Soho Hotel: A cinema-themed hotel for the classics

Image copyright Des Burke Image caption The movie-themed hotel is based on the credits of 1988’s It A hotel has opened in Brisbane, Australia, dedicated to classic Hollywood movies and television shows. Diverse Film’s…

Soho Hotel: A cinema-themed hotel for the classics

Image copyright Des Burke Image caption The movie-themed hotel is based on the credits of 1988’s It

A hotel has opened in Brisbane, Australia, dedicated to classic Hollywood movies and television shows.

Diverse Film’s boutique SoBe hotel, named after a shark character in the film Jaws, is in a former cinema.

It is designed around three “sets” – a moody venue inspired by Lost in Space, an oasis in the middle of the action featuring scenes from Tangerine and Predator, and an action-packed red-carpet event featuring the awards ceremony from Wonder Woman and Captain America.

Image copyright The Des Burke Image caption Writer/director Phil Bourchier has turned some key rooms in the hotel into film sets

Film director Phil Bourchier is credited with the masterplan for the Hollywood-themed hotel, which opens on Wednesday.

The opening comes after other hotels have become imitated themes.

The hotel, which has been in the process of renovation since last year, offers a multi-screen digital cinema and theme bar.

An art exhibition showcases collections from the National Library of Australia and local photographers.

Two rooms on the 23rd floor are themed around themes in fictional films such as Alien and The Shining.

But it is the villa high above the city that is the true star of SoBe.

As you arrive, you pass a monorail station and arrive in a speakeasy where you are approached by a professional actor.

But the action isn’t over there. On the 24th floor, guests step on a red carpet. After a private fitting, they get a walk-through look at the background for one of the most climactic scenes in Wonder Woman – a catfight between Wonder Woman and Russian agent Romanov in Themyscira.

Next they board a ride that sees them react to video feeds of the action around them.

“So much of the action in the hotel is captured around it,” said Mr Bourchier.

“You’re surrounded by those moments and images that are captured on location, or in process, so everything in the hotel is about telling those stories.”

Image copyright Delano Hotel Image caption The 18th floor is all about fantasy and horror

Mr Bourchier, a former stuntman, said he had always enjoyed the cinema. “The make-up and the makeup effects, it’s just so exciting to see the way that things come to life and that sort of captivates you.”

Jaws: It Was Almost Here

Image copyright Charlie Wells / Delano Hotel Image caption If you stay for the morning scene in the movie – the cast and crew are working on it at the time

Mr Bourchier said his interest in TV and film began when he was a child and spent his weekends dressed as Batman and Robin.

In college, he enjoyed editing music videos as a hobby before finding a part-time job in an advertising agency.

Mr Bourchier began work on SoBe around three years ago, planning to complete the complete rebuild last year.

He created the bespoke suites in the film sets – complete with over-the-top, yet practical, three-decks and supercushioned bedding.

Check in or out – Des’ guide

Stay for the morning, a memento scene from Jaws and a stunt from The Shining

Apt one and three-bedroom suites are $359 (£245) a night (shared). Room service is available. No partner(s) are required.

Stay for the film set locations and get a free five-course set menu created especially for SoBe.

Stay for $150 (£99) or a daily treat for a meal and drinks on the ‘onscreen’ at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Grill.

Stay for two nights and have a three-course gourmet dinner from the eatery of your choice. Prices start at $349 (£260). Contact: SoBestarhotel.com or 980 6180

Guests staying for any length of time, are required to partake in two optional extras, which include a quote from the film the guests featured in or a game of Hollywood Trivia

The hotel has no appointments for two nights or longer.

Image copyright Des Burke Image caption There is even a 24-hour wireless gym in SoBe

Saka Castle, by Patricia Picciotto

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