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The Film Buff’s Guide To Serviced Apartments Across The Globe

The world’s cities are Hollywood’s stages. Since the dawn of cinema, cities around the world have continued to play host to some of the biggest and best releases of all time, from Notting Hill to Taxi Driver.

Bridges, parks, rooftops, and street corners have overnight been transformed into popular settings for crime capers, chick flicks and even Disney movies.

Such storytelling and myth making may not play a key role in why business travellers choose big cities over suburban areas, but they’re often where the action is at.

Proximity between film locations and corporate accommodation, while not a much talked about topic, gives certain areas a special status.

Singling out our most red carpeted streets, we give you The film buffs guide to serviced apartments across the globe:

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The world’s cities are Hollywood’s stages. Since the dawn of cinema, cities around the world have continued to play host to some of the biggest and best releases of all time, from Notting Hill to Taxi Driver.

Bridges, parks, rooftops, and street corners have overnight been transformed into popular settings for crime capers, chick flicks and even Disney movies.

Such storytelling and myth making may not play a key role in why business travellers choose big cities over suburban areas, but they’re often where the action is at.

Proximity between film locations and corporate accommodation, while not a much talked about topic, gives certain areas a special status.

Singling out our most red carpeted streets, we give you The film buffs guide to serviced apartments across the globe:

London

St John Street Apartment

Street: St John Street

Films: The Dark Knight Trilogy

The Farmiloe building at 34-36 St John Street has played host to not one, but three of the Batman films: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.

On the same stretch of road you’ll find the St John Street Apartment, which offers serviced accommodation within an eleven minute walk of Farringdon Station. Alternatively, if you’re Batman wings are in good nick, you can fly there in 30 seconds.

Each two bedroom apartment features a double bed, bathroom and fully equipped kitchen, along free Wi-Fi access.

Paris

Paris Asnieres Apartments

Street: Rue des Freres

Film: Ronin

Remember the tex-mex restaurant, Blue Sky, in the spy-thriller, Ronin? Well, it’s located on the very same street as a SilverDoor recommended aparthotel.

Studio and one bedroom configurations make the Paris Asnieres Apartments ideal for single travellers on business in Paris. Another added bonus is the private indoor parking that’s available.

As much as you may love the Ronin however, try not to avoid any high speed car chases on your trip.

Berlin

Berlin Apartments

Street: Kurfurstendamm

Film: The Bourne Supremacy

We’re all familiar with the Bourne films, but how many of us really know where they’re set? The Bourne Supremacy for one has location shoots in Italy, Russia, India and the Netherlands.

It’s in Berlin however, at the Hotel Brecker on Kurfurstendamm, where Jason Bourne undertakes his first mission.

Kurfurstendamm is one of Berlin’s most famous avenues, and on it lays the Berlin Apartments.  These studio and one bedroom apartments comprise double bedrooms complete with comfy living areas, a gym, a swimming pool and 24-hour room service.

New York

600 Washington Street Apartments

Street: Washington Street

Film: Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone’s Italian American Epic, Once Upon a Time in America is a classic of the highest order. Flash back 32 years to when the film was made and you’ll catch a glimpse of Washington Street in Brooklyn – which incidentally also appears on the film’s official poster.

Nowadays, the street is home to corporate accommodation in the form of a 27 floor hi-rise building.

Washington Street Apartments are located right in the heart New York’s finance district, and feature state-of-the-art kitchens, walk-in wardrobes and outdoor facilities including a golf range and sun deck.

Australia

Trafalgar Apartments

Street: Kent Street

Film: The Matrix

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of The Matrix? Not the ocean beaches of Sydney, that’s for sure.  But truth to be told the neo-noir sci-fi film was filmed extensively throughout the Australian city from the subway station to Whitebay studios in Balmain.

Kent Street, where the Trafalgar Apartments are, is memorable for the government building rooftop scene where Neo famously dodges bullets.

Located in a modern residential building, Trafalgar Apartments provide corporate serviced accommodation in touching distance of Darling Harbour.

On-site amenities include free access to a fitness centre with cardiovascular equipment and a swimming pool.

Bangkok

Sathorn Bangkok Apartments

Street: South Sathorn Road

Film: Tomorrow Never Dies

Okay, so Tomorrow Never Dies isn’t exactly the greatest Bond film, but does it contain a death defying descent down a skyscraper on South Sathorn Road by Bond and fellow spy, Wai Lin.

Well, guess what, on that same street are the Sathorn Bangkok Apartments. These self-catering apartments are just a few minutes’ walk from Bangkok’s shopping and entertainment districts.  They’re also impeccably designed and have 24 hour security.

Toronto

Front Street West Apartments

Street: Front Street West

Film: Police Academy

Back in the 80s, American coppers were the centre piece for a terrific comedy film series.

Police Academy gave us slapstick humour in a similar vein to the Carry On franchise.  The Mahoney parking lot scene in the first Police Academy can be traced to Simcoe Place in Toronto, which faces Front Street West.

Front Street West, as the name suggests, is the address for the Front Street Apartments, which are in walking distance of financial district and Union Station.

These elegant and spacious self-catering apartments come equipped with high speed internet access, a balcony and squash courts.

Edinburgh

Princes Street Apartments

Street: Princes Street

Film: Trainspotting

The opening sprint down Princes Street in Edinburgh is arguably one of the greatest scenes in the British black comedy, Trainspotting. Stars Ewan McGregor and Ewan Bremner were seen making the very same run just recently ahead of Trainspotting 2’s release in January 2017.

But Princes Street isn’t just a stomping ground for fictional addicts. It’s also a hot spot for business travellers.

At the Princes Street Apartments, guests receive spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle, along with laundry facilities and a flat screen TV complete with Freeview.

 

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As Content Writer, Anton is responsible for producing content to engage and educate business travellers. As well as blog writing and posting on social media, he's in charge of pulling together editorial for SilverDoor's commercial partners.