Back in the summer I went on a photo shoot with a friend and we got invited to an event at 128 South, it was fabulous. 128 South is a hall/room/venue attached to the Stemmerman’s Inn. For the same price you can get a medium-grade hotel room, you can stay in a unique loft-style, kitchenette including, brick-exposed, unique room with a view of the Cape Fear and a little porch. Now, granted, it was 35 degrees or cooler when I went, but hey, what’s a girl gonna do. I gotta get my river fix!
These may not be usual “inn” pictures that you will find in most reviews, but what I care about are the details. This green vase was my favorite part of the main floor, and I stared at it every time I went by. The bathroom was the bathroom: with a white pedastal sink to go with the old-inn feel. The kitchenette was well stocked with everything you might need for a cozy dinner for 1 or 2 when dining at the little cafe type table in the eat-in kitchen. If seated at the table, you can gaze out the floor to ceiling windows that overlook the porch and look out onto the Cape Fear. The sunset was amazing last night.
If you make your way up the L-white spindle staircase, you will find a huge, welcoming king size bed. Again, I loved the simplicity of the headboard. There was a small open closet, a flat screen (with cable), and a night stand with lamp. That was all, oh, and a small dresser. So. Simple. I LOVED it.
This room (#7) also came with everything you might find in a generic hotel room and even a washer and dryer. How’s that for handy?
The staff was courteous and gave me plenty of options for dinner (The Stemmerman is within walking distance to restaurants of any ethnicity and price-range). It was quieter than I thought it was going to be, too (which I was very glad).
Check-in time is 3pm, check out time is 11am and there is parking (street parking you have to pay for in Wilmington, so I was thankful for their free lot).
I would go here again in a heartbeat. May make it a yearly birthday tradition. Downtown Wilmington (when not tourist season) is fabulous, because of its history, fashion, and beautiful churches (not to mention great food).
So, if you get a chance, go. Stay. Love the Stemmerman as much as I did. Fall in love with the details.