Southlake lays claim to a diverse business community that provides a dynamic mix of necessary, convenient services for residents, and attractions to draw people from outside of the city. This includes an impressive list of shops and restaurants, as well as a broad selection of banks, grocery stores, dentists and physicians. However, there is currently only one hotel within the city limits, the Hilton Southlake Town Square, which opened in 2007 and is a popular destination for brides, business travelers and local events.
Within the next few months, Southlake will welcome its second lodging venue as the Cambria Hotel & Suites is on track to open in September in Kimball Park, a mixed-use development underway at the northwest corner of Kimball Avenue and State Highway 114. Construction began July 2015 on the 175-room, four-story hotel that will include approximately 5,500 square feet of meeting space, an onsite restaurant and bar, fitness center, and complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout the property.
According to Patrick Barrett of Fillmore Hospitality, the developer of the hotel and manager of day-to-day operations upon opening, the construction phase is approximately 40 percent complete.
“The foundation has been poured, the walls are up and we’re completely vertical,” states Barrett, adding that they are planning for a mid-September grand opening. “We are also building a temporary sales office and model rooms at the construction site that will be ready in April.”
Barrett also reports a general manager and director of sales have been hired and will be onsite at the end of March to begin the hiring and reservation processes. Upon opening, the hotel will employ more than 50 staff members.
The interior is described by Barrett as an “upscale boutique hotel that is technically smart, comfortable, and invites you to sit down and relax,” which he believes will appeal to business travelers, along with close proximity to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, that the hotel is targeting during the week.
“Our research indicates that approximately 20 percent of business travelers to Southlake end up staying in Grapevine because there are no rooms available here,” he explained, noting that is not the only reason Southlake was chosen as the second location in Texas for a Cambria Hotel & Suites (with the other property being in Plano). “Southlake is a dynamic, growing community and we saw the need for more hotel rooms. We feel this upscale property will do well here and be embraced by the local residents.”
Kimball Park will also include 115,000 square feet of Class A offices, three restaurants and retail space. By taking advantage of the topography of the site, Kimball Park has incorporated over 3 1/2 acres of open park land, allowing its visitors to enjoy the surrounding natural outdoor landscape. For more information, visit www.fillmorehospitality.com/hotels.