Release Date: February 5,2020

The Hive Boutique Hotel Officially Opens

Ribbon-cutting participants included (L-R) WDI President Ed Wolverton, State Representative Deb Butler, co-owners Kaylie O'Conner and Robert Rosenberg, Commissioner Rob Zapple and WDI Chair Dane Scalise

Wilmington, NC- The Hive Boutique Hotel recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark its official opening at 505 N. 2nd Street.  The event was attended by friends, family and supporters along with Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Commissioner Rob Zapple and State Representative Deb Butler.  Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) officiated the event. 


The Hive is owned and operated by Robert Rosenberg and Kaylie O’Connor.  The hotel has 14 apartment-style suites featuring luxury linens, original art and furniture, full-size kitchens, separate living areas, spacious bathrooms, laptop-friendly workspaces and complimentary in-suite snacks, coffee, tea and other beverages.  The property can accommodate tourists, business travelers, group rentals or suite blocks, for example for a wedding, and extended stays.


The project included the complete renovation of an existing building at the corner of Red Cross and N. 2nd Streets.  Then, the investors transformed a surface parking lot on the north side of the building by constructing a new building for additional rooms.  The original building and the new building are connected by a shared patio and stairwell.


“This project has been a long-time coming and we are thrilled at the way it turned out,” said co-owner Robert Rosenberg.  “Hurricane Florence damaged the building while it was still under construction but we were able to overcome this obstacle and the results exceed our expectations,” said Kaylie O’Conner.


The elegant rooms at the property feature an open floor plan with high ceilings and modern fixtures and furniture.  All the rooms also have accent features such as unique light fixtures or exposed brick walls.  Each space also has large windows that provide natural light along with a distinct vista of Downtown.   


In addition to the hotel, the investors are also working on a 900-square-foot café that will occupy the ground floor storefront facing Red Cross Street.  The café will open later this year and will feature quick bites to serve guests and also CFCC students, locals and tourists.


“The Hive Boutique Hotel is an extraordinary project and Robert and Kaylie should be commended for successfully implementing their vision for the property,” said WDI President Ed Wolverton.  “We are excited to add them to the community of merchants in the center city,” he said.


The Hive is located at 505 N. 2nd Street.  They can be found here or by phone at 1.833.STAY.ILM (782-9456).

About The Hive Wilmington

The Hive is an apart-hotel with a unique approach to the hospitality industry utilizing technology to provide easy, 24/7 self-check-in and personalized service throughout a guest’s stay. Located in a quiet yet convenient part of downtown, The Hive also offers off-street parking, as well as pet-friendly and ADA-accessible units. 


About Wilmington Downtown Incorporated

WDI's mission is to promote the economic growth and development of Downtown Wilmington.



Ed Wolverton, President & CEO

Wilmington Downtown Inc. 



Robert Rosenberg, Co-owner

The Hive Wilmington

910.233.0406 or 833-782-9456