With a record 11 hotels opened in 2019, and a milestone 50 hotels currently open across the country, Cambria Hotels continues its pace with its first property opening in 2020 — the Cambria Hotel Bloomington Mall of America. Franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), the upscale brand opened the doors to 11 hotels last year in major markets — together representing over 1,700 upscale rooms — increasing the brand’s system size by 25%.
“2019 was truly a banner year for the Cambria Hotels brand—between breaking our openings record, reaching 50 locations and capping off the year by opening the doors of our largest hotel. Add to that the numerous top tier business and leisure destinations we brought the Cambria brand to such as Boston, Houston and Phoenix — to name just a few — and it’s no surprise why our franchisees are so excited about the growth of this brand,” said Janis Cannon, senior vice president, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. “We look forward to building on our coast-to-coast expansion in 2020 and expect to beat our openings record for a second-consecutive year, along with beginning construction on 14 hotels, in addition to the 26 already underway. That way, we can provide time-starved, modern business travelers with even more upscale options in central locations for years to come — like in Minneapolis to start this year.”
With one of the nation’s highest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies and more than 38 million people traveling through the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport annually, the Cambria Hotel Bloomington Mall of America joins the Cambria Hotel Minneapolis Maple Grove and the Cambria hotel planned for Downtown Minneapolis, which is slated to open in 2021. Located at 8001 28th Avenue South, the hotel is adjacent to the Mall of America, the largest mall in North America, which offers guests access to top-notch retail, dining and entertainment options. The property is also within walking distance to the light rail, a five-minute drive to the airport and convenient to the corporate headquarters of Best Buy, Ecolab, General Mills, Target, UnitedHealth Group and U.S. Bancorp.
The Cambria Hotel Bloomington Mall of America features upscale amenities and little luxuries that appeal to today’s modern travelers, including:
- Contemporary and sophisticated guest rooms, complete with modern fixtures, abundant lighting and plush bedding.
- Immersive, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors.
- State-of-the-art fitness center and indoor pool.
- 4,000 square-feet of multi-function meeting space.
- Onsite dining with a menu featuring freshly prepared food, local craft beer on tap, wine and specialty cocktails.
- Locally inspired design.
In 2020, the Cambria Hotels brand expects to debut new hotels in cities such as Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; and Savannah, Georgia. Hotels are also expected to break ground in Cincinnati; Kansas City, Missouri; Santa Clara, California; Spokane, Washington; and Tampa, Florida.
“In addition to the brand’s record-breaking year for openings, Cambria Hotels continues to be highly sought after by developers. In fact, the brand’s pipeline has grown to become one of the largest in North America with nearly 80 hotels,” said Mark Shalala, senior vice president of development, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. “In December alone, we awarded a dozen franchise agreements to close out the year strong and fuel our future growth in cities including Chicago; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Miami; and Oakland, California.”
Ceres Enterprises and the Orlean Company will own and operate the Cambria Hotel Bloomington Mall of America. This will be Ceres Enterprises’ fourth Cambria hotel, with properties in Avon, Ohio and Noblesville and Westfield, Indiana. In addition, this will be the third time that Ceres Enterprises and the Orleans Company have collaborated on a Cambria hotel.