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Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Provides $14 million Refinancing Loan
for Red Lion's 181-room hotel in Bellevue, Washington

SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 13, 2008 - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) announced today that it has closed on a $14 million loan from Wells Fargo Bank, National Association on Red Lion's 181-room hotel in Bellevue, Washington. The loan provides for a five-year term and a variable spread over LIBOR based on certain financial ratios. The current pricing is 1.75% over LIBOR. Red Lion used part of the proceeds of the loan to pay off its existing higher-rate loan in the approximate amount of $8.2 million and will use the remainder for general corporate purposes.

Dan Adams, Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, said, "Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a valuable customer of ours. Red Lion's financial performance and solid management along with the clear value of Red Lion's Bellevue hotel justified the expansion of our excellent existing relationship with the company."

Anthony Dombrowik, Chief Financial Officer of Red Lion Hotels Corporation, said, "Our ability to refinance this hotel on such favorable terms in the current credit environment speaks volumes of the financial strength of our company and of our relationship with Wells Fargo. We appreciate their continued support of Red Lion's growth."

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
About Red Lion Hotels Corporation:

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, operation and franchising of upscale and midscale hotels under its Red Lion(R) brand. As of June 30, 2008, the RLH hotel network was comprised of 50 hotels located in nine states and one Canadian province, with 9,326 rooms and 448,626 square feet of meeting space. The company also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, please visit the company's website at


Red Lion Hotels Corporation
     Julie Langenheim
Investor Relations Manager
     (509) 777-6322

Also See: George Schweitzer Joins Red Lion Hotels as Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Anthony F. Dombrowik Promoted to Chief Financial Officer / March 2008
Red Lion Hotels Corporation Acquriring Fee Simple Interest in the 478-room Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast for $25.3 million; Following $8 million Renovation Property to be Rebranded Red Lion / May 2008

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