09 Aug 2016
Bicycle Casino and Hotel, Bell Gardens, California
Our summer pattern has been that as soon as the World Series of Poker is over we have headed for Europe. I mean Las Vegas weather is less than pleasant this time of year – unless you like being in a pizza oven.
This summer has been special because we are finishing construction of our new home, which means staying relatively close to town for frequent visits.
My friend Mo Fathipour, Tournament Director at Bicycle Casino, suggested I visit them for their major annual August tournament, Legends of Poker Tournament, which allows us to visit their brand new hotel and just be an hour from home. Plus we can get in some serious poker.
So here we are.
When most folks think of L.A. they think of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pacific Ocean and other areas west of downtown. They have many great hotels and the best ones charge in the $700 range for a room.
Here, we are just 10 miles east of downtown and it is a different world. Those of us who play poker appreciate having a beautiful new hotel here.
What a pleasure it is to be able to stay at the venue and not have to suffer the horrendous traffic in order to have a nice room. And the room rates are only 25 – 30% of comparable quality west of downtown. Everything here is modern, clean, neat and tidy - the rooms, reception, gym, spa, and fitness center. When you call down to valet to bring your car, it is there when you get downstairs. Oh, and the employees are all exceptionally nice.
They've done a terrific job with The Bike Hotel. It is a pleasure to be staying here.