Hotel Inspiration from Home

by Lewis Hickson

"Alright, so you’ve seen everything. You’re a total sofa warrior and have completely finished Netflix – done. Well here’s something to keep you busy..."

Hotellos, this one is for you! There’s no better experience than receiving first class hospitality from a prestigious hotel. The feeling of sleeping in an immaculate room with the comfiest pillows, waking up to a glorious breakfast or being pampered in the spa. Of course, as we know – the guest’s comforts are created by hard-work and dedication by the staff who tirelessly run such establishments. The following blog hopes to rekindle or maintain that inspiration for the hotel industry, check out these suggestions of movies and tv shows which perfectly capture the inner-workings of this beloved industry.  

The Grand Budapest Hotel 

Not only does this film deserve to be on the top of the hotel industry related films, it’s undoubtedly one of the most celebrated movies of all time. Much like the theme of this blog, this film is about inspiration. It journeys through times and eras of the Grand Budapest Hotel, as a writer uncovers the secrets and stories which took place here. The style and cinematography are utterly unique, the story is no less than brilliant and it’s most certainly inspiring for the ambitious hotellos out there – If you haven’t seen this before, it’s an absolute must watch! 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel might at first glance seem, how do I put this... Demographically oriented towards the more mature among us? Yes, that’ll do. Whilst that’s somewhat true, there’s a lot of humour and depth to this film. Confronting ageing, travelling and love are the core themes. The story is about a young man in India who dreams of creating a paradise for the elderly. This example shows that a hotel doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect for it to become a paradise, sometimes charming character, an audacious host and peace are what the guests are truly after.  

Hotel Transylvania

Perhaps you have kids at home and need something a little more child friendly, in this case Hotel Transylvania is your best bet. That being said, this animation is appropriate for all ages and will make your laugh no matter your age. The story is about a hotel made for monsters, where humans are most certainly not welcome. Perhaps the lesson to be taken away from here is that sometimes we need to make concessions and compromises in order to make everyone feel welcome. If you liked it – you’re in luck, there’s two more films which follow it.  

Lost in Translation  

これまでにブログが好きですか? Did you catch that? Oops. Lost in Translation is the story of two hotel guests who find themselves confused and lonely in a foreign world. Unlike the other films, this one is not so much about the hotel but it does emphasise how a hotel can play host to so many different stories and scenarios. Imagine the amount of stories our own Teaching Hotel has hosted, inspiring right? Considered by many as a masterpiece in film-making, this is another absolute must watch.  

Hotel Babylon (TV Series) 

Alright, so you’ve seen everything. You’re a total sofa warrior and have completely finished Netflix – done. Well here’s something to keep you busy for a while and that you probably haven’t seen. Hotel Babylon is a BBC tv series about an urban hotel and the stories of love among the guests and staff. Personally, I haven’t seen this so let us know in the comments if you’ve seen it and what you think of it.  

Did you enjoy this blog? Did you feel like there are any other hotel related films or tv series which were unceramoniously left out? Well don’t be shy – let us know in the comments. More content like this? Hit that like button.  

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