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Situated in Wilmington, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cape Fear Museum, and Carolina Heights. Bellamy Mansion Museum and Burgwin-Wright House are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hotel Features

Along with a 24-hour front desk, this hotel has free breakfast and free self parking. WiFi in public areas is free.

Room Amenities

All 81 rooms offer free WiFi, coffee makers, and TVs with cable channels. Free local calls, hair dryers, and ironing boards are among the other amenities that guests will find.

Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

A complimentary breakfast is offered each morning. Public areas are equipped with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 81 
  • Number of floors - 1 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free self parking 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Television 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Partially open bathroom 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

No cribs (infant beds) available

This hotel's policy is to accept bookings only from non-local guests. Guests whose residence is within 20 miles of the property will not be allowed to check in. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for an additional fee
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Howard Johnson Express Inn Wilmington
  • Howard Johnson Express Wilmington
  • Howard Johnson Wilmington
  • Wilmington Howard Johnson

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

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2.6 out of 5
41% of guests recommend
2.7 Room cleanliness
3.3 Service & staff
2.7 Room comfort
2.4 Hotel condition
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Nice, Spotless Stay

5 out of 5
by from Wilmington
Posted Jan 28, 2017
This Howard Johnsons is renovated, with spaceous rooms, comfortable beds, nice bathrooms close to the busy city full of shops and restaurants. The perfect place for travelers to this wonderful area.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 3, 2017 by Manager
Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us your review. I am glad that you found your room clean. Please know that we value your business, we will do our best to make your next visit another 5* rating worthy experience. Kind regards.
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Wi-Fi and Clothes Iron

3 out of 5
by from Syracuse, NY
Posted Jan 19, 2017
Pros: The price was okay, but not worth it to me.
Cons: Everything that I mentioned.
Location: The location is decent and there are things to do nearby.
The motel is being remodeled and probably won't be greatly improved. I hope I am wrong, though. I had room 234, which is toward the back in another building from the main building. The Wi-Fi was slow and unreliable that would lose connection often. There was also no way to hard wire for internet service. The clothes iron was the other issue. There was no iron or board in the room, but they did track one down for me. However, the iron I received was in bad shape and left white marks on my clothes.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 29, 2017 by Manager
I apologize for the inconvenience you experienced following your stay with us. We hope to have the chance to serve you again. Kind regards.
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Roaches, hair, dirty tub, and stains

1 out of 5
by from SC
Posted Dec 10, 2016
If we had not got there so late I would have packed my family back up and went to another room. First in the room inspection seemed fine then I turned on all the lights and started seeing the issues. We found roaches, stains on the covers ect., hairs and black specs all in the sheets that looked like that had already been slept on, and the bath tub was nasty. No breakfast like it was said that they have (I wouldn't have ate it anyways due to conditions around the complex) Looked like it has never seen bleach. I killed a roach and put it in a gun wrapped and dropped it on the front counter and told them they had major issues. The guy wasn't surprised to see it. Just said since we stayed he would take 20%off. Also at check in they were trying to charge me $100 for the one night when I had booked through here and it was supposed to be $76.22 with taxes. This place is a disgusting joke. Read reviews on google for more accurate reviews on this place.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 24, 2016 by Guest Relations Manager
Dear Preston, I regret that you were uncomfortable and found the condition of clean sub par during your visit. Your feedback will be forwarded to our management for evaluation, I assure you that your concern will be verified and addressed appropriately. Thank you for staying with us.
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2 out of 5
by from US
Posted Nov 14, 2016
Location: Town is fun.
Cheap! You get what you pay for. The sheets were clean (I think), and bathroom was decent. The room had a funny smell and the last day I found a roach.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 24, 2016 by Guest Relations Manager
Dear Miranda, Thank you for your time in completing our survey and for giving us your feedback following your stay. I apologize for the discomfort you experienced, your comment on the condition of clean in the guest room you occupied will be called to the attention of our housekeeping, this is very unlikely as we have pest control company that regularly schedules treatment in our property,. Nonetheless, your review will not go unnoticed.
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Killer deal

5 out of 5
Posted Oct 27, 2016
Pros: great deal!!
Cons: cheaper? (I don't think so.....)
Location: Right on restaurant row...from Cracker Barrel to Hooters, it's all there. 20 minutes from the beach (depending on traffic, or downtown Wilmington.
This motel left LOTS of money in my wallet. Who hangs around a motel all day long? Great place for sleeping and getting cleaned up for the next day. Great TV and super-reliable WIFI, ice-cold quiet AC.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 1, 2016 by Guest Relations Manager
Dear Guest, We thank you for writing your positive and detailed review of your time here. We are glad you felt the value was priced well and our location worked well for your exploring, dining and traveling needs. We hope to have you back as a guest the next time your in the area.
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Motel from the '80's with rates from the '80's..

5 out of 5
by from Raleigh,NC
Posted Oct 16, 2016
Pros: Great spacious room, everything worked...
Cons: not a thing...
Location: All of historic Wilmington or the Atlantic ocean are minutes away....right in the middle of restaurant-row.
Value-added with ice-cold quiet AC. If you want nicer than this, you'll pay more! Great well-lite parking, great TV, and super-fast reliable WIFI. At these rates, there's absolutely nothing to complain about.
Comment from Hotel Management
Oct 18, 2016 by Mike
Thank you for choosing Howard Johnson and sharing your experience.We will share your comments with our hard working people who make your stay happy and pleasant.
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Great hotel for the price

3 out of 5
Posted Sep 26, 2016
Pros: loved having the 24 hour staff always there if you needed something
Cons: the door jams were old and would stick sometimes. You had to make sure the door was locked behind you. For safety concerns that should be addressed
Location: good location for everything
It is what to expect for the price and we enjoyed our stay. We stayed for three days visiting friends and they cleaned our room and made sure we had everything we needed. Very nice staff.
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 30, 2016 by Mike
Thank you for taking time and sharing your experience. We will share your comments with our hard working staff who made your journey happy and pleasant. We will focus on the issue and try to correct. Thank you again for bringing notice.
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Right price

3 out of 5
by from salt lake city, UT
Posted Aug 7, 2016
Right price to get some sleep before driving on to RDU. The bathroom looked like it was never cleaned and there was hair in both the shower and sink.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 15, 2016 by Mike
Thank you for taking time and sharing your experience. We will share your comments with our concerned to correct the issue. Thank you again for bringing notice
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3 out of 5
Posted Aug 4, 2016
Wasn't worth the amount paid, didn't seem like a good location.... Room wasn't clean..... Won't be staying here again.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 4, 2016 by Mike
Thank you for taking time and sharing your experience. We will focus on the issue and try to correct situation Thank you again for bringing notice.
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very dirty and dated hotel

1 out of 5
Posted Aug 1, 2016
There's a reason this hotel is one of the cheapest in the area. The rooms look like they haven't been cleaned in months. The sheets and blankets were noticeably dirty. The shower had hair stuck to the bathtub and the toilet was awful.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 4, 2016 by Mike
We are very sorry for inconvenience during your stay. We will focus on the issue and instruct the concerned to be more careful. Thank you again for bringing notice.
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