Fodor's Expert Review The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

51 E. 4th St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27101, USA Fodor's Choice

To understand Winston-Salem in the 2020s, consider that the former R. J. Reynolds headquarters—an art deco, tiered-top architectural masterpiece that inspired the design of the Empire State Building—is now a modern hotel where (of course) smoking is not allowed anywhere on the premises. Instead, the luxury hotel honors the history of Winston-Salem with tartan fabrics that echo the area’s textile past. Guest rooms exude elegance and masculinity, while the basement-level rec room is all fun, with touches like a two-story slide, bowling lanes, and a small basketball court. There's also a fabulous French brasserie on-site called the Katharine.

PROS

  • architectural touches are stunning
  • dogs are welcome, and even get their own bed upon request
  • fun amenities like bowling lanes
  • dogs are welcome and even get their own bed upon request

CONS

  • rooms fill up quickly during special events at nearby Wake Forest University
  • pet-friendly atmosphere doesn't work for everyone
  • some say rooms could be cleaner
  • no pool

QUICK FACTS

Central
Classic
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 336-724–1009 | 877-216–3448-reservations | 855-546–7866

HOTEL DETAILS

174 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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