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Hotel Ruby & Sapphire Lounge

Hotel Ruby & Sapphire Lounge

Hotel Ruby & Sapphire Lounge
February 08
21:50 2015

By Kurt Schmierer – Where Can We Go From Here?

Exterior Hotel Ruby 2013While arranging this interview about Hotel Ruby, we learned that the management and staff are very LGBT-friendly and they are not afraid to let the public know. The hotel has a modern look, colorfully decorated rooms, and a superior location in downtown Spokane. It makes one wonder, why would anyone want to stay anywhere else?

Hotel General Manager Anny Gold tells us more.

What can you tell us about the history of Hotel Ruby and your choice of location?

Our parent company, GVD Commercial Properties, Inc., purchased the hotel in January of 2010. At that time it was a Rodeway Inn. We had immediate plans to remodel and become an independent hotel. We definitely chose it because it was located downtown and also because it was a small property.

What amenities do you offer?

We have a complimentary breakfast (including self-made waffles & hard-boiled eggs), complimentary WiFi, refrigerators and microwaves in every room, as well as irons/ironing boards and complimentary bicycles.

Do you offer discounted rates for LGBT interest groups?

Yes, we have discounted rates for the Spokane Imperial Court. We have not been approached by any other groups.

Have you had requests for same-sex ceremonies?

We haven’t had a request for a same-sex ceremony—possibly, because we don’t have the space. However, we will have a space at the Bing (across the street) that will be rentable for intimate events. It will be a very classy space. It is almost finished.

Please describe your available suites for couples.

We have a Deluxe King suite that has a king size bed, sofa, 72″ television and kitchenette. It is very modern and has lovely design features.

What are your long-term plans for the hotel?

We are continuing to update the bathrooms in the rooms. The rooms have been remodeled with new beds, carpets and TVs. But, not all of the bathrooms have been completely remodeled. They all have new sinks, countertops and mirrors. But, now we are taking the old bathtubs out and replacing them with glass showers and all tile on the walls and floors.

The hotel is very event driven and arts-friendly. We do many co-promotions with the Knitting Factory and the Bing.

Have you partnered in any way with the Bing Crosby Theater? If so, do you offer a special package of any sort?

We do partner with Bing. We do room packages with Bing event tickets; we promote Sapphire Lounge and Hotel Ruby at Bing events; and we are a box office for the Bing.

I’m sure Dempsey’s Brass Rail brought a colorful crowd to the area. Did the bar’s closing impact business?

I’m sure that it had an immediate effect, but there were so many changes going on at the hotel at that time that it would be hard to measure. We miss our Dempsey’s neighbors.

What would you like to see done with Dempsey’s should they not re-open?

Maybe another bar or restaurant?


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