A majestic hotel in Budapest that shares an uncanny resemblance to the fictional hotel at the centerpiece of Wes Anderson's film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has created a special package that explores the property's cinematic history.
The Corinthia Hotel Budapest is capitalizing on its name and the fact that its majestic, Neoclassical facade is loosely reminiscent of the fictional hotel, to offer guests a "Behind the Scenes" package that explores the property's own cinematic history.
Though the hotel boasts no official links to the movie, in 1915 the property transformed its royal ballroom into the Royal Apollo Cinema, seating more than a thousand spectators.
It was there that French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere, the earliest filmmakers in history, screened their first movie in Europe, outside Paris.
The Behind the Scenes package includes a guided tour of the hotel's grand ballroom, a movie screening at the Arena Plaza cinema, walking tour of the city's most famous movie set locations, and a cruise on the Danube.
Other luxury hotels that have played supporting roles in movies include the Grandhotel Pupp, in the 2006 movie "The Last Holiday" with Queen Latifah, and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai, from which Tom Cruise dangled 1,700 feet above ground for the 2011 movie "Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol."
The three-night Behind the Scenes package starts at $1,150 for two and is available from April 4 to December 25, 2014.