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January 17, 2021


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Red Lion ran some truly quality facilities. Clean rooms and great food. When the chain was sold, the quality went downhill really fast. When we traveled, the first place we tried to stay was in a Red Lion.

A group I belonged to held regular meetings at the Sheraton Lloyd Center. The quality of that hotel increased exponentially when it was converted to a Red Lion.

I worked at Red Lion Systems starting in the mid 80s. By then the Thunderbird name was gone but in some of the smaller hotels you would see it in various place like the sink handles in the rooms (at least I seem to remember such a case).

Like Joel said, the food quality was excellent. There was a bakery at the corporate building on Main that prepared items that were finished at the hotels. I was told they did their own meat cutting too. When I got there that was no longer happening though.

There was also a department at corporate that designed and created wood signs for the hotel interiors and designed the carpets.

When I traveled the NW on business in the 70's and 80's they were always my first choice and seemed to be everywhere and the quality seemed to be uniform as well.

I used to put visiting vendors up at the one by the coliseum and they often complained about the trains running all night long.

Had several memorable Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner buffets there in the 80's and 90's and agree the food was very good.

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