Aloft Wilmington lifestyle hotel opens onto Cape Fear River, adds bar and restaurant to dining scene


Aloft Wilmington is now open at the Coastline Center in downtown Wilmington, with 125 rooms. (Courtesy at altitude)

WILMINGTON – A new hotel in downtown Wilmington has officially opened after undergoing construction for nearly two years.

A $ 30 million project, Aloft Wilmington is a brand of Marriott International, located as part of the Coastline Center at 501 Nutt St. It is owned and operated by Laurinburg, NC’s Poteat Hospitality Associates, a family-owned business that oversees seven hotels – Marriott, Hilton, and Best Western, statewide. He purchased the Coastline complex in 2015.

Located on the downtown Riverwalk, the seven-story lifestyle hotel is part of the restored historic center of the Atlantic Coast. Built in the late 19th century, the center served as the base for the railroad company until the 1960s when it moved its headquarters to Florida.

“Our entire team is thrilled to bring this fresh new offering to the downtown Wilmington hotel scene,” said Ken Lile, General Manager of Aloft, in a press release.

While the hotel is modern, its design incorporates high ceilings and exposed brick walls from the original structure, along with original wooden beams, the statement said. It has 125 rooms, including 12 suites and 11 corner rooms, equipped with balconies. There are also meeting spaces located everywhere – small (500 square feet) to large (7,800 square feet). Aloft can accommodate weddings of up to 400 guests.

Inside the hotel is the WXYZ bar, located next to the outdoor patio near the lobby. Specialty cocktails and bites will be served. On the seventh floor, aView, a rooftop bar and bistro, will specialize in “small raised plates,” the statement said, featuring fine wine, craft beer and cocktails.

WXYZ is the bar located at Aloft, a lifestyle hotel in downtown Wilmington. (Courtesy photo)

The Aloft Coffee Bar will also be open daily on site, serving breakfast pastries prepared by an on-site pastry chef, as well as sandwiches and coffees.

Poteat Hospitality announced the addition of a third dining option in 2022. The Atlantic Restaurant and Wine Loft is expected to provide guests with a fine dining experience.

Marriott has more than 175 lifestyle hotels around the world in 25 countries and territories. Reservations for Aloft Wilmington can be made here.

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