By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Oct 25, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Part of an ongoing boom in new hotels in Milwaukee, the Cambria – at 503 N. Plankinton Ave., on the corner of Clybourn Avenue – is one of a few that occupy new, purpose-built homes in the heart of Downtown.

The hotel, owned by the Chicago-based Murphy Development Group (MDG) and managed by Concord Hospitality, opened in August. Its restaurant, 414 Bar + Kitchen, opened earlier this month.

The four-story hotel – the interior of which was designed by Stan Ramaker of the Fond du Lac-based M+A Design – has 132 rooms, including 77 king rooms, 50 double queens and five suites.

In addition to 1,500 square feet of meeting space and a lobby with a fireplace, the hotel also has a swimming pool, which is a rarity in Downtown hotels (though the newly opened Drury Plaza also has one), a fitness center and a patio.

We got a peek inside this week and this is what we saw ...

Front desk

Lobby lounge

414 Bar + Kitchen

Meeting space


Fitness center

Patio / biergarten

King room

Double queen room

For more information go to or call (414) 223-4484.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.