We decided to stay a night in Wilmington over Memorial day weekend and chose the Front Street Inn based on reviews, location and room style.
We took a tour around Wilmington and saw what appeared to be many very nice B&B's, though Front Street Inn beats them all by location. We were able to park our car in their private parking lot and walk pretty much everywhere we wanted to go. It was great to be able to head out for a walk / tour / dinner and come back to an air conditioned room and relax between without having to drive everywhere.
When looking at the various B&B's around town, the majority of them had decorated their rooms in antiquated colonial style or seemed very dated. Front Street was one of the few that had more updated, appealing rooms and definitely lived up to my expectations. I cannot speak for all of the rooms, but the Pearl Buck Suite was great! The room has a mini fridge, great jacuzzi bath and large comfortable king bed. There is a small tv in the room as well with cable.
The B&B does have an open honesty policy. Basically you can get soda's, wine, snacks etc.. anytime of the day and simply note down what you took at the bar. You will then pay at the end of your stay when you checkout. Some reviews and people seem confused by the concept, but to be honest, I've seen this at several B&B's and it is very convenient and a pleasure to have.
The breakfast was fantastic. I believe there was some sort of quiche, pastries, bagels and an assortment of drinks. We had our breakfast in an adjoining covered patio right outside the kitchen looking into the back garden.
Wrightsville beach is about 15 minutes drive (depending on traffic), and the North Carolina Battleship is about 3 minute drive across the river (if you decide not to take the ferry).
It is on the pricier side, but as for location, convenience, amenities and general style, I wouldn't have gone anywhere else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Decorated with beauty and comfort in mind, the Front Street Inn of Wilmington is alive with American art and furnishings gathered at galleries, fairs, auctions and attics. Each spacious and bright suite has a unique personality. As one of Our State magazine's 21 perfect places to stay in North Carolina, we are exceptionally well equipped with everything the discerning leisure and business traveler is looking for. There are many bed and breakfasts on the Cape Fear River, none as wonderful as the Front Street Inn. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Front Street Hotel Wilmington