Lights, Camera, Vacation! See which New York hotels have been in the movies

New York is a city that has it all. The Empire State Building, Wall St., Central Park, and dozens more iconic sites make it unlike any other city in the world, and it’s an ever-popular backdrop for movies and films of all types. The city is also home to some of the world’s finest hotels, and it is no surprise that some of them have made it onto the silver screen. Here is a list of some favorites that have appeared in the movies.

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Waldorf Astoria New York

Midtown East, New York City, New York, United States

A Midtown East icon, the 1,300-room Waldorf-Astoria comes with some of New York's best spa services, fitness facilities, restaurants, and bars. The dress code and antique décor aren't for everyone, but the cinematic history and unrivaled elegance make the price tag well worth it. The hotel has been used as a classic New York backdrop in dozens of movies including the hilarious Coming to America (1988) in which Eddie Murphy plays an African prince who travels to New York to find his queen.

Other movies filmed here include:

  • Two Lovers (2008)
  • Alfie (2004)
  • Birth (2004)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • Maid in Manhattan (2002)
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  • Serendipity (2001)
  • Analyze This (1999)
  • The Cowboy Way (1994)
  • Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • The Godfather: Part III (1990)
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  • Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
  • Six Weeks (1982)
  • My Favorite Year (1982)
  • Rich and Famous (1981)
  • The Great Gatsby (1974)
  • The Out of Towners (1970)

The Plaza

New York City, New York, United States

The century-old Plaza's $400 million overhaul in 2008 didn't change the hotel's iconic status -- or its impressive cinematic history. Many may remember Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) using his dad's credit card to stay at The Plaza after he is stranded in New York without his family in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).

Other movies filmed here include:

  • Bride Wars (2008)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • The Associate (1996)
  • It Could Happen To You (1994)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  • Scent of A Woman (1991)
  • King of New York (1990)
  • Big Business (1988)
  • Crocodile Dundee (1986)
  • Crocodile Dundee 2 (1989)
  • Brewster's Millions
  • Cotton Club (1984)
  • Arthur (1981)
  • Love at First Bite (1979)
  • The Way We Were (1973)
  • Plaza Suite (1971)
  • Funny Girl (1968)
  • Barefoot in the Park (1967)
  • North by Northwest (1959)

Four Seasons Hotel New York

Midtown East, New York City, New York, United States

Deliberately business-like, the 368-room Four Seasons in Midtown East has all the luxury essentials: stylish lobby, beck-and-call service, a fine spa and fitness center, and some of the city's largest rooms. It had a cameo in the iconic New York show-turned-movie, Sex and the City (2008).

Other movies filmed here include:

  • The Cowboy Way (1994)

The Roosevelt Hotel

Midtown East, New York City, New York, United States

Located one block from Grand Central Station, in the heart of New York's corporate skyscrapers, the Roosevelt is a 1,015-room classic. Michael Douglas gives his famous "greed is good" speech in The Roosevelt Hotel in Wall Street (1987).

Other movies filmed here include:

  • The Switch (2010)
  • Maid in Manhattan (2002)
  • The French Connection
  • Hanky Panky (1982)
  • Quiz Show (1994)

The St. Regis New York

Midtown East, New York City, New York, United States

The extraordinary service at the grand, century-old 229-room St. Regis is practically unrivaled in all of New York. A famed Bloody Mary at the King Cole Bar, dinner at Alain Ducasse's Adour, and a hand-drawn bath by one of the 24-hour butlers will make you feel like royalty in no time. Michael (Al Pacino) and Kay (Diane Keaton) Corleone stay in The St. Regis in The Godfather (1972) while in New York.

Other movies filmed here include

  • The New Guy (2002)

Lotte New York Palace

Midtown East, New York City, New York, United States

One of New York's most visually stunning hotels, the New York Palace has a gilded, grandiose style that is a little gaudy but still fabulous enough to blow away the boutiques. 899 huge rooms (renovated in 2008), a luxe spa, and a fantastic gym make the Palace a great value among luxury hotels. The Palace has a cameo role in the romantic comedy 27 Dresses (2008). In the movie, Jane (Katherine Heigl), rushes from one wedding at The Palace to another in Brooklyn in the same night and catches a reporter's (James Marsden's) eye in the process.