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SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.
New Upscale, All-Suite Hotel Opens its Doors as Local Travel Sets Records
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, and Concord Hospitality, an award-winning hotel management and development company, announced that the new Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington D.C. Convention Center is officially open to welcome travelers to the area. Located at 899 O Street NW, the Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center is conveniently situated in the historic Shaw neighborhood in the heart of downtown. It is the first Cambria Hotels & Suites property to open in the city.
"Cambria Hotels & Suites continues to experience tremendous growth with a focus on top-tier, urban markets. This is the first Cambria Hotels & Suites in the nation's capital, and we are thrilled to open in such a lively and historic city where both business and leisure travel are booming," said Michael Murphy, senior vice president, Upscale Brands, Choice Hotels International. "Concord Hospitality brings nearly 30 years of hospitality experience, making them a phenomenal development partner for Choice. We know they will deliver the Cambria experience at its best – stylish, modern comfort at a great value."
According to the latest research from Destination DC, the district welcomed a total of 18.5 million visitors in 2012, including approximately 16.8 million domestic and 1.7 million overseas travelers, setting a new record for the city.
Arriving on the scene at a perfect time, the Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center is a hotel of firsts for the brand and for Choice Hotels. The 182-suite hotel is the first hotel from the Cambria brand to offer a truly urban interpretation of the brand's design, the first property to be part of a mixed-use development and the first LEED-certified Cambria Hotels & Suites.
"From the art and the architecture, to the cuisine and the staff, this Cambria embodies characteristics of Washington, D.C. and more specifically, of the Shaw neighborhood," said Mark Laport, chief executive officer and president of Concord Hospitality. "We look forward to bringing a personalized, memorable experience to our guests and working with Choice Hotels."
Guests entering the Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center will immediately notice the iconic LED-lit red terrazzo staircase housed in two stories of glass. The staircase leads to an open lobby extending the length of the property, which is filled with local artwork depicting scenes from the historic neighborhood. The property also features a rooftop pool with views of the U.S. Capitol and national monuments, along with a special urban oasis courtyard that bridges into the neighborhood.
The all-suite rooms, which are typically 20 percent larger than standard hotel rooms, offer functional, chic décor options, including a separate living, working and sleeping space, ergonomic chairs, moveable desks and upscale linens. Each suite allows guests to stay connected while they travel by enjoying the latest technology and prime entertainment with amenities such as flat-screen LCD televisions and MP3 jacks.
With nine floors and more than 1,200 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and conference space, all equipped with high-tech audio and visual equipment, this hotel is perfect for business travelers who need space to work, but also want amenities that provide a sense of relaxation. The hotel is also conveniently located one block from the Washington Convention Center.
Like all Cambria Hotels & Suites, the Washington, D.C. property will feature other fine amenities such as a contemporary bistro serving a dinner menu comprised of local specialties created by Chef Michael DeMaria; liquor, wine, beer and freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches; and a barista bar featuring coffee and a hot breakfast buffet.
In addition, the entire property will offer complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access, an on-site business center and free airport transportation.
The Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington D.C. Convention Center is accepting reservations now. Visit www.cambriasuites.com to book your next stay.
About Concord Hospitality
Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, an award-winning hotel management and development company based in Raleigh, N.C., owns and-or manages more than 90 hotels comprised of more than 13,000 guest rooms in 21 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The company operates hotels and resorts under leading brand affiliations including Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott and Starwood, as well as select independent boutique hotels. Concord properties are some of the most awarded hotels in the country, having won nearly 100 top honors in the past two years alone. www.concordhotels.com
About Cambria Hotels & Suites
Cambria Hotels & Suites offers contemporary, upscale accommodations at affordable prices. Designed as a lifestyle hotel brand, Cambria Hotels & Suites offers more than just a place to sleep at night. It features a larger lobby to give guests a more social atmosphere, all-suite rooms that are larger than standard hotel rooms and include a separate living, working and sleeping space, providing business and leisure travelers a haven to relax, socialize and network. There are currently 20 properties open across the country and nearly 30 under development. For more information visit www.cambriasuites.com
About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 35 other countries and territories. As of December 31, 2013, 422 hotels, representing more than 31,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 81 hotels, representing approximately 7,200 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide. All hotels are independently owned and operated.
Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges® rewards program. With more than 19 million members worldwide, is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.
Additional corporate information can be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International Inc.
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