9 Best Places To Stay In Wilmington: Best Hotels & Vacation Rentals - Updated 2024

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The most popular spot in North Carolina for beach-goers, Wilmington is full of fun and excitement. Use this list to find the best place to stay no matter your situation or preference.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 14, 2024.

1. Family and pet-friendly house (from USD 145)

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom house comes with a fully equipped kitchen, fenced in backyard, and driveway for parking. All the appliances are stainless steel and there is even a grill in the backyard. In addition to plenty of space and modern appliances, this house’s location is unmatched. Within a short walking distance, you will find restaurants such as Rucker Johns, IHOP, and Thai Spice. Just a two to three-minute drive away is Walmart, Lowes, Harris Teeter, Cape Fear Seafood, and many other stores, pubs, and restaurants. All three beaches in the area (Wrightsville, Kure, and Carolina) are within a 15-minute drive.

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12.4 km (7.7 mi) from Battleship North Carolina
69 reviews   Wifi Available
House 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed was very comfortable and we enjoyed using the gas grill for meals
well equipped and clean
we were particularly pleased with how clean the house was
we found kristen's home clean as a whistle
it was clean and had everything that we needed for a great vacation experience
other than that it was clean spacious and close to everything you would need
had a great time and the owners were very helpful
great experience from changing our dates to calling the owners with an issue or two that was quickly handled
great location close to both beach and downtown wilmington
it is close to great restaurants and the ocean
usually i book something close to a beach or golf course but this worked out great
the property is a great location and we loved the fenced yard and space/layout of the place
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2. historic bungalow (from 133 USD)

Built in 1916, this charming bungalow has 2.7-meter (9-foot) ceilings, two bedrooms with queen beds, and all the comforts of home. It is located in the historic district of Wilmington. Across the street, you will see a house used in the television series One Tree Hill. A short walk will take you to restaurants, a park with a playground and large field, and coffee shops. Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington are just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) away, and Wrightsville Beach is a 15-minute drive.

1916 historic bungalow

Price: from 133 USD

Number of Guests: 7

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3. Private apartment on Hewlett's Creek (from 119 USD)

This light and sunny apartment has all-wood floors, a walk-in shower, a fully stocked kitchenette, cable television, and WiFi. The location is quiet and serene, yet only 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. Located directly on a creek, you can enjoy the dock or single and double kayaks provided.

Apartment on Hewlett's Creek

Price: from 119 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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4. The Jazz House (from 70 USD)

Owned by a saxophonist and someone who works in a clarinet factory, the Jazz house is all about musical décor. It is a former commercial space with exposed brick walls, an open floor plan, and tile floors that make the space feel fun and hip. The apartment also features a queen sized bed, a huge window to let in all the sunlight, and a shared common area behind the building. The kitchen has swinging doors and is stocked with all the essentials, and the bathroom has a standing shower.

The Jazz House is located directly across the street from the Riverwalk and Cape Fear River. You can find many dining options, bars, and the Serpentarium all within walking distance while enjoying a relatively quiet time inside the house. Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach are both less than a 20-minute drive away.

The Jazz House

Price: from 70 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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5. Riverfront condo (from USD 131)

This bright, comfortable apartment is right on the Cape Fear River boardwalk. Here you will find stunning views of the river marshes and the North Carolina Battleship. The apartment is also conveniently located within walking distance of all downtown attractions and restaurants. Wrightsville Beach is a 25-minute drive. A free, dedicated parking space and coffee and tea are provided for guest use.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
633 meters (0.4 ft) from Battleship North Carolina
361 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
charming little one bedroom apartment with beautiful views on the river
we travel with a box fan so we did not notice any street noise
beside we can enjoy drinking good coffee which bob who is the room owner prepared
the condo is clean has all the basic amenities and the a/c is amazing
the bed is very comfortable as well as everything else
very clean well kept condo
the condo itself is spacious & very clean
the bathroom was clean and well stocked
the condo is spacious clean and well-equipped
the room was perfectly clean
bob was an excellent host
bob was very helpful and quick to respond to any questions or concerns
great space and communicative host
bab is an awesome host he was very responsive and helpful
what a great space and host
beautiful location on the river
great location to walk to restaurants
super close to down town
great location with many local businesses in walking distance
it's right by the river walk so you are close to all the great restaurants and downtown
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6. Riverview Suites (from USD 139)

