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Saratoga Springs' historic Adelphi Hotel reopens after upgrades

October 19, 2017 12:54 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Rates can range from $350 to $1,400 for a 700 sq. ft. Whitney Suite of the newly-imagined Adelphi Hotel. It officially opened Thursday morning with a ribbon-cutting and grand tours of the luxury, boutique hotel on Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

"The craftsmanship that our team have put into this hotel is quite extraordinary and it thrills me," said Simon Milde, Chairman and CEO of Richbell Capital, the chief investor. "(It) was really to mix Victorian with high-tech and extreme comfort and I think we achieved this."

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First built in 1877, it had fallen into disrepair by the 1950's. Finally, a plan passed and there was a five-year renovation of the Victorian era hotel.

"What we've done is all reupholstered and that sort of thing and everything we've put in there is very, very comfortable despite a lot of it being quite old and genuine Victorian furniture," Milde said.

Architect Dominick Ranieri of Schenectady led the project: "Never shied away from the challenge and there were quite a few challenges. We had a good time, a good five years."

The Adelphi Hotel actually opened its doors to the public on October 1 and is ready to take reservations for next track season.

"It stands out as it should as an icon, as a historic marker and a reminder of our Victorian past," said Mayor Joanne Yepsen. In her prepared remarks, she said: "This national story that is happening right here today in Saratoga Springs is going to draw more tourists and more investors and more developers."

In the lobby is the historic yet modernized staircase which Dave Bennett and his team from Bennett Stair Company in Ballston Spa redid. They raised it up and brought the balconies up to commercial code, 42", "to make it taller and safer."

Additionally, he turned the newel post into a time capsule.

"So we stuck all the before photos in, I stuck photos of all of us on the job site, we put a Saratoga Living magazine inside of there and some employees of the Aldelphi put their business cards in there," he said. "We hope no one ever finds it."

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John Craig

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