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California Gov. Jerry Brown unveils new Bicycle Casino at ribbon-cutting ceremony

19 November 2015

(PRESS RELEASE) -- On Thursday, Nov. 18, California Gov. Jerry Brown, along with Managing General Partner & CEO Hashem Minaiy and Robert H. Carter, president of Carter Management Group, Inc., a general partner of Bicycle Casino, cut the ribbon introducing The Bicycle Hotel & Casino, a seven-story, 117,907 square-foot boutique luxury hotel addition to the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California, opening on Dec. 1, 2015.

Joining the festivities and welcoming the new hotel with proclamations were City of Bell Gardens Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, as well as Bell Garden's city officials and hundreds of guests from the community. Defying the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, the event was marked by a grand entrance with a brigade of motorcycles featuring tuxedo dressed drivers and beautiful models dressed in sequined gowns displaying oversized playing cards spelling out the word "Bicycle." Additionally, the Bell Gardens Honor Guard led the ceremony and Gov. Brown joined the Bicycle Hotel team for the official cutting of the ribbon.

Built by commercial general contractor R.D. Olson Construction with architecture by Lee & Sakahara Architects and interior design by Hager Design International Inc., the hotel will open with 99 elegant rooms and suites, innovative dining concepts such as The Bike Brewery, and resort amenities including a full spa and elevated outdoor pool deck with private cabanas.

The future of Los Angeles hotel gaming begins just 10 miles from the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. Valet takes over at the four-lane porte-cochere, and the lobby experience lights up with a custom chandelier of 1,660 crystalline strands. A floor design of overlapping circles (inspired by a bicycle wheel) winds its way to a variety of amenities, including dining, a coffee house, a gift shop, entry to the casino concourse and a VIP gaming area of bold Asian influence and décor. The second floor is all resort: a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor pool deck with private cabanas, and the hotel spa and sauna exceed the modern traveler's wellness needs. Additionally, 9,000 square-feet of multipurpose event and private meeting space will lend itself to business functions, traveling conventions and banquets.

After a run at the casino's 185 tables, guests can relax and re-energize in elegantly appointed deluxe guestrooms, designed to be tranquil retreats. Plush king and queen-size beds are complemented by California-inspired furnishings and lavish bath amenities by L'Occitane En Provence. For guests seeking premium accommodations, 29 luxury suites will range from the Classic Suite (648 sq. ft.), the signature Bike Suite (904 sq. ft.), the extravagantly curated Governor's Suite (1,359 sq. ft.), and a Presidential Suite (2,007 sq. ft.) fashioned to host and impress with its two bedrooms, formal living room, and Jacuzzi tub. In-step with the hotel's modern appeal, The Bike Brewery hotel restaurant will pioneer a craft beer scene in Bell Gardens with 28 taps highlighted by The Bike Brew – a blonde ale by Golden Road Brewery exclusive to The Bicycle Hotel & Casino. Other food options include the Coffee House, a 24-hour Snack Bar and in-room dining.

"Today was one of the most exciting days for all of us here at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino, and for the city of Bell Gardens," said Minaiy. "This is truly a dream realized and we look forward to welcoming our first guest in just a few short weeks on Dec. 1."

"Hashem and I set out to not only build a beautiful hotel for our guests, but a great property that can be shared with and enjoyed by everyone in the community," said Carter. "Having the governor, city officials and all of our guests here to see the hotel for the first time made this a most memorable day."

After years of planning and construction, a $50-million investment, and a groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting with Gov. Brown, The Bicycle Hotel & Casino is poised to take Los Angeles gaming to unrivaled heights as a stay-and-play destination.

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