A report from the National Post says court documents have revealed that a late-night lounge positioned within the bankrupt Vancouver Trump Hotel was turned into a bumping hot spot for criminal activity, most specifically that of organized crimes, before the location was ultimately shuttered.
The light-night criminal hotbed lounge was located on the 15th floor of the failing Trump International Hotel and Tower, taking up an expansive 9,000 square footage. The lounge, dubbed the Ivy Rosé Lounge, advertised itself as an “unparalleled entertainment experience every weekend. Come indulge on our gourmet food menu, craft cocktails and décor while we ensure the highest level of safety and social distancing.”
But things weren’t actually as glamourous as the hotel made it seem. The National Post reported, “Vancouver police informed the hotel on Feb. 25 that it had responded to 43 calls related to the Ivy since June, including two involving weapons, four public-health breaches, two fights, and two assaults.” Apparently, the police had gotten in touch with hotel management and informed them that the club had become “a preferred destination for gang members and people involved in organized crime.”
The hotel first opened in 2017, only to close down and file bankruptcy in August, bringing the establishment to a shuttered close after a very short lifespan, which ultimately led to lawsuits being filed as well as a disclosure shed some light on what was actually going on inside the hotel.
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The Post says, “there was also another, less-savory side to the bar, court documents allege. Police showed up repeatedly to respond to fights and other disturbances, COVID rules were routinely flouted, and in the few months after the Ivy opened last year, it became a known hang-out for the city’s organized crime figures, those documents suggest. There were even hidden cameras to warn staff when police or bylaw enforcement was headed their way.”
B.C. Supreme Court Judge Gordon Weatherill wrote in a ruling on the eviction lawsuit, “It takes no more than a modicum of common sense to recognize that (Ivy’s) ongoing, repeated, and flagrant disregard of public health orders, liquor restrictions, as well as its apparent indifference (to put it at its most generous) towards the clientele it allowed to frequent the licensed area would negatively affect the reputation of the property and the hotel.”
We want to note here that Malaysian-based TA Hotel Management “had licensed the Trump name and the ex-president’s firm to manage the property.”
You can watch an advertisement video for the criminal hotbed lounge here:
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