ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 21, 2015 — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, announced it has signed an agreement with franchise partner Southern Management Corporation to develop a new Cambria hotel & suites in College Park, MD. The 150-room Cambria property will be located at 8321 Baltimore Avenue and is expected to open summer 2017. The hotel will be walking distance from the University of Maryland which, with an enrollment of over 37,000 students, is the single most traveled destination in the state.
"We continue to experience strong momentum and tremendous growth in the Cambria hotels & suites brand," said Michael Murphy, senior vice president, Upscale Brands, Choice Hotels International. "We can't wait to offer our unique, upscale experience to the thriving community in College Park where our tagline is 'Where everybody is somebody.'"
Southern Management Corporation (SMC), an experienced real estate developer/manager and hotel owner/operator, has owned and operated properties for more than 50 years. The company currently owns and operates The Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, MD and Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Macungie, PA. SMC is currently constructing The Hotel at the University of Maryland, a 297-room hotel and conference center, which is scheduled to open in early 2017.
"We are thrilled to partner with Choice Hotels International to develop this new Cambria hotel & suites in College Park," said Robert Singer, Director of Southern Management's Hotel Division. "We feel that Cambria shares our commitment to providing an exceptional guest experience at every touch point."
Designed as a business travel and leisure brand, all Cambria hotels are new-construction and feature a larger lobby to give guests a warmer, engaging social atmosphere; oversized rooms that are larger than standard hotel rooms with flexible living and working spaces; and the latest technology that allows guests to stay connected while they travel.
The Cambria hotel & suites College Park will feature an upscale American bar and grill featuring steaks, seafood, salads and wood burning oven pizzas. Additional amenities include meeting space and a state-of-the-art fitness center. A CVS Pharmacy will also be located on the property.