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Hotel at Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens to open Dec. 1

Hotel at Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens to open Dec. 1
A seven-story, 99-room hotel adjacent to the Bicycle Casino is set to open Dec. 1. (The Bicycle Casino)

Gamblers testing their luck at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens will soon have the option of booking a room for the night.

The casino, known for its 185 tables of poker and other card games, announced the scheduled opening Dec. 1 of its seven-story, 99-room hotel, adjacent to the casino.

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The hotel will include a fitness center, an outdoor pool deck, a spa and sauna, plus 9,000 square feet of meeting space for conventions or banquets. The hotel restaurant, the Bike Brewery, will feature 28 beer taps, including a blonde ale created specifically for the hotel.

The $50-million hotel has been under construction since 2013 on land previously used for parking.

The Bicycle Casino has had a long and colorful history in Bell Gardens. The federal government took over part ownership of the casino in 1991 after a jury found that $12 million of the $22 million used in its construction came from Florida drug smugglers.

Five years later, the federal government sold its share of the casino to a large British gambling company. The casino is now privately owned by the Bicycle Hotel & Casino LLC.

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