Choice Hotels International has signed an agreement with real estate group Ariel Development for the construction of a Cambria hotel and suites in Seattle, Washington, US.

Scheduled to open in late 2017, the Cambria hotel and suites will be situated at 1915 Third Ave in the Belltown neighbourhood.

The 112-room hotel features 1,600ft² of meeting area, a lobby, a rooftop patio overlooking Puget Sound, and a fitness centre.

Choice Hotels International chief executive officer Steve Joyce said: "The Cambria hotels and suites brand has seen a significant surge of new developments and openings in major urban markets over the past year.

"The Seattle property will serve as the brand’s entrance into the Pacific Northwest."

"The Seattle property will serve as the brand’s entrance into the Pacific Northwest, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring our upscale offerings to Seattle’s business and leisure travellers."

The hotel will be within walking distance of the Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Washington State Convention Centre.

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Ariel Development Herzel Hazan said: "Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and is home to many of the world’s most celebrated companies, making for an ever-increasing demand for upscale lodging options.

"The Belltown neighbourhood lies in the heart of Downtown Seattle’s retail and business districts, and we’re excited to partner with Choice Hotels to bring the Cambria brand to the area."

The building will also have 50 apartments for residential use.

In 2014, Choice Hotels International opened 478 hotels on both domestic and international grounds.

Choice Hotels has more than 6,300 hotels franchised in more than 35 countries, accommodating more than 500,000 rooms worldwide.

Cambria hotels and suites owns 25 properties across the US and 30 more are in the pipeline in the US and Canada.