Southern Hospitality

    Wilmington’s Favorite Waterfront Hotel

    Bringing modern Southern hospitality to life through the lens of Wilmington’s past and present, Hotel Ballast is a fresh take on a beloved riverfront gem. The city’s rich maritime history is felt throughout, balanced by new guest experiences, including dining at the riverfront Board and Barrel Coastal Kitchen, lingering over locally roasted coffee at Buffalo Bayou, and savoring stunning waterfront and skyline views from 272 newly upgraded guest rooms and suites.

    Wilmington Through
    a Local Lens

    Smell the salt air, feel the Southern charm, explore the intimate connection between past and present in the company of Wilmington’s artists, merchants, gallery owners, and tour guides.

    Book Direct Benefits

    Best Rate Guarantee
    Complimentary Wi-Fi
    Hilton Honors points



    Coastal Cool

    All new guest rooms and suites, same stunning
    views of the Cape Fear River and historic
    downtown Wilmington.

    Specials You Can’t Miss

    AAA Members

    AAA and international club members get up to 10% discount (subject to availability).

    AARP Members

    5% off for AARP members


    Port City Celebrations

    With 20,000 square feet of flexible function space, events at Hotel Ballast couldn’t be easier.


    Knock-out Views

    Say “I do” to the largest riverfront event space in
    downtown Wilmington.


    Fresh Flavors on The Riverfront

    Enjoy classic coastal cuisine, served with a side of Southern tradition.

    Specials You Can’t Miss

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    Forecast: Fall Adventure

    Embrace the cozy vibes of fall in Wilmington as you unwind in our spacious rooms and suites with stunning views of historic downtown and breathtaking waterfront skyline views.
    Savings up to 17% off.

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Rise and Shine! Start your day off right before heading out to explore downtown Wilmington. Overnight accommodations include breakfast when you book our Bed & Breakfast package.



    Fresh Coastal Flavors

    Drop by Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen for a true taste of Southern-style goodness. Think Cheer Wine-braised short ribs and pimento cheese fondue, washed down with a barrel-aged bourbon.

    Original Art Inspires

    Our in-house art gallery features the original works of Savannah School of the Arts students, alums, and world-class instructors.

    Walk Everywhere

    Our downtown location makes it easy to take in all the sights and sounds of the city’s Historic District. Start on Market Street for a look at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science.

    Planning a Waterfront Wedding

    Even if you’re not planning a wedding, you may want to when you see our stunning Riverview Terrace.

    Nothing Beats a Battleship View

    The USS North Carolina battleship honors 11,000 North Carolinians who lost their lives during World War II.

    Stay with Us

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