ROCKVILLE, MD—Choice Hotels International, Inc. broke ground on a new Cambria Hotel & Suites in Philadelphia today. Located at 219-225 S. Broad St., the 222-room, 14-story Cambria Philadelphia is set to open in 2017. Built by Pearl Properties, the building was designed by DAS Architects, Inc., of Philadelphia and will be managed by Concord Hospitality Enterprises.
Situated in the heart of Center City along the Avenue of The Arts, the hotel will be close to dining and entertainment, cultural and historic sites, as well as several Fortune 1000 companies, including AmerisourceBergen, Aramark and Comcast.
To commemorate the event, brand representatives, key local dignitaries and guests celebrated with the unveiling of a commissioned illustration by local artist Hawk Krall at the site of the new hotel. Krall is a local artist and illustrator known for the world’s largest pizza mural at Pizza Brain here, and he is currently working on a monthly illustrated column for Saveur, along with work for magazines and restaurants all over the world, according to the company.
Featured speakers included Steve Joyce, president and CEO, and Janis Cannon, SVP of upscale brands, Choice Hotels; Jim Pearlstein, president of Pearl Properties; Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; and Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia.
“In a city full of rich history and tradition, Philadelphia is an ideal next stop in our expansion of the Cambria Hotels & Suites brand,” said Joyce. “With more and more visitors coming to Philadelphia each year, our newest Cambria location will be at the epicenter of music, art and performance in the city, as well as a convenient new offering for the area’s largest businesses.”
The flagship property will feature a restaurant on the ground floor, 2,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, a mobile business center and a 2,500-sq.-ft. pool area, 2,000-sq.-ft. fitness center and 3,000-sq.-ft. rooftop area used for private events.