$85 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 10, 2014 Check-out: Aug 11, 2014

Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

3 stars
160 VAN CAMPEN BLVD, WILMINGTON, NC 28403
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
84 reviews
one nighter

Great hotel, very clean! Pricey but very very nice! See full review

  • Allybama2009
  • Jul 21, 2014
Close to everything

Great location, friendly staff , clean rooms and very comfortable pillows See full review

  • Zoulamba
  • Jul 18, 2014
Wilmington hotel close to UNC offers free hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
Couples, families and business travelers all stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Wilmington-University Ctr. for its many amenities, including free Wi-Fi and free deluxe hot breakfast each morning featuring signature cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs or cheese omelets, sausage, bacon, sausage and more. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Wilmington-University Ctr. also offers an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness center and a business center. The hotel is less than two miles from UNC Wilmington and close to local attractions.
Highlights
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free deluxe hot breakfast
  • Outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center
Rooms
Comfortable rooms and suites at Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Wilmington-University Ctr. are styled in serene shades of blue, white and cream. Accommodations offer one king bed or two queen beds with triple sheets and pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, a 32-inch TV with HBO and movies on-demand, microwaves, refrigerators, easy chairs and desks. Suites offer sitting areas and kitchenettes, and select suites provide Jacuzzis.
Features
Guests staying at Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Wilmington-University Ctr. are less than two miles away from campus at UNC Wilmington. Travelers also visit popular North Carolina attractions like sunny Wrightsville Beach, Screen Gem Studios, Bellamy Mansion and Wilmington Riverwalk. When not exploring the city, guests work up a sweat on cardiovascular machines in the fitness center, swim in the outdoor pool or soak in the hot tub.
Dining
Each day, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Wilmington-University Ctr. guests are treated to a free hot breakfast featuring signature cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs or cheese omelets, sausage, bacon, sausage, gravy, hot biscuits, assorted breads, yogurt, fresh fruit and fresh coffee. Restaurants like Hiro Japanese Steakhouse, Cracker Barrel, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Carolina Ale House are all nearby.
Transportation
  • Wilmington International Airport (4.8 mi/7.7 km)
Attractions
  • UNC Wilmington (1.9 mi/3.1 km)
  • Jungle Rapids Family Park (3.8 mi/6.2 km)
  • Bellamy Mansion (4.3 mi/6.9 km)
  • Screen Gems Studio (4.3 mi/6.9 km)
  • Cape Fear Museum (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
  • Children's Museum (4.8 mi/7.7 km)
  • Wilmington Riverwalk (4.9 mi/7.9 km)
  • Wrightsville Beach (5.7 mi/9.2 km)
  • USS North Carolina (7.7 mi/12.4 km)
  • Fort Fisher (19.4 mi/31.2 km)
Business
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Offers 1,620 square feet of total meeting space for 12 to 150 guests
  • Business center with computer, print and fax services
  • Audiovisual equipment and catering available

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • High-speed internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Ice machine
Activities
Outdoor pool
Golf
Tennis
Dining
Free breakfast
Bar/Lounge
Coffee maker in room
Services
Business center
Maid service
Guest laundromat
Airline desk
In-Room Safe
Shops/Commercial services
Car rental desk
FAX
Overhead projector
White board
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Free parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Satellite TV
DVD player
Phone with speaker
Desk with lamp
Free newspaper
Hairdryer in room
Microwave
Cribs available
Temperature control
Ironing board
Bath tub

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Hotel Map

34.2411 -77.8725
Nearby airports
Wilmington International Airport, (ILM), 5.40, MI;
Area description
Suburban, suburban

Dining

Carrabba's Italian Grill
This is an Italian grill located a block from hotel. Their menu consists of pasta, seafood, steak and chicken.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant is a family friendly establishment. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Hiro Japanese Steakhouse
Hiro Japanese Steakhouse is fun for whole family! Watch the entertaining chefs prepare your dinner at your table. This is great for entertaining children! Also, check out their sushi.
Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse is a family restaurant located a few blocks from our hotel. Their menu consists of steak, chicken and seafood entrees. Outback has a small gluten free menu available for those who desire that option.
The Bridge Tender
The Bridge Tender is an upscale restaurant that specializes in seafood. Their menu also has steak, chicken and pasta options available. The Bridge Tender is a perfect place for an evening business meeting.
Hooters
Wings, beer, sports.
Carolina Ale House
Sports Bar and Grille. Full food menu.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (84)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
84 out of 84
Amenities:
4.1
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.7
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.4
Value:
4.2

93% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Allybama2009
myrtle beach , sc
Jul 21, 2014

one nighter

Great hotel, very clean! Pricey but very very nice!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
The Spring Break Mom
Hometown, MI
Jul 21, 2014

Not that impressed

While the location is perfect to getting to many areas, I was disappointed. We drove 9 1/2 hrs & called to say we would be late and get checked in to go to our room with all lights on and someone had been in the bed. They switched us out (said a pvs customer didn't want the room by elevator so switched & housekeeping said the room was fine to go ~ obviously not) to only go to the next rom, get settled in and go to bathroom and no toilet paper anywhere. They need to work with their housekeeping staff. I would look for another hotel if I return to the area!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Zoulamba
NYC , new york
Jul 18, 2014

Close to everything

Great location, friendly staff , clean rooms and very comfortable pillows

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
ronjack08
Columbus, OH
May 10, 2014

North Carolina Getaway

This location was picked because of proximity to the beaches and historic downtown Wilmington and did not disappoint. The rooms were rather small. I can't see more than two people being comfortable in this size room. But there was a small fridge, microwave and coffee maker which some hotels still do not offer. The biggest letdown was coming back to the room after 10 hours and finding the room had not been cleaned: beds not made and evenly more important no clean towels. We were moved to another room that was already done up and I supposed since there was no house-keeping staff available, that is the best they could do. But moving all of our stuff at 9:30 at night is not what I wanted to be doing after a day of sight-seeing. They did say they would give us a night free because of the inconvenience. We will see if that happens. If you are looking for a clean, economical hotel, close to the beaches without paying beach prices, this would be a good choice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Everyone goes to this area for the beaches. Be sure to check out te Poplar Plantation which was about 10 miles away. Fabulous tour and amazing history.

Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Dirtyredd
Raleigh nc
Apr 21, 2014

Great

I had a great stay here.... The best is the location everything you need is just a short drive away

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Great food n bars

Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
KLamb8
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Mar 23, 2014

Great Stay

My husband and I had a great stay at this hotel. Check in seemed to take longer than usual and the front desk staff was inappropriatley dressed. Baggy, unprofessional, and not a work uniform like the other employees seemed to have on. Other than that, great stay! Breakfast was amazing!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
B.happy2travel
North Carolina
Feb 24, 2014

Nice bedding, super comfy!

Nice room size (imperial suite), bed is very comfortable and plenty of pillows were provided. Nice staff, fast check in. Good free breakfast, but not impressed.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Jefreyj
Business
ohio
Feb 19, 2014

Noisy AC/Heat and under construction

My experience was poor. First night the heater/AC unit in the room sounded like a freight train and kep me up all night. I went down the next morning and mentioned this to the desk lady after making a joke about a freight train, she said that maintenance would look at it. maintenance checked it out and had to rplace the entire unit. th maintenance staff wrot a hand written not apologizing for the nois and alerting me to the fact it was replaced with a new unit. I thought that was a nice touch. crediting me the room for my first night would have been nicer. The entire hotel is getting a face lift. I will not stay there again until it is completed and then maybe.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
tneuenschwander
Sun Prairie, WI
Oct 1, 2013

Great experience at the Holiday Inn Express in Wilmington!

This was probably the best hotel experience we've had as a family! The hotel was very accommodating. The staff was extremely friendly from the start and they were always kind and considerate. They were especially great in working with our 3-year-old. The room was also just what we expected. The only issue we had was temperature control was tough at times, but that was the only minor problem we had. The breakfast every morning was awesome! Great selection and always replenished with fresh food. The location was also good, as it was easy to get to Wrightsville Beach or hit the bypass to downtown Wilmington or Brunswick County. And again, can't say enough about how good the staff was! We would definitely stay there again the next time in Wilmington.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

The staff at the hotel recommended Hieronymous for seafood and they were spot on. Fresh, local seafood and the prices were very reasonable! Again, we had a great waitress who was very accommodating (she saw our 3-year-old was picking the carrots off my wife's side salad, so she was nice enough to bring him out a bowl of carrots without us even asking!). Our food was awesome and we would definitely stop there again.

Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ashley L.
Raleigh NC
Jul 10, 2013

great overnight stay

Very comfortable. Staff very friendly. Nice and quiet. Lovely, clean rooms.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
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