Openings and developments in the Convention District
The Hampton Inn Downtown officially opened its doors in April. The property offers 92 guest rooms and suites, along with a 1,222 square-foot meeting room for up to 75 people.
The Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront Hotel is scheduled to open December 20 with 186 two-room guest suites, 162,866 square feet total, 6,600 square feet of meeting space, and a 4,003 square-foot rooftop bar offering scenic views of the Cape Fear River.
Additional new properties will include the Aloft Hotel – a 125-room property featuring a rooftop courtyard with a fire pit and bistro, as well as 7,000 square feet of meeting space – and another yet-to-be-named downtown hotel. These properties will join the nearly 8,000 hotel rooms and suites currently available in the Wilmington area.
The Hilton Wilmington Riverside is undergoing an $8.5 million renovation scheduled for completion in the spring of 2018. The project includes complete guest room and guest bath renovations, the addition of a bridal suite, a refresh of the guest corridor, and complete renovations to all public areas of the property. All ballrooms and meeting spaces at the hotel will receive a complete rejuvenation. Also included are a transformation of the outdoor pool area and the addition of two new restaurant concepts.
Several new riverfront restaurants are scheduled to open in the heart of the Convention District. Blackfinn Ameripub opened in May and is the evolution of the classic American pub, with a social, high-energy atmosphere, house-made modern American food, local and regional craft beers, and cocktails. Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina is scheduled to open in 2017.