New Southlake hotel tucks in high-tech touches and modern mien
Southlake has a cool new business hotel with some luxury touches: The Cambria, which opened in Southlake on December 3. Cambria is an upscale brand within Choice Hotels International, one of the world's largest hotel companies.
Located at Kimball Park, a mixed-use commercial development at State Highway 114 and Kimball Avenue, the Cambria Southlake DFW North combines a contemporary feel with smart technology and sought-after amenities to provide business travelers and local visitors a new experience. A release describes it as "upscale, but never uptight."
The lodging has 175 one- and two-bedroom guest rooms with furnishings that include a custom-designed Anytime Lounger and an industrial-style steel desk with integrated technology.
Décor incorporates "distinct Texas design features" such as reclaimed wood, barn door bathroom entryways, leather, steel, natural stone surfaces, and "exclusively crafted artwork." They don't use reclaimed wood and barn doors in other states?
A restaurant called Social Circle Bistro is open for breakfast and dinner, serving American comfort cuisine along with Texas specialties such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish and chips, and the Tex-Mex Angus burger. Is catfish Texan?
The Lobby Bar boasts Texas craft beers and a unique selection of wines. It houses a technology friendly Hangout & Business Zone, where you can plug-in. The Get-cetra Market in the lobby offers groceries, snacks, sundries, and convenience items.
A fitness facility is open 24 hours a day with health-club quality Pre-Core cardio machines and strength training equipment. The outdoor pool has more than 5,000 square feet of patio space, cabanas, and a fire pit to enjoy the Texas nights.
There's also 5,000 square feet of flexible event space, customizable for meetings, group conferences, social receptions, and weddings from 12 to 350 people.
Complimentary shuttle service to Southlake Town Square and other select destinations is available to guests daily.
Hotel general manager Sam Cannon says that the hotel incorporates many of the upscale boutique elements the Cambria chain is known for. Room rates start at $130 a night and top out at $200 for a suite.
"The Southlake hotel continues the Cambria brand of being comfortable, contemporary, and technically advanced — allowing guests to sit down and relax or be productive on the road," he says. "But we’ve taken it to the next level with larger rooms, free and faster Wi-Fi, a guest texting platform, and 55-inch smart televisions in every room that allow for unlimited streaming."
Art by local Texas artisans includes a hand-blown glass longhorn in the lobby those aforementioned sliding barn doors in the bathrooms. As everyone knows, we're way into barns.
Cambria describes itself as upscale, but not uptight. Its rooms offer modern décor, with rooms that feel like an upgrade, and fresh, local cuisine at their restaurants. There are currently 26 properties open across the country and 30 under development in the U.S. and Canada.