History of Red Lion
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A Glance at Red Lion History

Past, Present and Future

Encompassing over 125 properties in our portfolio—open and under development—Red Lion has proudly positioned itself for sustainable growth. Central to our lasting success is the redefinition of brand segmentation and strengthened brand identity for the RLHC brands.

Read up Red Lion history below, and learn how to become part of the legacy by submitting an RFP. Our finely tuned franchise system offers franchisees the highest level of support including access to industry leading technology, business intelligence and revenue management systems. Additionally, our new consumer website creates direct interaction with guests, offers local experiences and provides an improved booking engine.

RLHC History

  • 1937 - Red Lion Hotels Corporation was founded under the name Goodale & Barbieri Companies (G&B)
  • 1937-1976 - G&B focused on third-party commercial and residential property management services and real estate development in Spokane, Washington
  • 1976 - purchased the River Inn in Spokane
  • 1980 - established the proprietary Cavanaughs brand name
  • 1987 - founded G&B Select A Seat, a computerized event ticketing company, which now operates under the name TicketsWest
  • 1998 - Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: WEH)
  • 1999 - completed its acquisition of WestCoast Hotels, Inc. and re-branded its Cavanaughs Hotels to the WestCoast name, as well as changed its name to WestCoast Hospitality Corporation
  • 2001 - completed acquisition of Red Lion Hotels and Inns
  • 2003 - re-branded the majority of the hotels to Red Lion
  • 2005 - WestCoast Hospitality Corporation changed its name to Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH)
  • 2006 - G&B Real Estate Companies was spun off from Red Lion Hotels Corporation
  • 2015 - opened the first Hotel RL properties
  • 2015 - added GuestHouse and Settle Inn Extended Stay brands to the Red Lion Hotels Corporation portfolio


Discover An Opportunity At Every Corner

To learn more about becoming a franchisee and our hotel development opportunities, submit an RFP below or contact our development team at 866-437-4878 for your personalized partnership opportunitiy with RLHC.