(May 24, 2019) The planned opening next year of the Cambria Hotel, near the Route 50 bridge entrance to the resort, could have a significant impact on that entranceway to town.
“It is our opinion that this site represents a major front door to the Town of Ocean City,” said Keith P. Fisher of the Fisher Architecture LLC firm that designed the hotel. “The architecture will immediately give people the feeling that they are now on vacation, and it’s time to relax and enjoy all that OC has to offer.”
The Ocean City Planning Commission approved site plans for the hotel in 2017.
According to the approval, the hotel will have 131 rooms, lounge areas befitting a destination hotel, conference space, a rooftop bar, an outdoor pool and space for a restaurant.
The site was formerly home to a Cropper Concrete plant, while the new hotel is slated to open early next spring. Harkins Contracting, Inc. has overseen the construction.
Cambria is a subsidiary of Choice Hotels International, Inc., a hospitality franchisor based in Rockville.
“The building will become iconic in that it has now given an identity to a site that was once underutilized and, quite frankly, not enjoyable to look at,” Fisher said. “The hotel will be amenity rich and will give the users incredible views of the bay from its rooftop venue.”
He added details of the hotel were refined after “many meetings with members of the” Ocean City Development Corporation.
OCDC recognized the hotel during its annual meeting on May 8 as one of several new construction projects downtown that will boost the resort’s tax base and help create jobs.
Once the upscale hotel is up and running, the job of selling rooms there will go to Renee Seiden, regional director of sales for the Pinnacle Hospitality Group.
According to Seiden, all of the rooms will have a waterfront view of the Assawoman Bay, and the hotel will feature a 3,000-square-foot event space on the first floor.
“The restaurant is on the top floor and has a stunning view of the bay,” she added, although a tenant for the spot has not yet been found.
“This is the largest of our hotels in terms of number of rooms,” Seiden said. “It’s the only one that will have a restaurant, currently, and it is the only one that has meeting space.”
Seiden said the Cambria would represent a huge change downtown.
“I think from the view perspective, the ocean is beautiful, but the bay is stunning. Not many of us get up early enough to watch the sunrise, but we’re all there for the sunset,” she said. “It’s just going to be gorgeous.
“It’s a really exciting project. I think it really is going to be a beautiful gateway to Ocean City as you enter along Route 50, rather than the cement plant. It’s going to give it a whole different look and feel when you enter the town,” Seiden added.