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Discover the HOTEL DU PONT with its handsome and exquisite interior craftsmanship rendered by French and Italian artisans.

HOTEL DU PONT was constructed at the dawn of the 20th century, in which the United States had started to emerge as a global superpower.

From the beginning, HOTEL DU PONT was intended to establish a prestigious hotel in Wilmington, one that would rank among the finest European hotels. When the landmark property opened in 1913, there was little doubt that such goals were achieved. The intricate detail of the historic hotel - its carved woodwork, gilded ceilings, and elaborate marble and mosaic floors - required the labors of 18 French and Italian craftsmen for more than two years. Such details were also carried into the rest of the hotel, with polished-brass beds covered with imported linen. Sterling silver comb, brush, and mirror sets were on every dressing table. It was the talk of the region, and more than 25,000 visitors toured the historic hotel during its first week.

  • About the Architecture +

    The twelve-story Italian Renaissance building debuted in 1913 after a two-and-a-half year labor of love by French and Italian craftsmen who carved, gilded and painted this exceptional landmark to life.

  • Famous Historic Guests +

    HOTEL DU PONT has hosted Prince Rainier of Monaco, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Prince Bertil of Sweden, President John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Henry Kissinger.

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