Local Hotels

Hotels

For postcard-perfect long weekends, or full week stays that have exceptional access to indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants, and amenities, there's nothing quite like the convenience of a stay at a local hotel or motel. A number of area hotels have been welcoming guests for decades, and as a result, vacationers have come back year after year for the fantastic service and the million-dollar views.

Vacation Rental Homes

Vacation Rentals

Visitors are often surprised at the number and variety of weekly vacation rentals throughout the area.. Vacation rentals are, in fact, an increasingly popular accommodation available to vacationers, and visitors will find that the sheer number of rentals available allows them to find an ideal retreat to fit their crew, from quiet condo complexes to brightly colored oceanfront sand castles.

Oak Island

Oak Island

Visitors will find an easy-to-get-to beach paradise at Oak Island, an expansive but peaceful retreat that's located an easy drive away from Wilmington, Southport, and other inland North Carolina communities. Both the main town and the island itself share the name of "Oak Island," and while the town extends slightly inland, encompassing the Cape Fear Regional Jetport, the rest of the community is cut off from the world by the long Elizabeth River, and a network of salty creeks and canals. This watery gap may not be particularly wide, but visitors will feel the change as soon as they cross over the bridge. Once ashore, Oak Island is a picturesque landscape of charming vacation rental homes, cool seafood restaurants and shops, and miles of ocean shoreline.

Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach

Accommodating and altogether fun, Ocean Isle Beach is a favorite family-friendly destination for vacationers from all over the East Coast. Well stocked with fantastic beaches, challenging area golf courses, great fishing, local attractions, acclaimed restaurants, and virtually every amenity a beach lover could ask for, this barrier island community clearly has it all. With the added bonus of an easy-to-get-to location just over the Intracoastal Waterway, visitors will find plenty to love about this exemplary North Carolina beach town.

Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island, a roughly 5 square mile southern North Carolina barrier island that extends into the Atlantic Ocean, may be a small and secluded island destination, but it makes up for its size with a world of exclusive and elite vacation style.

Holden Beach

Holden Beach

Holden Beach is a gem of a vacation destination. Accommodating a world of outdoor sports and interests, with crystal clear beaches that are uncrowded even during the busiest summer days, the island was recently ranked as one of the top family friendly beaches in the country. An ideal launching point for boating, kayaking, fishing, surfing, and any number of sandy and salty past times, Holden Beach is a nationally acclaimed barrier island that is a perfect escape for families who want to throw on the flip flops, spread out the beach towel, and enjoy the laid-back, coastal scene.

Staybridge Suites Wilmington East

Staybridge Suites Wilmington East

For an extended stay in the heart of the Port City, or just a short place to rest that feels more like a vacation rental than a standard hotel, head to the Staybridge Suites Wilmington East. Located just a mile away from the UNCW campus, and easy to reach via Market Street and College Road, this upgraded accommodations option features all the modern amenities travelers require, as well as extra room to move for maximum comfort.

Drifters Reef Motel

Drifters Reef Motel

The colorfully distinctive Drifters Reef Motel is the perfect hideaway for visitors who want to soak up the vibrant beach life of the Cape Fear coastline. Located in the heart of Carolina Beach, and close to a wealth of activities and attractions, this laid back lodging option offers a myriad of ways for visitors to kick off their flip flops and have fun in the sun.

Hampton Inn Wilmington-University Area Smith Creek Station

Hampton Inn Wilmington-University Area Smith Creek Station

Port City visitors will be close to wealth of regional Cape Fear attractions with a stay at the stately Hampton Inn Wilmington-University Area Smith Creek Station. This extensive hotel that’s found in the heart of Wilmington at the crossroads of Market Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, and College Road is wonderfully located for in-depth explorers, but also has plenty of amenities to keep guests entertained right at home.

Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington

Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington

The elite Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington serves as a fine accommodations option for both business and recreational visits to the Port City. Boasting a full suite of modern amenities and appointments, as well as a central locale along Market Street, (close to College Street), this spacious hotel offers all the comforts of home and then some, ensuring that guests are fully accommodated throughout their stay.

