Which Miami Hotels Inspired The Making of 'Magic City?'
Lawsuits and late-night takeovers—it's all going down in Miami Hotel Land. In fact, the new Mad Men-meets-Sopranos, set-in-Miami-Beach show Magic City is debuting at a time when there's almost as much hotel drama in real life as there is onscreen.
Of course, in real life, the recent incidents involve bankers, hospitality conglomerates and disgruntled hotel owners. On Magic City, Ike Evans, the owner of the (fictional) Miramar Playa, also has to deal with bankrollers—only these ones talk with Chicago mobster accents and chomp menacingly on cigars.
Though we watched the first episode of Magic City online over the weekend, we won't ruin it for those who want to wait until tomorrow night when the show debuts on Starz at 10 p.m. EST. What we will tell you is that the show is a visual treat, especially for hotel nerds, and there's enough darkness bubbling under the glossy surfaces of the Miramar Playa to entice us to keep watching.
The hotel scene on the show seems pretty close to the histories of the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels--which is not surprising when you learn that the father of Magic City's screenwriter Mitch Glazer, an electrical engineer, designed the lighting for both those hotels--and the Deauville, where Mitch Glazer worked as a cabana boy while growing up in Miami.
But it's the AC system in the Miramar Playa that gets a shout out in the first episode of the show--with the Ike Evans character telling a bellboy to make sure the lobby is as "cold as a god-damn meat locker." Why?
So the ladies can wear their furs, of course.
Ah, Miami--it doesn't always make sense, but it sure does like putting on a show.
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