The AKA Beverly Hills has a branded fleet of four Republic bicycles it is now letting guests use free of charge. The bikes are white and feature an orange AKA logo on the carriage.
According Noel Hernandez, the general manager of the extended-stay hotel on Crescent Drive, the bikes rolled out a few weeks ago, after being assembled here locally. According to one of his staff members, no other downtown-area hotel has yet launched a similar program.
Hernandez told us that the idea originated in New York with AKA's marketing team. The Beverly Hills location, he said, is the first to try them out. AKA's Washington, D.C. location is probably next.
Why was Beverly Hills AKAs choice for the first trial?
"We're such a walkable city," said Hernandez. "We wanted everyone to see that we are bikable too."
Beverly Hills Patch will be giving one a spin in the next day or two. So check back at the site for some video of that.