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.
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.
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.)
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.
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 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 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.”
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!