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9 Vanity Fair-approved hotels you can book on the film festival circuit

Published June 5, 2024
By Vanity Fair for Chase Travel

    Every year, Vanity Fair has an all-access pass to the annual circuit of prestigious international film festivals, taking trips around the world to experience the high-wattage glamor of Cannes and the indie spirit of Tribeca. But even the most devoted need a respite from the endless screenings, late-night after-parties and industry schmoozing. That's why the team loves these nine properties, each with Vanity Fair-approved amenities like the cozy jazz club and theater at The Roxy in New York City, or the iconic Club Dauphin pool at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel (pictured above). No matter where you're traveling this year, book one of these luxe lodgings and you'll feel like the star of the show—no festival badge needed.

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    Hotel de Rome, a Rocco Forte Hotel (Berlin, Germany)

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    Love a good heist film? Then you'll love Hotel de Rome Berlin, which occupies a 19th-century bank. Dangling globe lights, black velvet sofas and a neon-pink birdcage decorate the lobby, while marble columns and mosaic tiles flank the heated pool, located in the old jewelry vault. Of the 145 accommodations, the Royal Bebel Suite claims the spotlight with its lofty ceilings and wraparound balcony. Keep your eyes peeled for A-listers slipping into swanky affairs in the former cashier's hall-turned-ballroom, resplendent with sparkling chandeliers. Mind you, this is Berlin, so the real scene awaits at the hotel's rooftop bar.


    Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France)

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    For over a century, this estate on the French Riviera has seduced Hollywood stars with its iconic location on the Mediterranean. The ultra-exclusive Suite 306 even opens onto a private terrace overlooking the sparkling sea. Join fellow movie mavens for ice-cold spritzes on La Véranda's alfresco terrace, which serves classic Riviera fare like a truffled omelet. Or, spend a sunny afternoon lounging by Club Dauphin's saltwater pool: It's the perfect perch for scouting the jet set's latest fashions.


    The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice (Venice, Italy)

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    Step into this 15th-century Venetian palazzo and you'll feel like you've arrived on set for a period piece. From the spectacular woodwork and frescoed ceilings to the upholstered canopy beds befitting original owner Doge Andrea Gritti, the Old World decor is pure movie magic. Splurge on the Peggy Guggenheim Suite to sleep among the namesake collector's furnishings, antiques and Venetian tapestries (not to mention a library stocked with tomes celebrating her life) or the Coppa Volpi Heritage Suite for a grand ode to the art of cinema. Then, savor cicchetti and spritzes during aperitivo hour on The Gritti Terrace as gondolas glide by on the Grand Canal. (Heritage Suite photo courtesy of The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice by Brandon Barré.)


    Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley (Park City, Utah)

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    Scandinavian-style luxury abounds at this Deer Valley resort, brought to life by legendary ski racer Stein Eriksen himself. With its rustic wood beams and roaring stone fireplaces, it's the perfect alpine retreat between blockbuster premieres. Cocoon-like rooms have whirlpool tubs for soothing tired muscles, and many boast private balconies overlooking the snowy peaks. On Sundays, gather the whole crew for the resort's signature brunch spread. It's a veritable smorgasbord, ranging from sushi to carved prime rib fit for an awards show after-party.


    Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (Los Angeles, California)

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    Tucked away from the flash of paparazzi, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is where A-listers come to unwind. This ritzy property is the embodiment of Angeleno glamor, from the sun-drenched lobby with its fragrant floral arrangements to the 285 rooms and suites with balconies suspended over lush gardens. Use the in-room tablets to order breakfast in bed or summon valet service, book a table at the crudo bar or retreat to a private poolside cabana and spend a laidback afternoon surrounded by bubbling fountains and art sculptures.


    The Langham, Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

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    Occupying the first dozen floors of a 52-story skyscraper that's on Chicago's register of historic buildings, The Langham is a favorite for its stunning lake and skyline views. Film fans, however, will love it for the Cinema Suite, which can host 12-person screenings. Before holding your own private showing, fuel up at Travelle, which impresses with a glass-enclosed kitchen, dual wine walls and a digital art installation. Other hotel highlights include the 67-foot indoor pool and the hydrotherapy hot tub and saunas—the consummate paparazzi-free escape.


    The Hazelton Hotel Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

    Set in the heart of Toronto's swanky Yorkville neighborhood, this grand hotel is a magnet for Hollywood A-listers every fall. It's packed with luxe details, from blue-chip artworks to a spa that specializes in anti-aging remedies. But it's the exclusive, 25-seat Norman Jewison Cinema—perfect for viewings or premiere parties—that really steals the show. When you need a break from the festival frenzy, hit the glamorous lobby bar for a cocktail, or snag a cozy nook at ONE Restaurant, which serves eclectic plates like foie gras mousse crostini and Korean chicken tacos.


    The Roxy Hotel New York (New York, New York)

    The Roxy is a festival-goer's playground with its vintage movie theater, cellar jazz bar inspired by Parisian boîtes and buzzy lobby scene. Guests can even look forward to live DJs at Paul's Cocktail Lounge, where hand-painted wallpaper and servers sporting Palm Beach-inspired uniforms transport you to tropical paradise. The retro-chic vibe extends to the rooms and suites, which have Smeg refrigerators, Tivoli clock radios and bold, geometric textiles. Some even feature turntables with a custom collection of vinyl. Add to all this a TriBeCa neighborhood setting and you'll be demanding a sequel stay before you've even checked out.


    Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge (Telluride, Colorado)

    This alpine retreat offers rustic, multi-bedroom chalets perfect for group getaways. If you can tear yourself away from the vaulted ceilings, stone fireplaces and mountain views (not to mention the attentive staff), the outdoor adventures are endless. Conquer black-diamond terrain or take a guided snowshoe tour through pristine backcountry, then treat yourself to some après-ski indulgence at Himmel Spa, which pampers with oxygen lounges, private hot tubs, eucalyptus steam sessions and more. In other words: everything you need to revive tired muscles before shooting the next great outdoor epic.


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