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“Stunning setting”
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Graylyn Estate
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Winston Salem
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San Francisco, Calif
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“Stunning setting”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Stayed at Graylyn for 6 nights during the US Masters Track championships at Wake Forest, along with several other couples. We initially walked 25 minutes to the campus track through the nearby museum grounds before discovering that Graylyn drivers would take you over (in five minutes) for $5 per person. Definitely a bargain.
Spent the first night in the Bungalows, room 501, which was very close to the main building, Manor House, but was simply furnished, more modern and, it turns out, much quieter. Was then moved to what appeared to be a converted attic room (second floor, 723?) in the Mews which had two tiny 8" wide tall windows in the bedroom, leading to a sense of being in a cave -- not my cup of tea. Fortunately the front desk was able to move us to another suite in the Manor House, room 201 at the end of the hallway, which had two queen beds and a very large bathroom (with pretty cold air piped in all day and night through their central AC) and faux fireplace, and which looked down on the main driveway. Nicely furnished too. (My friends who stayed in room 701 at the Mews said that the sound of the neighbor's TV came through rather easily at night, and they didn't think it was turned on very loud)
The breakfast buffet was very adequate although the staff there were not as attentive as the staff everywhere else: tables weren't properly cleared after others had eaten breakfast, and at times you didn't see anyone around when you needed something. Never ate main meals there because we discovered the "Italian Steakhouse" Fratelli's just a block away from the entrance to the grounds and loved the food and ambiance there. (Further down the street there is the Village shopping area with several other eateries that provided good choices, including the Village Tavern and Silo's)
The Graylyn property really is in a stunning setting -- you come up a long driveway to the main building, the Manor House, which looks like something you'd expect to find in Burgundy or Provence, what with the little fish pond in the backyard and fountain in the nearby lake. The Manor House interiors are nicely appointed, all the way down to the the medieval coat of armor, the circular staircase, the wrought-iron chandeliers, and the large oil paintings on the wall. And the grounds stretch on for quite a while so you feel very far away from the rest of the world.
As nice as the Manor House is, though, it lacked any central social space -- no cafe or lounge where several people could routinely gather and relax (although the Grill Room on the ground floor did serve light meals, it appeared dark and windowless when we went by). So that meant you essentially hung out most of the time in your room, whenever you were in the building, as there wasn't much space other than the occasional chair here and there to park yourself.
Having seen three different rooms in three different buildings during my first and only stay, I might likely opt to go back to the Bungalows suite the next time I was there, all things considered. And despite the very few negatives I've mentioned, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here on my next visit to the area. It was definitely worth the price and the staff are really friendly and accommodating.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

An island of gracious tranquility in a city that has little.
The perfect spot to get away from it all and remember what life can be.
It's a grand European escape without the airline nonsense. No hassle, no long flights. Just elegance and peaceful surroundings.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

My favorite house of all of North Carolina... We stayed in Gordon
Grays room... I did not want to leave.. Got the grand tour of the
place.. The next day breakfast was excellent.. The only negative was I had to leave...

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

It is boggling to realize that Graylyn initially was a family residence, first occupied in 1932. Even during the Great Depression some people flourished. The property is magnificent, with beautifully maintained grounds and an impressive main house.
Each room, we were told, is unique. Ours was very large and comfortable, in part because it was centrally air conditioned. The only quibble was that the shower temperature was difficult to regulate.
It took a few tries to get someone on the phone to book the reservation. And an oddity is that the only way to guarantee a king-sized bed is to book a suite. We did, albeit reluctantly, because it was $90 more a night. But when we checked in, we were able to get a king in the main house at a reduced price. As it turned out, it was doubly fortunate because the suite was in another building, The Mews, which, once inside, is totally devoid of charm.
Just a few other thoughts: the staff was outstanding, everyone extremely pleasant and accommodating. The room comes with a breakfast buffet, which while not up to the standards of one you might encounter in Europe, is adequate. There was a problem with our bill that was discovered on checkout, one caused by the change in rooms. The clerk was apologetic and later a revised bill was e-mailed. However, three days later we are still waiting to see that adjustment on our credit card. Another call to Graylyn may be necessary.
The blips -- shower, bill, difficulty in making a reservation for the room type we want -- dropped the rating by a star. Still, this is a special place worth seeking out.

Room Tip: Avoid The Mews if possible
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Center Valley, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We loved this place and will return again! We were visiting Wake Forest on a college tour with our son. What a lovely surprise Graylyn is! We stayed for 4 nights as we toured all the colleges in the NC area. We used this as home base each day and were so delighted to return to the lovely hotel every evening. Our room had lots of space, 2 queen beds, lovely furniture. There is something to delight the eye at every turn.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Westport, Connecticut
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We travelled to Winston-Salem to visit our daughter at Wake Forest last weekend and stayed at Graylyn for the first time. We stayed at several other area hotels but this is clearly the best. The property is outstanding, the staff is incredible, and food was excellent. Staying at Graylyn was a true vacation compared to the other hotels in the area. Yes, it's a bit more expensive, but definitely worth it! We'll be back for sure!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Austin, TX
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

It's apparently really difficult to book a room here, so we felt lucky to have been invited for a weekend stay during a recent visit to Wake Forest U. The property is a converted luxury estate that once belonged to the Gray family, and its picturesqueness is matched by its hospitality. Our room in the Mews annex, formerly the stables and now converted, was impeccable and comfortably furnished, though not all that soundproof. Complimentary breakfast is available both at the Manor House (the main building) and the Mews every morning, and there is a fitness center, gift shop, and best of all, complimentary ice cream available on site. Fitness and jogging trails are all around, but even walking the lovely grounds is good exercise. All the staff members we encountered were full of old-fashioned Southern charm. Despite the uncomfortably chilly weather that marked our stay we had a lovely time.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Graylyn Estate
Address: 1900 Reynolda Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27106-5100 (Formerly Graylyn International Conference Center)
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Region: United States > North Carolina > Winston Salem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Winston Salem
#7 Family Hotel in Winston Salem
#8 Business Hotel in Winston Salem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Graylyn Estate 4.5*
Number of rooms: 85
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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