The Anchor of New Southern Style About Us

Taking our cues from Wilmington’s rich maritime history as well as its progressive present as a modern port city, Hotel Ballast brings new life to the Cape Fear River waterfront. Highlights include beautifully updated guest rooms and suites, all-new indoor/outdoor restaurant Board & Barrel (to join Ruth’s Chris Steak House), bridal suite perfect for wedding day prep, and a custom-curated art gallery filled with original works from Southern artists.

Wilmington north carolina

A coastal jewel and vibrant center of the South’s storied maritime heritage, Wilmington is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. Its rivers and waterways, as well as its role as the region’s largest port, have defined it for centuries, anchoring its past and propelling its future.

On-Site Services & Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Three restaurants
  • 20,000 SF of flexible meeting and event space
  • A library and study
  • Art gallery
  • 24-hr Fitness Studio with Precor® training equipment
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Concierge
  • Gift shop
  • Valet parking (fee)

  • living area with sofas and ottoman
    sitting area with gray chairs on wood floor
    2 queen beds with white bedding
    bathroom vanity sink

    The hotel

    Renovation Highlights

    Renovations that touched virtually every square inch of the hotel are now complete to the tune of $10 million dollars. Look for 272 freshly updated guest rooms and meeting spaces, as well as a newly reimagined lobby, outdoor pool, and public spaces.

  • sunset with boats on the water
    boy casting a fishing line
    feet on a standup paddle board in the water

    The Name

    A Short History

    A tribute to the rich maritime history of Wilmington, the name Hotel Ballast pays homage to the city’s shipping and shipbuilding history, its role as the region’s largest marine port, and even the centuries-old ballast stones that are used to pave the city’s original cobblestone streets.