INDIANAPOLIS - Choice Hotels International Inc. (NYSE: CHH) has awarded a franchise agreement to Indianapolis-based hotel builder MWA LLC to develop a Cambria-brand hotel in downtown Indy. 

The five-story, 148-room hotel is planned for construction at 850 South Meridian St., near Interstate 70.

Choice Hotels says Indianapolis is enjoying “significant economic growth, driven by a surge in investment and rise in annual visitors,” in awarding a franchise of what it calls an “upscale brand.”

This will be the third Cambria hotel in Indiana when it opens in 2021.

“Cambria, which is purpose-built to thrive in major markets serving the needs of today's modern business traveler, will be a hit with business and leisure travelers,” said Mark Shalala, vice president, franchise development, upscale brands, Choice Hotels.

Cambria hotels typically offer upscale amenities, such as spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors, onsite dining featuring local craft beer, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

MWA LLC, the ownership group of the Cambria hotel, is involved in several Indy-area hotel projects. It’s serving as construction manager for the Delta Hotel near the Indianapolis Airport. It’s also building Tru Hotel by Hilton in downtown Indy.