Hotel RL Opens in Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, DC—RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) has opened Hotel RL Washington DC, a few blocks from Dupont Circle and The White House.

“We will immediately begin investing in the property to incorporate key design elements of Hotel RL,” said RLHC SVP of Corporate Development Angela Landgraf. “As a Hotel RL, this property will set itself apart in the capital city of the U.S.”

Approximately $2.3 million will be invested in Hotel RL Washington DC, located at 1823 L St. NW, in part to incorporate new technologies and to create the Steps, a seating concept with plenty of plug-ins allowing guests to congregate in the lobby and remain connected on their devices. The entire lobby will aim to capture the essence of a typical Pacific Northwestern coffee house, serving complimentary espresso to guests by Victrola Coffee.

Hotel RL Washington DC has 99 guestrooms and suites in a 10-story building, with 1,350 sq. ft. of meeting space and a full-service restaurant next door, offering lunch and dinner. Located in the K Street corridor of the Golden Triangle District, just two blocks from the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations, the hotel offers access to nearby cultural attractions, historical landmarks, museums and tourist destinations including the Washington Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Museums.

A joint venture owned by RLHC and an affiliate of Shelbourne Falcon Investors acquired the hotel and ground lease in downtown Washington, DC, for $22.5 million. The joint venture entered into a $17.5-million mortgage loan from CapitalSource, a division of Pacific Western Bank, to finance the purchase as well as renovate the property.

RLHC used a portion of its cash on the balance sheet to purchase an 86% equity stake in the joint venture for the hotel, which will be managed by RLHC. Over the next three months, the affiliate of Shelbourne Falcon Investors has an option to increase its equity ownership in the joint venture to a maximum of 45%.

“The key to executing quickly on this transaction was the availability of cash on our balance sheet and our continued collaboration with Shelbourne Falcon,” said RLHC President & CEO Greg Mount. “The Hotel RL brand is taking hold. We announced last week a franchise deal and are preparing to convert properties in three more markets, while we continue to evaluate applications from several owners.”