Front Street Inn

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

About

The Front Street Inn is an inclusive, award-winning boutique hotel and bed & breakfast Inn offering peace and privacy in the heart of Wilmington’s historic downtown business and entertainment district. Each guest room and suite is spacious, full of light, and decorated with beauty and comfort in mind. And, with on-site parking, you‘ll walk to everything downtown has to offer: we’re one block from the Riverwalk and a short stroll to exceptional casual and fine-dining, fun and relaxing pubs, entertaining night spots, unique shops, trendy galleries, museums, and historic sites. We’re also conveniently located close to the Wilmington Convention Center, Coastline Conference and Event Center, Thalian Hall, and downtown’s newest gem, the Wilson Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College! Unlike many downtown branded hotels, the independent Front Street Inn offers a complimentary full breakfast buffet, complimentary on-site parking, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet! We’re exceptionally well equipped with everything the discerning leisure and business traveler is looking for. There are many places to stay along the Cape Fear River and North Carolina Coast, none as wonderful as the Front Street Inn!

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Overall
4.7

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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 Bedandbreakfast.com, 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 BedandBreakfast.com for the opportunity to give my perspective!

- From the management... (innkeeper)


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.


peaceful

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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Rooms & Rates

Queen Room

Our queen rooms (the Monet, the Kipling, the Segovia, the Nutcracker, and the Pearl Buck--depending on availability) are bright and airy with private bathroom, individual heat/air conditioning, comfortable terry cloth waffle-weave robes, fridge, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee, TV w/Spectrum digital cable, high-speed wireless Internet and more.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $189

King Suite

Our king suites (the Hemingway, the Georgia O'Keeffe, and the Bistro--depending on availability) are located on the 2nd level. Each suite is large, bright, and airy with private bathroom, two-person spa tub, individual heat/air conditioning, comfortable terry cloth waffle-weave robes, fridge, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee, TV w/Spectrum digital cable, high-speed wireless Internet, and more. Each suite has either deck or balcony access with plenty of seating.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $179 - $239

Queen Suite

Our queen suites (the Molly Brown and the Jacques Cousteau--depending on availability) are spacious, bright, and airy with private bathroom, individual heat/air conditioning, comfortable terry cloth waffle-weave robes, fridge, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee, TV w/Spectrum digital cable, high-speed wireless Internet, and more. Our 2nd-floor queen suites have either one additional day bed or one additional futon sofa sleeper and can accommodate up to 3 guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $149 - $199

Queen Room

Our queen rooms (the Monet, the Kipling, the Segovia, the Nutcracker, and the Pearl Buck--depending on availability) are bright and airy with private bathroom, individual heat/air conditioning, comfortable terry cloth waffle-weave robes, fridge, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee, TV w/Spectrum digital cable, high-speed wireless Internet and more.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $189

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Location

Location Type

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

Airport

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

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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Policies

  • Check In:: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • 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 We can only accommodate well-behaved children 13 & over
  • Childcare Provided: No We have no childcare
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Call us directly regarding pets
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Richard and Polly Salinetti

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Richard and Polly (his wife of 58 years!) have written a new chapter in the twenty-five year history of the Front Street Inn. After a lifetime in the hospitality business in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and in Lillington, NC, the Salinetti’s abandoned retirement, returning to their love of what Richard calls “the people business."

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian We gladly accommodate gluten and dairy sensetivities


Signature Dish

Quiche
Fresh-baked and full of Vermont extra-sharp cheddar cheese, cream, and rotating varieties of spinach/bacon, broccoli, mushroom/onion, etc. served daily with fresh fruits, yogurts, Inn-made granola, breads, cakes, and muffins.


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