Sunday, April 2, 2023

Hotel Riverwalk looking to expand in downtown Wilmington

The new owners of the Wilmingtonian Inn hope to open in 2019.

The Hotel Riverwalk, formerly the Wilmington Inn, is looking to expand. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)
The Hotel Riverwalk, formerly the Wilmingtonian Inn, is looking to expand. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

WILMINGTON — In February 2018, the Downtown hotel known as The Wilmingtonian Inn underwent renovations after new owners, ARRIVE Hotels purchased the property and changed the name to Hotel Riverwalk — now, the company is hoping to increase the hotel’s capacity.

Plans have been submitted to the City of Wilmington’s Planning Commission to increase the number of bedrooms at the hotel from 11 to 14.

“There are currently 11 bedrooms, and ARRIVE seeks to increase bedrooms to 14 by converting an existing dining room, reducing the size on an existing large entry and reception area, and modifying caretaker quarters. The building currently has 12.5 bathrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms will be added,” according to the application.

Since the property already serves as a hotel, the special use permit only has to be modified to allow for the extra rooms.

With parking in Downtown a concern, ARRIVE Hotels claims all 12 parking spaces on site would meet the increased parking needs, especially since the company has an agreement with neighboring property to use six of its spaces.

According to ARRIVE’s website, the Hotel Riverwalk will also feature a “small but mighty restaurant” and a “courtyard bar.”

The Planning Commission will vote on the request at its upcoming December meeting.


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