MEDFORD, Ore. — A downtown Medford landmark is getting a facelift. New owners are transforming the former Red Lion Hotel into the Inn at the Commons.
The Red Lion’s former sports bar, Characters, is currently under construction and is going to become the new Larks Restaurant. The owners expect the construction work to be completed by mid-November, but the lobby remodel work is already completed with an entirely new aesthetic appeal.
Owners Becky and Doug Neuman are giving the old Red Lion a fresh feel. The couple bought the property across the commons earlier this year. The Nuemans are best known for running the Ashland Springs Hotel.
The owners plan to create package deals for visitors to create an entire downtown experience. They’re working on the interior of the building now, while staying open to guests.
They’re also working on the exterior of the building. The original brick is now getting covered in a fresh coat of white paint and the doors are painted a new pear green color. Officials expect these rooms to be open by the time people have family visiting for the Christmas holiday.
The Nuemans are also working on another hotel project right now. The Ashland Hills Hotel, which was most recently called the Windmill Inns of America, has been closed since 2007.
The couple bought the property in April. The owners of the Ashland Springs Hotel want to bring it back to life, and give Ashland a space for tourists, conventions and conferences.
The suites in the back of the hotel are finished now. They plan to paint the outside of the building. Through the next year they hope to finish the interior of the building before opening.
There will be a restaurant in the Ashland Hills. The Nuemans say it will be the largest hotel in Southern Oregon.