With an outdoor pool, fitness center, free WiFi, and a complimentary airport shuttle, Riverview Suites has everything you need for your stay in Wilmington. This fully furnished apartment also has a cable television, laundry facilities, and a fully equipped kitchen, as well as dry cleaning services and a maid service if requested. Sit on the balcony and view the Cape Fear River, enjoying the cool ocean breeze. Enjoy a coffee at the Riverside Café or lunch and dinner at many restaurants within walking distance. You will also find the USS North Carolina Battleship, Burgwin-Wright Museum, Downtown Riverwalk, and Cape Fear Museum all just a short walk away.

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7. Perry Mason House

This bright, welcoming home was constructed in the mid-century, so guests will get the feel of a 1950s writer’s retreat with all modern heating and cooling and an upgraded kitchen. You will get to enjoy a large, tree-shaded lot in a neighborhood between the beaches and downtown. The house is located 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the downtown/riverfront area and about 15 minutes from Wrightsville Beach. Carolina Beach and Topsail Island are about 30 minutes away via car.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
3.46 km (2.2 mi) from Battleship North Carolina
270 reviews  
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable home with plenty of space to spread out
the kitchen and bathroom were were very well stocked
the home is immaculate and the furnishings are very comfortable
beds were very comfortable
jeannette’s place is a wonderful comfy space with a lot of indoor and outdoor room
it was clean and quiet
the space was very clean and had just what we needed
nice clean older place with plenty of room
the house was very clean and had everything we needed
wonderful space and very clean
perfect host with everything just right
owners are very kind and responsive as well
jeanette's place was great and she was an excellent host
there is a reason jeanette is a super host
this quaint house was a total gem affordable pet friendly options are so hard to find
the location is great so close to downtown
great location near airport and downtown
great location and easy access
great location a very unique find
great place close to wilmington downtown
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8. Free beach parking

Anyone who has visited Wilmington will tell you, if you arrive anytime during the afternoon, you will struggle to find a parking space. You won’t have to worry about that here! Park your car safely at their beach house location and enjoy an entire day on the beach. The home features tons of natural light, an 11-meter (35-foot) loft ceiling, and ping-pong table. The kitchen is fully stocked and the bathroom has a bathtub and shower. Wrightsville Beach and downtown Wilmington are both a 10-minute drive away.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
6.15 km (3.9 mi) from Battleship North Carolina
565 reviews  
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great location great amenities comfortable beds perfect for our 2 families for the weekend
there is a full kitchen incorporated into the open living space making socializing and cooking easily accomplished simultaneously
everything was clean and comfortable
very clean and exactly as described
so clean and extremely well stocked
the house was very clean and comfortable
the place was super clean and well organized
the host was responsive and helpful
brandon is an awesome host
host was easy to communicate with and responsive
brandon was very helpful with questions i had
homeowner was quick with responses to our questions and most helpful
great location at a low price
great location in the wilmington area
great place in a great location
the location was great and neighborhood was easily accessible and quiet
great place good location easy to use
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9. One-bedroom apartment

Step back in time during your stay at this apartment located in the Historic Cummings-Taylor House. Built in 1889, this condo sits on a downtown cobblestone street and has the original wood floors, two porches, and beautiful furnishings. While the home is downtown, it is located far enough from the lively nightlife that you will be able to relax. If you are in the mood for some downtown fun, just walk four blocks to catch the free trolley that runs every 20 minutes. All of the area’s beaches are within a 20-minute drive from the house.

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1.24 km (0.8 mi) from Battleship North Carolina
129 reviews  
condo 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 120
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the lady in ground apt is charming and helpful
so we had a very rough night sleeping on a love seat in an 85 degree living room
the apartment was charming old but had everything you might need
apt is clean and welcoming
the owner is easily reachable and detail oriented
hostess was very accommodating and kind
neighborhood is safe and within walking distance of downtown
perfect location for walking to riverwalk restaurants and historic district
such a cute place convenient to anything and everything you could need
love this place this efficient and adorable apartment has everything you need the location is amazing
perfect location so much charm and well maintained
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