GO: Kimpton Cardinal, Winston-Salem, NC

I wanted to get out of town for the 4th but didn’t want to go far so I decided to explore Winston-Salem. The Kimpton Cardinal was my home base. I am seriously crushing on this hotel after a few days there. My stay was fantastic and I can’t wait to go back. They set the tone the day before by emailing to find out if there was anything I wanted to make my stay more enjoyable. That level of attentive service was consistent throughout my stay. If you’re looking for a fun relaxing getaway, check in here.

The RJR Building was the inspiration for NYC’s Empire State Building

Fun facts:

  • Every Father’s Day the Empire State Building sends a card to it’s Dad, the Reynolds Building.
  • The Reynolds Building, which houses Kimpton Cardinal, was designed by the architectural firm Shreve and Lamb. They later formed Shreve, Lamb and Harmon and designed the Empire State Building (1931). They also designed Durham’s Hill Building which now houses 21c Hotel (1937).
  • When opened in 1929, at a height of 21 floors, the Reynolds Building was the tallest building in the US, South of Baltimore.

Kimpton Cardinal offered exceptional service that was attentive yet relaxed. The staff seemed to be having fun, the mood was upbeat and the setting was gorgeous. My room was well appointed (a seersucker robe, how Southern and perfect for summer) and the finishing touches were fun. Make sure to check out the decorative pillows in the room. At first glance the design seems like a normal hunting scene. Look closer and be prepared to laugh.


  • Bring Rover to this dog friendly hotel. They have dog biscuits at check-in with a welcome sign with your dog’s name. Only a dog owner would find that fantastic I know but as a dog lover they know the way to my heart. You can even bring your dogs to the nightly wine hour.
  • Kimpton Karma Rewards: Sign up for this free rewards program. It gives you deals on lodging, free wi-fi and a $10 Raid the Bar card. The more you stay the more Karma you earn which equals more goodies.
  • Skip the $22 valet parking. Right around the corner from the hotel is a City parking lot – $9 a night.


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