I took my boyfriend this to the Clarendon for a quick Valentine's weekend getaway. I got a deal through Living Social for 2 nights, which included breakfast and a bottle of wine all for under $200! I have been to the Wilmington area a bunch but usually stay at the beach and then come downtown for a night. Staying downtown however was awesome. Here is a breakdown of my review:
Location - The Clarendon's location cannot be beat. It's a quick 5 minute walk to Market and Fronts where you have all the restaurants and bars at your fingertips. We literally didn't drive one single place.
Room/Parking/Inn - We stayed in room 6 which was a large room, with a king bed and private bath. It was extremely comfortable, clean, and charming. It also had a minifridge, microwave, coffee maker and other comfort items you can think of. The Inn has their own private parking off the back of the building and there is plenty of it. Like I said above, we left our car in the spot the entire time. Clarendon has many community areas - kitchenette with complimentary water, teas, fruit, etc, sitting room with couch and tv, and a business room which we didn't use at all but would be ideal for business travelers.
Breakfast - Breakfast would be the only area of improvement for this Inn. Although its listed here as a B&B, the bfast is really more continental. Although the choices are limited, everything was delicious. The only thing I would possible add would be bagels and cream cheese. While we were there they had hard boiled eggs, toast, cereal, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, mini-muffins made by the inn keepers wife (YUM), and meatless sausage with biscuits. This latter was our favorite and you honestly couldn't tell it didn't have meat in it. They also have coffee, juices, water, etc. You are able to eat in one of the many common areas or load up a tray and bring it back to you room, which is what we did. If the weather was warmer one of the patios would have been a fantastic place to enjoy some morning coffee.
Overall Service - I have been to many B&B's and guess I have been lucky because every place I have gone has been really wonderful and Michael from the Clarendon was no different. He was extremely helpful and responsive when it came to booking the room and was able to make any recommendations if you needed any. His sunny disposition and welcoming spirit really makes the Clarendon a warm, special place to stay.
I would definitely recommend this place to family and friends and we will certainly be back to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Riverwalk is ideally located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC, just steps away from the unique shops, fine restaurants and entertainment offered in the historic district. The property's convenient and central location allows our guests to easily take in all the sights and sounds Wilmington has to offer from strolling down the Cape Fear River Walk, enjoying the great weather, watching a film crew on location or savoring a beautiful sunset over downtown and the river. Formerly the Claredon Inn, Hotel Riverwalk has undergone extensive renovations that provides our guests with a casual yet sophisticated lodging experience. Our spacious and comfortable rooms now feature king beds with upholstered headboards, new luxury mattresses, upscale linens and flat screen televisions. Rooms also provide guests with complimentary wireless internet, expanded cable package, refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, iron with board, hairdryer and a writing desk. All rooms have individually controlled central heating and air, ceiling fans and a beautiful bathroom stocked with plush towels and William Roam all-American made toiletries. Complimentary on-site parking is provided and Hotel Riverwalk is a secured facility only accessible to our guests. There are three patio areas that surround the property for guest use. Smoking is not permitted except in designated areas. Each morning our guests are provided a Grab & Go continental breakfast to be enjoyed in the transformed lobby, on the patio or in the guests' room. Office Hours are from 9:00am to 7:00pm. Check-in is from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Check out time is 11:00am. We are unable to accommodate children under age of 12. We are unable to accommodate pets but will be happy to refer you to local boarding facilities. We look forward to having you as our guest and working to make your stay enjoyable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarendon Hotel Wilmington