Where is Upload filmed? The Lakeview Hotel & the House Location

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The Amazon series featuring the fictional Lakeview Hotel is set in New York and Los Angeles. However, apart from some establishing shots, Upload was almost entirely filmed in Vancouver.

Now back for the second season, this science-fiction comedy takes place in 2033, in a world where life expectations go beyond organic existence, if you can afford it.

Nora and Nathan virtual reality glasses
Young and attractive Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell, who also stars in the Netflix movie featuring a luxury hotel, Desperados), suffers a fatal car accident.

After he checks out of this world, his consciousness is uploaded to a premium software-based version of the afterlife called Lakeview.

The main cast is completed by singer-songwriter Andy Allo as Nora Antony, Nathan's handle virtual angel who works for Horizen, the company that owns Lakeview. Nathan's girlfriend, Ingrid, is played by Allegra Edwards.

Welcome to Lakeview and to our guide to the filming locations of Upload. Contains no spoilers!

The real Upload hotel

Upload Hotel
The exterior of the Lakeview Resort was filmed at the Mohonk Mountain House, a large castle hotel in Hudson Valley.

Perched atop the spectacular Shawangunk Ridge on the shore of Lake Mohonk, the historic building of the spa was constructed at the turn of the 20th century-

Surrounded by lush nature, the closest town is the village of New Paltz in Ulster County, New York estate.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Lakeview Hotel
The cast and crew filmed in Mohonk Mountain House for only four days (the balcony scene in the first episode).

Horizen's ads claim that the luxurious Lakeview complex is a digital afterlife environment, modeled after the grand Victorian hotels of the United States and Canada.
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The hotel hall
For the pilot episode, the Lakeview Hotel hall was shot at Castle Green in Pasadena, a historic 1898 event venue that mixes Moorish Colonial and Spanish styles with Victorian interiors.

However, for the rest of the episodes, a replica of the lobby and surrounding rooms inspired by Castle Green was built at the studios in Burnaby, near Vancouver.
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The Upload House

The Upload House
Exterior scenes in the garden outside the residence were filmed in the Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver.

Bordering Howe Sound in the University Endowment Lands, this Tudor-style heritage manor is a very popular filming location in the city: episodes of Riverdale, Nancy Drew, The X-Files, The Hunting of Bly Manor, and movies like Fifty Shades Freed were also shot here.
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Brooklyn Horizen
Nora lives in a tiny flat in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The exterior footage of her office (the Horizen headquarters), is the Fairway Market on Red Hook, also located in Brooklyn.

The building hosts a 52,000 square-foot large store and cafe on the Hudson's river waterfront. Notice how the set designers lengthened some skyscrapers of Manhattan's skyline.
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Upload drehort
However, the entrance to Horizen employees' offices is situated at 100 Powell Street in Gastown, Vancouver.

Upload creator, Greg Daniels, was also involved in the making of the legendary comedy series The Office and Parks and Recreation.
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Convenience store accident vehicle
The supermarket night scene with the capsules cars from the first episode is not located in Vancouver: A few shots from the pilot were filmed on Fountain Avenue and N Edgemont Street in East Hollywood, Los Angeles.
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Jetty on the Lake
The Lakeview dock scenes were shot at Deer Lake Park in the center of Burnaby.
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Funeral service chapel
The uploaded residents can also enjoy the facilities and gardens of the heritage venue Stanley Park Pavilion.

The real-world side of the funeral digital chapel in Los Angeles is Lord Stanley's Ballroom, also located here.
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Wharf on the ocean
Fran, Nathan's cousin part-time lady detective, has some trouble with the car at the historic Malibu Farm Pier Cafe.
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The Grey Market
The Grey Market of the dark web from episode five was recorded in the Telus Studio Theatre in the Chan Centre on the UBC (University of British Columbia).
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The travel agency offices
The AfterTravel digital life extension agency offered a Paradiso TuttiTempo experience in Italy.

The salesman shows Viv (Nathan's mother) a demo of several 'IR' environments. Before the turquoise waters of Tahiti and the African savanna, they fly over the medieval towers of San Gimignano, the Manhattan of the Middle Ages town in the heart of Tuscany, pictured.
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The Grey Market
The chase from the first season finale, Freeyond, starts in East Pender Street and Columbia Street in Vancouver's Chinatown, near Nora's apartment.

The lift scene was shot in the hall of the Dominion Building situated on the edge of Gastown.
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Choak Tower
The Choak Tower from the sixth episode of the second season is the MacMillan Bloedel Building at 1075 W Georgia Street in Downtown Vancouver.

The scenes in Chinatown were filmed in and around E Georgia Street.
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4 comments
  1. How about the grim setting of the 2 gig world in Lakeview? It looked just like the sinister former convent in Montreal where I stayed w fellow French students last summer. Everyone thought it was a Stephen King set. Terrifying!

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  2. In the pilot episode, the Lakeview Hotel interiors were filmed at the Historic Castle Green in Pasadena, CA. The wrought iron elevator, lobby and main staircase are featured along with the National Register plaque on the main entrance doors. However, in subsequent episodes, it appears they used a studio set modeled somewhat after the Castle Green to film the hotel lobby scenes as the layout is similar but not the same. The balcony railings and wrought iron features are all different.

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  3. Plateau mont royal in Montréal. The exterior of the restaurant on the corner of Brebeuf street and Guilford is often used as a background.

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  4. Vancouver bus pilotMarch 14, 2022 at 7:42 PM

    The clock tower was the MacMillan Bloedel Building at 1075 W Georgia Street, Vancouver.

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