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Here's Another Grand Budapest Hotel That You Can't Check Into

June 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel was released on DVD and Blu-ray earlier this week and while you still can't check into the real Grand Budapest Hotel (it doesn't exist but was inspired by several grand old European hotels), you can peep the The Grand Brick Hotel, a Lego replica of the fictional hotel. (Yeah, this is another hotel you can't actually check into either.)

Lead builder, Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team of 10 designers used 50,000 certified Lego bricks to build the seven-foot-tall replica. Ziegelbauer told USA Today that the unique pink hue of the hotel actually came from a specialty Lego collector in Germany. In total, it took 575 hours of people work to finish the Grand Brick Hotel. You can watch the construction of the hotel in considerably less time than that in the video above.


Ziegelbauer with Tony Revolori, who played Zero, the lobby boy in the film.

Now, the structure will be on display at Architect and Design Museum in Los Angeles through August. After that, we hope it makes it way to Legoland California's mini land. Perhaps, it can be the first part in their "International" section?

[Photo: The Grand Budapest Hotel/Facebook]

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Hotel Nerds Get Excited: The Grand Budapest Hotel 'Opens' Tomorrow

Where: Budapest, Hungary
March 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Watch Clips of Wes Anderson's Upcoming Hotel Movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel

January 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wes Anderson's upcoming movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is set to premiere in two months and being lovers of Anderson's films and hotels, we're obviously very excited for this debut. But now we've just stumbled across two clips from the movie on ContactMusic.com and we're even more intrigued.

The premise of the move is about Gustave, a concierge in a legendary hotel in 1920s Europe, played by Ralph Fiennes. He embarks on a friendship with a Lobby Boy, named Zero, who eventually becomes his protege. 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." There's also a murder, as you can tell from the second clip below.

Aside from Fiennes and Edward Norton, more bonafide stars are expected to check-into the hotel, including 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.

The film is pure Wes Anderson all the way--quirky yet stylish and a bit of perfectionist when it comes to historical accuracy, at least as far as design and fashion are concerned. And that's what make watching the lobby scenes so thrilling for hotel geeks like us like spotting the "Reception" sign and admiring the staffer uniforms. Although, we're not really sure a hotel put the words "Lobby Boy" on a hat. Did they?

Keep reading to watch the clips from The Grand Budapest Hotel!

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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 | Comments (0)

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?

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