In case you missed it, James Bond just turned 55. October 5 is James Bond Day, a celebration of the franchise and the character himself, whose preferred taste in spirits and fondness for Omega and Aston has made him a luxury icon for so many.
If you didn’t get a chance to celebrate 007’s birthday, you can still honour the world’s most stylish spy in a novel way: staying at Bond-worthy suites in cities where the movies were filmed.
Windsor Court Hotel – New Orleans
The Bond classic “Live & Let Die” (1973) was filmed in New Orleans, home to the award-winning Windsor Court Hotel. Located in the city’s historic French Quarter, this beautiful, English-style hotel features recently refurbished rooms and suites that now include Italian marble baths, lavish artwork and antiques, and sweeping views of the Mississippi River.
Visit from late January to early February and you can take part in Mardi Gras, too.
Hotel New Otani – Tokyo
The first Bond film based in Asia – the 1967 classic “You Only Live Twice” – featured a scene filmed in the lobby and driveway of Hotel New Otani.
This iconic Tokyo hotel has been updated since then, now comprised of contemporary guest rooms, many of which overlook the Imperial Palace grounds.
Located within the verdant Chiyoda district near Ginza, Hotel New Otani features a historical four-hectare Japanese garden, among other facilities.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba – Playa del Carmen
From 1964’s “Goldfinger” to the most recent film “Spectre”, Mexico has a frequent favourite film location for the Bond franchise.
The spectacular Banyan Tree Mayakoba is about as Bond-worthy as it gets. Located in Riviera Maya, surrounded by mangroves, lagoons and beaches, the hotel offers private villas, each with its own pool, garden and terraces with views of the coastline.
Grand Hotel Palace – Rome
Featured in the very first Bond film, “From Russia with Love” (1963), and reappearing in “Spectre,” the city of Rome holds a special place in 007 lore. Rome is also home to the Grand Hotel Palace, which was once the Ambassador’s Palace.
This hotel features a modern art deco style accented with classic Roman architectural elements, such as custom frescoes depicting Roman high society in the 1920s by Venetian artist Guido Cadorin, Murano crystal chandeliers and marble floors.
Each guest room offers cinematic views of Rome, too.