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Red Lion adds a franchise hotel in Sacramento


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Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. announced Friday it's converted a Sacramento hotel into a Red Lion franchise.

The change involves the 109-room Vagabond Inn Executive Sacramento-Rancho Cordova.

It's now the more pleasingly named Red Lion Inn Rancho Cordova.

The address is 10713 White Rock Rd. The property was originally built as a Fairfield Inn by Marriott.

The Vagabond Inn corporate owners have made several improvements to this property in the last few months, including a new hotel entrance and expanded lobby, said Rich Carlson, Red Lion Hotels vice president for hotel development.  

Red Lion Hotels runs more than 45 hotels in cities across the West.

Red Lion adds its brand to Oakland hotel


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Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. on Friday said it's developed a brand affiliation with the Red Lion Hotel Oakland International Airport in Northern California. That location was formerly independently owned and operated Park Plaza Hotel Oakland.

“The sheer power of joining a known brand has already helped our property gain exposure,” said Rao R. Yalamanchili, who owns the hotel along with Srinivas Yalamanchili.  “When we were considering moving from an independent hotel to a brand, we ultimately selected Red Lion Hotels because the company is also an owner of hotels and understands what it is like to be in the operartor's role.”

Rich Carlson, Red Lion's Vice President of Lodging Development, said adding a new hotel in the Bay Area made strong economic sense.

The hotel has 189 rooms and more than 4,400 square feet of meeting space.

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