Hotels & Hospitality Development News in Central Florida

Developer behind the planned Cambria hotel by Lake Eola wants to alter its designs again

A rendering of the proposed Cambria hotel in downtown Orlando.

Design plans for the proposed Cambria hotel across Lake Eola in downtown Orlando are slated to undergo another revision.

The developer, a joint venture between California-based Stratus Development Partners and Sunny Isles Beach-based developer HB Capital Group, wants to revise previously approved architectural plans for its 155-room Cambria Hotel and Suites at 170 E. Washington Street.


Major changes include redesigns of its balconies, rooftop bar and mural.

Prior plans featured curved balconies that stood against the hotel’s eastern front, facing Rosalind Avenue, but new plans show the developer did away with the winding terraces. Instead, rooms at the proposed project will feature smaller glass-enclosed faux balconies.

An elevation of the proposed Cambria hotel at 170 E. Washington St.

The developer also relocated the roof-top garden and amenity deck from the eighth floor down to the third-floor to combine it with the mezzanine space.

Last year, GrowthSpotter reported that the rooftop amenity floor would have been one of the firsts for a hotel in downtown Orlando,

Another more visible change includes updates to its elevator bank. The column will serve as a public art canvas that will extend along Washington Street to screen the proposed parking garage. The mural on the newly submitted renderings feature a color change that replaces the previously approved bronze-colored metal screening, which ran vertically over the glass elevator.

Plans for the new hotel also feature some additional structural pop-outs for some added depth to the building. A brick treatment ties the building together at the pedestrian level on the first two floors.

Newport Beach-based Hannouche Architects is the architect.

A rendering of the previously approved Cambria hotel project that features old designs like the  bronze-colored metal screening.

Currently, the lot on the southwest corner with Rosalind Avenue is vacant. Last year, the developer paid $3 million to acquire the property, which spans less than an acre. It neighbors the St. George Orthodox Church, which was built in 1926.

Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board approved plans for the eight-story hotel in 2017. About a year later, the joint venture revised design plans. The MPB filing was meant to update a previously approved Cambria Hotel & Suites zoning ordinance that was approved by the city in 2011. `

In 2018 Choice Hotels International Inc., franchiser of the Cambria Hotels brand, announced it had entered into a multi-unit agreement with Stratus to develop five Cambria properties, starting with one in California.


The new redesign plans go before the city’s Appearance Review Board later this month.

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