Officials broke ground today for the new, $50-million, six-story, 158-room Cambria Hotel Detroit Downtown, at Lafayette Boulevard and Third Avenue, slated to open in 2020.
The hotel will be part of Choice Hotels International Inc.’s brand and is being developed by a joint venture between Detroit’s Means Group and Holdwick Development Group, and Koucar Management of Troy.
The development will incorporate the Albert Kahn-designed former studios of WWJ-AM and 150,000-square-feet of new construction. Part of the project will replace an adjacent surface parking lot and feature modular construction, a first in downtown Detroit.
“Cambria Detroit represents some of the most groundbreaking methods for modernized project delivery that will be mirrored for years to come,” says Eric J. Means, CEO of The Means Group. “It is a true alignment of merging old and new into a major plus for the city and its residents.”
Developers say the new hotel will be tailored to meet the needs of the modern traveler with features including:
- Immersive, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors.
- Contemporary guestrooms with modern fixtures, abundant lighting, and plush bedding.
- Multi-function meeting space.
- A grand ballroom and banquet space.
- Fitness center with spa amenities.
- Locally inspired design.
The Detroit Cambria also will feature a rooftop pool. The grand ballroom on the ground floor will accommodate 350 people sitting and up to 700 people for stadium-style events or live performances.
In addition, the ground floor will be home to an Italian restaurant from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani. The restaurant will serve brunch, lunch, and dinner with food made from scratch and feature local craft beer on tap, wine, and specialty cocktails.