Hotel Ballast, located on the historic downtown waterfront, celebrates Wilmington’s time-honored maritime past. After a $11.5 million renovation, we are ready to provide guests with a uniquely local experience focused both on Wilmington history and culture, and warm Southern hospitality. Guestroom upgrades include hardwood floors, elevated bedding packages, and high-end marble bathroom finishes; while the hotel’s 20,000 square feet of meeting spaces (including the Grand Ballroom) received new furniture, carpeting, and lighting.

Choose from two restaurants: Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Board & Barrel Coastal Kitchen (an indoor/outdoor restaurant/bar featuring locally-sourced ingredients and drawing inspiration from Southern culinary traditions and coastal flavors). The lobby also features Buffalo Bayou, a gourmet-to-go café serving local coffees, teas and house-made light fare.

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