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The location: The Hotel Carmilla


Q
. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. The Hotel Carmilla, an exclusive hotel for vampires.



Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

A. In Dallas, Texas.



Q. When did we see it on the show?

A. In several episodes of Season 2, beginning with Episode 4 ("Shake and Fingerpop") and running through Episode 9 ("I Will Rise Up").

The Hotel Carmilla (named after a fictional female vampire from an 1872 story) is a unique hotel made especially for vampires. It is sealed from all outside light, so that they can live a relatively normal life without worrying about the rising sun (e.g., they can sleep in beds instead of coffins).

Sookie, Bill & Jessica stay at the hotel when Eric summons Sookie to Dallas (after his maker, Godric, goes missing).

Among the events that take place at the Hotel Carmilla:



  • Sookie meets Barry, a young bellhop who is a fellow mind-reader.

  • Sookie volunteers to infiltrate the Fellowship of the Sun camp.

  • She meets Hugo (the human companion of a Dallas vampiress), who turns out to be a traitor. They have a conversation about what it's like to be have a vampire lover.

  • Lorena (Bill's maker) holds Bill against his will in a hotel room, preventing him from going to Sookie's rescue (when Sookie is in danger at the church of the Fellowship of the Sun).

  • Jessica & Hoyt lose their virginity together (temporarily, in her case...)

  • It is on the rooftop of th Carmilla Hotel that Godric exposes himself to the rays of the rising sun.



  • Q. What is it actually, in real life?

    A. A real hotel - but not in Dallas.



    Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The interior Hotel Carmilla scenes were filmed at the Sofitel Hotel, at 8555 Beverly Blvd., in West Hollywood.

    You'll find this boutique hotel right across the street from the Beverly Center mall, on the north side of Beverly Blvd, just west of La Cienega Blvd.

    That's about a mile and a half northeast of Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills), and just a couple of blocks east of Robertson Blvd.

    Although this hotel does have a heliport on its roof, they did not film the Godric's rooftop scenes here.

    The hotel has its own website, at www.sofitel.com.


    But what about that exterior, establishing shot of the hotel (seen at the top of the page)?

    That's definitely NOT the exterior of the Sofitel Hotel.  It's not in L.A., and it's not even in Texas.

    That exterior is actually a rather random shot of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, located at 32 Exchange Terrace, in Providence, Rhode Island.



    Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. Fortunately, the company which booked the filming at the Sofitel Hotel, Filming Direct, understandably bragged about it online - which made it very easy to find out where those hotel scenes had been filmed.

    Thank you, Film Direct. They even took before & after photos of the hotel lobby :


    Here is an aerial photo of the hotel, with the rooftop heliport marked. And here is a map link.


    As for the hotel exterior, I had no idea where that was.  It's difficult enough to track down locations in L.A. and Louisiana, but when they just pick a random spot anywhere in the country, it's next to impossible to track down.

    Fortunately, that's where fans sometimes come to the rescue.

    In 2016, Liam Gray, who happens to live in Providence, recognized the hotel, and dropped me an email to let me know where it was. 

    Here's a matching photo of the Marriott (without the red lights and CGI additions):


    [Thanks, Liam!]










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