The vibrant riverfront city of Wilmington welcomes thousands of visitors every year, some of them for business and some of them for pleasure. Regardless of the reason for your visit, finding accommodation that caters to your needs and your budget is always going to be paramount. Fortunately, as the likes of Trip Advisor, Best Hotel Guides, and US News and World Report attest, you’ll find no shortage of accommodation on offer, from charming little inns and slick hotels to budget-friendly roadside motels. To help you narrow down the options, we’ve rounded up 20 of the very best hotels in Wilmington, NC for 2020.
20. Super 8 by Wyndham Wilmington
Where: 3604 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28403-1326
Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the Wilmington International Airport, the Super 8 by Wyndham Wilmington makes a great choice for the business traveler. Although the accommodation lacks the frills of some of Wilmington’s fancier joints, it has everything you need for a relaxing stay, including cable TV, a work desk, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker as standard in all the rooms, superbly comfortable beds, efficient, friendly service, a 24/7 desk with copy and fax services, complimentary WIFI throughout, and free parking. Rates are very reasonable and include a generous breakfast.
19. The Front Street Inn
Where: 215 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4414
As one of the honorees on Our State magazine's "21 perfect places to stay in North Carolina" and WWAY's 2018 and 2019 "This is the Place", The Front Street Inn comes with some serious credentials… not to mention some seriously attractive qualities. Set in a peaceful, private setting in the heart of Wilmington’s historic downtown, it offers a perfect getaway while still putting you in the heart of the action. The accommodations are tasteful, spotlessly clean, and equipped with all you’ll need to feel at home.
18. Taylor House Inn
Where: 14 N 7th St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4645
The cozily romantic Taylor House Inn is set in a charming, historic spot that offers easy access to the downtown and its plethora of restaurants, shops, and attractions…. although whether you’ll ever want to leave the Inn at all is another question entirely. Filled with antiques, period pieces, artwork, and little touches of luxury, it makes the perfect romantic getaway. The cherry on top is the delightful service, which is guaranteed to leave you feeling pampered to within an inch of your life. The breakfast, meanwhile, is the kind you’ll want to write home about.
17. TownePlace Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Where: 305 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403-1813
Family-friendly, affordable, and primely situated to help you get the very best of your stay, TownePlace Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach has all the hallmarks of an excellent hotel. Amenities cover everything you’ll need for a restful, pleasant stay, including free parking, a pool, a fitness center, a business center, complimentary WIFI throughout, flat-screen TVs and a kitchenette in each room, and a superb breakfast that will leave even the heartiest of appetites sated.
16. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
Where: 4706 New Centre Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405-3444
As amenities go, you’ll find it hard to fault the range on offer at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. In addition to being treated to a full breakfast each morning, guests have full run of the indoor pool and whirlpool, cardio fitness center, and conference facilities. The rooms are comfortable and equipped with all the little home comforts you could want, including air conditioning, complimentary WIFI, and a microwave. The friendly, professional service, meanwhile, is the extra little cherry on top.
15. Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington
Where: 5126 Market Street Hwy Bus 17, Wilmington, NC 28405-3445
Combining affordable prices with comfortable accommodations, the Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington makes an outstanding choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Rooms are padded out with all the little conveniences and luxuries you could wish for, including a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and a kitchenette. Elsewhere in the hotel, you’ll find a full range of amenities, including a pool, a fitness center, and a business center. The location, meanwhile, is hard to fault, offering easy access to all of Wilmington’s premier locations.
14. Courtyard Wilmington Downtown/Historic District
Where: 229 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4252
Comfortable, modern, and primely located, the Courtyard Wilmington Downtown/Historic District is as well geared for the business traveler as it is the leisure seeker. Those there on work will enjoy the 1,800 square feet of event space, the complimentary WIFI access, and excellent proximity to UNC - Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College, PPD, Corning Glass Works, DuPont, International Paper, General Electric, and the Wilmington City Convention Center. Those there for leisure, meanwhile, are sure to get a kick out of the superbly comfortable rooms, huge, family-friendly pool, and cozy bar and lounge.
13. Graystone Inn
Where: 100 S 3rd St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4503
Luxurious accommodation, outstanding service, and a superb location… if any or all of this sounds your kind of thing, you might want to check out the Greystone Inn. Rooms come complete with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, while the old school charm of the décor is perfectly complemented by a turndown service, pillow chocolates, and a level of hospitality that can’t fail to leave you feeling pampered and cared for. Prices aren’t cheap, but when the service is this good, you’re unlikely to care.
12. ARRIVE Wilmington
Where: 101 S 2nd St at Dock St., Wilmington, NC 28401-4401
Small, cozy, and full for personality, ARRIVE Wilmington makes a great option for those looking for a little taste of the good life without the associated price tag. Little touches of luxury await you at every corner, from the marble-tiled bathrooms with complimentary toiletries to the snug library and intimate courtyard bar. The level of service is exemplary, and, as an added boon to pet owners, dogs are as welcome as their owners.
