Whether you're watching a campy Bond movie from the 1960s or one of the more recent, action-packed films starring Daniel Craig, you know you can expect an inventively evil villain, a stunning femme fatale, and glimpses of exotic destinations around the world. And when he's in those exotic destinations, James Bond stays in some very memorable hotels. We've tracked down 10 hotels that have been featured in Bond films. So book a room, pack your tuxedo, and live the 007 life for a night!
*Prices from TripAdvisor.com on Nov. 8, 2012.
|Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico|
It might be called the "El Presidente Hotel" in License to Kill, but there's no mistaking the Art Nouveau architecture of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico for any other hotel in the world. TripAdvisor travelers marvel at the lobby's stained-glass ceiling, which is the size of two tennis courts. One traveler called it "such a beautiful old hotel in immaculate condition." Another said their room featured "a bathtub I could swim laps in." Rooms start at $100*.
|Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany|
In Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan (or, more likely, his stunt double) climbs from his room to the globe on the roof of the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg. TripAdvisor travelers consider the hotel to be top-of-the-line for luxury, and praise its exceptionally friendly staff. One reviewer wrote, "The staff were so welcoming—which you don't often get in top class hotels—it made my stay." Rooms start at $207.
|LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
Agent 007 does seem to enjoy climbing hotels. Back when it was the Las Vegas Hilton, the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino was the setting for Sean Connery's roof ascent in Diamonds Are Forever. The hotel's TripAdvisor reviews are a mixed bag—some say it's past its glory days, but others say it's a great value for the price. Rooms start at $48.
|Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia, Italy|
The Hotel Cala di Volpe hosted Roger Moore as James Bond in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me. Today, it still hosts a well-heeled, elegant crowd. As one TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, "The display of international wealth is mind-boggling, and the people watching is as good as it gets." Rooms are expensive, but as another reviewer put it, "There are a very few hotels in the world that can compare to this one." Rooms start at $310.
|Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Stoke Poges, England|
The Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel is a popular location for film and TV shoots, and two Bond movies were shot here—Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies. One TripAdvisor traveler described the atmosphere as "British luxury in every sense—elegant, beautiful and classy. The property's 27-hole golf course is the setting for James Bond's match with Goldfinger, truly one of the most iconic scenes in Bond films. Rooms start at $200.
|Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, Udaipur, India|
Roger Moore filmed scenes from Octopussy (1983) at the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, and today, the hotel is still the very definition of exotic luxury. In fact, it was TripAdvisor's #1 hotel in all of Asia in the 2012 Travelers' Choice Awards. Rooms cost a pretty penny, but TripAdvisor travelers say a stay here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One wrote, "'Magical' is the best way to describe the ambience, particularly if you appreciate history and architecture" and went on to say, "Despite a three night stay, we did not see much of Udaipur. We simply could not tear ourselves away from the hotel." Rooms start at $591.
|Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa, Estoril, Portugal|
This hotel, featured in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, starring George Lazenby, was actually frequented by British and German spies during World War II. Ian Fleming, author of the novels that inspired the Bond films, stayed here in 1941 when he was a naval intelligence officer. TripAdvisor travelers report the hotel has lost none of its old-school charm. As one reviewer wrote, "My husband and his brother used to visit this hotel with their parents 60 years ago…. the old-style charm and formality were still there everywhere we looked." Rooms start at $174.
|Hotel Cipriani and Palazzo Vendramin by Orient-Express, Venice, Italy|
Daniel Craig and Eva Green arrived by yacht at this Venetian hotel in 2006's Casino Royale. It's the most expensive Bond hotel on our list, with rooms starting at $811. But TripAdvisor travelers who've stayed there claim it's worth it if you want to have the ultimate luxury experience in Venice. As one wrote, "Prepare your wallet and stay at the best hotel in Venice, possibly the best in the world." Rooms start at $800.
|British Colonial Hilton Nassau, Nassau, Bahamas|
Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983) were both based on the Bond novel Thunderball, and both films were shot in part at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau. TripAdvisor travelers say it's a great base for exploring Nassau ("I doubt there's a hotel with a better location in Nassau," one wrote), and praise the friendly, helpful staff. Rooms start at $209.
|Couples Sans Souci, Ocho Rios, Jamaica|
Ian Fleming had a home in Jamaica, so it's no surprise the island appears in several Bond films. Couples Sans Souci appears in Dr. No, Live and Let Die and Goldfinger. "If you walk the property you'll find mineral pools and hidden spots to sit and enjoy a private drink, cozy bars, and even a waterfall," wrote one TripAdvisor traveler. Another said, "If you are looking for total relaxation, beautiful views, [and] excellent guest service, you have found the place." Rooms start at $348.