Wilmington, NC's New Convention District
Adds Hotels and Restaurants with
More Developments in the Works

Located riverfront and within the city's walkable River District, the formation of Wilmington's new Convention District is further strengthened with the addition of two hotels, several restaurants, a marina and an event pier, and the announcement of a riverfront park that would include an outdoor performance space for events and concerts. A transformation of Wilmington’s riverfront has been underway since the opening of the Wilmington Convention Center in 2010.

The River District combines the city’s historic roots and charm with modern design and new attractions. Wilmington’s walkable downtown, easy access to more than 200 restaurants, shops and attractions, plus three nearby beaches, all come together to create a meeting location that feels like a vacation.

Openings and developments in the Convention District


Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown


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.




Artist rendering of new Embassy Suites


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.



Aloft Hotel artist renderings


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.



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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.


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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.



Meeting planners can check out Wilmington and view the city and its island beaches through SkyNavTM 3D Tours online.