Are you a die-hard movie buff? Are you ready to watch the 2017 Oscars Awards Ceremony live on the 26th? Have you seen all the nominated films and placed your bets on the winners? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then this post is for you because it’s about two blockbuster hotels: Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel and El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Peter Ustinov, John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale, Jane Birkin… The jaw-dropping list of guests who have stayed at Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel since its early days is filled with celebrities, including Hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly and Joan Fontaine, who had already become a star thanks to Rebecca and Suspicion.
However, actors and actresses aren’t the only stars who have stayed at this hotel. The actor, director and composer Charles Chaplin and his wife, Oona O’Neill (daughter of the writer Eugene O’Neill) also spent the night here on a number of occasions.
Formentor’s most recent role as a filming location was in the romantic comedy Me Before You, starring Emilie Clarke (2015).
Another hotel with close ties to Hollywood is the El Embajador Hotel in Santo Domingo. In the 1950s, its Embassy Club was the epicenter of Dominican music and Latin jazz, and movie stars such as Rock Hudson stayed here. What stands out the most is the fact that scenes from The Godfather II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974), one of the great classics of all time, were filmed in the garden around the pool.
It is also said that Steve McQueen worked as a carpenter here in the mid-1950s. The latest powerhouse to select the hotel as a filming location was Andy Garcia in the first film he directed, The Lost City. The hotel’s relationship with the movie industry is alive and well, and last year the nominees for the Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema were announced here.