WestCoast Hospitality Adds New Oregon Hotel

WestCoast Hospitality
Corporation today announced an addition to its Red Lion brand. The owner
of the DoubleTree Hotel-Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon has executed a
franchise license agreement with the Company’s subsidiary, WestCoast
Hotels, Inc. The 318 room property will open as the Red Lion Hotel on the
River in late March, 2005. The hotel is managed by North Pacific
Management, Inc., and features wireless high speed Internet access, pool,
fitness center, tennis courts and a business center.

WestCoast recently announced a $40 million facility improvement plan for
its owned Red Lion Hotels which will accelerate the company’s ongoing
program to improve hotel quality by increasing guest comfort, freshening
decor and modernizing with new technology. Consistent with this plan, the
Red Lion Hotel on the River will undergo renovations that will include
updated bathrooms, new plush pillow top Red Lion “Stay Comfortable” beds
and new decor in all sleeping rooms and meeting space. To take advantage
of the beauty of the hotel’s riverside location, there will be new outdoor
meeting space directly on the banks of the Columbia River with riverside
decks, a lobby bar and a double stone fireplace built into the lobby. 

The hotel has 34,000 square feet of meeting space. Of that space, 18,000
square feet is a ballroom that will be configurable to allow flexible
conference and meeting space. The hotel is located a half mile away from
the Jantzen Beach Supercenter Mall and minutes from the Portland Airport,
downtown and the Portland Expo Center. All renovations to sleeping rooms
and meeting space will be designed to accentuate riverfront views and
riverside access, with emphasis on guest service and the overall guest
experience. 

“We are very pleased to be teaming up with Red Lion Hotels. We want to
make this the best hotel in Portland,” said Brett Wilkerson, Vice
President of Hotel operations for North Pacific Management, Inc. “The
capital improvements we are planning will make the hotel a true resort in
the city, a destination for business, leisure and restaurant guests.”

John Taffin, Executive Vice President Hotel, Operations for WestCoast
Hospitality Corporation said, “It will be wonderful to have the Red Lion
Hotel on the River in our family of hotels. The property was at one time a
flag-ship hotel of the Red Lion brand in the Portland area. This hotel
fits well with the Red Lion growth strategy of having excellent
combination meeting, business and leisure hotels in primary markets.”
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