Booking.com celebrates Halloween with 4 horror movie filming locations you can actually stay in, if you dare...
Nothing beats watching a scary movie to get into the Halloween spirit, but imagine, once travel resumes, staying in the actual location where the film was shot?! Booking.com has delved into over 29 million listings in more than 154,000 destinations around the globe to hand-pick the spookiest locations where iconic horror films have filmed. Insights from Booking.com also reveals that last year, more than a third (36%)* of global travellers had admitted that watching a film or TV show had inspired them to visit a destination.
With over 14 million listings on the Booking.com platform that have now implemented health and safety measures, travellers can rest assured that they will have a safe stay when visiting, but that’s not to say a peaceful stay at these spooky accommodations.
The Oakley Court – Windsor, UK
Dating back to 1859, this historic Victorian Gothic country house was the filming location of various terror movies during the sixties due to its proximity to a filming studio famous for its horror film productions. The property is recognizable from the popular cult horror musical directed by Jimmy Sharman. Today, The Oakley Court is a beautiful hotel, set within large gardens and overlooking the River Thames. The property features an award-winning restaurant, a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts and an indoor pool.
Timberline Lodge – Oregon, USA
Situated deep within Mt. Hood National Forest, the luxurious Timberline Lodge features rustically inspired rooms with original handcrafted furnishings, a heated outdoor pool and three restaurants. The property was used for the exterior shots of one of Stephen King’s most famous films about an author who was planning on using the hotel’s solitude to write, but instead comes face to face with some of the hotel’s darkest secrets. Based on the bestselling novel, the movie was actually inspired by King’s visit at The Stanley Hotel in 1974, which was used as the filming location for the 1997 television adaption of this chilling story.
Set within 40 acres of lush parkland, this 4-star Gothic mansion offers luxuriously furnished rooms and an impressive oak room restaurant with an 18th-century ceiling and other stunning historic features. With the River Stour running through its parkland, the exteriors and grounds were the memorable filming location of a 1963 British psychological horror film about a small group of people invited by a scientist to investigate a haunted mansion known as Hill House.
Salish Lodge & Spa - Snoqualmie, Washington, USA
In 1990, the world was introduced to a fictional small town in the Pacific Northwest and its quirky inhabitants, rocked by a mysterious murder and the quest to uncover the truth. Featuring expansive views of the surrounding mountains and perched near the top of Snoqualmie Falls, the Salish Lodge & Spa is recognizable from the opening sequence of the show and as one of the most important locations in the series. After a day exploring the location, guests can cosy up by one of the many elegant fireplaces and enjoy a world-class spa plus two restaurants boasting delicious seasonal cuisine.
With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world when it's safe to travel again, Booking.com is sharing travel offers for travellers to use when looking for chills and thrills this Halloween. Whether planning ahead or booking last-minute, local options around the corner or further afield, discounts start at 15 percent.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample size of 21,807 respondents aged 16 or over (25% of whom were aged 16-24) in 29 markets (including 1,000 each from Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, India, US, UK, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia and South Korea; and 600 each from Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Taiwan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore and Israel). Fieldwork was undertaken between 1-16th May 2019. The survey was carried out online. All research and recruitment, unless otherwise stated, was carried out by Vitreous World, with analysis by Ketchum Analytics.