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Every James Bond movie is an indulgence, the ultimate in gentleman fantasy: sharp suits, inconceivable gadgets, inexhaustible suave, willing women, and (particularly enticing for an audience that started watching in 1962) a peek into exotic locales of every corner of god's green earth. And the luxury of his adventures, here, is key: every hotel was either at the top of its class at the time or supremely iconic. Below, a look at 19 hotels featured in more than 50 years of 007.


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1. Couples Sans Souci

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Though it's been remodeled beyond recognition since Dr. No was filmed here, this Jamaican resort still has a fairly potent 007 connection. In the 1962 film (the first!), Miss Taro's bungalow, where Professor Dent tries to kill Bond, is actually a suite at Couples Sans Souci.

2. Pera Palace Hotel

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Evliya Çelebi Mh., Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:98
34200 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province, Turkey

In 1963's From Russia With Love, Bond plays the super sleuth in Pera Palace's 1001-column cistern, doing his best to spy on the Russian consulate.

3. Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel

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Park Road, Slough
Buckinghamshire SL2, UK

It's here that Bond confronts the titular villain in 1964's Goldfinger. It's also the place where Goldfinger's manservant Oddjob beheads a statue with a bowler hat—yes, now you know the scene.

4. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

The exterior of Miami Beach's Fontainebleau was featured heavily in Goldfinger's opening shots, but more importantly, it was the setting of what may be the most famous scene in 007 canon: Bond girl Jill Masterton's "death by gold."

5. British Colonial Hilton

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Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

1965's Thunderball, as well as the 1983 unofficial remake Never Say Never Again, both featured the canary-yellow edifice of the British Colonial Hilton in the Bahamas.

6. Hotel New Otani

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Metropolitan Expressway No. 4 Shinjuku Route
Tokyo, Japan

In 1967's You Only Live Twice, Tokyo's flagship New Otani hotel—opened by a former sumo wrestler in '64—plays the HQ of Osato Chemicals, the Japan-based front for the organization owned by (much parodied) supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Have a watch.

7. Hotel Palácio Estoril

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Rua Particular
2755, Portugal

The opening travel-porny scenes of 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service feature the Hotel Palácio in Cascais, Portugal. What's more, word is that the character of James Bond was created outright at the bar here. In 1941, novelist Ian Fleming served as a Royal Navy intelligence officer stationed in Portugal. Today the bar where he drank martinis with his Allied intelligence comrades is known as the Spies Bar.

8. Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

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3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Along with Miami's Fountainebleu, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is one of a few Bond hotels in America, though at the time Diamonds Are Forever (1971) was filmed, the building was the Las Vegas Hilton. The hotel doubled as the Whyte House, the hotel and casino owned by billionaire recluse Willard Whyte.

9. The Peninsula Hong Kong

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Salisbury Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

In 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun, 007 follows the skirts of Andrea Anders to Hong Kong, where she gets whisked away by one of the hotel's Rolls-Royces, of which The Peninsula has a veritable fleet.

10. Phulay Bay, a Ritz Carlton Resort

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Rural Road Krabi 1002, Ao Luek District
Krabi 81110, Thailand

Along with Hong Kong's Peninsula hotel, in The Man With the Golden Gun Roger Moore's 007 heads to a beach on the coast of Thailand, where stands the Ritz-Carlton outfit of Phulay Bay.

11. Hotel Cala Di Volpe

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Via del Golf
07021 Cala di Volpe Olbia-Tempio, Italy

In 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond follows tycoon/anarchist Karl Stromberg to Sardinia, Italy, where Hotel Cala De Volpe gets its close-up—its piano bar serves as Bond's hotel room. Here 007 and KGB agent Anya Amasova pose as a marine biologist and his wife, ultimately discovering Stromberg's Liparus supertanker and escaping via a car that can transform into a submarine (because duh).

12. Taj Lake Palace

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State Highway 50, Silawatwari, Udaipur
Rajasthan 313001, India

Though in 1983's Octopussy it plays the exotic personal palace of the titular villain, Taj Lake Palace, on India's Lake Pichola, is actually a luxury hotel, built in the 18th century on four acres of Jag Niwas island. Spotted in the film: the hotel's dining room, a slice of its terrace, and its lily pond.

13. Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

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Circuito Interior (Avenida Patriotismo) 82, San Pedro de Los Pinos, Benito Juarez, 03800 Mexico City
Federal District, Mexico

In 1989's License to Kill, Timothy Dalton's Bond stops at the El Presidente hotel, actually the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico.

14. The Langham

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1C Portland Place, Marylebone
London W1B 1JA, UK

In 1995's Goldeneye, this famous London hotel, one of the city's first and grandest, masqueraded as the fictional Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia.

15. Kempinski Hotel Atlantic

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An der Alster 72 -79
20099 Hamburg, Germany

In 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan's second appearance as Bond, 007 heads up Hamburg's Kempinski Hotel to seduce the wife of a media magnate Elliot Carver. It's during this trip that Bond kills Dr. Kaufman and scales the building, from the hotel suite up to the globe at the top.

16. Grandhotel Pupp

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Carlsbad 91
360 17 Carlsbad, Czech Republic

The exterior of Grandhotel Pupp in the Czech Republic served as the exterior of Hotel Splendid in 2006's Casino Royale. Wes Anderson also scouted the Pupp when searching for inspiration for the design of the titular setting of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

17. Buena Vista Hotel

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Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Also in Casino Royale is the Buena Vista Hotel, a pale yellow estate in Nassau, the Bahamas, that served as the Liberian Embassy on Madagascar.

18. One&Only Ocean Club

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Paradise Island Drive
Nassau, The Bahamas

Daniel Craig's Bond in Casino Royale meanders all over the Bahamas' One&Only Ocean Club, including its tropics-meets-Versailles gardens.

19. Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf

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46 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf
London E14 8RS, UK

In the beginning of Skyfall, Daniel Craig takes a dip at the rooftop indoor pool of London's Four Seasons. The windows were covered for the filming because, for some strange reason, a spectacular view of London seemed incongruent with the fact that the agent was supposed to be in Shanghai.

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1. Couples Sans Souci

Milford Road A3, Jamaica

Though it's been remodeled beyond recognition since Dr. No was filmed here, this Jamaican resort still has a fairly potent 007 connection. In the 1962 film (the first!), Miss Taro's bungalow, where Professor Dent tries to kill Bond, is actually a suite at Couples Sans Souci.

2. Pera Palace Hotel

Evliya Çelebi Mh., Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:98, 34200 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province, Turkey

In 1963's From Russia With Love, Bond plays the super sleuth in Pera Palace's 1001-column cistern, doing his best to spy on the Russian consulate.

Evliya Çelebi Mh., Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:98
34200 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province, Turkey

3. Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel

Park Road, Slough, Buckinghamshire SL2, UK

It's here that Bond confronts the titular villain in 1964's Goldfinger. It's also the place where Goldfinger's manservant Oddjob beheads a statue with a bowler hat—yes, now you know the scene.

Park Road, Slough
Buckinghamshire SL2, UK

4. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

The exterior of Miami Beach's Fontainebleau was featured heavily in Goldfinger's opening shots, but more importantly, it was the setting of what may be the most famous scene in 007 canon: Bond girl Jill Masterton's "death by gold."

4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

5. British Colonial Hilton

Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas

1965's Thunderball, as well as the 1983 unofficial remake Never Say Never Again, both featured the canary-yellow edifice of the British Colonial Hilton in the Bahamas.

Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

6. Hotel New Otani

Metropolitan Expressway No. 4 Shinjuku Route, Tokyo, Japan

In 1967's You Only Live Twice, Tokyo's flagship New Otani hotel—opened by a former sumo wrestler in '64—plays the HQ of Osato Chemicals, the Japan-based front for the organization owned by (much parodied) supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Have a watch.

Metropolitan Expressway No. 4 Shinjuku Route
Tokyo, Japan

7. Hotel Palácio Estoril

Rua Particular, 2755, Portugal

The opening travel-porny scenes of 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service feature the Hotel Palácio in Cascais, Portugal. What's more, word is that the character of James Bond was created outright at the bar here. In 1941, novelist Ian Fleming served as a Royal Navy intelligence officer stationed in Portugal. Today the bar where he drank martinis with his Allied intelligence comrades is known as the Spies Bar.

