"Eye yust love dat yade."
When Kris Munroe posed as a famous Swedish film star auctioning off her priceless jade collection at the Seawave Residential Hotel, Marina Del Rey's Marina International Hotel stood in as the backdrop. Both interiors and exteriors of this real-life beachfront hotel were used in this episode.
FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE:
- The Jade Trap, Season 2
VIDEO OF KRIS' STAIRCASE:
This luxurious hotel is located in California's Marina Del Rey, situated nicely between the big city and the marina. When Charlie's Angels visited the International in 1978, they installed a studio-made "Seawave Residential Hotel" sign for the exterior that was placed over the business's sign.
The front driveway, iconic wooden clock tower and main lobby are all still very similar, although the interior now lacks its once-charming, almost nautically wooden decor and has updated to a much plainer style.
Upon entering the lobby, the sign-in desk where Miss Kelly Devereaux dropped off her luggage still exists, and moving inwards, visitors discover the fireplace and seating area where Kris (AKA Anneke Bjornbar) chatted with the bad guy's mom and admired the gigantic birdcage that was once situated in the middle of the room. Perhaps best of all, the staircase which Kris/Anneke descends in elegant wardrobe is still in place.
What's really interesting about this location is that the production crew basically set up camp here for the bulk of this entire episode. The hotel is featured prominently, but once you step outside, you can actually retrace Kelly, Kris and Sabrina's steps in the surrounding area.
The little lagoon where Kelly strolls with her love interest (and subsequently gets driven at by a manic Dirk Benedict in a muscle car) looks just the same. Check it out >
Walk a little further past the lagoon and you'll find yourself at the marina where Kelly and Kris race to capture Benedict before he escapes on his boat. Check it out >
The big clock tower outside the property STILL doesn't run! We wonder if it ever did...
It's rare to be able to stand in an interior location used on Charlie's Angels! Although the color scheme, carpeting and furniture is naturally different today, the International provides a really cool experience for fans. In a way, it's the closest thing we have to being on set! The rates for the hotel start at around $120/night.
THEN & NOW PHOTOS:
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MAP AND ADDRESS:
Marina International Hotel [View the Hotel's Website]
4200 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292