Jai Motwani, third from right, takes part in a groundbreaking ceremony in late May at the construction site of a Cambria Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla. Fourth from right is Jennifer Motwani, Jai’s wife, who is involved in the company; and third from left is Janis Cannon, senior vice president, upscale brands, Choice Hotels.

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.

The Cambria Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach will have 104 rooms, a restaurant, pool, meeting space and fitness area when it opens next year. Meyer Jabara Hotels is the property manager.

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.