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Granville Spotlight – Hotel Belmont

Hotel Belmont ushers in a new era for Granville Street. We checked in with the General Manager, Jeff Leung to get the details on the fully renovated hotel and bars.

The building has undergone extensive renovations. What are the most significant improvements to the building and the guest experience?

Designed by CHIL Interior Design, Hotel Belmont offers contemporary, beautifully decorated guest rooms with pillow-top mattresses and state of the art technology including in-room mobile device casting, blazing fast wifi and an integrated in-room tablet.

This property will be ideal for business and leisure travellers who appreciate a unique experience in downtown Vancouver. The hotel was designed with the tech savvy traveller in mind and we are implementing amenities that will enhance their visit before, during and after staying with us.

It was a comprehensive, full-scale renovation that pays tribute to the building’s history. We could not be more proud of the final product.

We are very excited about the new bars and restaurant! Tell us a bit about the names, menus, and design of the spaces.

The Living Room is a full-service lounge with a relaxed living room vibe, and is open from 11:30 am until late, seven days a week. The establishment will be serving lunch, dinner, and late-night eats, and of course, Happy Hour from 3 to 6 pm daily.

For partying till late in the night, The Basement is your go-to. A neon-lit funky basement bar, the retro spot features games, desserts, and late-night dance parties until 3 am. And yes, there are Happy Hour deals from 7 till 9 pm Thursday till Sunday! The Basement boasts 20 beers on tap, arcade games, a VIP booth with its own bowling lane, cocktails on tap, a dessert window featuring boozy popsicles, and some of Vancouver’s top DJs spinning from Thursday to Sunday nights. The Basement is also available for full buyouts and corporate parties.

The Belmont Hotel renovation is a great example of celebrating heritage while also bringing something fresh to downtown. Granville Street has had a few distinct eras over its history, what do you foresee the future of Granville Street looking like?

We foresee the future of Granville street as being the new revitalized hub for businesses and entertainment that hums both day and night.  The area will carve its own unique identity as being the new hotspot that connects the dots between Yaletown and Gastown. 

To learn more go to their website and check them out on Instagram.

Little Free Libraries

Take a book, leave a book.

Did you know that downtown Vancouver is home to 7 Little Free Libraries? Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that provides neighbourhood book exchanges where everyone is invited to take a book and leave a book.

The organization is celebrating its 10th year, and the concept is pretty simple: bring a book that you no longer need, and take a new one. Inspire others by sharing your favourite stories when you deposit your books in one of these libraries and pick up something new to read at the same time. Better yet, it’s completely free and caters to all ages and interests.

The DVBIA has partnered with Simon Fraser University art students to create engaging and thought-provoking exteriors for re-purposed newspaper dispensers as our downtown Little Free Libraries. Embrace literature and the sharing economy all at once by searching for them in the public plaza’s and perches located at:

· Pacific Centre Mall
· Lot 19
· 1050 West Georgia
· Oceanic Plaza
· Guinness Tower
· 1188 Alberni Plaza

Come see what you might find, and clear out your old bookshelf at the same time!

Garage 529

Keep your bikes safe in the 529 Garage - the largest community-powered bike recovery service.

The Downtown Safety Ambassadors, in partnership with Hub Cycling and Garage 529, have been hard at work protecting users bikes from theft. During June’s Bike to Work Week, the Ambassadors have registered 120 bikes into the Garage 529 database to help protect bikes from being stolen.

What is Garage 529?

Garage 529 is the largest community-powered bike recovery service. It’s a network of bike owners with a collective vision to deter and reduce bike theft.

The Garage 529 community includes over 400 law enforcement agencies, universities, bike clubs and bike shops around the world, as well as 529 users like you.

How are the Ambassadors involved?

One of the many services the Downtown Safety Ambassador provide is working with Garage 529 on deterring bike theft. The ambassadors can help protect your bike by applying 529 stickers, taking photos of your bike, and registering it in the Garage 529 database.

It is widely known that even the presence of the 529 sticker causes a potential thief to choose another target due to what the sticker represents. The design of the sticker makes it impossible to peel off once correctly applied, which in itself is a powerful tool in combating property crime.

If a 529 user’s bike is stolen, the individual can log the theft on the 529 website and/or app. An alert is then sent to all 529 users outlining the area the bike when missing along with photos of the bike and the owner for reference.

Register your bike for free

If you would like to learn more about Garage 529 or to register your bike, click the button below. 

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