I spy… “Burn Notice” superspy Michael Westen at the Fontainebleau

by Kelsey Blodget on January 29, 2010

Michael Westen at the Fontainebleau on Burn Notice

Michael Westen at the Fontainebleau

Oyster at the Fontainebleau

Oyster at the Fontainebleau

The oh-so-resourceful former CIA agent Michael Westen — the main character of the USA Network’s cult hit, Burn Notice, now in its third season — isn’t the only one with spying skills. In last night’s episode, we couldn’t help but notice that the meet with big baddie Gilroy took place at the sexy Fontainbleau pool. (We’d know those curves anywhere.) In fact, Westen’s life of well-intentioned crime has taken him to real-life Miami hotels fairly often. We did a little tactical research to find out some of the other hotels that have aided and abetted.

Fontainebleau ResortThe Fontainebleau

Westen headed to this sprawling Art Deco icon in last night’s episode, but the real-life actor Jeffrey Donovan, who plays Michael Westen, likes it as well: It’s where he got a little drunk before getting arrested for driving under the influence.

Beacon HotelBeacon Hotel

In the pilot episode, Westen stops to catch his breath under the Beacon’s awning, where there’s terrace seating for the restaurant Rendezvous. (Good thing he didn’t stop to eat — we thought Rendezvous was mediocre and overpriced.)

The AlbionThe Albion

In the episode “Unpaid Debts,” sparks fly when Westen’s mom, Madeleine, goes on a date at The Albion with Sam’s friend, Virgil. This low-key Art Deco landmark is one of South Beach’s best bargains; it strikes us as just Madeleine’s style.

Gansevoort SouthThe Gansevoort South Hotel and Spa

In the episode “Truth and Reconciliation,” a dolled-up Fiona ensnares a killer — the son of a Haitain dictator — at this chic hotel. The hotel also appeared in the episode “Double Booked,”  and the super-sleek infinity pool is featured in some of the Burn Notice promos.

Shelborne Beach ResortShelborne Beach Resort

In the episode “Seek and Destroy” Fiona gets herself invited back to the room of bad guy Jacob Orr so she can plant a bug in his cell phone. We weren’t a fan of the old, worn rooms when we stayed — they reminded us of a nursing home and the plastic wrap on the mattress made creepy rustling noises throughout the night.

Tides South BeachTides South Beach

Madeleine and Sam stake out Eddie, who stole money from hip-hop Mogul Valentine and framed Westen’s client, Ricky, at Tides’ La Marea restaurant in the episode “Bad Blood.”

Cardozo HotelCardozo Hotel

Crime boss Concha Ramirez meets with Michael at the hotel’s Cuban restaurant Oriente in the episode “Broken Rules.” We found Oriente’s entrees to be overpriced and poorly prepared — not a bad place to take an enemy.

When it comes to hotels, Michael Westen really gets around, and we’re sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. Any other Miami hotels you’ve spied on the show? Let us know in the comments section.

Update: The first version of this post stated that Madeleine’s date with Virgil took place at the Hotel Victor, as the USA Network website claims. In fact, the date took place at the Albion. Thanks to the loyal Burn Notice fans for pointing out the error!

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Charlie Glide July 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Virgil does not take Madeline to the Victor in Unpaid Debts as you state. He takes her to the Albion Hotel, 1650 James Ave. Miami Beach. The USA network website had that wrong also which I assume may be where you obtained the wrong information and were mislead. Be careful of their location guide. The person who wrote it is very careless and it contains numerous mistakes. Check out http://www.sffl.comcastbiz.net for accurate info on South Florida Filming Locations.

Colleen Mengel April 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thank you! I knew Virgil couldn’t have taken Maddie to the Vix. When you could see out the front door behind them, you saw buildings across the street. Impossible at the Vix! All you would see in that case would be beach and ocean!

Kelsey April 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thanks so much for the head’s up! I’ve updated the post. Let me know if you’ve spied any other Miami hotels on Burn Notice!



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