Delaware Luxury Hotel Apologizes, Offers Rooms to Homeless

A luxury Wilmington hotel that cancelled the reservation of a group of homeless people on Christmas night is now offering a weekend stay for six homeless people.

The Hotel du Pont's reversal came Thursday after a story by WDEL-AM about the reservation cancellation. The story sparked a social media backlash, including a number of users who dropped the hotel's Facebook rating from four stars to just 1.5.

WDEL reports that the hotel apologized and called the whole thing a misunderstanding, prompting a competing hotel to extend an offer to homeless people for a holiday stay.

"It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try to assist some people who are in very, very difficult positions right now with this ridiculous cold snap," said Christiana Hilton manager Brad Wenger.

Hotel du Pont cancelled a reservation in a $640 suite for six homeless people on Christmas night, saying the group probably didn't have proper identification. The room had been booked by a Newark man who said he wanted to give the group a special treat on Christmas.

The Christiana Hilton in Wilmington worked with area shelters to find families for the 10 available rooms.

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