Landmark Style Meets Southern

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.

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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.

Our Commitment to Our Guests

When it comes to our guests, safety is our first priority. We are operating at the highest standards for hygiene and cleanliness as part of the Hilton CleanStay with Lysol protection initiative.

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Book Direct Benefits

  • Best Rate Guarantee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Hilton Honors points

Rooms & Suites

Coastal Cool

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

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Nothing beats a battleship view


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Knock-out views included

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

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Port City Celebrations

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

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fresh flavors on the riverfront

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

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  • Battleship North Carolina | 7 min. drive
  • Wilmington Convention Center | 4 min. walk
  • Wilmington Riverwalk | Located directly behind the hotel

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