Choice takes Cambria brand to Ohio

Choice Hotels has broken ground on the Cambria Suites in Green, Ohio
in the Akron-Canton, Ohio region.The event served as a celebration of
the company’s commitment to the select-service upscale market and the
confidence that hotel developers have shown in Choice’s new brand.

“We are thrilled to be in a location that appeals to travelers to both
Akron and Canton and benefits from its close proximity to the
Akron-Canton Airport and Interstate 77,” said William Edmundson, vice
president of brand management and strategy for Cambria Suites. “We are
also especially pleased to be working with the Leatherman family as a
franchisee.  With a well-experienced management team and a well-earned
reputation as a first-class hotel developer and operator, the Leatherman
family is exactly the type of developer we are looking for as we build
the Cambria Suites brand.” 

Cambria Suites is a fresh alternative to the other brands that exist in
most markets today, and developers are very excited about the size of
the Cambria Suites room and its stylish offerings. This stylish new
lifestyle hotel brand was launched by Choice Hotels in response to
strong market demand for a select-service, upscale hotel product.  This
upscale segment continues to perform well and Choice licensees want to
be part of the action with a Cambria Suites hotel.

“Our Cambria Suites brand-focused sales team is working diligently to
ensure we have properties in the right markets with the right
franchisees and the right management companies,” said Brad LeBlanc, vice
president of franchise sales for the Cambria Suites brand. “We continue
to find hotel developers that are extremely interested in pursuing
Cambria Suites opportunities.”

        The Leatherman family has also executed a franchise
agreement to develop a Cambria Suites property in Columbus, Ohio.  The
groundbreaking for that location is expected to occur in early 2007.


The all-suites hotels boast a design that is more intimate and less
institutional than traditional hotel d├ęcor and guestrooms that are 25
percent larger than standard hotel rooms. Hotels will offer the latest
in technology, from a large-screen plasma television in the lobby to two
flat-panel televisions, MP3 jacks and CD/DVD players in the guestrooms
and complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access
throughout the property.