Rockville, Md.—Choice Hotels International, joined Pearl Properties and Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company for the groundbreaking of a new Cambria hotel & suites in Philadelphia, Pa. Located at 219-225 S. Broad Street at the intersection of Broad & Locust Streets, the 222-room, 14-story Cambria Philadelphia is set to open in 2017.
Located in the heart of Center City along the Avenue of The Arts, the new Cambria Philadelphia will be steps from dining and entertainment, numerous cultural and historic sites, as well as several Fortune 1000 companies, including AmerisourceBergen, Aramark, and Comcast. It is also just a few miles up Broad Street from Lincoln Financial Field, Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park.
To commemorate the event, brand representatives, key local dignitaries and guests celebrated with the unveiling of a commissioned illustration by local artist Hawk Krall at the site of the new hotel. Featured speakers included Choice Hotels President and CEO Steve Joyce; Choice Hotels Senior Vice President of Upscale Brands Janis Cannon; Founder and President of Pearl Properties Jim Pearlstein; President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Rob Wonderling; and President and CEO of Visit Philadelphia Meryl Levitz, who all discussed the impact of this new hotel on the growth and appeal of the city of Philadelphia to business and leisure travelers.
“In a city full of rich history and tradition, Philadelphia is an ideal next stop in our expansion of the Cambria hotels & suites brand,” said Joyce. “With more and more visitors coming to Philadelphia each year, our newest Cambria location will be at the epicenter of music, art and performance in the city, as well as a convenient new offering for the area’s largest businesses.”
The flagship Cambria hotel & suites Philadelphia will boast a first-class restaurant on the ground floor, 2,500 square feet of fully-appointed meeting space, a mobile business center, 2,500-square-foot pool area, 2,000-square-foot fitness center, and 3,000-square-foot rooftop area used for private events. Built by Pearl Properties, the building was designed by DAS Architects, Inc., of Philadelphia and will be managed by Concord Hospitality Enterprises.
“We could not be more excited to partner with Cambria hotels & suites and build our first hotel in our own backyard of Philadelphia,” said Jim Pearlstein. “This Broad Street location sits right in the middle of the city along the Avenue of The Arts and offers travelers every option imaginable as they experience Philadelphia for business or pleasure.”
A commissioned illustration by local artist Hawk Krall was unveiled at the groundbreaking. Krall is a Philadelphia artist and illustrator specializing in food, humor and eclectic street scenes. He is known for the world’s largest pizza mural at Pizza Brain in Philadelphia and currently working on a monthly illustrated column for Saveur, along with work for magazines and restaurants all over the world.