Riverview Suites

Riverview Suites

Visitors will enjoy stunning views of the Cape Fear River and the adjacent Battleship USS North Carolina with a stay in the aptly named Riverview Suites. Perched on the edge of the water in the heart of the downtown area, this accommodating destination is the perfect place to take in the miles of the scenic Port City, either while exploring through town, or from the private vantage point of your own waterfront balcony.

Sleep Inn Wilmington

Sleep Inn Wilmington

Coastal style and Southern hospitality team up to provide nicely modern accommodations at the Sleep Inn Wilmington – a comfortable hotel with a central location that will be enticing to working and recreational Port City visitors alike. Found along a busy section of Market Street, and just a stone’s throw from College Road and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, this hotel is close to veritably all of the Cape Fear Coastline’s favorite sites, but has enough amenities to keep visitors relaxed and entertained without leaving the premises.

Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington

Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington

With a great location for visitors who are in town to work or play, the Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington is a fine choice for travelers who are staying in the Port City for a day, a weekend, or even a full week. Located along Eastwood Drive, and just a stone’s throw away from Wilmington’s other main roads, the bustling College Road and Market Street, guests will be close to all of the area’s top attractions, including Wrightsville Beach, the Historic Downtown, and the UNCW campus, without venturing too far from their home away from home.

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center

Virtually everyone who heads to the Sunset Beach area will notice the Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center. This sprawling resort offers a little bit of everything for coastal vacationers – including multiple golf courses, two restaurants and a bar, a fitness room, and indoor and outdoor pools – and is one of the largest resorts in the region, making it a must-stop for many golf and fun loving visitors.

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort

Enjoy the best activities that Cape Fear region has to offer – from sunning at the local beaches to sneaking in a quick 18 holes – with a visit to the Beau Rivage Golf & Resort. Located along US Highway 421, and close to both the nicely desolate Masonboro Island and the popular Carolina Beach activities, this resort features enough amenities and diversions, both on-site and in the neighborhood, to keep all family members happily entertained.

Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach

Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach

Visitors will be an easy stroll away from miles of Cape Fear shoreline as well as top attractions like the restaurants, amusements, shops and activities of the iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, with a stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach. This towering resort-quality hotel has a full suite of amenities – both on-site and close to home – to keep visitors entertained for a full fun-filled vacation and then some.

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The fascinating galleries throughout this extensive complex encourage visitors of all ages to meet and mingle with their aquatic neighbors, from interactive exhibits to "touch tanks" where patrons can have personal encounters with local bamboo sharks. This all-encompassing approach to maritime education has made the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher one of Carolina Beaches' most popular local attractions, and is a fun day trip for any Coastal Carolina visitor who wants to get their feet wet in the unique and varied wildlife habitats located just offshore.

Springhill Suites Wilmington Mayfaire

Springhill Suites Wilmington Mayfaire

Sleek and stylish, the Springhill Suites Wilmington Mayfaire provides posh accommodations in one of the coolest corners of the Port City. Located in the esteemed Mayfaire community – a region that is hopping with shops, boutiques and trendy stores – this hotel caters to working and recreational travelers alike, and provides all the elite appointments to make guests feel right at home.

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Shallotte

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Shallotte

Whether a visitor is travelling to the edge of North Carolina for business or pleasure, they’ll find all the comfortable amenities they require at the centrally located Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Shallotte. Situated just off of US Highway 17 – the main route that follows the South and North Carolina coastlines - this straightforward hotel has a nice host of amenities and comfortable rooms to ensure guests enjoy their stay in the Brunswick County area, regardless of the reason.

Comfort Inn Shallotte

Comfort Inn Shallotte

Visitors will be just a short drive away from the Brunswick shorelines – as well as the North Carolina / South Carolina border – with a stay at the centrally situated Comfort Inn Shallotte. Located just off of US Highway 17, guests of this hotel will be wonderfully close to a world of beachside attractions, but will enjoy a slightly inland setting that makes travelling along the coast a breeze.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is a unique little North Carolina coastal destination that encompasses both mainland and barrier island terrain, and is located just a seashell's throw from the South Carolina border. Despite its proximity to larger destinations like Wilmington, NC to the north and Myrtle Beach, SC to the south, the community has never lost its small town charm, and its decidedly beachy atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for laid back vacationers who want to soak up the salt, the sun, and the endless ocean views.

