(Video) Hilton on home stretch of $8 million renovation

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The HiltonWilmington-Christiana isheading into the home stretch of an $8 million renovation of the hotel.

General Manager Brad Wenger said the project is on track for a May completion date for the hotel in the busy Christiana-Stanton area.

Work has been completed on guest rooms. Work is under way on the final phase, which includes a new dining area, bar and reception desk.

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Working on the rooms took a lot of care and planning, according to Wenger. Some business travelers sleep during the day and work at night.

Wenger said the 266-room hotel is undergoing a “reimagining” as well as a renovation in an effort to appeal to a new generation of travelers.

The emphasiswill be on fresh and creative cuisine. Fresh herbs will be grown and harvested on the hotel property, with the goal of the hotel becoming a dining destination.

Now underway is work on a new dining area bar and reception area.

Alsoundergoing anupgrade wasithe fourth floor, whichremains accessibleonly by key card. The goal will be to provide guests on the floor with a special experience that includes a guest lounge and even a late night snack on the weekend.

The fourth floor has long been a feature of the hotel, but was often used as an upgrade for frequent guests, Wenger said.

Speaking of key cards, the Hilton has added a system that keeps keys from becoming demagnetized. While six times more expensive than conventional systems, the new technology will address the most frequent complaint of hotel guests, according to Wenger.

The Hilton has long been a top performer within Mayer Jabara, a group of hotels located on the East Coast.

The hotel features 9,000 square feet of meeting spaces and remains a popular destination for weddings and corporate meetings.

While competition has grown over the years, the hotel enjoys a location near major employers like Sallie Mae’s headquarters,Christiana Hospital. and JPMorgan Chase, Wenger noted.

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