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Adelphi Hotel expected to open in August with details that pay tribute to a rich history

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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Adelphi Hotel is almost ready for its grand opening.

That's the word from the hospitality group overseeing the massive restoration at the historic Saratoga Springs landmark.

After years of construction, the hotel was scheduled to open its’ doors this month, but the date has been pushed back.

CBS 6’s Anne McCloy learned what's behind the delay and when the public will finally be invited to see what's behind the new doors.

They say timing is everything, but when it comes to reinventing a timeless space, Michele Ducamp says what matters most, is taking the time to get it just right.

Ducamp is chief operating officer of the Adelphi Hospitality Group.

“It’s that very old, and very new mixed together,” Ducamp said.

The Adelphi Hotel has been under construction for five years. A huge undertaking, when you consider the building was falling apart and even the outside paint color had to be approved by the historical society. Now, the July opening date has been pushed back to sometime in August.

“We don’t have a firm date, and it's simply because the level of detail the craftsman are putting into the project, the level of nuances is so unpredictable,” Ducamp said.

Those intricate details pay homage to the hotel's rich past, which goes all the way back to the 1870's.

“It was always the home to the rich and famous the Vanderbilts the Carnegies,” Ducamp said.

One of the key pieces original to the hotel, is the staircase, which winds up through all four stories and is from 1877.

The front bar will be named after one of the hotels most famous residents John Morrisey, a New York City boxer who helped establish the Saratoga Race Course.

“He lived in the hotel a while, and passed away in the hotel,” Ducamp said.

Ducamp says the hotel used to have 80 rooms, there will now be 32, to give guests more space. Ducamp says the old design had shared bathrooms and tight quarters.

Each room has treasures from the old hotel, whether it be a chair, glass or magazine.

“In this room there's a Vanity Fair from 1938,” Ducamp said.

If you live in town, someday you may find yourself in the hotel's ballroom, or for dinner in the glass conservatory (the space that holds the hotel restaurant called the Blue Hen), or perhaps you'll come for coffee in the public drawing room.

“We really want the people of Saratoga Springs to feel welcome,” Ducamp said.

Once the doors open, the work isn't over. Ducamp says phase two begins 6 months from launch. Promising another spa, for the Spa City and much more room.

“We also own the space behind the hotel, so we plan to build another tower with another 50-60 rooms,” Ducamp said.

The hotel is taking reservations now starting for September 1 and is already booking for next track season. Rates range from $300-800 in the off-season.

The price tag for the first phase of the project is expected to be in the range of $30 million.

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