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Austin | Cambria Hotel Rainey | ? Feet | 14 Floors | Proposed

Rhode Partners is designing this Cambria hotel at 68 East Avenue which is next to the U/C Homewood Suites. I didn't see an exact floor count in the permit filings, but the block rendering appears to be at least 15-stories.

Here's the location just south of the Homewood Suites from Streetview:



Based on the permit filings, there is some discussion about saving a tree on the site. The renderings show the hotel built around a tree:



Here are a couple permit filings. The second one has the renderings and some drawings. The hotel levels begin on the sixth floor.
https://abc.austintexas.gov/attachment/attachmentDownload.jsp?p=rhL9yeJHMmUCynYV0gpaHYQlUeakbjOS5oWueW5EJIq7inE%2BsPiJJR3CO38Fn9WPo5kPrLtpNNTfu4oi7c8ZhZQqzjjH37vyEfrkashRHXB91OIc9sLSqfeWMvjDXvx8
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Nice catch.

For those not familiar, Cambria Suites (which is what I'm assuming this is) is the most upscale brand in the Choice Hotel family (who also do things like Comfort Inn, Clarion Inn, Econolodge, etc). They're a collection of decidedly midscale brands known for being at some of the most remote interchanges of the highway system. But they've positioned Cambria to be their most urban and modern entry so far. And they're expanding into some major secondary markets -- in just the last few months they've announced or broken ground in Nashville, Phoenix, Louisville, Ft Lauderdale, Greensboro SC, and others.

Worth googling them just to get a sense of what other Cambria's look like. The buildings themselves seem pretty suburban-office-parkish but the rooms definitely skew in the direction of Aloft.
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The addresses aren't exactly the same, but this is probably the latest version of what was originally the Kimber Modern proposal followed by the Rainey St. Hotel proposal.
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Greensboro SC
Greensboro is in NC, not SC. Greenville is in SC.

Clarion is often found in urban settings as well. Columbia's Clarion is downtown across from USC's Law School, for instance.
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Greensboro is in NC, not SC. Greenville is in SC.

Clarion is often found in urban settings as well. Columbia's Clarion is downtown across from USC's Law School, for instance.
Thank you. I get my Carolinas confused on a pretty regular basis. Green____, _C, as you pointed out.
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The addresses aren't exactly the same, but this is probably the latest version of what was originally the Kimber Modern proposal followed by the Rainey St. Hotel proposal.
If that's the case, this is a huge downgrade.
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Nice catch.

For those not familiar, Cambria Suites (which is what I'm assuming this is) is the most upscale brand in the Choice Hotel family (who also do things like Comfort Inn, Clarion Inn, Econolodge, etc). They're a collection of decidedly midscale brands known for being at some of the most remote interchanges of the highway system. But they've positioned Cambria to be their most urban and modern entry so far. And they're expanding into some major secondary markets -- in just the last few months they've announced or broken ground in Nashville, Phoenix, Louisville, Ft Lauderdale, Greensboro SC, and others.

Worth googling them just to get a sense of what other Cambria's look like. The buildings themselves seem pretty suburban-office-parkish but the rooms definitely skew in the direction of Aloft.
Aloft is 100x better than Cambria (although on the same "level")! I'll take a W/Starwood brand (Marriott) over a Choice branded hotel any day of the week!

FYI, there is a 18-story, 236' Cambria approved for the Riverwalk in SA.
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After looking at the first floor drawings for this hotel and the Rainey Hotel (formerly Kimber Modern) they are not the same project. You can easily see they are different by their relationship to the I-35 frontage road and East Ave. split.

So the 17-story Homewood Suites, 7-story Rainey Hotel and 15ish-story Cambria Hotel will all be tightly lined up together along the frontage road/East Ave.


Cambria Hotel just north of split:



Rainey Hotel just south of split:

Rainey (Kimber Modern) site plan: https://www.austintexas.gov/devrevie...erRSN=10989602
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So the lineup going south is Homewood, Cambria, Kimber Modern, then River St? Somehow I thought Kimber Modern was south of River somewhere . . .
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So the lineup going south is Homewood, Cambria, Kimber Modern, then River St? Somehow I thought Kimber Modern was south of River somewhere . . .
That's the lineup, but Kimber Modern cancelled their plans to be part of that hotel project. The latest version added some floors and is going by the name "Rainey St. Hotel." So far that project is not associated with a particular hotel brand. It appears that there will still be an undeveloped parcel between the Rainey St. Hotel and River St. This was going to be the second Kimber Modern location. The original Kimber Modern is south of the river - just off of SoCo.
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That's the lineup, but Kimber Modern cancelled their plans to be part of that hotel project. The latest version added some floors and is going by the name "Rainey St. Hotel." So far that project is not associated with a particular hotel brand. It appears that there will still be an undeveloped parcel between the Rainey St. Hotel and River St. This was going to be the second Kimber Modern location. The original Kimber Modern is south of the river - just off of SoCo.
Yes, right, had forgotten that Kimber wasn't Kimber any more.

I just drove by that stretch a day or two ago, there seems to still be an awful lot of open space still up for grabs around there.
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The AULCC 03/23 meeting info for this project says it's 14-stories with "70 keys". That's not a lot of rooms. But I guess that might be because they are large suites.
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More info was added to the site plan this morning. There's nothing really interesting, other than the room count was changed to 225. The previous total of 70 seemed rather low.

https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/perm...pertyrsn=93026
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More info was added to the site plan this morning. There's nothing really interesting, other than the room count was changed to 225. The previous total of 70 seemed rather low.

https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/perm...pertyrsn=93026
Hyatt House is what, 190 rooms? So I suppose this could end up being a bit better than that, although I wont get my hopes up too high...
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