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“Clean and comfy...after the steep climb”
Review of The Wilmingtonian

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The Wilmingtonian
Ranked #19 of 44 Hotels in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
Lexington, Kentucky
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34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Clean and comfy...after the steep climb”
Reviewed 26 July 2007

Rather than a grand old place, this hotel is a group of well-kept buildings very close to the historic district. It is was enjoyable walking around the old neighborhoods and down along the Riverwalk. There was no shortage of nice restaurants to choose from. A lively night scene for young folks, too, and not too noisy. The area was quiet at night despite being close to downtown.

The unit we stayed in (Cinema) had no elevator. Our room was on the third floor which did not bode well for our old joints, so they kindly moved us to a lower floor. The young man who worked there showed us to our building but did not offer to help with luggage or tell us about the luggage "dumb-waiter". The stairs were like climbing a ladder they were so steep. But the room was clean and comfortable. I particularly liked having a washer and dryer to use after a day at the beach. Each room has a little sitting area on the porch with 2 rocking chairs and a ceiling fan that we enjoyed. We appreciated the free off-street parking.
We drove to Wrightsville Beach, about 25 minutes, away which was a gorgeous beach with great waves.
We made dinner reservations at the City Club next door. We did not realize it was a private club for members and hotel guests only. It was quite the treat, we enjoyed good wine and a tasty meal in this old southern mansion. Earlier in the day, I saw one of the restaurant folks picking fresh herbs in the hotel garden. The fish tasted like it just came off the boat, too. We look forward to going back. We'll ask for a first floor room!

Stayed July 2007
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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2007

I was looking for a romantic place to stay before my bf deployed to Iraq. Last time we were in Wilmington, we stayed at The Clarendon Inn which is right next door to The Wilmingtonian so we decided to try it. I knew the Cinema House would have different themes but it's hard to feel romantic in a suite that has Charlie Chaplin pictures everywhere. I wish I had been warned. There is a good amount of room but the furniture is dated and the place seems family oriented. Not exactly what I was expecting for $185. I would say splurge and stay at the De Rosset house--we certainly will when he gets back. The main perk, and only reason worth staying here in my opinion, is that you have the option at eating at the private dining club restaurant in the De Rosset mansion which is superb!

  • Liked — the option to eat at the private dining club
  • Disliked — the decor and the dated furniture
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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North Carolina
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Reviewed 10 July 2007

Very noisy. Hundreds of frogs were in the fountain....and were courting! The airconditioning units in the next building were all that we could hear....when they were not drowned out by the frogs.

Stayed May 2006
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Lumberton, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2006

My review of the Wilmingtonian will contain a critique of the room we 'almost' stayed in, the room we actually stayed in and then a few other rooms we were able to see as well as a review of the staff and general areas.

We were originally booked in the maritime house in the regatta suite. First, THE NEGATIVES: 'Suite' is not the right word for the rooms in this house. they (and ours) look like low budget apartments. They are very dated. The 'nautical' theme is more of a childs playroom with bright blue walls and pictures of boats and such on the curtains. The carpet and couch are on the dirty side and very old. The tiny tube television is stuck in a corner that cannot be viewed from the couch. Between the maritime and the motel 6, I would prefer the motel 6 for a better price. If you are looking to stay someplace that has a sitting area and a small fridge, it is in a nice location and during the week is $125 dollars as opposed to the $165 during a weekend. THE POSATIVES: the room has a lovely porch in front with 2 rocking chairs that look over a very quaint courtyard with the sound of a nice waterfall. The outside of this room is very calming, which you need for your psyche after seeing the actual room itself.

We did not stay in this room b/c we were looking for a "bed and breakfast", "period style" room to enjoy for the weekend, well, that and we really just did not like the room we were in.

That brings us to the next room:
The George Bernard Shaw Suite in the De Rossett house (the 1841 mansion). First, the negatives: I have none! From the moment we walked into this room we felt the romance, the elegance and absolutely loved "the feel" of the place. It is tastefully decorated, cozy, comfortable and makes you feel like you want to sip champagne and relax on the floral couch in front of the gas fireplace. The Jacuzzi tub is separate from the spacious shower in the bathroom which makes for nice choices. Do be aware though, this place is centered around enjoying the ambiance, you will not have large flat screen TV’s and a lot of other media. If you require a nice TV, etc, this will not be the place for you. The TV's are small. It is however, a great place to sit, read and sip your favorite cocktail!

