City of Wilmington and State of Delaware Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Westin Wilmington

Posted on  04/28/2014 5:39 pm

Photo of Westin Wilmington ribbon cutting

Westin Wilmington to Anchor Chase Center on Riverfront

Today, Mayor Dennis P. Williams joined Senator Tom Carper, Governor Jack Markell, Michael Purzycki, executive director of the Riverfront Development Corporation, Rob Buccini, Co-Founder of the Buccini/ Pollin Group (BPG), state and local elected officials and the Riverfront Development Corporation board members to celebrate the grand opening of the West Wilmington Hotel on the Riverfront.

The Westin Wilmington features 180 hotel rooms, and is connected to the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. The hotel is the first Westin-branded hotel in the state and the first new-build hotel in Wilmington since 1980.

“The Westin Wilmington’s grand opening marks the final stages of tireless commitment and a collective effort to bring such a great new addition to Wilmington’s Riverfront,” said Mayor Williams. “The Westin’s connection to the Chase Center will make the Center more competitive as a destination for meeting, conference, and convention business that the City of Wilmington currently lacks. It will also help further define the Riverfront as a tourist destination for the City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware.”

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-designed hotel is within walking distance of such Fortune 500 companies as Barclay’s, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Capital One and DuPont. The hotel features a 2,100-square-foot, state-of-the-art legal center with private offices and a hospitality area for meals. The center was purpose-built to support visiting legal teams that are participating in legal proceedings at the nearby Wilmington federal courthouse. Combined with the adjacent Chase Center on the Riverfront, the hotel/convention center complex offers a total of 92,000 square feet of conference space and a 24-hour business center.

Located at 818 Shipyard Drive, the four-star hotel is an ideal launch pad for leisure travelers looking to explore the historic city, numerous nearby restaurants and retail, as well as such attractions as the Delaware Theater Company, Delaware Children’s Museum, Penn Cinema IMAX Theater, and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. The Delaware Art Museum, Winterthur Museum Garden & Library, Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum of Art are within a short driving distance.

“The new Westin may well be the most important Wilmington project in recent memory,” said Mr. Purzycki, executive director of the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware, the state-funded, non-profit corporation which owns and operates the Chase Center. “A catalyst for Chase Center business, it is a symbol of Riverfront’s dynamic future, and surely will further enhance Wilmington’s reputation as an attractive, regional visitor destination.”

The Westin Wilmington’s guestrooms and suites feature the brand's signature comforts, including the world-renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed and the Heavenly® Bath enhanced with the brand’s Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities, in-room and high-speed Internet access. Guests can maintain their workout regimens in the fully equipped Westin Workout Studio, complete with New Balance gear and running maps that take guests along the Christina Riverfront. The hotel's full-service restaurant, River Rock Kitchen, serving locally sourced and seasonally selected small plates, is led by chef David Lattomus and also will offer the Westin brand’s signature SuperFoodsRX® menu.