Most of us will be home watching the Academy Awards on the couch in our PJs. But when you plan your next trip away from New York, here are some ideas that allow travelers to experience the setting of their favorite Oscar-nominated films and red carpet moments.
New Orleans is affectionately referred to as the “Hollywood of the South." The city was the setting for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and one of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees, Django Unchained. When Hollywood stars visit the Big Easy they stay at the iconic Windsor Court Hotel, which has hosted Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Nestled in the heart of the city's business district to offer privacy for its high profile guests, yet within walking distance to the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, the luxurious Windsor Court will personally arrange for travelers to go on a New Orleans Movie Tour where they can visit actual filming locations and historical landmarks from their favorite movies. Additionally, foodies shouldn't miss the Grill Room, the property’s fine dining restaurant frequented by Oprah and Brad and Angelina.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Nominated in all seven major Oscar categories, Silver Linings Playbook was filmed in and around actor Bradley Cooper's native city, Philadelphia. For those who'd like to vacation like a celebrity in the City of Brotherly Love for an extended stay of a week or more, AKA Rittenhouse Square often caters to those in the entertainment industry. The tony hotel is just steps away from iconic film locations, a mere 15 minutes from the Eagles Stadium as well as iconic Philadelphia shopping, dining and entertainment. The property’s critically acclaimed on-site restaurant, a.kitchen, offers residents the opportunity to enjoy an espresso or fabulous lunch or dinner, inside or alfresco. Featuring 78, elegantly-furnished studio, one- and two-bedroom spacious suites complete with fully-equipped kitchens, space and anonymity are true luxury’s found only at AKA. For rates and additional information, please visit www.stayaka.com.
RUB ELBOWS WITH CELEBS IN LA
If you're looking to cross paths with the Hollywood elite, you should set-up camp at the luxurious JW Marriott LA Live. The LA Live area is home to many award shows such as the People’s Choice Awards, the Grammys, the Emmys and the MTV Video Music Awards, among others and has hosted several movie premieres including Twilight: Breaking Dawn and The Hunger Games. But even without its celebrity cache, guests can feel like a celebrity at the hotel’s spa with the “Red Carpet Ready” package featuring a Champagne and Shimmer body treatment using a scrub and cream infused with 24K gold, followed by a manicure and pedicure, hair styling and makeup application from one of the spa’s celebrity stylists. The three and a half hour experience is available for $450 per package. Red Carpet Ready reservations can be made by calling (213) 763-4400.