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Sonesta Opens Red Lion Gillette and Sonesta Grand Rapids Airport

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NEWTON, MA, [May 01, 2024] – Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (Sonesta) today announced the opening of Red Lion Gillette and Sonesta Grand Rapids. Red Lion Gillette is a 159-room, select service value hotel located at 2009 South Douglas Highway in Gillette, Wyoming. Sonesta Grand Rapids Airport is a 183-room upscale property located at 3333 28th Street SE at the airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“We are excited to open the first Sonesta hotels in Gillette, Wyoming and Grand Rapids, Michigan,” said Norman Leslie, co-founder of Lodging Opportunity Fund and Legendary Capital, a private hotel real estate investment trust based in Fargo, North Dakota with hotel assets across the country. “We see immense opportunity for growth in both of these markets catering to both busy corporate travelers and on-the-go leisure guests. We are proud to introduce two of the brands offered by Sonesta.”

“Sonesta’s portfolio continues expanding with the opening of both Red Lion Gillette in late March and Sonesta Grand Rapids last week,” said Keith Pierce, EVP and President Franchise & Development, Sonesta. “Establishing a Sonesta presence in Gillette and Grand Rapids underscores our commitment to growing the brand’s footprint and portfolio globally to reach consumers and owners across primary urban, secondary and tertiary markets.”

“We continue to expand our strong franchisee relationships by leveraging our unique experience as owners and operators,” added Brian Quinn, Chief Development Officer, Sonesta. “Franchisees recognize that our brands are designed to meet consumer and owner demands and that our fast, friendly and flexible approach helps to speed conversion to market for each location.”

Vibrant and authentic, Red Lion Hotels has built a legacy on paving the way to great adventures. The properties include friendly service, local expertise, and welcoming guest rooms.

Sonesta Hotels & Resorts focus on wellness and well-being, a genuine connection with the staff and an undeniable harmony between the hotel and its surroundings. Unplug in stylish rooms inspired by your destination and enjoy a host of indoor and outdoor amenities and work-friendly spaces.

Red Lion Hotel Gillette and Sonesta Hotel Grand Rapids Airport guests can earn or redeem points as members of the award-winning Sonesta Travel Pass loyalty program.


Sonesta is one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the U.S., currently ranked 8th by Smith Travel Research (STR) with 1,200 properties totaling 100,000 guest rooms across 15 brands in eight countries. You will find nearly 300 hotels under one of Sonesta’s seven brands – Royal Sonesta ; Sonesta Hotels & Resorts ; Sonesta Select ; Sonesta ES Suites ; Sonesta Simply Suites ; Sonesta Posadas del Inca ; Sonesta Cruise Collection – operating in the U.S., Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Peru, and St. Maarten.

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