Spy in Residence: Our Favorite James Bond-Approved Hotels

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Until Daniel Craig’s portrayal of a brooding secret agent with morality issues in Casino Royale, watching a Bond movie always felt like a comfortable paint by numbers experience.

A carefully crafted formula of explosive opening scenes, witty one liners and enough Bond girls on screen to push censorship ratings to the limit, is what we’d come to expect and love from our favorite spy. But ever since Casino Royale, we’ve been entertained by a completely different beast …Thankfully, Spectre puts that beast to rest by burying it and stuffing it deep down in one of Hollywood’s vaults.

Craig’s supposed swansong performance in Spectre gave us the Bond we were nostalgic for. It’s predictable and at times cheesy, but it ticks all the boxes that you would expect from a Bond flick except one…

There are just not enough luxury hotels for eye candy.

And that got us thinking about our favorite topic, specifically, all the luxury hotels in our collection associated with James Bond…. sorry if you were expecting a movie review.


Taj Lake Palace: Octopussy

Taj Lake Palace Palace Hotels

The Taj Lake Palace is the former summer palace of the king of Udaipur. It’s the stuff dreams are made of… if dreams are million dollar palaces that rise out from the depths of a lake.

Fittingly enough for a James Bond set, the hotel is one of the most romantic in the world. Mornings here look like they’re fresh out of god’s oven as you wake up to the shimmering waters of the Pichola and the crisp fresh air.  Royal suites with private butlers, lakeside jacuzzis, marble interiors and a lakeside veranda mean that only our favorite british spy can take the sexy up a notch here.

The Taj Lake Palace gets screen time when Roger Moore reaches the hotel by boat (which is the way guests are usually led to the palace) and is greeted by a harem of beautiful young ladies, (which is unfortunately not how guests are usually greeted.) in the employ of the main villain Octopussy. The result is a classic James Bond scene that’ll have you wishing you were the man with the license to kill.

The Taj Lake Palace is part of our Grand Collection 


Hotel Cala di Volpe: The Spy who loved me

cala di volpe

Another classic from the James Bond franchise. As if the deluxe suite of the Hotel Cala di Volpe wasn’t enough to get her heart racing, Mr. Bond pulls a no holes barred charm act and seduces KGB agent Asamova with the help of a grand piano and in the process, thaws any remnants of the cold war for viewers.


Belmond Hotel Cipriani: Casino Royale

Belmon Hotel Cipriani

Believe it or not, but Casino Royale is now nearly 10 years old. When off set, the film crew spent their nights at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani and is the location in the movie, where the spy moors his luxury yacht, and if you look closely enough, you’ll be able to see the terrace restaurant in the shots. Located on Giudecca island, the hotel offers postcard perfect views over St Mark square but you’ll have to take a boat to access the mazy streets of Venice…James Bond style.

The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is part of our Grand Collection 


The Peninsula Hong Kong: The Man with the Golden Gun 

The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Grand Dame of the East’s iconic fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms look right at home in a James Bond flick and the hotel is where Bond (played by Roger Moore) spends the night after tailing Bond Girl Andrea Anders.

The Peninsula Hong Kong is par of our Grand Collection


The Dorchester: Solo (Novel)

The Dorchester

Ok it’s not a movie, but yours truly believes in the power of a good book and since the James Bond franchise was born from paper and ink, this entry fits (albeit awkwardly) into this selection. The book’s opening scene focuses on James tucking into a delicious English breakfast at the Dorchester hotel: “ four eggs, scrambled with pepper sprinkled on top, half a dozen rashers of unsmoked bacon, well done, on the side and a long draught of strong black coffee” … exactly what the doctor ordered before a day of sleuthing and womanising.

The Dorchester is part of our Grand Collection


Grand Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

Grand Hotel Ciudad

Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without the latest hotel to star in a 007 movie. Spectre’s grand opening scene takes place in Mexico during the annual Day of the Dead celebrations and involves Mr Bond and the Grand Hotel Ciudad de Mexico’s magnificent lobby, so keep your eyes peeled.

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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