Downtown’s new Cambria Hotel, currently under construction at 503 N. Plankinton Ave., on the corner of Clybourn Avenue, has announced that it will open in August.
The 132-room hotel is being built by Chicago-based Murphy Development Group (MDG) and will be managed by Concord Hospitality.
Stan Ramaker of the Fond du Lac-based M+A Design designed the interior of the hotel, which includes 77 king rooms, 50 double queens and five suites that include wood floors, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors, Beautyrest St. Pierre plush mattresses and Smart Television technology.
There is also 1,500 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool – a rarity among Downtown hotels – a fitness center and a courtyard. The lobby will boast a fireplace, as well as a bar and restaurant.
"We are thrilled to open this new property," said David Noel, general manager of Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown, in a statement.
"In light of Milwaukee’s strong identity, our team found endless inspiration that embraces the hotel’s overall design. Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown will be a truly unique property within our brand. We are excited to see this project come together and bring this hotel into such an energetic and optimistic community, full of entrepreneurs and startups."
For more information go to cambriamilwaukee.com or call (414) 223-4484.
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 OnMilwaukee.com 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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.