Escape to Hotel Du Pont in Downtown Wilmington, Delaware

Downtown Wilmington’s iconic Hotel Du Pont is a sophisticated and historic great escape just a short drive from the Main Line.

With its opulent chandeliers and hard-carved wood trim, this downtown Wilmington gem has been a showcase of Gilded Age architecture, décor and service since 1913. Rooms and suites at Hotel Du Pont are spacious and furnished to provide a unique combination of elegance and comfort.

Blending the old world with the new, Hotel Du Pont recently committed to using 100% green energy to minimize environmental impact and prolong its traditional grandeur.


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Amenities include a full-service on-site spa and the recently renovated and rebranded upscale European-style restaurant La Cavalier. Be sure to leave some time for browsing the hotel’s Atelier Ice antiques boutique.

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Bring your furry friends along, too. The Hotel Du Pont is pet-friendly for a $100 surcharge so your best pal can enjoy the fresh air and parks of the Brandywine Valley.

Art in Color

Running March 16 to May 25, Delaware Art Museum’s There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art examines the representation of black women in our culture’s art history over the past two centuries. This traveling exhibition organized by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art showcases artists like Edmonia Lewis, Elizabeth Catlett, Alma Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Mickalene Thomas and LaToya Ruby Frazier.

Fine Dining

Sit on the water and connect with the ocean at Banks Seafood and Raw Bar. Recognized for its fresh ingredients and inventive dishes, this restaurant on the Wilmington waterfront has a chic atmosphere, award-winning crab cakes, creative cocktails and an extensive wine list. Not convinced? The Bidens dined here for New Years’ Eve 2022.

Best of all, Banks Seafood is 15-minute walk from Hotel Du Pont, making for an excellent evening of fine food, refreshing cocktails and a stroll along the waterfront.

March Rates: From $220

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42 W. 11th St., Wilmington, DE, (302) 594-3100,

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