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Hotel Eastlund, the former Red Lion hotel in the Lloyd District, is receiving a $10 million update courtesy of Seattle-based Grand Venture Hotel LLC. The developer purchased the 52-year-old building in 2013, and general contractor Deacon began work on the Holst Architecture-designed remodel last September.

The six-story building has been updated with a new curtainwall system that provides rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, exterior metal fins and canopies, and new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Pedestrian access improvements include converting a driveway on the Northeast Hassalo Street side of the building to a pedestrian-only entrance, allowing for an expansion of the hotel lobby.

Sections of post-tensioned concrete were removed to create a shaft for an express elevator to the hotel’s new top-floor restaurant and bar, Altabira City Tavern. The previously windowless top-floor ballroom has been opened up, allowing for bright natural light and downtown views. The hotel’s corner rooms have been combined and converted to suites featuring living areas that can be separated from the bedroom with a sliding wall, bringing the room count from 174 to 168. The hotel is scheduled to open this May.

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From Daily Journal of Commerce ● March 25, 2015 ● By Sam Tenney