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.
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.