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"Fabulous hotel overlooking the river. Nice view of USS NC across the river. Great riverwalk. Hotel very close to Market Street, loads of restaurant ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 16 Jul 2018

Hotel Description

4-star Art Deco hotel near Wilmington Convention Center

City center stay

With a stay at this Wilmington Historic District hotel, you'll be steps from The Cotton Exchange and Cape Fear Community College. Wilmington Convention Center and Wilmington Railroad Museum are also within half a mile (1 km).

Renovated in 2018

This smoke-free hotel includes 2 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 15 conference rooms, business center, and free airport shuttle. Relax with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges and get perks like free WiFi.

Free Internet, comfy beds

Boasting comforts like pillowtop beds and premium bedding, the 272 guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include room service, coffee/tea makers, and down comforters.

Room, 2 Double Beds (Historic View)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$142 per night

Suite, 1 Bedroom

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 2 Double Beds, River View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Accessible, City View (Mobility)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Accessible, City View (Mobility)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed (Historic View)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton ratings based on 35 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Everyone (9) Couples (4) Family (2)
3 out of 5
There was hair in the bathroom and a pill next to our bed. I also had no idea there was so much construction going on around the hotel before I booked it.

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019

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Jul 15, 2019 by General Manager

We thank you for taking the time to evaluate our hotel. We realize the importance of first impressions, and fresh, clean accommodations are necessary to set the tone for a great stay. We apologize for oversights in the preparation of your room, and we trust the remainder of your visit was flawless. We hope you will come back for a perfect experience from check-in to check-out. Thank you, General Manager

4 out of 5
Room was clean and wonderful and beautiful and very quiet

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019

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Jul 10, 2019 by General Manager

We are delighted that you stayed with us at Hotel Ballast Wilmington, and we are grateful that you took the time to share feedback. What a pleasure to know how much you enjoyed our well-maintained property and unique accommodations! Influenced by the nautical history of Cape Fear and the surrounding area, our rooms are designed to inspire and reflect the local history. Thanks again for the generous comments, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next trip. Thank you, General Manager

3 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019

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Jul 10, 2019 by General Manager

Thank you for being our guest. We are pleased overall you enjoyed your stay and hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back soon for a much better experience. Thank you, General Manager

2 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 7, 2019

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Jul 10, 2019 by General Manager

We were disappointed to see that we did not live up to our typical standards, and we are truly sorry your stay was not to your expectation. We hope you will consider giving us another chance to prove we are up to the task of delivering excellent service and accommodations. Thank you, General Manager

1 out of 5
Seals between window panes lost vacuum. This created the window to be permanently foggy/dirty. Since the room was a river view of the cape fear river you could not see the river. The room was priced higher being a river view. Check out was at 11am. Coming back to our room from a morning swim around 1015, the cleaning staff begun cleaning our room and took our personal waters. During the check out process at the front desk, the desk staff were not pleasant and didn’t seem to care about the above mentioned

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019

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Jun 26, 2019 by General Manager

Thank you for staying at our hotel. We are sorry for the difficulties you had in your room. We will share your feedback with the maintenance team to ensure corrective actions are taken. Also, we sincerely apologize for the service issues you experienced and for failing to provide you with a stress-free stay. It is always our goal to provide excellent guest service, so we regret that we did not provide the level of attention we normally do. Please be assured we will use your evaluation to step up our game. We hope that you will give us another chance to show you our hospitality and stay with us the next time you are in our area. Thank you, General Manager

5 out of 5
We loved staying here because of the proximity to the river and restaurants. It is also a very short drive to the beach. The pool is very nice with an outdoor bar and live music. Just a very fun stay.

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019

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Jun 18, 2019 by General Manager

Thank you for staying with us at Hotel Ballast Wilmington and for your terrific review. We appreciate you mentioning how much you enjoyed our outstanding location! Our landmark hotel is set in the bustling Downtown Historic District and is within walking distance of nearby attractions and over 50 restaurants. We are also glad you liked our pool area with bar and live music. Thank you once more for taking the time to share, and we hope to see you soon. Thank you, General Manager

5 out of 5
I loved that there were two restaurants in the hotel. Also the pool had a swim up bar and the patio area with lights and fireplace was very romantic

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019

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Jun 10, 2019 by General Manager

Thank you for being our guest and for your excellent feedback of Hotel Ballast Wilmington! We are happy your experience at our restaurants was fantastic and that you also enjoyed your time at our outdoor pool and patio area. It was a pleasure accommodating you, and we look forward to welcoming you back anytime you are in the area. Thank you, General Manager

4 out of 5
The pool area was very nice and personnel most helpful. Would have been nice if breakfast was included.

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019

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Jun 4, 2019 by General Manager

Thank you for staying at Hotel Ballast Wilmington. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed our pool area as well as the great service provided by our team. However, we regret you were unhappy that our breakfast was not complimentary. We value your business and hope to have the privilege of hosting you again! Thank you, General Manager

5 out of 5
I enjoyed the customer service and Ruth Chris inside the hotel!!!!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019

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Apr 2, 2019 by General Manager

Thank you so much for this awesome review. Making you happy makes us happy! We are glad that everything went great during your stay and that our associates made for a memorable experience. Thank you especially for recognizing our staff, as they truly love to deliver exceptional customer service to each and every guest. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Hotel Ballast Wilmington. Thank you, General Manager

5 out of 5
Centrally located, amenities were plentiful . Friendly staff

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019

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Mar 18, 2019 by General Manager

Thank you for reviewing your stay at Hotel Ballast Wilmington. We are happy to read you loved our terrific location, thoughtful amenities as well as our courteous associates. We enjoyed having you as our guest and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you, General Manager

About the Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Location 301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Property Features

Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton offers its guests an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. There's an onsite business center. There are 15 meeting rooms available. A terrace, multilingual staff, and gift shops/newsstands are also featured at the business-friendly Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. A roundtrip airport shuttle is free (available 24 hours). Parking is available for a fee. A complete renovation of Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton was completed in April 2018. This Art Deco Wilmington hotel is smoke free.

  • 272 guestrooms or units
  • 9 levels
  • 2 dining venues
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • 20000 sq ft of conference space
  • Built in 1970
  • Coffee shop
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Gift shop
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.) (6.3 km / 3.9 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton offers 272 air-conditioned accommodations with laptop-compatible safes and safes. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. This Wilmington hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary weekday newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast on weekends from 7 AM and 10:30 AM.

Board & Barrel - Overlooking the pool, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

Ruths Chris Steak House - Overlooking the pool, this restaurant serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Buffalo Bayou - This coffee shop serves light fare only. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Boat tours nearby

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available at scheduled times. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Airport transportation is offered at scheduled time 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. For details, please contact the property in advance.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 5 and USD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 12.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 16 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hilton Riverside Hotel Wilmington
  • Hilton Riverside Wilmington
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  • Hotel Ballast Wilmington Tapestry Collection Hilton
  • Riverside Hilton Wilmington
  • Riverside Wilmington
  • Wilmington Hilton
  • Wilmington Hilton Riverside
  • Wilmington Riverside
  • Wilmington Riverside Hilton
  • Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel Wilmington
  • Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel
  • Hilton Riverside
  • Hotel Ballast Tapestry Collection Hilton
  • Ballast Wilmington Tapestry Collection Hilton
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  • Hilton Ballast Wilmington Tapestry Collection by Hilton

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.