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8 Top-Rated Resorts in Delaware

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Jul 29, 2020

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Delaware is famous for its Atlantic coastline beaches, like Rehoboth and Dewey, which attract tens of thousands of visitors each year who come in search of a holiday weekend away with their family, significant other, or group of friends. As such, many of the top resorts are located on or near this stretch of sand and surf in Delaware, and these beachfront properties come in several budgets and styles to fit different types of travelers, including those in search of a romantic getaway.

But beyond the shoreline, Delaware is also home to some opulent historic hotels and inns located in cities like Wilmington, where you'll find the landmark Hotel du Pont, which has hosted royalty and presidents and more than one celebrity since opening in 1913.

In the state's south, Georgetown is home to the historic Brick Hotel On The Circle, which is located just 15 miles from the surf and sand at Rehoboth yet far enough away to allow for a more relaxed and romantic small-town getaway.

Whether you want to stay by the city or beach, find the ideal base for your next vacation with our list of the best resorts in Delaware.

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1. Hotel du Pont, Wilmington

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Photo Source: Hotel du Pont

Right in downtown Wilmington, across from Rodney Square, the stately Hotel du Pont is inside a 1913 landmark building and has hosted numerous celebrities and world leaders over the last century. From the public spaces to the rooms and suites, opulence reigns at this resort, where you'll find old-world European decor like intricate woodwork, terrazzo and mosaic floors, gilded hallways, and decadent chandeliers.

The rooms and suites are known for their comfortable beds and deep soaking tubs; the suites are extra spacious and feature full living and dining rooms. On-site amenities include a decadent French restaurant among other eating options, a historic performing arts center, gym, and gift shop. Also note the original paintings by nationally known artists showcased on walls throughout this property.

Accommodation: Hotel du Pont

2. Brick Hotel On The Circle, Georgetown

Photo Source: Brick Hotel On The Circle
Photo Source: Brick Hotel On The Circle

The Brick Hotel On The Circle sits in the center of historic Georgetown and is just 15 miles from the beaches most people visit Delaware for, but far enough removed to offer the convenience of the surf and sand without the hustle of staying in one of the beach towns.

This quaint inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and has just 14 guest rooms, each of which is uniquely decorated and comes with its own history lesson. Calvert's Sanctuary is one option. The suite is named as such because it once served as the office of Calvert Richardson, who was the president of the Wilmington Trust Bank at the time.

Breakfast is included in the rate and served in a parlor setting. Other meals can be taken at the on-site restaurant The Counting House, which serves American fare and does a number of different nightly specials. Also on-site is a rooftop garden terrace that is quite tranquil.

Accommodation: Brick Hotel On The Circle

3. Hilton Wilmington/Christiana, Newark

Photo Source: Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
Photo Source: Hilton Wilmington/Christiana

Just off I-95, a few miles from Delaware Park and the Christiana Mall in Newark, the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana is a modern, upscale property with large, clean, and comfortable rooms and suites featuring custom beds, work desks, and mini-fridges. Book the Executive level for free breakfast and evening appetizers in a special lounge.

If you are traveling with the kids, book one of the suites. These are larger, with separate living spaces and pullout couches. They also have kitchenettes, which is especially convenient if you have young children.

The Hilton also has a number of resort-style amenities including the Market Kitchen, which serves American fare three meals a day, including a buffet breakfast. There is also a breezy patio if the weather is nice.

You'll also find an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness room and a business center on the grounds.

Accommodation: Hilton Wilmington/Christiana

4. Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach

Photo Source: Boardwalk Plaza Hotel
Photo Source: Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

Right on the sea in Rehoboth Beach, the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is a longtime luxe favorite, especially if you're looking for a boutique hotel without cookie-cutter rooms. The hotel features Victorian-era styled rooms with an elegant vibe, as well as comfortable beds and large bathrooms that in some cases feature whirlpool tubs. Some rooms also offer private balconies.

On-site amenities include the upscale Victoria's Restaurant serving New American cuisine three meals a day. The restaurant covers three floors, and every table features Atlantic Ocean views. They also do a traditional Victorian-era afternoon tea that is quite popular. There is also a more casual lounge restaurant on-site for lighter meals.

Additionally, you'll find a spa, rooftop sundeck, swimming pool, workout room with seasonal yoga, and in summertime organized activities for kids.

Accommodation: Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

5. The Bay Resort, Dewey Beach

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Photo Source: The Bay Resort

Just two blocks from Dewey Beach, The Bay Resort looks out over a private cove on Rehoboth Bay and is also just a few minutes' drive from the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach. This seasonal property is an excellent value choice for those who care more about spending time on the beach than in their hotel room.

It has basic but clean rooms with comfortable beds, and the rooms also feature patios or balconies with either bay or swimming pool views, as well as kitchenettes and often pull-out sofas, which make it a popular family choice. There is no restaurant on-site but plenty nearby, and a 250-foot pier extends out into the bay. The staff here is friendly and attentive.

Accommodation: The Bay Resort

6. Atlantic View Hotel, Dewey Beach

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Photo Source: Atlantic View Hotel

The Atlantic View Hotel sits directly on the sand in Dewey Beach and has been serving up simple but friendly accommodations here for more than 35 years.

Rooms are good value and very clean and comfortable, and many offer ocean views from large windows - make sure to see the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean one morning; it is a beautiful sight. They also feature free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves, and flat-screen TVs.

The hotel boasts a complimentary breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, and beach chairs to take to the sand. It is a child-friendly property as well, offering free accommodation to kids less than six years old.

Accommodation: Atlantic View Hotel

7. Inn at Montchanin Village, Montchanin

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Photo Source: Inn at Montchanin Village

Just a 15-minute drive from Wilmington, the Inn at Montchanin Village is a boutique luxury property in a historic 19th-century hamlet. It features 11 restored buildings built between 1799 and 1910 that offer guests an opportunity to stay in completely period and decadently outfitted rooms and suites with antique furnishings, fine Italian linens on comfy four poster beds, and marble bathrooms.

The most luxurious digs come with their own private manicured gardens off porches, as well as kitchenettes and separate living rooms with gas fireplaces for chilly nights.

A popular romantic getaway, the hotel also hosts an elegant French-Asian fusion restaurant that does a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings each weekend. Other on-site amenities include a luxury spa offering a range of relaxing treatments, as well as a workout room and library.

Accommodation: Inn at Montchanin Village

8. Beach House Dewey

Photo Source: Beach House Dewey
Photo Source: Beach House Dewey

In a great location, just a block from Dewey Beach and about a five-minute drive from the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, Beach House Dewey is another popular option for families, friends, or couples looking for accommodation near the surf and sand.

This boutique property has just 47 recently renovated rooms and suites that are modern chic, with splashes of bold colors on the comfy beds and walls, and extra in-room perks like mini-fridges, microwaves, and free Wi-Fi, along with flat-screen HDTVs featuring a full cabe line-up. The suites also have separate living space and additional bathrooms, making them a favorite choice with families.

On-site amenities include a free shuttle service around the area and a seasonal outdoor pool and sundeck.

Accommodation: Beach House Dewey

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