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Renovations complete on part of downtown hotel

The Lexington Downtown Hotel & Conference Center, a Hilton Affiliate Hotel, announced Friday that it has completed renovations on two floors and will open them to guests this weekend.

The floors contain 54 rooms and reflect the new Kentucky theme, emphasized by colors that often appear in the region's scenery, with headboards designed to be reminiscent of picket fences.

The 367-room hotel, formerly the Radisson, is undergoing a $13 million renovation that is set to be complete next summer.

The hotel will be able to change its name to be a full-fledged Hilton instead of a Hilton affiliate before then, though. Peter Lewis, president and chief investment officer of owner Madison W Properties, said a grand opening is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 14.

The interim name is required, he said, because Hilton has certain standards that each of its hotels must meet "before they're willing to put their name on it."

Those required a change in "mainly lobbies and a number of guest rooms," Lewis said. Since enough of the guest rooms will be completed by that time, the hotel can change in advance of the entire renovation being complete.

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