Motels in Wilmington, N.C.

by Judy Wilson

It is a historic area, college town and beach vacation spot all in one. Wilmington, North Carolina, a destination that attracts various types and ages of people for many reasons, offers numerous motels that are affordable while also providing key amenities. Many of these accommodations are in the Market Street area, although other Wilmington places to stay are scattered all over town.

Days Inn

Located in a key area at 5040 Market Street, near US 17 and 74, Days Inn offers a seasonal swimming pool, restaurant serving homestyle meals and desserts, a gift shop, and coin-operated laundry. Rooms have free wireless Internet, microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers. Pets are allowed to stay in the room for an added fee. While providing all this, Days Inn is also near the enjoyable activities that Wilmington has to offer. It is four miles from historic riverfront shopping and restaurants, five miles from the USS North Carolina Battleship, five miles from Wrightsville Beach and three miles from the nearest golf spots. UNC-Wilmington is just one mile away.

Sleep Inn

Wilmington’s Sleep Inn is located at 5225 Market Street and provides a pleasant spot to rest while traveling. Amenities include free deluxe continental breakfast, fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. Rooms offer free coffee, oversized showers and dataport phones. This Sleep Inn won the Choice Hotels Gold Award, which is an honor based on a property’s hospitality, professionalism and housekeeping, eight years in a row.


Near Interstate 40 and in the hub of the business district sits Travelodge, at 4118 Market Street in Wilmington. Beaches, boating, golf, downtown, shopping and restaurants are all close by. Inside the rooms are such features as free wireless Internet, HBO, microwave, refrigerator and safe deposit box. Travelodge also offers free continental breakfast and 24-hour coffee. Pets are allowed, and drive-up rooms and RV parking are available.

Howard Johnson Express

Another Wilmington motel on Market Street is the Howard Johnson Express, which starts the day with a free Rise ‘n Dine breakfast. Because all rooms are on the ground floor, visitors can park right outside their doors. Kitchenettes in the rooms have refrigerators and microwaves. Free high-speed Internet is also available to guests. Copy and fax service, as well as free USA Today newspapers, are additional perks. The motel does not allow pets.

Red Roof Inn

Just a short distance from UNC-Wilmington and numerous other key spots in Wilmington is the Red Roof Inn at 5107 Market Street. One plus to staying here is free access to Gold’s Gym. Red Roof Inn also offers free continental breakfast, free coffee and tea in the lobby, a seasonal swimming pool; and a conference room. Inside the rooms, guests find free wireless Internet, as well as refrigerators in some rooms. Kids younger than 17 stay for free with their parents, and one pet is allowed for free per room.