Hotel plans revealed by ilani

Casino in Ridgefield shows off its big plans for 14-story glass tower


The future of ilani has been revealed, and it includes a 14-story, glass tower hotel just off Interstate 5.

The Cowlitz Tribe announced Saturday the plans for expansion of ilani, the gaming, dining, and entertainment center in Ridgefield. 

The Cowlitz Tribe and ilani released this rendering of what a 14-story hotel tower will look like in the future. The tribe hopes construction of the hotel will begin in early 2021. Photo courtesy ilani
The Cowlitz Tribe and ilani released this rendering of what a 14-story hotel tower will look like in the future. The tribe hopes construction of the hotel will begin in early 2021. Photo courtesy ilani

The tribe released the artist’s rendering of the exterior of the planned hotel, showcasing the 300-room tower, which will include a mix of room types, including suites, as well as a spa and fitness center.

The interior design is still in the works.

“The Cowlitz Tribe is committed to thriving and contributing to the prosperity of the Southwest Washington community in years to come,” said Philip Harju, chairman of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. “The facility expansion is necessary to support the growth of our business, and the hotel is in many ways symbolic of opening the doors of our homeland to guests from around the world.”

Howard S. Wright out of Portland has been named the general contractor for the project. 

“In recent years, we have built a number of luxury hotels … in the Portland market, and we can’t wait to bring our expertise and experience to this extremely exciting project,” said Kevin James, project executive of Howard S. Wright.

Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas, which has been a partner on many of ilani’s projects, will be the architect of the hotel.

“The project’s design intent will continue to weave the Cowlitz story through unique architectural and design elements, motifs, materials, colors, and experiences,” said Chuck Jones, senior vice president of Friedmutter Group.

The Cowlitz Tribe expects construction to begin in early 2021.

Guests will not have to wait that long to see other big changes, coming in the next couple of weeks and next month.

Expansion of the existing facility is set to begin Oct. 15, which will include two new restaurant venues and additional gaming space. Once completed, it will bring ilani’s total property size to more than 400,000 square feet.

The casino is also looking forward to the opening of its new parking garage, on time and on budget, an ilani official told Clark County Today. The garage is expected to open in November, in time before winter weather conditions.

“We have been steadfast in our efforts to bring forward a business model that complements our region and provides an unmatched experience for our guests,”  said Kara Fox-LaRose, general manager and president of ilani.

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