Live the James Bond lifestyle — minus the constant peril — at some of these luxury hotels. To commemorate the U.S. release of Skyfall today (and the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film), enjoy some of these events and packages reveling in secret-agent extravagance.
Located in downtown Toronto at the corner of Bay and Adelaide Streets, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto offers the Shaken Not Stirred: Bond on Bay package.
Guests receive a two-night stay in a 30th floor executive suite featuring some of the loftiest vistas of the city. The suite comes with the personal Trump Attaché service (kind of like your own Q), breakfast, lunch and dinner for two with champagne at STOCK Restaurant Bar & Lounge, and access to the hotel’s Continental Bentley GT. There’s also a martini-making lesson, passes to a Bond film and admission to the TIFF Bell Lightbox exhibit “Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style.”
Of course, every Bond has to look his best. The package also includes a Hugo Boss tuxedo with private fitting (so it’s up to you how slim you want it) and a designer cocktail dress for Bond girls. To help you scrub up for the news duds, which are yours to keep, you’ll also be treated to a couples massage, plus hair and makeup for her and a manicure for him at Quartz Crystal Spa. The package runs until January 20, 2013 and costs $17,007.
James Bond fantasies come alive at Dukes St. James in London where Bond author Ian Fleming used to frequent. The Dukes Bond Experience, offered until January 13, 2013, gives you a stay in a decked-out junior suite, the chance to eat a meal Bond would kill for at Thirty Six, taste a Vesper Martini in the Dukes Bar (named for the famous character from Casino Royale) and, arguably the best part, take off in your own Aston Martin for the day — machine gun and ejection seat not included.
The Royal Horseguards, London
Stay in a former MI6 headquarters at The Royal Horseguards hotel in London’s Whitehall area. The hotel served as the British intelligence service’s main base of operations during World War I. We’re talking real life here, not movies, though scenes from the movie Octopussy were filmed at the hotel decades later. The Royal Horseguards’ Bond Package offers breakfast, two martinis, turndown 007 cupcakes, access to Park Tower Casino (and a chauffeur to drive you) and as a nod to Bond’s secret agent status, you’ll receive a 007 book and a pen for code cracking. The Royal Horseguards’ package is available until March 31, 2013.
The Draycott, London
Around the corner from Sloane Square and Kensington and close to where certain Skyfall scenes were shot, stop by London’s The Draycott Hotel for “Shaken, Not Stirred” martinis. The special drink, offered in the lounge until November 15, gives guests a cocktail Bond himself would enjoy.
The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
If you’re looking for a special place to hold a Bond-themed event, look no further than the Bunker at The Greenbrier, an actual Cold War government fallout shelter and relocation facility for Congress. No longer top secret, the Bunker now hosts public tours and private events. We can’t think of a better place for a spy-themed party.
Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc, Dukes Hotel and Trump Hotel Collections