Rua Particular
2755, Portugal

8. Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Along with Miami's Fountainebleu, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is one of a few Bond hotels in America, though at the time Diamonds Are Forever (1971) was filmed, the building was the Las Vegas Hilton. The hotel doubled as the Whyte House, the hotel and casino owned by billionaire recluse Willard Whyte.

3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

9. The Peninsula Hong Kong

Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

In 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun, 007 follows the skirts of Andrea Anders to Hong Kong, where she gets whisked away by one of the hotel's Rolls-Royces, of which The Peninsula has a veritable fleet.

Salisbury Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

10. Phulay Bay, a Ritz Carlton Resort

Rural Road Krabi 1002, Ao Luek District, Krabi 81110, Thailand

Along with Hong Kong's Peninsula hotel, in The Man With the Golden Gun Roger Moore's 007 heads to a beach on the coast of Thailand, where stands the Ritz-Carlton outfit of Phulay Bay.

Rural Road Krabi 1002, Ao Luek District
Krabi 81110, Thailand

11. Hotel Cala Di Volpe

Via del Golf, 07021 Cala di Volpe Olbia-Tempio, Italy

In 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond follows tycoon/anarchist Karl Stromberg to Sardinia, Italy, where Hotel Cala De Volpe gets its close-up—its piano bar serves as Bond's hotel room. Here 007 and KGB agent Anya Amasova pose as a marine biologist and his wife, ultimately discovering Stromberg's Liparus supertanker and escaping via a car that can transform into a submarine (because duh).

Via del Golf
07021 Cala di Volpe Olbia-Tempio, Italy

12. Taj Lake Palace

State Highway 50, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India

Though in 1983's Octopussy it plays the exotic personal palace of the titular villain, Taj Lake Palace, on India's Lake Pichola, is actually a luxury hotel, built in the 18th century on four acres of Jag Niwas island. Spotted in the film: the hotel's dining room, a slice of its terrace, and its lily pond.

State Highway 50, Silawatwari, Udaipur
Rajasthan 313001, India

13. Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

Circuito Interior (Avenida Patriotismo) 82, San Pedro de Los Pinos, Benito Juarez, 03800 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

In 1989's License to Kill, Timothy Dalton's Bond stops at the El Presidente hotel, actually the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico.

Circuito Interior (Avenida Patriotismo) 82, San Pedro de Los Pinos, Benito Juarez, 03800 Mexico City
Federal District, Mexico

14. The Langham

1C Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B 1JA, UK

In 1995's Goldeneye, this famous London hotel, one of the city's first and grandest, masqueraded as the fictional Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia.

1C Portland Place, Marylebone
London W1B 1JA, UK

15. Kempinski Hotel Atlantic

An der Alster 72 -79, 20099 Hamburg, Germany

In 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan's second appearance as Bond, 007 heads up Hamburg's Kempinski Hotel to seduce the wife of a media magnate Elliot Carver. It's during this trip that Bond kills Dr. Kaufman and scales the building, from the hotel suite up to the globe at the top.

An der Alster 72 -79
20099 Hamburg, Germany

16. Grandhotel Pupp

Carlsbad 91, 360 17 Carlsbad, Czech Republic

The exterior of Grandhotel Pupp in the Czech Republic served as the exterior of Hotel Splendid in 2006's Casino Royale. Wes Anderson also scouted the Pupp when searching for inspiration for the design of the titular setting of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Carlsbad 91
360 17 Carlsbad, Czech Republic

17. Buena Vista Hotel

Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas

Also in Casino Royale is the Buena Vista Hotel, a pale yellow estate in Nassau, the Bahamas, that served as the Liberian Embassy on Madagascar.

Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

18. One&Only Ocean Club

Paradise Island Drive, Nassau, The Bahamas

Daniel Craig's Bond in Casino Royale meanders all over the Bahamas' One&Only Ocean Club, including its tropics-meets-Versailles gardens.

Paradise Island Drive
Nassau, The Bahamas

19. Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf

46 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 8RS, UK

In the beginning of Skyfall, Daniel Craig takes a dip at the rooftop indoor pool of London's Four Seasons. The windows were covered for the filming because, for some strange reason, a spectacular view of London seemed incongruent with the fact that the agent was supposed to be in Shanghai.

46 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf
London E14 8RS, UK