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Plan a stay you’ll never forget at one of these unique places in Winston-Salem

From the Zevely Inn in Old Salem to the Hot Tub Hideaway in the woods, the Twin City is full of special places to stay.

Wall with two photos opposite a chair with a lamp. A bed in the background is on a multicolored rug with a blue comforter and pillows. A fireplace and window is on the right. Frames hang above the fireplace and above the bed.

The Kathleen Room in the Huntley House has a mix of old and new decor.

Photo by Lauren Olinger, Red Cardinal Studio

We all need a staycation or a trip to a different city from time to time. Whether you’re a Winstonian feeling a little cooped up or a visitor looking for a special Twin City experience, picking the perfect home away from home is crucial.

We went looking for unique lodgings around town that showcase that artistic and innovative spirit. So choose your ideal digs, pack your bags, and get ready for a memorable getaway.

Hideaways with history

Graylyn Estate Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 Reynolda Rd.
What was once the estate of Bowman and Nathalie Gray is now a top-ranked boutique hotel and conference center. Visitors can stay in one of 85 guest rooms or suites while enjoying the grounds of the 55-acre estate. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available in the Manor House or in bed with in-room dining service.

front of Graylyn Estate and Conference Center

Graylyn was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Photo by Graylyn Estate and Conference Center

Historic Brookstown Inn Hotel, 200 Brookstown Ave. | Miss Sally the resident cat greets guests at this restored hotel and event space. Each of the 70 rooms and suites highlight the history of the old Salem Manufacturing Company mill. Guests can enjoy a large courtyard, a complimentary hot breakfast, and works by local artist Leland Powers — or venture to local cafes and restaurants within walking distance.

Zevely Inn, 803 S. Main St. | This bed and breakfast is located in Old Salem and has hosted travelers since the mid-1800s. Some of the 12 rooms have fireplaces and all are adorned with simple but stately decor. The inn offers a quiet escape that’s walking distance from downtown — and refreshments are available to guests throughout the day.

Artistic sanctuaries

West Salem Art Hotel, 912 Albert St.
Each room in this hotel offers an experience as unique as the decor. Short-term rentals are available for the Rose Room, the ART/partment, the Parisian Suite, or the VHS Suite. Each room has a private bathroom and guests upstairs share a kitchen and living space. Much of the art that adorns the suites is for sale.

Bedroom with blue walls, white bed with yellow blankets.

Guests gain access to rooms in the West Salem Art Hotel by keypad using a unique code.

Photo by WStoday

Escapes in the city center

Huntley House, 874 N. Liberty St. | Now known as Robert Hall, the property has housed many different businesses since the early 1900s. Five guest rooms offer close access to breweries, galleries, restaurants, and shops in and around Industry Hill. Each room mixes family heirlooms with modern, eclectic touches. Group reservations are also available.


The Lanier Room of the Huntley House is made for sweet dreams.

Photo courtest of Lauren Martinez Olinger/Red Cardinal Studio

Shaffner Inn, 150 Marshall St. SW
The Tudor Revival-style residence was built in the early 1900s and now welcomes visitors right off Salem Parkway downtown. The inn has eight guest rooms — its grand staircase, nine original fireplaces, and antiques make common spaces feel elegant. Enjoy breakfast or brunch on mismatched china at Founders Restaurant in the enclosed wraparound porch.

Rooms with a view

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, 51 4th St. E.
What was once the headquarters of RJ Reynolds and the architectural inspiration for the Empire State Building is now an upscale hotel in the city’s center. Filled with art deco glamour + a French brasserie and bar, you’ll feel like you stepped back to time. Guests can also bring furry family members and have fun in the lower level recreation center.

Bathroom with black vanity and soaking tub inside a standing shower. Pink flowers are on the sink counter. A window overlooks two smokestacks outside.

See the city while you soak at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel.

Photo courtesy of the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Hotel Indigo, 104 W. 4th St.
If you’re looking to be in the center of it all, this is the place to be. Steps from restaurants, bars, and events downtown, guests can also enjoy dinner and drinks at a full restaurant and wine loft. The modern decor is a reminder you’re in the city of arts and innovation.

Winston-Salem Marriott, 425 N. Cherry St.
In rooms with certain views, you can see Pilot Mountain on clear days. The hotel has deck parking and is across the street from Benton Convention Center, making it the perfect spot to relax after a long day of activities. Guests can grab dinner on 5th Street or in the hotel’s Butcher & Bull steakhouse.

Airbnb getaways

Linda Cottage, close to Wake Forest University
This rental is perfect for a taste of living in the Twin City. The new three-bedroom rental has been professionally decorated + furnished. It comes complete with an electric vehicle charging station and enough parking for four cars.

Living room with green sofa and chairs. A painting hangs above the sofa. A full kitchen is in the background.

The Linda Cottage will feel like home in the living room and open kitchen.

Photo via Airbnb

Hot Tub Hideaway, ~10 minutes from downtown
You’ll have big fun in this tiny home where the outdoor hot tub is the main attraction. Surrounded by woods with pasture land and a pond nearby, it’s the perfect place for a soothing escape.

The Man Cave, minutes from downtown
Get ready to game in this garage apartment. The space has a pool table, a dart board, a king size bed, and a full kitchen. With its own private entrance you won’t have to worry about bothering the owners.

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