New Cambria prepares to open in Charleston, S.C.

New Castle Hotels & Resorts, RREAF Holdings and Freese Johnson construction celebrate the development of the Cambria Charleston Riverview. Photo credit: Mic Smith (The 126-room hotel is located at 84 Ripley Point Dr. on the Ashley River, and its development is nearing completion.)

New Castle Hotels & Resorts and RREAF Holdings celebrated with Freese Johnson Contractors of Atlanta as the Cambria Charleston Riverview, a 126-room hotel located on the Ashley River, nears completion. The hotel is projected to open at the end of the year.  

There are now 32 Cambria properties open across the United States, and there are more than 100 hotels open or in the pipeline in the U.S. and Canada.

The Cambria Charleston Riverview will include 1,300 square feet of multifunction meeting space, a full-service bar offering local craft beer and a fitness center. The property is perched on the marshes of the Ashley River, across the street from the Ashley Marina is just minutes from Charleston’s Historic District. The hotel’s location provides access to everything that the area offers, in addition to the Medical University of South Carolina complex and the College of Charleston.

“It’s been a long, hot and wet summer and this terrific team has done a yeoman’s job of keeping the schedule on track,” Jeremy Buffam, VP of capital projects for New Castle, said in a statement. “This milestone is an opportunity to thank them for their hard work, diligence and success, and encourage everyone as we approach the always challenging home stretch.” Workers signed a lobby wall and enjoyed a catered lunch of fajitas and frozen (virgin) margaritas.

"We are excited to pass another milestone in the construction of our new Cambria Hotel in Charleston,” Brandon Miller, president of RREAF Holdings, said in a statement. “This hotel will be a significant addition to our growing portfolio of hotels. Charleston is a very popular destination and we’re looking forward to being an integral part of the local community."

“Travelers seek out local relevance when choosing hotels and soon, Charleston’s nearly 5 million annual visitors will have a brand-new upscale option that pays tribute to Charleston’s celebrated culture and history when they visit this iconic city,” Trevor Stratton, the hotel’s GM, said in a statement. 

Stratton said the hotel will begin accepting applications for 25 to 30 positions in the coming weeks.