I asked several realtors in Wilmington where I should stay. None suggested The Verandas. I researched hotels online, and ruled out the Hilton. (Yes, it is as bad as it sounds in the reviews!)
I ended up at The Wilmingtonian, and I "upgraded" to the "mansion." My realtor was afraid to leave me there the first night. The room smelled of mold, and there was mold around the A/C vents; the internet connection rarely worked, and it was not secure; there was no staff assigned to the house at night, and there were very few guests; the restaurant was closed until Wed. I was virtually alone in a creepy, moldy house. The condo-style Wilmingtonian Inn looked just as bad and not particularly safe for a woman traveling alone. I checked out in the morning and, to their credit, I was not charged an early departure fee.
At 8:00 AM, I called The Verandas to check availability. Unfortunately, I interrupted the host who was trying to cook breakfast. However, he called me back promptly and told me that he had a room for me.
I stayed on the 3rd floor in a very quiet room at The Verandas. It was nicely appointed, clean, and comfortable. I was impressed with the owners' attention to detail--and I am not easily impressed. I have been traveling for business for 20 years. The Verandas is a beautifully restored historic home. The property is lovingly maintained and managed. Breakfast is so good that I even managed to get out of bed early (8:30 AM) every day of my stay.
This was my first trip to Wilmington, so I made a point of visiting other properties that I had read about online. The key to staying Downtown is to stay in a place that is close enough to walk to restaurants/stores, but not so close that you are disturbed by the bars at night. The Verandas is perfectly located at Second and Nun. And, yes, they live up to their slogan, "Second to Nun"! I highly recommend it.
- Also Known As:
- The Verandas Hotel Wilmington