We had seen ads in the North Carolina magazine, Our State, and my wife finally decided to give it a try for my birthday weekend. So four of us went, two couples, and bought the deal where you get a room, breakfast, dinner, tour of Graylyn and tour of Reynolda House.
We stayed in the house, itself, in room 208. The other couple had room 211. Both were very nice. Old style - not modernized, but extremely cozy and wonderful.
We checked in a little early with no problems. After grabbing a lunch in downtown Winston-Salem, we went and availed ourselves of our free tour of the Reynolda House. It, too, was very beautiful and we wished we had saved more time for it. The grounds were also very beautiful.
Our dinner in one of the enclosed porches in the Graylyn was very good. Nice, quiet atmosphere, excellent service and great food. As one can imagine, the selection was limited but covered all the bases (pork, fish, beef, poultry).
After dinner, we wandered around the house a bit, including a bit of an outside walk though it was getting quite cool. We felt like we had the house all to ourselves. There are so many rooms to explore, including the basement where the lounge (bar) was located.
After a wonderful night's sleep, we took in breakfast which was a hot buffet and got to sit in the Persian Card Room to eat! The food was very good, as was the service. After breakfast, we had our butler tour, which was the highlight of the weekend. Bill, our guide, was fabulous. We saw every nook and cranny in the house, including several of the more plush suites. He took us to the Mews which has some interesting rooms, including a two-story room in a silo! He was an EXCELLENT guide.
All in all, we had a wonderful time at the Graylyn and recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet, old world atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once the private home of Mr & Mrs Bowman Gray, Graylyn is now a historic boutique hotel with all of today's modern amenities. Graylyn features 85 well-appointed and uniquely decorated guest rooms attractively situated throughout the pristine 55-acre estate just minutes from downtown Winston-Salem. An unforgettable experience awaits you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Graylyn International Hotel Winston Salem