May Moore Park

May Moore Park

Take a break from the beach and enjoy the winding canals and creeks that border the Elizabeth and Cape Fear Rivers with a visit to the May Moore Park. This small destination, located on the northeastern side of Oak Island, is within walking distance of a number of vacation rentals, and provides plenty of peace and quiet for beach lovers who want to try a different natural excursion off the salty Atlantic shoreline.

Days Inn Shallotte

Days Inn Shallotte

From golf courses to wineries, kids’ fun centers to family-friendly beaches, there are a ton of attractions that are within reach when vacationers stay at the Days Inn Shallotte. Located just inland of the Brunswick Beach shorelines, and therefore a little less expensive than the nearby oceanfront accommodations, this straightforward but accommodating hotel has everything guests require to feel completely comfortable during a nightly, weekend, or even a full week stay.

Howard Johnson Express Wilmington

Howard Johnson Express Wilmington

Simple but perfectly accommodating, the Howard Johnson Express Wilmington is a nicely located low-rise hotel that’s close to a wealth of area attractions, but which has a general price tag that will make even the most budget-conscious travelers smile. Situated on a landscaped lot along busy Market Street – which directly leads to the downtown area as well as US Highway 17 – the HoJo Express has all the basic amenities that travelers require, including a prime setting in the heart of the Port City.

Museum of Coastal Carlina

Museum of Coastal Carlina

In Ocean Isle Beach, an occasional rainy or cloudy day never interrupts the fun, thanks in no small part to a bevy of local attractions which includes the nationally renowned Museum of Coastal Carolina. A favorite destination of frequent Ocean Isle Beach visitors, the museum is a sprawling interactive site which represents all aspects of coastal life, from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to the evening skyline. From interactive touch tanks to skin-crawling (but perfectly safe) snake exhibits, this museum is sure to leave an impression on vacationers of all ages.

Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington-Wrightsville Beach

Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington-Wrightsville Beach

Visitors can enjoy plenty of comfort and easy access to an array of local landmarks and cool Cape Fear activities with a stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington-Wrightsville Beach. Located in the heart of the city, and less than 6 miles away from those picturesque coastal shorelines, this hotel has a suite of resort-style amenities that allow guests to feel like they are truly on vacation, whether they are on-site or cruising around the town.

Fort Fisher Ferry

Fort Fisher Ferry

Visitors to historic Southport who want to make a beach escape, or Carolina Beach travelers who need an easy yet scenic route to head south will find the Southport / Fort Fisher ferry a convenient yet completely unique way to explore the southern North Carolina coastline. Though just a short 35 minute ride from the mainland to Pleasure Island, (the home of Fort Fisher State Park, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach), this ferry trip nonetheless gives its passengers exceptional views of the Cape Fear River, and an incredible story to take back home.

Microtel Inn & Suites Carolina Beach

Microtel Inn & Suites Carolina Beach

Visitors who want to spend a long weekend or a full vacation exploring all the waterfront activities that the cool coastal town of Carolina Beach has to offer will appreciate the location and amenities of the Microtel Inn & Suites Carolina Beach. Located in between the oceanfront and the wide Cape Fear River, this hotel is close to everything, allowing for long days of easy explorations and on-the-water adventures.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wilmington-University Center

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wilmington-University Center

Visitors who are staying in the Port City to visit their favorite UNCW students, or who just require an accommodating place to stay that’s close to all of the Cape Fear region’s acclaimed attractions, can head to the nicely located Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wilmington-University Center. Situated just a little more than a mile from the heart of the UNC campus, and an easy 10 minute drive away from both Wilmington’s historic downtown and the Wrightsville Beach shoreline, this central hotel is surrounded by amenities inside and out, which is sure to appease travelers of all tastes.

Comfort Suites Wilmington

Comfort Suites Wilmington

As the name would aptly suggest, the Comfort Suites Wilmington is where guests can enjoy a comfortable stay in the heart of the Port City while sampling a nice array of amenities that are designed to make a hotel feel a little more like home. Unpretentious and reasonably priced, this hotel is a solid option for both short term and long term visitors who require accommodating lodgings while traveling through Wilmington.