Barbie, Indiana Jones and Wes Anderson fuel summer offerings at these hotels

Cameron Sperance


Summertime is for beach trips, backyard barbecues and blockbuster hits at the movie theater.

From “Barbie” to Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” to “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” there are plenty of reasons to head to your local cinema this summer. But it’s not just the box office and popcorn line staying busy with movie theater buzz.

Hotels are getting in on the action and leaning into the latest from Tinseltown, from special packages and events to themed suites that could double as Barbie’s Dreamhouse. C’mon, Barbie, let’s check into some of our favorite movie-themed happenings.

Moxy Times Square — New York City


We’re fond of the Moxy Times Square for being an affordable points hotel with style in the heart of Manhattan. Cozy, modern guest rooms and fun public spaces draw guests to the Moxy brand, and it’s no different at the Moxy Times Square. This summer, however, there’s even more reason to check out (and into) the Moxy, as the hotel’s Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge will feature a Pink Bunny Beach pop-up with pink lifeguard chairs and beach balls to fuel plenty of party photo ops fit for Barbie, Ken and the whole gang.

Rates at the Moxy Times Square start at $228 or 58,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Villa Igiea and Verdura Resort — Sicily


While you might be inclined to flock to Sicily due to the highly popular second season of “The White Lotus,” it’s the “Indiana Jones” movies that are being celebrated this summer by Rocco Forte hotels on the island. Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel is already a destination on its own with its picturesque stretch of Mediterranean shoreline, culinary and wellness activities, and luxe accommodations. Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte Hotel is Verdura’s Palermo sibling, equally as stunning with its glamorous layout across a 19th-century palazzo featuring tiered gardens, Tyrrhenian Sea views and overall glamour. Both properties are featuring “Indiana Jones”-themed experiences this summer.

Villa Igiea guests can follow “in the footsteps of Indiana Jones” by joining an archaeological walking tour through UNESCO-inscribed Cefalu and other historical settings like a Doric temple dating to the fifth century in Segesta, as well as the pink-and-orange-hued Stagnone di Marsala Nature Reserve at sunset.

Refuel with a Far East cocktail in honor of actor Harrison Ford, who stayed at the hotel during the filming of the latest “Indiana Jones” movie — and enjoyed a Manhattan at the end of each day. Over at Verdura Resort, guests can go for the ultimate thrill by exploring the filming locations of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” aboard a twin-engine Leonardo A109 helicopter. The chopper will take you over Segesta Archaeological Park, Castellammare del Golfo, Zingaro Reserve, San Vito Lo Capo Tonnara and Stagnone di Marsala Nature Reserve.

The “In the Footsteps of Indiana Jones” experience for two people starts at 900 euros (about $1,000) at Villa Igiea, where rates start at 1,150 euros ($1,280) per night.

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The “Indiana Jones Heli Experience” starts at 7,500 euros ($8,350) at Verdura Resort, where rates start at 835 euros ($930) per night.

W Montreal — Montreal


The W Montreal offers all the vibrant, youthful vibes you’d expect in this outpost of the W brand at the intersection of downtown and Old Montreal. This summer, the hotel’s Live House Speakeasy Karaoke Room invites guests to croon out their best take on “Barbie Girl” in the venue’s fuchsia lighting and decor. Come for the movie tunes and be sure to stick around for the rooms and suites featuring views of the city.

Rates start at 391 Canadian dollars (about $297) or 46,000 Bonvoy points per night.

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Head to Malaysia this summer for the Barbie Ultimate Staycation at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. The hotel has an entire floor of 14 Barbie-themed guest rooms and suites, as well as a Barbie Cafe where you can fuel up before exploring one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting cities.

Each of the themed rooms and suites features views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, as well as that signature pink palette to let you indulge your inner Barbie. These spaces feature themes like “Barbie You Can Be Anything,” “Barbie Fantasy” and “Barbie Extra.” Have no fear: It’s okay to be a little extra in life!

Rates start at $160 per night for the Barbie Ultimate Staycation.

Dream South Beach — Miami


Dream Hotels only recently joined World of Hyatt, and Dream South Beach is diving right into the Barbiecore experience. The luxury Miami hotel this summer is offering two special Barbie-themed cocktails: the Malibu Barbie Pink (comprised of coconut rum, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, grenadine and a sugar rim) and the Barbielicious (featuring vodka, pink lemonade, lemon-lime soda and a sugar rim).

Dream South Beach will even host a Barbie Party on July 29 for those looking to walk the pink carpet into an affair of Ken and Barbie burlesque dancers, a DJ, a foam pool party and a Ken and Barbie costume contest.

Rates this summer start at $139 per night for the Barbiecore experience.

High Country Motor Lodge — Flagstaff, Arizona


If you haven’t taken part in the Wes Anderson-style Reels and TikToks craze, have no fear: There’s plenty of opportunity to get your Anderson vibe on this summer at the High Country Motor Lodge in Arizona.

Anderson’s latest film, “Asteroid City,” takes place in a fictional desert town hosting a stargazing competition (as well as a few guests from outer space). Flagstaff’s real-life Meteor Crater and the High Country Motor Lodge are the perfect backdrop for Anderson film buffs, as this former Route 66 roadside motel is ready to debut the results of a recent $13 million face-lift. Take part in stargazing (the hotel features an in-house Stargazing Guide) amid this retro-inspired desert retreat. We’re particularly fond of the Cosmic Cottages for a little midcentury modern glamor with a splash of mountain cabin aesthetic.

Rates start at $139 per night.

Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas — Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex


Greater Dallas will be abuzz this weekend at the Westin Irving Convention Center, which is hosting a Barbie Pool Party on Saturday with a DJ, themed games, pink pool floats, a look-alike contest and festive cocktails at the Vibe Pool Bar. It seems like the perfect way to cool off after a “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” double feature to us!

The hotel’s Barbie Pool Party Package, available July 21 and July 22 only, features a $50 gift card for the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain for tickets to see the movie, as well as passes to the rooftop pool party and a pool-themed gift.

Rates for the Barbie Pool Party Package start at $229 per night.


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