Historic Hotels In Winston-Salem: Downtown, West End, & Beyond

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The front of Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem, NC.
Graylyn Estate has hosted former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush!

Experience the charm of Winston-Salem by indulging in the rich history of our city through a stay at one of these captivating historic properties. They each have a story to tell, from the former home of the mayor of (Old) Salem, to the former manor house of one of our city’s (and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s) forefathers. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history that these accommodations possess, adding depth and enrichment to your visit to Winston-Salem, NC. Situated in prime locations within the heart of the city, they offer convenient access to downtown activities, renowned restaurants, and the unique surroundings of Old Salem.

Brookstown Inn

The historic Brookstown Mill 1837 sign on a brick wall.
The Historic Brookstown Inn was home to Salem Manufacturing in 1837.
Photo by Aniya Ellison for MyWinston-Salem.com, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.
  • 200 Brookstown Ave.
  • (336) 725-1120
  • Website

Once home to the Salem Manufacturing Company in 1837 and a pioneer in electric lighting in the South, the Historic Brookstown Inn stands today as a beautifully restored inn with 70 guest rooms, including 28 suites. When you stay here, you’ll savor the charm of a historic room or suite just minutes away from downtown. The Winston-Salem Visitors Center is also on the property, for easy access to information about our city.

Graylyn Conference Center

  • 1900 Reynolda Road
  • (336) 758-2425
  • Website

Located beside Reynolda House and Reynolda Village, Graylyn originally served as the idyllic country estate of Bowman and Nathalie Gray. In the late 1920s, they crafted the remarkable Manor House in the Norman Revival architectural style. Presently, Graylyn stands tall as a captivating and historically significant hotel, renowned for its timeless elegance. Beyond its luxurious accommodations, it also serves as a prestigious executive conference center, offering 85 guest rooms and extraordinary event venues that exude an unmatched charm and character.

Fun fact, Graylyn has hosted former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush among many other world leaders and dignitaries.

Summit Street Inns

  • 420 & 434 Summit St
  • (336) 777-1887
  • Website

Discover Summit Street Inns—the epitome of history and luxury in the West End neighborhood. This historic gem, comprised of the Ludlow and Sheppard houses, underwent restoration from 2020-2023, adhering to the highest historic standards. Now open to the public, it offers 10 exquisitely furnished guest rooms and lavish bathrooms that surpass industry standards. Immerse yourself in beautiful gardens, inviting outdoor spaces, and convenient event facilities with on-site parking. Additional amenities include a billiards room, parlor, and in-home dining. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast at Founders Restaurant, just a mile away.

The Shaffner Inn

Exterior of the Shaffner Inn in Winston-Salem, NC.
You’ll step into the past when you visit The Shaffner Inn, a Tudor Revival built in 1907.
Photo by Aniya Ellison for MyWinston-Salem.com, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.
  • 150 Marshall St SW
  • (336) 777-0052
  • Website

Step into the past at the Shaffner Inn—a magnificent Tudor Revival residence built in 1907 for Henry Fries Shaffner, co-founder of Wachovia Loan and Trust. This splendid inn boasts a grand staircase, Tiger Oak paneling, original fireplaces, a wraparound enclosed porch, and dormer casements that pay homage to historic English lead-glass windows. Adorned with fine antiques, the Shaffner Inn offers eight guest rooms, event spaces, on-site parking, and a full-service restaurant. Experience timeless elegance at this enchanting destination.

The Zevely Inn

Exterior of the Zevely Inn, in Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC.
The Zevely Inn in Old Salem dates all the way back to 1844!
Photo by Aniya Ellison for MyWinston-Salem.com, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.
  • 803 South Main St
  • (336) 748-9299
  • Website

Nestled within the enchanting confines of Historic Old Salem, The Zevely Inn holds the distinction of being the sole historic lodging in the area and proudly boasts its place on the National Historic Register. In 1993, restoration efforts commenced to preserve its historical significance and revive its original appearance from 1844-1856. Now, guests can experience a tranquil and nostalgic retreat that transports them to the past. It’s a haven that invites rest, relaxation, and a deep sense of peace with charming surroundings.

Have You Stayed in One of Our Historic Hotels?

If you’re looking for a more modern stay, take a look at this list of hotels that covers accommodations throughout the city.

Stay in any of Winston-Salem’s historic hotels? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

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