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UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Walt Worthy purchases Hotel RL Spokane

Worthy Hotels Inc. has purchased the Red Lion Hotel at the Park for $35 million.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Hotels near capacity as Hoopfest weekend approaches

At-capacity hotels in downtown Spokane are seeing last-minute cancellations for this weekend’s Hoopfest, leaving the door open for some late bookings.


Amazon’s Alexa is now at home in new subdivisions, hotels

Amazon is working with homebuilders and hoteliers to make its smart speaker and artificial-intelligence system a part of everyday life for new customers. The company has put its engineers to …


Weekend’s tournaments pack venues, hotels

What kind of economic impact the NCAA women’s basketball regional and Pacific Northwest Qualifiers tournaments have on the community varies depending on the variables and formulas used, but one thing …


New Hotel Act would ban federal agencies from doing business with Trump hotels

Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation that would ban federal officials from spending any taxpayer-funded travel expenses at Trump-owned properties or locales owned by other senior government officials.


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Trump’s hotel company moves into his political territory, beginning with Mississippi

The company will open the first of its Scion line of hotels – marketed as a four-star boutique brand – early next year through a deal the company inked for …


Spokane region’s short-term rental regulations uneven

Like many cities nationwide, Spokane had a fitful start permitting short-term rentals. In early 2014, the city began issuing cease-and-desist letters to property owners advertising overnight stays online, saying local …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

New Trump hotels face political fights, ethics questions

The Trump Organization is launching a chain of new hotels with plans to open in cities large and small across the country. The bold expansion plan raises some thorny ethical …


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

China grants preliminary approval to 38 new Trump trademarks

China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for President Donald Trump and his family to develop a host of branded businesses from hotels to …


How to bring hotel chic home

In “Hotel Chic at Home” (The Monacelli Press), author Sara Bliss tries to capture the transformative power of travel, and that moment in a stylish hotel when you say to …


Red Lion Hotels announces stock offering

Red Lion Hotel Corp., a Spokane-based chain with ambitious growth plans, has announced its intent to raise money through a public stock offering.


Trump looked into hotels in Cuba ‘no more than 6 months ago,’ Spanish exec claims

As a candidate, President-elect Donald Trump looked into the possibility of establishing hotels in Cuba, according to the head of a major Spanish hotel chain.


Seattle’s hotel-workers measure passing

Seattle voters Tuesday night were approving a ballot measure that would grant new rights and benefits to hotel housekeepers.


Froma Harrop: Trump brand goes down-market

Who would invite Latin American or Muslim dignitaries to a building named for the man who has smeared their people, not to mention the female half of humanity?


Community, connectivity part of Hotel RL conversion

Red Lion’s Inn at the Park has been transformed to reflect changes in the way people travel, the fourth Red Lion hotel to undergo the Hotel RL conversion.


Hotels in 10 states and D.C. may have been hit by hackers

An undisclosed number of people who used credit cards at 20 Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott, Westin and other hotels in 10 states and the District of Columbia may have had their …


The Dirt: More remodeling scheduled for Red Lion in downtown Spokane

A nearly $2 million project will update the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. Baker Construction & Development has started that remodeling work, at 303 W. North River Dr., to …


Former Trade Winds motel downtown could become Howard Johnson

A vacant motel that’s become an eyesore at the gateway to downtown Spokane could reopen by the end of the year. Work to remodel the Trade Winds Motor Inn could …


Hotels woo guests to book directly online with discounts

Hotels are getting more aggressive in their fight to get travelers to book reservations directly with them instead of through online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline.


Emerging player from China could disrupt Marriott plans

A fight for control of the Starwood hotel chain is under way following a $14 billion buyout offer Monday from a consortium led by China’s Anbang Insurance Group.


Erin Andrews’ verdict will reverberate for hotels and guests

The $55 million jury verdict over nude videos of sportscaster Erin Andrews taken through a hotel peephole will likely reverberate a long time for hotels and their guests, whether she …


More hotels catering to families with multiple children

1. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Orlando Fla. As many as six can comfortably stay in themed suites at this fanciful Disney resort. Your crew will be immersed in decor …


New tools help travelers lower hotel prices

NEW YORK – When Amy Eisen originally booked a weeklong vacation to celebrate her 30th anniversary, she was looking at a $3,749 hotel bill. But Eisen reserved her room at …


Red Lion posts loss, cuts debt in 2012

Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. reported Thursday a net loss of $14.7 million for 2012 compared with a loss of $7.1 million in 2011. But the hospitality company also reported …


Worthys announce plans to build headquarters hotel

In the span of four weeks Walt and Karen Worthy pieced together ambitious plans to build the city’s largest hotel: a 700-room, 15-story showpiece connected to the Spokane Convention Center. …


Watch out for hotel fees, which may not be in base price online

If you’re budgeting for summer travel, be on the lookout for fees on your hotel bill for everything from newspapers to luggage storage. Some of them can be avoided. Be …


Hotel room sales, rates up in Spokane County

Spokane County hotels have sold substantially more rooms so far in 2010, and bookings for future business are up dramatically, the president of the Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau said …