The hotel booking website sets up a page for the fictional European hotel for users to praise or bash
Wes Anderson’s 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel revolves around a fictional hotel in the equally fictional Republic of Zubrowka, where a lobby boy and a hotel manager are out to get a valuable painting in the backdrop of a massive war. Anderson’s bright and wondrous movie, highlighting the beautiful old nature of the hotel, has inspired many works from fans. TripAdvisor, though, has taken a step forward by creating a fake page for the hotel, allowing users to write in their own reviews.
The page is filled with over 100 reviews of people who claimed to have stayed in the fictional hotel, touting its good (or terrible) service and amenities. It also features pictures from the film itself as part of the site’s overview of the fictional European hotel. Some people have used the page to talk about amazing pseudo-vacations and trips, while others are evening out the score with reviews of ugly rooms, bad service and nothing to do on the snowy mountains.
TripAdvisor has placed a warning label, in case anyone does try to book a stay at this lovely, but entirely made up hotel, whether on the site or some other, perhaps less trustworthy, travel booking page: Regarding the project, the brand states, “As seen in the 2014 Wes Anderson movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, have fun reading these reviews – go on, add your own! Just don’t try to book a visit here, because this fictional place doesn’t really exist.”
TripAdvisor also allows people to add reviews for Schrute Farms, which was featured on The Office as well as book stays at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which is what the Overlook Hotel from The Shining was based on and shot in. It seems that even travel websites can have a sense of humor as well.
This isn’t the first time someone engaged with the highly artistic film has inspired a piece of media. Earlier this year, Chinese artist Youyou Yang created a filmed resume which was inspired by Grand Budapest in order to apply for a job with the director himself.