The General Areas:
The Mansion itself has a lovely porch. My husband and I sat on the porch overlooking the beautiful gardens and reading books together. The inside sitting area is also very nice and transports you back in time. The bar and bartender are a great feature of this place. They use fresh herbs from the garden to incorporate into their different drinks.
The plantation dining room has wonderful ambience and the food is fantastic. I can't say enough about the service in the mansion.

While in the mansion, we were fortunate enough to get a tour of the Eugene 'O Neil, the Lillian Russell, and the Oscar wild.

Out of the 3, the Eugene O'Neil was my least favorite only because the couch looked more like from a department store and did not fit in with the period look. That being said, truly all 3 rooms are beautiful and all have Jacuzzi tubs and small kitchens with stoves and full fridges. Just lovely.

The 3rd building we were fortunate enough to see was the Dram Tree house. We got a viewing of suite #7, which has a name, but I don't remember what it is called. It also has lovely wood floors, flowery furniture and shower curtains, a nice kitchen, four poster bed. Just a wonderful, quaint room and a less expensive option to the rooms in the mansion, yet it has the mansion room feel. It has a regular tub/shower combo though. nothing special about the bathrooms, but still a wonderful alternative. Suite #7 overlooks a fish filled pond, a gazebo with a grill and the courtyard shared with the maritime building.

The "bakery bag":
Loved it! was excited to hear the knock on the door at the specific time you request it's delivery each morning. By the time you get to the door, there is not a person in site. Just a newspaper, a lovely clear bag with handles that contains a fresh baked pastry filled with fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice very chilled, and a nice yogurt. A great little surprise in a bag to start the day!

The staff:
All the staff except for the front desk staff are wonderful. The housekeeping staff, the bartender, the wait staff and the groundskeeper, all are very accommodating and friendly. The experiences we had with most of the people at the front, left us to believe they were a little "up tight" and needed to get out and have some fun to remember what it is like. One of the boys in front acted like he did not want to be bothered as we were interrupting his viewing of the football game. The others were ok, just not friendly.

SO there it is, the good, the bad and the ugly.

We would definitely stay at the wilmingtonian again, in fact we plan to. We will never stay in the maritime building. and we will probably only consider the rooms we have seen or any room in the mansion. This way we know what we are getting.

Hope you find this helpful. Please feel free to ask questions.

  • Liked — The mansion, the gardens, the historic quality, the location!
  • Disliked — Certain Front desk people
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't stay in the maritime.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank oinee
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2006

My husband and I had hoped for a well needed rest for the long weekend. What we got was a room that was either freezing or overheated. The wi-fi was not reliable either. The converted apartment building has no elevator nor is there any staff help to get heavy luggage up to the 3rd floor when the dumb waiter isn't working. We did enjoy the quaint continental breakfast service delivered to our room every morning. The hotel is located in a wonderful area of downtown, but we had trouble finding parking after going out at night. The staff was pleasant but offered no resolution to our problems. We'll return to Wilmington, but not to this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2006

I was somewhat aghast to see negative reviews of accomodations that our son and future daughter-in-law were recommending to guests for their upcoming wedding. We decided to do a test run of the Wilmingtonian and were pleasantly surprised and pleased. All the rooms have a small kitchen and living area, and ours even had a washer and dryer. Unlike previous reviewers opinions, we felt that the rooms were clean, parking was a breeze, and the location was great. We stayed in the Cinema House, and at least from the outside, all other buildings appeared to be well taken care of also. We plan to stay in the compound for the wedding and would easily recommend it to our wedding guests.

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Reviewed 23 August 2005

I stayed at the Wilmingtonian because my best friend's wedding was next door so the location was very convenient. However, I was very disappointed with my room--the floors and furniture were dirty, linens were limited, the bed took all the space in the bedroom and the bathroom door wouldn't close.

I had problems with the billiing, resulting in several talks with "manager" and other employees--they took care of the discrepancy but wasted 2 hours of my time doing so. Parking was horrible.

I was originally impressed by the appearance of the inn but after gettting a closer view realized the impression is entirely superficial. I will not stay at the Wilmingtonian again, nor will I recommend it to others.

Stayed May 2005
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Property: The Wilmingtonian
Address: 101 S 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4401
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Wilmington
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Wilmington
#18 Business Hotel in Wilmington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Wilmingtonian 2.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is located in historic, downtown Wilmington surrounded by beautifully restored 19th-century homes and tree-lined neighborhoods, the meticulously renovated Wilmingtonian Inn extends an invitation to unwind, relax, and absorb the romantic ambiance of Cape Fear Country. ... more   less 
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