Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Ballast

301 N. Water St., Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401, USA Fodor's Choice

The nine-story Hotel Ballast, part of Hilton's Tapestry Collection, aptly contains features of both a boutique hotel and a corporate chain. It has direct access to the riverfront boardwalk and it's just a few blocks from the heart of the historic district. Half the rooms have terrific views of the river and the USS North Carolina—the rest have views of the city. There's a vast free parking lot, a trendy outdoor dining and lounge area with a small pool, and two on-site restaurants, plus a coffee shop.

PROS

  • convenient to river, downtown restaurants, and shops
  • short hike up to main part of historic district
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House in hotel
  • elegantly designed lobby, bar, and outdoor lounge
  • on-site Ruth's Chris Steak House

CONS

  • uninspired architectural design
  • nothing memorable about rooms
  • no complimentary breakfast or parking
  • only some rooms have river views
  • crowded during events and parties
  • no complimentary breakfast
  • crowded during events and weekends during wedding season

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, Views, Romantic
Lively
Central
Design
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 800-416–9753 | 910-763–5900

HOTEL DETAILS

272 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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