Downtown Detroit's next hotel includes a roof pool, Italian restaurant and taco spot

November 02, 2019, 3:30 PM

The newcomer at West Lafayette Boulevard and Third Avenue is near Fort Street Presbyterian Church, visible at rear right in this rendering by Krieger Klatt Architects of Royal Oak.

World-class downtowns with national conventions, four pro teams, major music festivals, tourism appeal and corporate headquarters need ample top-rank lodging.

Detroit has gained hundreds of luxury-level guest rooms in recent years, notably at the Siren Hotel (open since March 2018) and two spots launched last January -- the Element Hotel and Shinola Hotel. The roster grows again as construction starts on a 158-room Cambria Hotel on West Lafayette Boulevard at Third Avenue.

A ceremonial broundbreaking was Friday.


Albert Kahn's eight-decade-old original.

The six-story newcomer from Choice Hotels International will be in a redeveloped, enlarged building designed by Albert Kahn in the 1930s for WWJ. It'll have six stories and a new wing where a parking lot is now.

The Cambria is expected to open by fall 2020, along with tenant shops and restaurants, according to a news release reported on by Crain's.

Among the hotel's highlights are a rooftop pool and patio bar, a 700-person capacity grand ballroom and a fitness center and spa.

The average daily rate for a room is expected to be around $180. . . .

An Italian restaurant by celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, restaurant Detroit Taco and birthday party venue [Detroit Kid City] have been announced as tenants.

The project includes office space and a two-story garage for 150 vehicles.

A landscaped side patio is part of the Cambria Hotel design. (Illustration: Krieger Katt Architects)

Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business

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