Hotel Rojan is one of the newest hotels in Sulmona and has all of the necessary modern conveniences we're used to in larger American hotels including a continental-style breakfast served to guests each morning. Most of the staff speaks English too, which isn't always a given in Abruzzo. Rates start around $128 a night.
As they started production on the film, Clooney and the film's director Anton Corbijn purposely tried to make Abruzzo another character in the movie, hoping that it would not only add texture to the film, but that it would also spur tourism to the region. Abruzzo is still reeling after being hit by a devastating earthquake in 2009, so they need it. Locals were receptive to not only the money spent by the production, but also the possibility that it would renew the tourist cash flow after the film's release.
If George Clooney's plan works, The American might just do for Abruzzo what In Bruges did for Bruges.
· "The American" Review: Less is More in Clooney's Latest Film [CBS News]
· George Clooney filming in Abruzzo [Italy Magazine]
· Movie Set Travel Coverage [Jaunted]