Checking in on ilani’s 14-Story Hotel Construction

A view of Interstate 5 from the 10th floor of ilani
A view of Interstate 5 from the 10th floor of ilani

A view of Interstate 5 from the 10th floor of ilani’s new hotel tower in April in Ridgefield. The tower will have 14 floors and a rooftop restaurant. COWLITZ INDIAN RESERVATION — Walking up the metal construction stairs in what will eventually be ilani’s new hotel, Kara Fox-LaRose, president and general manager of ilani, points to what the company calls the heart of the house.

The area is commonly referred to in the hospitality industry as the “back of house.”

“It’s really centered around our team and our culture,” said Fox-LaRose, mentioning the areas will be spacious for crew members.

At 185 feet tall, the new hotel is the tallest building in Clark County.

The 14-story hotel is intended to be a four-diamond luxury resort, said Fox-LaRose. A lot of research went into whether the local economy and the other ilani businesses could support the hotel.

“We’re definitely confident that business will support this investment,” she said. There are plans to expand into a second tower if demand exceeds the capacity of the tower currently under construction.

The hotel will have nearly 300 rooms, including 28 suites. The largest of the suites will be about 2,000 square feet, while the smallest will be around 400 square feet. The larger suites will have multiple bedrooms and living spaces.The suites will include floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings and butler pantries.A spa will also be included in the hotel, although customers will be able to visit the spa without being hotel guests.The indoor pool area will have a 26-foot-wide […]

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