PHOENIX—Choice Hotels International and O’Reilly Hospitality Management, a hotel and restaurant developer and management company based in Springfield, Mo., today announced the expansion of the upscale hotel brand, Cambria Suites, into the Phoenix market. The four-story, 121-room Cambria Suites Phoenix-Desert Ridge is the first of the brand in Arizona, and is the second of two Cambria Suites to be developed and managed by O’Reilly Hospitality Management. The announcement also revealed that Cambria Suites Phoenix-Desert Ridge will be home to the brand’s national training kitchen and provide a first look at newly crafted banquet and events menus, both overseen by celebrity Chef Michael DeMaria.
“The Cambria Suites brand is generating an impressive amount of excitement for Choice Hotels International. From industry experts’ commentary to guests’ reviews, the concept continues to earn top marks,” notes Stephen P. Joyce, president and chief executive officer of Choice Hotels International. “With a first-rate development and operating partner like O’Reilly Hospitality Management, we anticipate the momentum will continue to grow as Cambria Suites expands into new markets.”
The new-construction property will feature a variety of public spaces, fitness center, pool, and a 24-7 sundry shop.
Choice Hotels International selected award-winning chef, and 2002 inductee to the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, Chef Michael DeMaria to develop and manage the culinary program for the Cambria Suites brand. In this role, Chef DeMaria will create cuisine for all Cambria Suites core and urban core a la carte menus, approve all local and regional additions to individual property menus, lead the instruction of future Cambria Suites’ culinary teams in the national training kitchen and manage the revitalized banquet and events culinary program.
“Transforming the urban a la carte menu into the banquets and events selections allows Cambria Suites kitchens to dish out high volumes of exceptionally prepared, mouth-watering dishes while positioning the staff for success,” explains Chef DeMaria, Cambria Suites consulting chef and owner of M Catering by Michael’s. “Guests will enjoy their favorite signature plates while meeting and event planners will enjoy the exceptional value.”