Front Street Inn

215 S. Front Street , Wilmington, NC 28401-8411 USA (Show map)


The Front Street Inn is an award winning bed and breakfast inn offering unsurpassed accommodations in the heart of Wilmington's historic business and entertainment district. Constructed in 1923 as the First Salvation Army building in Wilmington, the property served as a home for unwed mothers and orphanage. The dramatic transformation of this property includes twelve rooms and suites tastefully decorated and adorned with original art gathered at galleries, fairs, auctions and attics. Also offered are spa packages, please see our website for details. Healthy and abundant breakfasts are served daily in a relaxed buffet style. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase. Complimentary private off-street parking ensures convenience for our guests. We also offer complimentary high-speed wireless Internet.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Best B&B in Wilmington

5 on July 28, 2017

Can't say enough good things about Richard, Polly and the Inn. We have stayed here many times and have tried most of the rooms, all of which are uniquely decorated with an eclectic and charming flare. We will continue to return every time we're in town. As a rule, we never eat breakfast anywhere else, Polly's quiches are definitely a highlight of the stay!

B&B Is a Misnomer for this "Boutique Inn"

2.4 on April 17, 2017

The Highlights: The location is great, right on Front Street, one block from Water St. and the River Walk. There is private parking and no need to drive if you don't want to, which we did not. The building is historic, and well maintained. The downside: The location. The building is literally right on Front St., only a sidewalk's width away from traffic, and the traffic kept up all night on the weekend. Our room was on the ground floor and not at the very front of the building. Passing traffic sounded like the windows were open when they were closed. After the first night, we left, giving up the cost of our second night, and staying in another establishment directly on the river with better accommodations, for less money. But the traffic was not the reason we left after the first night. It was the distance of the staff, from the moment we checked in. No "Welcome to Front Street Inn" at any point. It was clear we had interrupted what the staff person was occupied with so that we could be checked in. The most conversation either of us had with either of the owners was when we left, regarding the reason for our early check out. Then there's the Continental Breakfast. Despite the owner's contention, the presence of a toaster does not make it a "hot" breakfast. My wife and I have accumulated ample B&B experience over several decades in a variety of locations, and this is not a B&B experience, and in our opinion should not be advertised as such. While the owner, in his own words to me upon checking out, may have gotten rich in the hospitality industry, that's not an indication of how successful he has been at satisfying his patrons. He did quite well monetarily from our brief stay, and yet we have no plans to return or to recommend his establishment. There are better choices in equally good or better locations for access to the historic downtown area and the River Walk.

Innkeeper Response
We thank our guests for their feedback. Since we strive to make every guest experience a pleasant experience with 100% satisfaction, I personally apologize if you felt anything but welcome here at the Front Street Inn. Moreover, I'm sorry to hear you had a less-than-wonderful night sleep. Had you given us the opportunity to make other arrangements for you, like a suite in the rear of the inn, we would have exceeded your expectations! Although we are centrally located in the heart of Wilmington's historic downtown business and entertainment district, and some of our rooms face Front Street, we have had very few (perhaps one or two) "concerns" about the street noise. Most of our guests who stay in those rooms comment about how little street noise they actually hear despite being so close to the road. Some of the guest's other comments, however, are quite perplexing to me. First, The Front Street Inn has operated for nearly 25 years as a bed & breakfast inn. If, by "traditional" you mean we all eat together at one large table at one appointed time, and our rooms are filled with Victorian fixtures and lace...then by your definition we most certainly are NOT a "traditional" b&b. Our style is much more eclectic and, as some have noted, is reminiscent of Key West or a casual European-inspired inn. That said, it's fine for the guest to give his assessment of our bed and breakfast-ness, but just because it doesn't fit his definition, doesn't make us not a b&b. Second, WE DO have a wonderful homemade full buffet breakfast conveniently available from 8AM to 10AM daily. Calling it a "continental breakfast ...with toaster items" is not only fiction, it's insulting to me and to all the reviewers who rave about the breakfast. Perhaps the guest felt hyperbole would strengthen his case? As you can read from other reviews, here and elsewhere, the breakfast ALWAYS includes eggs and other protein (usually in the form of a quiche...some kind reviewers have posted photos of the quiche), among other favorites. I have to say...that comment, especially, is just not accurate (again, as the majority of other, Trip Advisor, Google, and Yelp reviews will attest). I know potential guests will read all the reviews and judge for themselves if this bed & breakfast inn is the right choice for them. I thank for the opportunity to give my perspective!

