Shovels in the Ground: Three Projects to Know

NATIONAL REPORT—Hotel Business is tracking a slate of hotel development projects planned or underway in the U.S. Here are three of them:

Hyatt Place New-Build in AZ

Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell is set to open in early April. This newly constructed, three-story building will be a 102-room select service property overlooking Lake Powell.

Amenities will include 24-hour F&B offerings, a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi, and extensive complimentary parking.

“Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell will align very well with our company’s expertise in operating hotels in destination leisure markets throughout the United States,” said Michael George, president and CEO, Crescent Hotels & Resorts.

Choice to Develop Cambria in DC

Choice Hotels International Inc. has signed an agreement with Koucar Management LLC to develop a new Cambria hotel in Southwest Washington, DC. Located at 69 Q St. SW, the 154-room, nine-story property will be the second Cambria in the District, joining the Cambria Hotel Washington, DC Convention Center at 899 O St. NW.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the Cambria Hotel Southwest DC will have a rooftop bar, 2,500 sq. ft. of multifunction meeting space, a fitness center and parking. The property also will include on-site dining, serving a menu comprising local specialties, liquor, wine and local craft beers, as well as grab-and-go salads and sandwiches.

“The development of the Cambria Hotel Southwest DC showcases our focus on expanding the Cambria brand to key urban markets throughout the country. Washington, DC is celebrated for its growing population, government and corporate activity, and tourism, making it the ideal home for multiple Cambria properties,” said Mark Shalala, VP, development, upscale brands at Choice Hotels.

Construction Commences on Luxury Eco-Resort in CA

Following a groundbreaking ceremony, construction began on the Monterey Bay Shores Resort in Sand City, CA.

Scheduled to open in 2021, the luxury eco-resort will consist of 184 guestrooms, 92 hotel condominium units, 92 residential condominiums, and amenities such as a full-service wellness spa, two restaurants, and conference meeting space. It will rise on the former site of what was one of the largest sand mines in the United States, according to the company.

Located along the coastline just north of Monterey in Sand City, the $800-million development will be the first new coastal resort built in Northern California in decades.

“As an environmentalist myself, I’m proud of the fact that this development is as environmentally friendly as it gets. I am honored to be a part of this project because this is probably the last California coastline resort of its kind that will be built, at least in my lifetime,” said Jerry Marcil, managing partner of owner SNG Evariste LLC. “After 25 years of entitlement issues, I can say that the Coastal Commission did its job and came up with a plan to protect and expand public access to the coast and to preserve its natural resources.”