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Explore the waterfront in Wilmington, NC

Located along the picturesque eastern coast of North Carolina, Wilmington is a refreshing mixture of early American colonial heritage and Atlantic Ocean landscapes. With the Cape Fear River winding around the western edge of the city and the coastal island beaches of Carolina, Wrightsville and Kure on its eastern edge, Wilmington is a beautiful place for visitors to explore by foot, boat or bike. Families will love hiking through the state parks near the waterfront, while couples looking for a romantic getaway can embark on a riverboat cruise or stroll down the two-mile long boardwalk.

Climate information

Because of its setting in the coastal, southeastern part of the United States, Wilmington features a subtropical climate, which gives it hot, humid summers and mild winters. Average high temperatures in mid-summer are 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and Wilmington hotels often mark down room prices to lure in visitors. Brief afternoon thunderstorms may crop up at this time of year, while autumn sees the potential for tropical storms and even hurricanes. July, August and September are the rainiest months here. Late spring is a beautiful time of year to visit with enough warmth for a trip to the beach.

Hotel price ranges

Premier

Most hotels lie along Wilmington's northern corridor, providing easy access to main roads and short drives to the beaches. Premier hotels, such as Hilton Wilmington Riverside, Courtyard Wilmington, Residence Inn and Hilton Garden Inn, provide spacious rooms and suites in the mid-$100 range.

There are also numerous options in the historic downtown neighborhood, including Blue Heaven and Graystone Inn, with prices similar to those for premier hotels.

Budget

Families often book budget-friendly accommodations like the Days Inn, Country Inn and Suites, and Baymont Inn and Suites, which are all around $100 or less per night.

Things to see and do

Museums and mansions

With so much history, Wilmington offers varied museums for those who want to learn more about the coast. Cape Fear Museum houses hands-on exhibits for children, some of the oldest photographs displaying the area, regional animal exhibits and World War II memorabilia. The Wilmington Railroad Museum, featuring some of the largest model railroads as well as vintage locomotives and railway cars, is perfect for the entire family, and celebrates the railways bringing life to Wilmington in the 1800s. The Bellamy Mansion offers a glimpse at how the well-to-do in historic Wilmington once lived.

Along the waterfront

One of the top draws for visitors to Wilmington waterfront is the self-guided tour of the USS North Carolina Battleship, a World War II relic. For those more interested in the present, a stroll along two miles of riverside boardwalk brings relaxing sea breezes.

Wilmington beaches welcome vacationing families and college students on spring break every year. The three main ocean-side beaches—Carolina, Wrightsville and Kure Beach—are located on coastal islands.

Take a break from tanning to explore the Wilmington Water Tours or Cape Fear Riverboats, which show visitors the beauty of the river and coastline as well as the docks and historical waterfront buildings.

Nature

Carolina Beach State Park offers hundreds of acres of beachside beauty for hiking and bird watching. Those who prefer delicate flowers to the rugged beauty of the ocean can check out Airlie Gardens, a century-old collection of formal landscapes, walking paths and sculpture gardens.

Travel-to information

The easiest way to travel to Wilmington is via the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), served daily by Delta, US Airways and American Airlines, which connect through Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and other major U.S. cities. The airport is a very short drive to most local hotels, as well as a 10-minute drive to historic downtown. Another way to access Wilmington is by bus; Greyhound offers daily services through its station on Harnett Street.

Recently Rated Wilmington Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington
4.0 / 5
32 reviews
3 stars $99
MainStay Suites Wilmington
3.9 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $129
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
3.9 / 5
51 reviews
3 stars $89
Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
4.1 / 5
67 reviews
3 stars $109
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
3.7 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $127
Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center
3.9 / 5
31 reviews
3 stars $124
Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire, NC
4.3 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $118
Comfort Inn University
2.6 / 5
26 reviews
2 stars $63
Ramada Wilmington
2.4 / 5
63 reviews
2 stars $59
Extended Stay America - Wilmington - New Centre Drive
3.0 / 5
36 reviews
2 stars $94

Featured Wilmington Hotels

From $81

1 BEST WESTERN PLUS University Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 87 reviews

5345 Market Street

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Our University of North Carolina Wilmington hotel offers Southern hospitality, spacious rooms and a great value for guests who want to be near the beaches. With close proximity to Wrightsville...

