March 28, 2005
>Spokane, Wash. - WestCoast Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: WEH) today announced that the conversion of the DoubleTree Hotel - Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon was completed on March 25, 2005 and the property is now the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach. The property is a franchised property and is managed by North Pacific Management, Inc.
The Red Lion Hotel on the River is undergoing renovations that will include updated bathrooms, new Red Lion "Stay Comfortable" plush pillow top beds, new décor in all sleeping rooms and meeting space and "Net4Guests" wireless internet access. These renovations are consistent with WestCoast's announced $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 décor and modernizing with new technology.
The Red Lion Hotel on the River will take advantage of the beauty of the hotel's riverside location by adding new outdoor meeting space overlooking the Columbia River with riverside decks, a lobby bar and a double stone fireplace built into the lobby. 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.
The Red Lion Hotel on the River is located at 909 N. Hayden Island Dr., Portland, Oregon. The hotel is conveniently located a half mile away from the Jantzen Beach Supercenter Mall and minutes from the Portland Airport, downtown and the Portland Expo Center. The hotel has 318 guest rooms and 34,000 square feet of meeting space. Reservations for the property can be made at www.redlion.com or by calling 1-800-RED-LION.
About North Pacific Management, Inc.
North Pacific Management is based in Portland, Oregon. Some of the other properties managed by North Pacific Management include: The Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington., SouthPark Seafood Grill & Wine Bar in Portland, Oregon., Radisson at the Airport in Portland, Oregon. and Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon.
About WestCoast Hospitality
WestCoast Hospitality Corporation (NYSE:WEH) is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, management, development and franchising of mid-scale, full service hotels under its Red Lion® and WestCoast® brands. In addition, through its entertainment division, which includes its TicketsWest.com, Inc. subsidiary, it engages in event ticket distribution and promotes and presents a variety of entertainment productions. G&B Real Estate Services, its real estate division, engages in traditional real estate-related services, including developing, managing and acting as a broker for sales and leases of commercial and multi-unit residential properties.
Date: March 28, 2005
Contact: Julie Langenheim
Title: Investor Relations Manager