10 great places to check into movie-hotel history

Built by a New Orleans cigar magnate as his palatial home in 1883, the Columns is located in the Garden District — a short streetcar ride from the historic French Quarter. "The splendid interior of this grand structure became the elegant bordello in Louis Malle's controversial 1978 drama Pretty Baby," Reeves says. "This is the film in which a young Brooke Shields shot to stardom." 800-445-9308; thecolumns.com

Timberline Lodge Mount Hood, Ore.

Nestled on the flanks of Oregon's spectacular Mount Hood, Timberline Lodge was built by unemployed craftsmen hired by the federal Works Progress Administration in 1937. Fashioned from mammoth timbers and native stone, the lodge was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978. "The Timberline is an ideal place for a stressed writer to get away from it all," Reeves says. "But if you've seen Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, you'll remember that Jack Nicholson's relaxing winter break goes somewhat awry there." 800-547-1406; timberlinelodge.com

Cardozo Hotel Miami Beach

Owned by singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, the Cardozo sits amidst the shops, restaurants and nightclubs of Miami's vibrant South Beach area. "It's an art deco gem with great ocean views," Reeves says, "and it's been employed in a host of notable films." Among them: The Birdcage with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane; Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday with Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx; and Frank Capra's 1959 comedy A Hole in the Head, starring Frank Sinatra. "The Cardozo is also Ben Stiller's hotel in the raunchy comedy There's Something About Mary." 800-782-6500; cardozohotel.com

Oakley Court Windsor, England

Set on 35 acres of landscaped gardens on the bank of the River Thames, the Oakley Court was built in 1859 as an estate for a British nobleman. The Victorian Gothic country house was transformed into a hotel in 1981, but during much of the 1960s and '70s it stood vacant. "Right next door was Bray Studios, where many classic British horror films of that era were made," Reeves says. "The Oakley was used regularly as the lair of Dracula, Frankenstein and various Cornish zombies. In 1975, it achieved screen immortality as the castle of Frank-N-Furter in the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show." oakleycourt.com

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