MEYER JABARA HOTELS is managing the renovation of a 14-story historic Baltimore landmark into a Cambria Hotel.
Sandalwood Management of College Park, Maryland, and KPG Hotels of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, have teamed up to transform a landmark building into a 144-room upscale hotel, announced brand parent Choice Hotels International.
The companies acquired the 112-year-old office tower in May for $4.2 million.
Paul Patel of Sandalwood Management and Neel Parikh of KPG Hotels oversaw the acquisition of the American Building and subsequent vision for adaptive reuse, said Choice. The Cambria is expected to open by the end of 2018.
“Cambria is an ideal brand to bring to Baltimore; it’s leading edge in terms of urban design and amenities, and it has widespread appeal to millennials,” said Rick Odorisio, senior vice president of operations at Meyer Jabara Hotels of Danbury, Connecticut.
It is the fourth property Meyer Jabara will operate in Baltimore. It owns and manages independent hotels, Admiral Fell Inn, Inn at Henderson’s Wharf and Pier 5 Hotel.
Renovation work on the Cambria is expected to start in March.
“Meyer Jabara Hotels is uniquely qualified to manage this property due to their knowledge of the Cambria brand and their long presence in the Baltimore market,” said Paul Patel, president of Sandalwood Management. “There is a strong demand here for an upscale brand, and Cambria is the right choice for this market.
“When you combine location with the expertise that MJH is bringing to the table, we expect to optimize occupancy and ADR considering nearby demand generators such as the M&T Bank Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Baltimore Convention Center and the city’s Inner Harbor.”
Sandalwood Management and KPG Hotels have previously worked together to own and build Choice Hotels properties, including Quality Inn, Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites.
“We’re excited to once again work with Choice Hotels to bring our first Cambria property to the heart of Baltimore,” Raj Parikh, co-founder of KPG Hotels, said in an earlier statement.
KPG Hotels is a merger of the Delaware Hotels Group and Parikh & Parikh Associates. Mike Khatiwala founded the Delaware Hotel Group in 2001. Raj Parikh founded his company in 1988. The group owns and/or operates more than 35 hotels in primary, secondary and tertiary markets in eastern U.S.