SPOKANE, Wash., Feb. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) announces its third new-build Hotel RL—and eighth location overall—in Long Island City, New York, set to open in early 2019.

"This diverse community is an ideal setting for the Hotel RL brand," said Brian Quinn, RLHC Senior Vice President and Chief Franchise Officer. "We see artistic components like the Living Stage as well as our Pacific Northwest coffeehouse experience in the lobby and advanced check-in technology appealing to business and leisure travelers alike in the northeast."

In addition to its current Hotel RL locations in Baltimore Inner Harbor and Washington, D.C., the company announced a franchise agreement for locations in College Station, TX and at the St. Louis Airport, as well as three company-operated locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Spokane and Olympia, Washington, all expected to convert in the first half of 2016.

The future Hotel RL Long Island City, planned for 38-15 9 th Street, will have approximately 171 guest rooms, the signature Hotel RL restaurant and bar, rooftop public area, meeting areas, a fitness center and a business center.  The property is located on the west end of the Queens borough, near the MoMA PS1 contemporary art museum, Queens Bridge Medical Center and the East River.

"We were extremely lucky and honored to work with Gary Isenberg and LW Hospitality Advisors for our feasibility study and brand selection," said Menahem Chukroon, one of the partners of Brooklyn North Capital, the developers of the site and future owner of the hotel.  "After being introduced to the Hotel RL brand and RLHC's spirit of doing business, it was very clear right away that we had found the perfect brand for our vision and this location."

With an estimated 2.3 million residents, Queens is the second-largest borough in population of the five in New York City and the largest in area. Hosting various museums, cultural institutions and restaurants that serve its diverse communities, Queens has been touted as a top American destination.

About RLHC: Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, management and ownership of upscale, midscale and economy hotels under the Hotel RL, Red Lion Hotel, Red Lion Inn & Suites, GuestHouse International and Settle Inn brands. Established in 1959, the company has 125 hotels system wide and also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

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Investor Relations ContactEvelyn InfurnaO: 203-682-8265C: 203-856-2088Investor.Relations@redlion.comMedia ContactCharlotte AliO: 509-777-6319C: 303-829-7168Charlotte.Ali@redlion.com 

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