Dexter Filming Locations: The Jordan Chase seminar Hotel

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The location: The Jordan Chase Seminar Hotel

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

    A. A hotel.

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

    A. Near a marina in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 8, of Season 5, "Take It!".

    This was actually the location of several different scenes:

  • First, we see Dexter in the audience of the actual "Take It!" seminar, with Jordan Chase speaking on stage and the crowd roaring - as Dexter thinks to himself that he has never been surrounded by so many people who make him feel normal.

  • Then we see an outdoor patio area, where Dexter phones Lumen during a break, while other seminar attendees browse Jordan Chase merchandise.

  • Dexter is then called to Jordan Chase's posh hotel suite, where Dexter is surprised to find that Chase knows a lot about him.

  • Next, we see the Dexter & Lumen's hotel room, which Dexter has rented right next to their target: Chase's security chief, Cole Harmon, one of Lumen's attackers.

  • Later, we see various hotel hallways, and the hotel lobby, where Lumen watches Dexter on stage with Chase on a TV monitor, and where she is spotted by Cole Harmon.

  • Finally, after they have killed Cole, we see the main hotel entrance, the valet station, when Dexter is leaving with his luggage (containing Cole Harmon's body parts). Dexter is approached by Jordan Chase, who inadvertently reveals that he was one of Lumen's attackers.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A hotel.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. All of these scenes were shot at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey Hotel, a luxury hotel, found at 4375 Admiralty Way, in Marina del Rey, California.

  • The "Take It!" seminar itself was shot inside the Ritz-Carlton's Ballroom.

  • The outdoor scene of Dexter phoning Lumen was shot outside the back (south side) of the hotel, on a walkway overlooking the marina.

  • Jordan Chase's executive suite was actually the Ritz-Carlton Suite, at the same hotel.

  • Dexter & Lumen's room (as well as Cole's) is a standard room at the Ritz.

  • The various hallway and lobby shots were also filmed at the Ritz.

  • And the scene of Dexter talking to Chase at the valet station was filmed out front, at the hotel's main entrance.

  • The hotel is on the north side of the marina, about a mile from Fisherman's Village, where they filmed (for the same episode) the scenes of Lumen meeting her ex-fiance Owen at a cafe, of Liddy shooting photos of Dexter & Lumen, and of Liddy staging an accident with Lumen.

    The hotel has its own website at

    Here is an aerial photo of the hotel. And here is a map link.

    Elsewhere in Marina del Rey, they filmed the scene of Dexter in the park with baby Harrison (from this season), the wedding of Dexter & Rita (from the 4th season), and the shopping trip with Miguel Prado (from the 3rd Season).

    It's also right across the channel from the hotel where Lundy & Debra were shot (in the 4th season), and the bloody hotel (from the 1st season). In fact, I shot the photo below from that hotel's parking lot.

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

    A.  I first found out that they were shooting at the Ritz through a tip from Rick.

    That was easily confirmed when I saw the establishing shot here:

    which, as you can see, matches this photo I shot of the hotel in November 2010:

    So, then it was on to the individual scenes, to try to match them up to places at the hotel.

    The easiest was that outdoor scene where Dexter phones Lumen. The buildings & slips seen in the background were easily matched using Bing's Birds-Eye View photos.

    Next was the actual seminar. At first, all that blue fooled me, and I assumed that the seminar was probably just filmed on a studio set.  

    But then I spotted a glimpse of the hotel's unusual carpet, and looking harder, I was able to find one freeze-frame that revealed the room's unusual ceiling, and the heavy casing around the door. Tinkering with the screencap's contrast a bit in PhotoShop, I was also able to bring out the chandeliers on the ceiling - all of which matched this photo of the hotel's ballroom:

    That same somewhat eccentric carpeting made it easy to identify the hotel in the various hallway and lobby scenes.

    I suspected that Jordan Chase's luxury suite was probably an actual suite at the Ritz, so I checked their website for photos...

    and sure enough, I found this perfectly matching photo of the Ritz-Carlton Suite:

    And the hotel's entrance / valet station

    clearly matches this photo from the site:

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