Fodor's Expert Review Graystone Inn

100 S. 3rd St., Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401, USA

Even the name Graystone evokes an air of elegant sophistication, and entering this imposing 1905 mansion's stately formal areas and guest rooms feels like stepping back in time. For people that love antique formality, that's a good thing. The three-story home, which has been used as a set for several films, was built by the widow of a successful merchant, and she spared no expense when it came to architectural detail—rich ceiling coffers, columns, moldings, fireplaces, and other decorative touches. A covered veranda overlooks the gardens. Bedrooms are spacious, including the bathrooms in the three suites.

PROS

  • luxurious lobby
  • considerate touches like umbrellas at the door
  • spacious rooms
  • luxurious lobby and elegant public spaces
  • most impressive-appearing, mansionlike B&amp
  • B in the city
  • spacious, stately rooms
  • mansion-like
  • spacious, stately rooms
  • hot breakfast served in the formal dining room

CONS

  • on a busy street
  • "proper attire" required in common areas—that means clean shoes
  • neat shirts
  • and no swimsuits
  • no red wine allowed
  • no children younger than 12
  • "proper attire" required in common areas—that means clean shoes, neat shirts, and no swimsuits
  • no red wine allowed
  • no children younger than 12
  • on a busy street with mostly street parking
  • although recently renovated, some upgrades and improvements still needed, such as better TV
  • no elevator
  • nonfunctional fireplaces
  • TVs are old, and fireplaces are nonfunctional

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Sophisticated
Central
Classic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 910-763–2000 | 888-763–4773

HOTEL DETAILS

9 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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