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007-style travel: Best James Bond hotels

Posted by Melanie Nayer  October 26, 2012 12:58 PM

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CiraganPalace.jpegCiragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, Turkey, is the five-star setting for the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall.
James Bond doesn't settle for second best. And why should he? With the best in high-tech, lavish and luxurious side items, it's only fitting that he consistently chooses to stay in five-star hotels, too.

In anticipation of the release of the new 007 film, Skyfall, the hotel price comparison website www.trivago.com and HuffingtonPost put together a list of the top 10 most unforgettable Bond hotels:

Ciragan Palace Kempinski (Istanbul, Turkey) - Daniel Craig, Skyfall (2012): "Skyfall" is Daniel Craig's third performance as James Bond and the 23rd 007 film released. The five-star Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul is a classic Bond hotel, with a heated infinity pool, spa treatments, hair salon and a boutique shopping arcade. The hotel offers 007-style transfers by limousine, boat or even helicopter and the Palace suites come complete with a 24-hour personalized butler service and a choice of six different pillows.

Hotel Cipriani (Venice, Italy) - Daniel Craig, Casino Royale (2006): Remember when Daniel Craig moored his luxury yacht in Venice in "Casino Royale"? He moors it right outside the Cipriani, Venice's most unique and iconic hotel. Bond visits this romantic city with the devastatingly beautiful Vesper Lynd, but the stay ends in deception and tragedy. Accessible by boat only, Hotel Cipriani is renowned for its unrivalled views over the lagoon, Michelin star chefs and classic Venetian style in the 79 ornately decorated rooms and suites.

Grandhotel Pupp (Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic) - Daniel Craig, Casino Royale (2006): This hotel poses as Hotel Splendide in Montenegro, the location of the legendary poker tournament in "Casino Royale". Grandhotel Pupp is actually located in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, host of an international film festival and popular amongst celebrities for its spa treatments. Follow in the footsteps of 007 and enjoy international cuisine in the luxurious Grandrestaurant Pupp, where Bond and Vesper enjoyed a drink following the poker match.

Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany) - Pierce Brosnan, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): Who could forget James Bond's daring climb from the Atlantic Suite to the globe on the hotel's rooftop, after murdering Dr. Kaufman in his hotel room? Pierce Brosnan took on the Bond persona in this blockbuster, filmed in Germany, France, the UK and parts of South East Asia. The Hotel Atlantic Kempinski allows guests to follow in the footsteps of Bond by reserving the Atlantic Suite, which includes its own kitchen, living room and dining room and unsurpassed views of the lake. This elegant hotel also boasts its own private cinema, personal shopper services and an innovative spa and leisure center.

The Langham London (London, UK) - Pierce Brosnan, GoldenEye (1995): The entryway for The Langham London doubled as St. Petersburg's Grand Hotel Europe in Bond's 17th film. "GoldenEye" was Pierce Brosnan's debut as James Bond, and the first 007 film not based on Ian Fleming’s novels. The Langham, open since 1865 and famed as London's oldest grand hotel, was the perfect choice to depict the elegant Grand Hotel Europe. This five star hotel contains 380 luxurious rooms and suites and is famed for its service, sophistication and exclusive cocktails at the Artesian bar.

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) - Timothy Dalton, License to Kill (1989): The spectacular interior of this grand hotel was used to depict El Presidente Hotel in the 1989 Bond film "License to Kill". This was the first Bond film not shot in the UK, with location shooting in Florida and Mexico. Timothy Dalton stayed at Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico with his gorgeous love interest and sidekick Carey Lowell. Built in the 19th century, this hotel showcases the best of Mexican colonial architecture.

British Colonial Hilton Nassau (Nassau, Bahamas) - Sean Connery, Never Say Never Again (1983): Sean Connery's James Bond was led to the Bahamas on the trail of a mysterious organization and stayed at the lavish British Colonial Hilton Nassau in "Never say Never Again", the 1983 remake of Thunderball. Unlike Bond, you'll have time to enjoy the private beach, outdoor pool and beautiful surroundings during your stay in Nassau. For a true 007 experience, never say never to a Martini in the stylish Bullion Bar & Lounge -- shaken, not stirred.

Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur, India) - Roger Moore, Octopussy (1983): "Octopussy" sees Roger Moore’s James Bond traveling to India where love blossoms between him and the gorgeous Octopussy, played by Maud Adams. In true Bond style, he stays at the luxurious Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. The hotel sits on a four-acre Island on Lake Pichola, making it as tranquil as it is beautiful.

Cala Di Volpe (Sardinia, Italy) - Roger Moore, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): The Hotel Cala di Volpe was the setting for "The Spy Who Loved Me". A veritable billionaire's playground, this glamorous destination suited Bond's lifestyle perfectly. In true Bond form, try out the high life and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine whilst sipping a cocktail from the sophisticated Cervo Poolside Bar.

The Peninsula (Hong Kong) - Roger Moore, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974): Roger Moore's James Bond stayed in The Peninsula, Hong Kong after following the mysterious mistress and villain Scaramanga to the city in "The Man with the Golden Gun". The hotel's fleet of 14 Rolls Royce Phantoms, in the hotel's signature dark green, are at your service to take you from the airport to the hotel and replace the old fleet of Silver Shadows shown in the film. Stay in a harbor view room and enjoy the beautiful lights overlooking the Hong Kong Harbor.

Story credit: Courtesy of the HuffingtonPost

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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