One of the newest hotels in the Midlands is now officially open for business.
Cambria Hotel Columbia Downtown The Vista held its grand opening event on October 12, giving attendees a view of the new 144-room, four-story upscale hotel at 1000 Lady St.
Cambria Hotels is a brand franchised by Choice Hotels International Inc. There are six other Cambrias in South Carolina – in Greenville, Fort Mill, Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and Rock Hill – and 60 nationwide.
The Cambria in the Vista opened to guests in June, but the grand opening offered a chance for Choice Hotels officials as well as city and state officials to celebrate the new addition to the hotel offering. from the city.
“Cambria is our new brand, and we’re trying to provide an upscale space for the modern traveler,” said Janice Cannon, Choice Hotels senior vice president for upscale brands. “We are trying to meet the needs of that traveler who is also design savvy and is looking for something unique and different in a hotel.”
Also in attendance was Mark O’Neil, executive vice president of operations for Pyramid Hotel Group, the hotel’s management company.
Choice Hotels, on behalf of the Cambria Vista site, also donated $5,000 to the University of South Carolina School of Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management. A school official said the funds would go towards a program to attract students from minority and underserved communities.
Columbia’s Cambria was developed by Highside Development in conjunction with Pyramid Hotel Group. Columbia’s LS3P was the project architect. McCrory Construction was the contractor, with interior decorating by Elementum.
The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar serving local craft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. There are also multipurpose indoor and outdoor spaces for work or play, multifunctional meeting and event spaces, and a fitness center.
Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.