SPOKANE, WA—RLHC, an operator and franchisor of midscale and upscale hotels, has launched a new upscale hotel conversion brand targeted for the top 80 U.S. urban markets. Hotel RL is a full-service, lifestyle brand inspired by the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and designed for consumers with a millennial mindset, according to the company.
“With the recent uptick in hotel construction in the upscale and upper-midscale segments, as well as traditional franchise contract termination options, this is an opportunity for hotel owners to affiliate with a new brand that isn’t already commoditized in every major market,” said RLHC President and CEO Greg Mount. “By tapping into the millennial mindset, Hotel RL offers a fresh approach to hospitality that will resonate with the most influential market set since the baby boomers.
“Hotel RL is a place to experience hospitality through a radically old idea of a hotel as a town square, where visitors and locals meet to collaborate,” Mount continued. “Hotel RL is a series of spaces, experiences and amenities especially suited to travelers seeking more than just a hotel room. This is a chance for both business and leisure travelers to immerse themselves into local culture, while maintaining their connection to the world.
“Hotel RL stresses authenticity, environment and community, and reflects a longstanding commitment by Red Lion to hospitality, starting with a simple hello,” he added. “The focal-point of our open pavilion-style lobby is The Steps, a new gathering and seating concept where guests can enjoy an espresso and complimentary WiFi in the mornings or a signature cocktail in the evenings.”
In addition to The Steps, other elements of the Hotel RL brand include distinctive coffee service in the lobbies, centered around the notion of enticing guests out of their rooms and into a Pacific Northwest coffee-house setting, according to RLHC.
“Through design and guest experiences, Hotel RL brings the Pacific Northwest ethos of exploration and discovery to life in the three-star hotel segment,” Mount continued. “The hotel’s turnkey design is well suited for economical conversion opportunities that are focused not on a brand whim, but what truly is important to the traveler.”
RLHC anticipates announcing the first addition to Hotel RL before the end of the year and plans to open or convert more properties in 2015. Over the next 18 months, RLHC expects along with hotel owners to invest between $50 million and $100 million in the conversion of properties to the Hotel RL brand. On a selective basis, RLHC will pursue joint venture and equity ownership opportunities.