Not pleased at all
We had multiple issues during our stay, the worst being that the fire alarm sounded at 330 in the morning...but only in our room. No one was able to stop it, even after the batteries were...
Apr 24, 2015
From $102

2 Hampton Inn Wilmington-Medical Park

3 stars
4.0 / 5 22 reviews

2320 S. 17th Street

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

wash your cares away at our coastal Carolina city...welcome to the Hampton Inn Wilmington-Medical Park.The first European visitor to Wilmington and Cape Fear, Giovanni da Verrazano, called the area...

Business
Great hotel and location. Room next to elevator and it was extremely loud. Soccer group very busy and loud. Sounded like they were practicing soccer above me. Woke me up from my sleep.
Apr 27, 2015
From $99

3 Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

3 stars
4.1 / 5 71 reviews

160 Van Campen Blvd.

Wilmington hotel close to UNC offers free hot breakfast, Wi-FiCouples, families and business travelers all stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Wilmington-University Ctr. for its many...

Great place to stay
I had a great stay it was comfortable and worth the money the staff was very nice and the location is 20 mins from the beach. The Walmart store is close by so it's easy to get nick nacks if needed...
May 7, 2015
From $52

4 Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington

2 stars
2.9 / 5 54 reviews

2828

Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington offers the most value for your money when staying for business- pleasure- or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms- a 24-hour front desk- free...

Nice Location
It is an easy place to stay if you are just using it for sleep. Very close to both beach and downtown Wilmington.
Mar 1, 2015
From $129

5 MainStay Suites Wilmington

3 stars
3.9 / 5 35 reviews

5229 Market Street Hwy 132 & US 17

All-suite Wilmington hotel near shopping with free breakfast, InternetMainStay Suites Wilmington is located on bustling Route 17, steps away from a variety of shops and restaurants. Guests come to...

perfect for university access
We stayed here for my daughter's graduation from UNCW. We needed a handicapped accessible room for my mother and their room was perfect for her. Bathroom had a roll-in shower, and there was plenty...
May 27, 2015
From $63

6 Comfort Inn University

2 stars
2.6 / 5 26 reviews

151 S. College Rd.

Centrally located between historic downtown Wilmington and beautiful Wrightsville Beach, our hotel is located only 10 minutes from most major sites in the area. Also located 3 blocks from the UNCW...

Used as a cheap alternative
We were going to a beach wedding for the weekend, but didn't want to pay to stay on the beach as it is super expensive. This hotel was cheap enough to stay to cancel out the 8 miles to the beach....
May 18, 2015
From $69

7 Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington

2 stars
3.7 / 5 63 reviews

245 Eastwood Road

Extended-stay Wilmington motel offers free Internet, outdoor poolThe Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington is conveniently located on Route 74/Eastwood Road in Wilmington, N.C., near several shops...

Holiday love
We always stay at this hotel when in Wilmington, NC. Great location, quite, and the staff is absolutely amazing and nice. Rates are very reasonable and you get more than you pay for.
Nov 30, 2014
From $43

8 Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

2 stars
2.8 / 5 94 reviews

3901 Market St

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Inexpensive Wilmington hotel near airport with free breakfast, Wi-FiHoward Johnson Express Inn – Wilmington is located on busy Market Street in Wilmington, N.C. The hotel features free continental...

great stay .
Great location , quiet, clean room all made for a fun stay!
May 13, 2015
From $92

9 Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington

3 stars
4.0 / 5 61 reviews

5126 Market Street Bus 17

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Wilmington hotel close to shopping, airport with free breakfast, Wi-FiWingate by Wyndham Wilmington is located on Route 17 in Wilmington, N.C., with easy access to Wilmington International Airport,...

Great little getaway
My girlfriend and I wanted to visit Wilmington for Valentine's weekend. We stayed here and were pleasantly surprised. The room was comfortable and clean. The neighborhood was great. We were right...
Feb 17, 2015
From $127

10 Hilton Wilmington Riverside

3 stars
3.7 / 5 35 reviews

301 North Water Street

Wilmington hotel on Riverwalk with free airport shuttle, free Wi-FiBusiness travelers, couples and families alike stay at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. Located on popular Wilmington Riverwalk,...

Graduation Weekend
Hotel was very nice and a great location in Downtown Wilmington, Extremely close to everything - Restaurants, Stores, inner harbor walkway. Would recommend this Hotel if you are looking to stay in...
May 19, 2015
From $124

11 Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center

3 stars
3.9 / 5 31 reviews

6745 Rock Spring Road

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Wilmington hotel near Mayfaire Town Center with free Internet, poolHilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center is within walking distance to the shops, restaurants of Mayfaire Town Center,...

