Dexter Filming Locations: Kevin Wyland's Hotel

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The location: Kevin Wyland's Hotel

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

    A. A hotel lobby.

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

    A. The fake establishing shot at the start is of the pool area at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, at 1601 Collins Ave, in Miami Beach.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 6, of Season 8, "A Little Reflection".

    Elway calls in Debra and tells her that he's trying to expose the cheating ways of his sister's "ass-chasing boyfriend", Kevin Wyland, whom he describes as "a notorious player".

    He tells her that Wyland picks up women at a singles bar in a hotel where he keeps a hotel suite.

    In the first scene, Deb & Elway are at Wyland's hotel, watching him operate at the bar.  But it's a slow night, and he's not getting lucky.

    Deb suggests that she set him up and see if he takes the bait.

    In the next scene at the hotel, Elway helps Deb put on a wire, and then she attempts to pick up Wyland at the hotel bar.

    It isn't hard to do.

    As the two are at the elevator, about to go up to his hotel suite, Wyland attempts to kiss Deb.

    Suddenly, Elway appears and punches him out, telling him that he's been recorded, and that if Wyland doesn't break up with his sister, he'll send her the video.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A hotel - just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    The Roosevelt Hotel has quite a Hollywood history of its own.

    It was built by the stars on the Silent Screen era, and it was in this hotel that the very first Academy Awards ceremony was held, in 1929.

    It's across the street from the current home of the Oscars, the Dolby (Kodak) Theatre.  Stars still frequent its nightclubs, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is based here.

    In 2012, the Roosevelt Hotel's Tropicana bar hosted the media party for the release of Dexter's 6th Season DVD. 

    Variety described the party scene as:

      "Part Miami hotspot, part grisly crime scene, the Roosevelt Hotel's Tropicana bar got a serial killer makeover when it played host to Showtime's "Dexter" season 6 Blu-ray release bash on Tuesday. Decked out in crime scene tape as crucifixes and candles added to the overall funeral parlor chic, the party offered guests the opportunity to investigate, or become, the evidence in one of Mr. Morgan's cases, or take turns driving the itty-bitty Slice of Life boats that motored around the barside pool while wearing the party favor of the evening: a pair of blood-drenched sunglasses."

    You can read more about the hotel here.

    I shot the photo below - of the hotel's exterior - in 2005.

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

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

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia, Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

    This tip came from Rick, who let me know they were filming at the Roosevelt.  I'd like to think that I would have recognized it on my own, since I've been there many times - and that Spanish fountain in the lobby is a pretty good clue.  But better safe than sorry.  (Thanks, Rick!).

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