DANBURY, CT—Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH) has signed an agreement with the owners of Sandalwood Management and KPG Hotels to manage the first upscale Cambria Hotel in Baltimore. The 14-story, 144-room hotel, originally known as the American Building, was the first office building constructed following the Great Baltimore Fire in 1905. The property, located at 231 East Baltimore St., is expected to open by the end of 2019.
The property, the conversion and repurposing of which will commence in March, is the fourth MJH will operate in Baltimore. The hotel ownership and management group also owns and manages three independent hotels in the city: the Admiral Fell Inn (a Historic Hotel of America, owned by MJH), the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf and Pier 5 Hotel (part of the Curio Collection by Hilton). This is the first property that MJH will manage for Sandalwood Management and KPG Hotels.
Paul Patel, president of Sandalwood Management, said, “When you combine location with the expertise that MJH is bringing to the table, we expect to optimize occupancy and ADR considering nearby demand generators such as the M&T Bank Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Baltimore Convention Center and the city’s Inner Harbor.”
The Cambria brand sports an industrial design, business center conveniences and personalized service. The new Baltimore hotel will include flexible meeting spaces and a fitness center. The property will also have contemporary onsite dining, serving a menu comprising local specialties, liquor, wine and local craft beers, as well as grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, and a barista bar.
“We are eager to inform our existing customers that Meyer Jabara Hotels now has a luxury option in Baltimore,” said Rick Odorisio, SVP of operations, MJH. “Not only will we cross-utilize our existing resources to become a more efficient hotel operator in this market, but we will soon have three price-point options to meet even more travelers’ demands. Cambria is an ideal brand to bring to Baltimore; it’s leading edge in terms of urban design and amenities, and it has widespread appeal to millennials.”