Great Location - A little Overpriced
When I found out my boyfriend got in an accident on the way to vacation and was unable to come, the hotel was less than helpful in helping with canceling. Granted it was last minute, but a little...
May 19, 2015
From $54

12 Americas Best Inn Wilmington

2 stars
2.5 / 5 15 reviews

2929 Market St

Americas Best Inn Wilmington offers the most value for your money when staying for business- pleasure- or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms- a 24-hour front desk- complimentary...

My experience here
The pool was not up and running. The photo on here was not the same hotel it actually turned out to be. There were bugs inside the rooms (cockroach in the tub) speaking of the tub, it drained...
May 7, 2015
From $81

13 Jameson Inns Wilmington

2 stars
3.8 / 5 67 reviews

5102 Dunlea Court

Wilmington hotel central to shopping, dining with free breakfast, Wi-FiJameson Inn Wilmington is centrally located off Route 17 in Wilmington, N.C., with easy access to several shops and...

Fun in Wilmington
Was very well received upon arrival by friendly staff. Room was comfortable and clean. Being the azalea festival weekend accommodations were pretty pricey., making this a good value.
Apr 14, 2015
From $89

14 TownePlace Suites by Marriott

3 stars
3.9 / 5 51 reviews

305 Eastwood Rd

Wilmington hotel near beach, shopping, with free breakfast, Wi-FiTownePlace Suites by Marriott is favored by business travelers and guests looking for an exceptional value. Suites offer cushy queen...

Relaxing beach trip
Staying at this hotel made our beach trip a wonderful experience. The staff was very helpful in directing us to a great seafood restaurant for our dinner the day we arrived. Then we enjoyed the hot...
May 23, 2015
From $81

15 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Wilmington Airport at Market Street (Convention Center), NC

3 stars
3.9 / 5 56 reviews

4706 New Centre Drive

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Wilmington hotel near shops, dining with free breakfast, Wi-Fi, poolCountry Inn and Suites By Carlson, Wilmington Airport at Market Street (Convention Center) is located just steps from the shops...

Perfect for Business
I am in Wilmington every few months and like to stay at the Country Inn. Its NEW and clean. Close to everything I need.
May 7, 2015
From $94

16 Holiday Inn WILMINGTON-MARKET ST.

3 stars
3.7 / 5 48 reviews

5032 Market Street

Value-packed Wilmington hotel with hot tub, free airport shuttle, Wi-FiHoliday Inn Wilmington-Market St. guests enjoy many perks, starting with a central location convenient to Market Street...

Great Stay
Book this hotel last minute as my plane was delayed. I am glad that I chose here to stay. Everyone was super friendly, the room was clean, an overall GREAT experience. I would recommend this place...
May 13, 2015
From $89

17 Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington

2 stars
3.5 / 5 132 reviews

306 South College Road

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Wilmington hotel near shopping, dining with free breakfast, Wi-FiThe pet-friendly Baymont Inn And Suites Wilmington is located on Route 117 adjacent to a variety of shops and restaurants. Guests...

Booked room for family visiting
My mother and brother-in-laws came to visit for a few days so I booked them a room close to the highway for convenience sake. Their room was visibly dirty and very dusty behind the furniture and...
Feb 4, 2015
From $101

18 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

2 stars
3.8 / 5 23 reviews

307 Eastwood Road

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The Fairfield Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach combines comfort, location, affordability and functionality. We are the closest hotel to UNCW and located near the upscale Landfall...

Comfortable and clean
I was overall very satisfied with our stay. We didnt spend much time in our King Suite however it was comfortable and clean when we did. I would like to note that the "separate living room" isn't...
Mar 26, 2015
From $116

19 Staybridge Suites WILMINGTON - WRIGHTSVILLE BCH

3 stars
4.5 / 5 10 reviews

5010 New Centre Drive

At Staybridge Suites Wilmington, we put the amenities where they really count – in your room. Our guests can cook meals in their fully equipped kitchen, relax in the relaxing living room while...

home away from home
Loved the small apartment with little kitchenette. I love the fact that the bedroom is separated with his own 2 double doors With bathroom connecting to just the bedroom.
Mar 2, 2015
From $118

20 Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire, NC

3 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

6732 Swan Mill Road

Free hot breakfast and high speed internet access

Visit Wilmington-Mayfaire, where home feels nearSelect Homewood Suites by Hilton® Wilmington-Mayfaire for a Wilmington, North Carolina hotel that offers easy access to Wrightsville Beach. Situated...

Great Hotel
The hotel is very clean and hot breakfast was awesome!
Apr 6, 2015