11. Residence Inn Wilmington Landfall
Where: 1200 Culbreth Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405-3638
Residence Inn Wilmington Landfall offers a pleasant, relaxing stay in a great location. Situated within striking distance of many of Wilmington’s best locations (Airlie Gardens is just 1.3 miles away), the hotel offers spacious, comfortable accommodations with some first-rate amenities. Guests can expect free reign of the fitness center and pool, while the superb, plentiful breakfast and excellent service help elevate what was already a good hotel to an excellent one.
10. SpringHill Suites Wilmington Mayfaire
Where: 1014 Ashes Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405-8302
Located within striking distance of Wrightsville Beach, SpringHill Suites Wilmington Mayfaire is primely located for leisure vacationers to squeeze every last drop from their visit. The clean, spacious rooms come stocked with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including air conditioning, a microwave, a flat-screen TV, and a refrigerator. Elsewhere in the hotel, you’ll find yourself well served by a pool, free parking, bicycle rental, free WiFi, and an exemplary complimentary breakfast. As an added bonus for families, kids go free.
9. Fairfield Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Where: 307 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403-1813
Comfortable, welcoming, and with a level of service that will leave your every need catered to, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach offers outstanding accommodation in a great location. Aside from the comfortable rooms (all of which comes equipped with 32” flat-screen televisions) and the spacious suites (which come with the added advantage of i-Home music systems, mini-refrigerators, and microwave ovens), there’s a heated indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, and a complimentary breakfast with Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches and fresh coffee that by all accounts, is worth the trip alone.
8. Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Where: 1989 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403-7214
If you want to base yourself next to the beach, Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach makes a fine option. As well as offering easy access to the gorgeous Summer Rest Trail, the hotel comes with a plethora of perks, including comfortable, spacious rooms stocked with LCD flat-screen TV's, hairdryers, and irons, a large, family-friendly outdoor pool with gazebo bar, a gym, full-service bar, and a level of service that will leave your every need catered too.
7. Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center
Where: 6745 Rock Spring Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405-3177
With its prime position in Mayfaire Town center, the Hilton Garden Inn is a great option for those who want to enjoy both the best of Wilmington’s historic town center and the beautiful Wrightsville Beach. The accommodation itself is just as good as the setting, with a cooked-to-order American breakfast, a cozy bar for cocktails, a fitness center, and all the usual comforts and conveniences you’d expect of a Hilton.
6. Best Western Plus Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Where: 5345 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28405-3505
If you want an affordable option that ticks all the right boxes for comfort, convenience, and location, the Best Western Plus Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach might be just what you’re looking for. Although it lacks some of the bells and whistles you’ll find in Wilmington’s more expensive options, it offers comfortable accommodation with a good selection of amenities, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, plenty of kid-friendly activities (including children's television networks and board games/ puzzles), and a complimentary hot breakfast. Those traveling with children will be pleased to note the “kids go free” policy.
5. Stemmerman's Inn
Where: 130 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4465
Charming, cozy, and with a level of southern hospitality that really delivers, Stemmerman's Inn makes a great place for travelers to rest their weary heads. Rooms are spacious and gorgeously decorated, with high ceilings, an upstairs sleeping loft, a well-equipped kitchenette, and the kind of little finishing touches that will make you feel right at home.
4. Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown
Where: 225 Grace St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3916
Located just minutes from Wilmington Convention Center and Cape Fear Riverfront, the Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown is primely located to allow you to get the most of your trip. Guest rooms are spacious and stocked with everything you’ll need for the duration of your stay, including a microwave, free WIFI, and a mini-fridge. Elsewhere in the hotel, you’ll find plenty to keep you happy, including a pool, a fitness center with a workout room, and, for the business traveler, 1,200 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. Best of all, kids go free.
3. Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire
Where: 6732 Swan Mill Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405-3181
Family-friendly and located within easy access of all of Wilmington’s best attractions, Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire makes a superb choice for travelers with children. The onsite amenities (which include a pool, mini-golf, children’s activities, and a fitness center) are extensive enough that you’ll find plenty to do without ever leaving the comfort of the hotel. The room themselves, meanwhile, are equipped with all the conveniences and comforts you’ll need to make your stay a comfortable one.
2.Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
Where: 9 Estell Lee Pl, Wilmington, NC 28401-3360
If you’re traveling to Wilmington on business, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront makes an excellent location. The Wilmington Convention Centre is directly connected to the hotel, which itself benefits from a business center with internet access, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, and a work desk in each room. Leisure travelers are equally well catered to thanks to the excellent rooftop bar, the farm-to-fork dining at the riverfront “Restaurant on the Terrace”, a superb complimentary breakfast, and well equipped, spacious rooms.
1.Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Where: 301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3934
If location is high on your list of priorities, you’ll struggle to find a more conveniently situated hotel than the Hotel Ballast Wilmington. Just moments away from all the sights, attractions, and amenities of downtown, and just 7 miles from Wilmington International Airport, a stay here puts you right at the heart of the action. Onsite amenities are just as noteworthy as the surroundings, with free WIFI, workstations with ergonomic chairs, HDTV, a convenience store packed with all the snacks and sundries you could ever need, and several dining and entertainment options.
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