A good movie can transport you to a foreign land without ever leaving your living room – you might even spy some of our hotels in your favorite films! Take a peek at our list of Hilton properties that have been featured in the movies to inspire your next streaming binge.
Hilton Chicago: Home Alone 2
In Home Alone 2, Kevin McCallister famously gets “lost in New York,” living it up with limousines, cheese pizzas entirely to himself, and toy stores before having another run-in with the “Wet Bandits.” Believe it or not, the Christmas morning scene where Kevin is reunited with his family was actually shot at the Hilton Chicago. The suite the family celebrates in is the Conrad Suite, which spans two floors and over 5,000 square feet.
The Drake, A Hilton Hotel: Risky Business
The city of Chicago is featured in many of John Hughes’ movies, and you might recognize The Drake from Risky Business – Joel meets up with Lana in the Palm Court of the hotel. The iconic neon signage on the exterior of the hotel can also be seen in other scenes.
The Beverly Hilton: Frost/Nixon
You may already know The Beverly Hilton as the site of the Golden Globe Awards, which have been held there since 1961, but the hotel also made its way to the silver screen in Frost/Nixon. You may catch a glimpse of the Beverly Hilton hotel lobby, and the balcony scene in the movie was filmed in room 817. The Beverly Hilton was also the real-life setting of Richard Nixon’s “last press conference.”
Hilton New York: Spider-Man 3
The New York Hilton Midtown is full of history, and it can also be spotted in several movies. In Spider-Man 3, Gwen Stacy falls from 1345 Avenue of the Americas, which is the building next door to the New York Hilton Midtown. The exterior of the hotel is shown in the background of this scene.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort: Godzilla
In 2014, Godzilla roared its way back onto the big screen, and in the monster’s reign of terror, it demolishes the famous Rainbow Tower of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Luckily, the Rainbow Tower was only digitally demolished in the movie, and it still stands in Honolulu along the widest stretch of beach in Waikiki.
The property might also bring a feeling of nostalgia for 90s kids, who might recognize it from You’re Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley’s Hawaiian Beach Party (1996).
Hilton Isla Nublar Resort: Jurassic World
Admittedly, the Hilton Isla Nublar Resort is fictitious, but one can dream, right? Unfortunately, you can’t actually enjoy the property’s luxury spa “with unique Mesozoic stone massage,” but you can take a virtual trip there just by turning on your TV. This fantasy resort is set right in the heart of Jurassic World, where guests stay during their visit to the island also inhabited by dinosaurs.
The Hilton Isla Nublar Resort isn’t the only fictional Hilton hotel gracing the silver screen – 1990’s Total Recall features the “Hilton Mars,” and 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey also features a fictional Hilton hotel.
Movies have an impeccable ability to carry us to different times and places. If you need me, I’ll be queueing up these movies for a world tour straight from my couch!