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Fantastic Inn, cozy and unique

5 on November 24, 2013

We stayed here for a quick getaway and enjoyed the unique atmosphere. Can walk to anything you need.

Excellent Vacation Experience

5 on April 22, 2013

My husband and I went to Wilmington for a weekend and decided to stay at a B&B for a change. We truly loved our stay at this Port City Guest House. Sophie is an excellent hostess and made us feel like part of her family. The inn is absolutely gorgeous. There was a perfect balance between privacy and entertainment. We will definitely go back.


4.4 on October 18, 2009

we had such apleasent stay at the front street inn!!! everything you want to see and do is in walking distance. bring acomfortable pair of shoes.there is so much you will want to pack into each day. thanks for having us as you guests..

Can't wait to stay here again!

4.8 on March 07, 2009

We stayed in the Bistro Suite with the dining package. They suggested a wonderful restaurant and had delicious chocolate covered strawberries waiting in our room. Breakfast was so good. Looking forward to our next stay.

An itimate place with a grand view!

5 on November 26, 2008

A very fine place to stay and great staff! Everything from arrival to departure was handled with the kind of service you would expect at the Ritz! Highly recommended!

One of my favorite places

5 on August 15, 2008

I travel frequently for business and pleasure and have fallen for FRONT STREET INN. While drinking wine in the cute lounge area, I've met interesting people and picked up good local travel tips. The location is great and the people lovely.

Our Most Favorite Place to come "home" to!

5 on February 10, 2008

We are originally from Wilmington, and every time we come back to visit family, we always book at stay at the Front Street Inn. We have stayed here at least 5 times, and have never been disappointed. The rooms are great, the location is so convenient, and breakfast is always very good too. We can't wait for our next stay!!

I never want to stay anywhere else!

5 on November 03, 2007

Both Richard (the owner) and his wife were warm and welcoming when we first arrived at the inn. They were also very friendly and were able to give great advice about the town and places to see and eat at.

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Location Type

historic district, river view, walk to restaurants, walk to shops, 10 min to airport, 15 min to beach, City, Downtown


Wilmington, NC (ILM-New Hanover County) 5 miles

Directions to property:

Take Highway 95 to Highway I-40 East. Follow Highway I-40 until it comes to Wilmington. Exit right onto 17/74 at exit 8. At stoplight go left onto 17/74 heading towards historic downtown 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Front St, the Inn is another 2 1/2 blocks on the left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Galleries, Live music, N.C. World War II Battleship, Shops, Pubs, Riverfront Park, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Washer/dryer , Historic residential district, Beer and wine in Sol y Sombra Lounge, Informal conference room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Billiards, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Downtown festivals and fairs, Excellent local seafood, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4:00 PM - 10 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the inn
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved children over 12 welcome on a limited basis
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required one small dog can be accommodated in the Taverna suite
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Minimum Friday/Saturday stay on most weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First and last day of stays seven days or longer. Due one week prior to arrival
  • Cancellations: At least 48 hours prior to check-in date. Long term (five days or more) and multiple room bookings require at least 7 days (and in some cases 14 days) notice prior to check-in date for cancellation.
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Richard and Polly Salinetti

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

After 40 years in the hospitality industry and five years of retirement, Richard and Polly have returned to their first love, "the people industry."

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Abundent Continental Buffet

  • Time Served: 8 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: balcony / in suite, courtyard / sun porch, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

fresh baked ham, bacon, or broccoli quiche served along with fresh fruits, granola, breads and muffins each morning.

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