HOTEL MOTEL INC. began construction in May on a 104-room Cambria Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida.
Jai Motwani is founder, president and CEO of Hotel Motel Inc. His company, which has several properties in South Florida, obtained an $18 million construction loan for the project in December, reports the South Florida Business Journal. A hotel that was on the one-acre site was demolished.
The full-service Cambria is an upscale brand by Choice Hotels International. It targets business travelers, but it also accommodates leisure guests.
Fort Lauderdale sees 10 million leisure and business travelers a year.
When it opens next year, the Cambria Hotel will be across the street from North Beach, a public area.
Other nearby business drivers include, The Strip, a waterfront promenade with dining and retail shops; Broward County Convention Center; Port Everglades, one of the world’s busiest cruise terminals; and several corporate headquarters, including DHL Solutions America, SATO Global Solutions and Spirit Airlines.
The hotel will have a pool, on-site dining, meeting space and a fitness center.
Meyer Jabara Hotels is managing the hotel, according to news reports. Hospitality Furnishings & Design is the interior designer and procurement company.
The Cambria Hotel Fort Lauderdale will be the third of the brand to open in South Florida, joining a Cambria at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and one at Miami International Airport.
In February, Sun Development & Management Corp., under Chairman and CEO Bharat Patel, opened the first Cambria in New Jersey. Cambria Hotel West Orange is in West Orange, New Jersey.