Projects are Rising in the South

NATIONAL REPORT—Across the South, hotel projects are underway, including two Marriott properties from Vision Hospitality Group Inc. Here’s a look.

TownePlace Suites Breaks Ground in Tuscaloosa

Vision Hospitality Group, in partnership with Eraa Hospitality, recently broke ground on the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tuscaloosa, AL. The 93-suite hotel marks Vision’s entrance into the Alabama market.

The hotel is located in Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama. The city sees substantial traffic from the SEC football program as well as leisure travelers visiting the area’s historic and cultural attractions; these include the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Paul W. Bryant Museum and Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. In addition, the TownePlace Suites will benefit from the recent Mercedes-Benz expansion and will provide corporate travelers with an alternative to typical hotel accommodations.

Aloft by Marriott Part of Hamilton Place Redevelopment in Chattanooga

CBL Properties and Vision Hospitality Group are developing a 135-room Aloft by Marriott in Chattanooga, TN, as part of the Sears redevelopment project at Hamilton Place. The new hotel marks the brand’s entrance into the Chattanooga market.

The Aloft Chattanooga Hamilton Place will have an urban-inspired design with loft-like guestrooms, with airy 9-ft. ceilings and keyless entry using a smartphone or Apple Watch.

Construction on the Hamilton Place redevelopment project is set to begin this spring.

Choice Hotels to Develop New Cambria Hotel in Spartanburg

Choice Hotels International Inc. has signed an agreement with Niam Investments to develop a six-story, 119-room Cambria Hotel in Spartanburg, SC. The upscale hotel is slated to open in summer 2020.

The hotel will be in downtown Spartanburg, near several corporate headquarters, including Denny’s, Milliken & Company and JM Smith Corporation, as well as the world’s largest BMW manufacturing facility. It will be a short distance from local attractions like the Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, Ballet Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Little Theater. The Spartanburg Medical Center and seven colleges and universities, including Wofford College, are also nearby.

The Cambria Hotel in Spartanburg will have upscale amenities that appeal to modern travelers, including immersive, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors; an outdoor swimming pool; onsite dining; multi-function meeting space; fitness center and locally inspired design.