location: Paul Bennett's Motel.
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A motel or
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. In Miami,
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 10 (of Season 1), "Seeing Red".
Paul (Rita's abusive ex-husband) has become such a problem that Dexter is looking for a way to justify killing him (based on "Harry's code").
So he breaks into Paul's apartment, looking for proof that Paul deserves to be killed .
Dexter finds a gun in Paul's room, and almost talks himself into it, but eventually realizes that, while Paul may be a jerk, he doesn't deserve to be slaughtered.
So, instead, Dexter knocks him out, plants heroin on him, and gets him sent back to prison on a parole violation (something that comes back to haunt Dexter later).
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A hotel,
but not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. It's known as the Seaport Marina Hotel, and is located at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway, in Long Beach, CA.
It's at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway & Second Street, about a mile northeast of the Naples/Belmont Shore area, and about a mile northwest of the Seal Beach (Orange County) border.
It's a particularly large motel, shaped in an usual double-S pattern. The scene appears to have been shot at the southeastern end of those two-level buildings. (The camera is looking southeast as Dexter walks towards the room.)
shot the two photos below of the hotel in 2007
Warning: These are private rooms. Do not
knock on their doors,
Elvis Presley stayed at this motel back in 1972, back when the hotel was known as the Edgewater Hyatt House, and Elvis was performing two concerts at the Long Beach Arena.
The very same hotel was used in the previous episode of "Dexter" as the "bowling alley", where Dexter dumps his father's ashes. (But they used a completely different part of the hotel.)
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I had already
scouted the Seaport Marina Hotel when I was tracking down filming locations
for "The O.C.",
and had gone there to shoot photos for those OC pages. When I saw
it again on "Dexter", I simply recognized it.
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