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The Grand Budapest Hotel, Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Where: Budapest, Hungary
October 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | ()

UPDATE, 10.16.13: Variety is now reporting that the movie will open on March 7, 2014. And the movie poster is out too!

Director Wes Anderson made train travel cool again with his movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

According to IMDB, the film will be a comedy-drama about a hotel concierge working at a legendary hotel in 1920s Europe. The concierge embarks on a friendship with younger employee who becomes his protege. But that's not all. The movie also involves "the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century."

Ralph Fiennes will star as the Concierge along with a roster of bona fide starts just as Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, and Bob Balaban.

Now the question is What hotel inspired this movie?

Currently, there's already a Grand Hotel Budapest but it's an Iberostar property and it was built in 2011. However, according to Historic Hotels Then and Now, the Corinithia Hotel Budapest, formerly known as the Grand Hotel Royal, opened in 1896 and continued through the 1900s to be a popular spot for contemporary Hungarian writers and journalists. Interestingly, the first-ever screening of a movie in Budapest took place at this hotel and later on, half the building served as a cinema.

The hotel was later destroyed and rebuilt in the 1960s and then restored again with 100 million Euros by Corinthia Hotels. Rates now begin at 163 Euros a night. For Wes Anderson's Budapest hotel, expect to pay about $12...for a movie ticket.

[Photos via Variety and Historic Hotels Then and Now]

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