitor, where Emily and Mindy head for a day out hosted by Mindy’s new love interest, Nicolas de Léon. The charming Art Deco swimming pool and complex forms part of the Hôtel Molitor Paris complex – a historic heritage site in the city’s 16th arrondissement, next to Bois de Boulogne Park and near the world-famous Stade Roland Garros. The swimming pool was built in 1929 as a public pool for Parisians before closing in 1989. Luckily, it re-opened in 2014, complete with a luxury boutique hotel operated by Accor’s lifestyle brand, M Gallery.
16 arrondissement, Paris, France; book now
Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan
Seen in: Death on the Nile
The anticipated sequel to the 2017 remake of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile’s release was delayed until 2022. When it finally landed on screens, viewers were swept up into a nostalgic ode to Thirties Egypt, a time of exploration, style and adventure. Alongside Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer, one of the movie’s stars is a glamorous hotel, which, while filmed in a studio, represents the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. Sitting on the banks of the Nile, the property dates back to 1899, serving as the muse for the Dame Agatha Christie novel and where she herself called home for a year. Other famous guests include Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Howard Carter, Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill. The property is a true journey back in time, and there’s even a suite named after the iconic crime novelist. French hotel group Sofitel has been operating the property since the Nineties and has added all the modern facilities – a spa, gym, restaurants, bars and modern yet historic rooms and suites.
Aswan, Egypt; book now