Upcoming luxury hotel at ilani Casino brings optimism for neighboring cities

A drum circle performs on April 25, 2022 at ilani Casino, in front of a forthcoming, 14-story hotel. Officials of neighboring towns hope the new hotel will bring more economic growth to the region.
A drum circle performs on April 25, 2022 at ilani Casino, in front of a forthcoming, 14-story hotel. Officials of neighboring towns hope the new hotel will bring more economic growth to the region.

Since it opened in 2017, ilani has reshaped neighboring towns. A new hotel holds promise for even more change.

Although it’s only halfway built, a large glossy hotel at the Cowlitz Indian Reservation is holding promise of more visitors for neighbors in the region.

An array of Southwest Washington officials, entrepreneurs and casino-goers attended an update Monday revolving around the 14-story, nearly 300-room hotel set to open in 2023.

“It creates a hospitality option that we don’t have here in north Clark County,” said Jennifer Lindsay, mayor of nearby Ridgefield. “It’s a great opportunity for the city to drive economic growth.”

The event also served to celebrate the casino’s fifth anniversary. The hotel — currently a glass-and-concrete construction site — served as the backdrop for guest speakers, while roughly a hundred in attendance sat outside under the casino’s portico. A drum circle performs on April 25, 2022, at ilani Casino, in front of a forthcoming, 14-story hotel. Officials of neighboring towns hope the new hotel will bring more economic growth to the region. Since it opened in 2017, ilani has reshaped neighboring towns. Ridgefield opened a $20 million, multi-purpose sports complex in 2019, which also serves as home base for a collegiate baseball team. Lindsay named the complex as an example of an asset that could get a boost from a nearby hotel.

“It gives us now the ability to host larger regional events, tournaments and things like that, that we couldn’t really attract before,” Lindsay said.

The mayor said Ridgefield officials are already […]

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