- All-Star Cast: Seriously, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Mathieu Amalric, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban and Bill Murray in one film. Although to be fair, most qualify only as cameos.
- Honestly it would have been a crime if L'Air de Panache hadn't been made real.
- There is also a guide for Mendl's Courtesan au Chocolat.
- Inspiration for the Work: The story was inspired by several works by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, particularly the novella Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman (1927), the novels Beware of Pity (1939) and The Post Office Girl (1982), and his autobiography The World of Yesterday (193442). Wes Anderson suggested editor Barney Pilling watch The Shop Around the Corner and the films of Jacques Tati as references.
- International Coproduction: This was an American-German-British co-production of Wes Anderson's American Empirical Pictures (US), Indian Paintbrush (US), Neunzehnte Babelsberg Film Gmb H (Germany) and Grand Budapest Limited (UK). The film was funded by the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg as well as Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg.
- Playing Against Type:
- Gustave, a snarky-but-lovable Anti-Hero Jerk with a Heart of Gold, is a far cry from the villainous roles that Ralph Fiennes is best known for.
- The technical precision of everything Kovacs says is quite an, uh, departure from Jeff Goldblum's, eh, u-usual manner of speaking. Yeah.
- Although it's not a large role, the makeup-slathered, elderly, and almost entirely comedic Upper-Class Twit Madame D. is a huge departure from the younger, cold, icy, and androgynous dramatic roles that Tilda Swinton usually plays.
- Production Posse: Many of the main actors in the film have appeared in previous Wes Anderson films. The "Secret Society of Crossed Keys" montage seems almost completely intended to pack more familiar faces into the running time. Several of the actors who played Khaki Scouts (child actors at the time) in Moonrise Kingdom even get bit parts.
- Referenced by...: The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Stranger Than Fan Fiction" features a ponified M. Gustave as a hotel clerk, a lobby pony resembling Zero, and the hotel itself resembles the Grand Budapest Hotel.
- Underage Casting: Tilda Swinton playing an 84 year-old woman buried under tons of makeup.
- What Could Have Been:
Trivia / The Grand Budapest Hotel