Hotel Nerds Get Excited: The Grand Budapest Hotel 'Opens' Tomorrow
It's the moment we've been waiting for forever. Well, actually only since last October but still, we're crazy excited to see Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel", which hits theaters in the states tomorrow.
The inspiration for the film has not been revealed, yet there's only one hotel in Budapest that could be a real contender--The Corinthia Hotel Budapest which was formerly known as the Grand Hotel Royal when it opened in 1896 and actually sports a similar facade to the fictional Grand Budapest Hotel. And naturally, the Corinthia is capitalizing on the similarities with a "Behind the Scenes' package.
The three-night stay includes a tour at the hotel, learning about the role it played in Hungarian film industry (it used to house a cinema), a walking tour of the city's most famous movie set locations, a day cruise on the Danube along with a VIP Grand Budapest movie screening from March 20 to April 9. Breakfast for two is also included. The package stars at a total of $1,150 for two people including buffet breakfast and is valid from March 20 to December 25th.
Not traveling to Hungary anytime soon? The Bowery Hotel and The Jane Hotel in NYC are playing up their similarities in style and sensibility between their hotelier, Sean MacPherson and director Anderson.
The Bowery has created a new cocktail, "Boy with Apple" ($15), made with Zubrowka bison grass vodka, fresh pressed apple juice and sprinkled with cinnamon, and named after a painting in the film while The Jane Hotel's Ballroom is serving the "Orient Express" cocktail ($14), made with Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Pimm’s Cup, soda, mint, and cucumber, in homage to the long-distance train that serviced Budapest. (But perhaps, they should re-name it The Belmond?)
Lastly, Conde Nast Traveler has a fun Q&A with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" star, Ralph Fiennes, who touches on the subject of hotel sex:
There is no way you can write or talk about hotels without the mentioning the bigger fantasy of the food, cleanliness, extreme comfort, and often the next stages—there's the big bed in the room and all that that suggests.
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