When traveling anywhere near Winston-Salem, NC, there’s no need to stay in a traditional, cookie-cutter chain hotel when there is a charming boutique hotel like The Brookstown Inn to lay your head.
One of the oldest structures in the city, the structure that now houses this boutique hotel was built in 1837. It was first a cotton and textile mill. Later it was a flour mill.
Many of the exposed brick walls, pine floors and massive ceiling beams date to the 1830s. If you really get into the history of the building, you’ll enjoy the lobby display that documents a 150 years of the Brookstown and other developments in the Winston-Salem area.
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Historic Boutique Hotel in North Carolina
When I arrived, my room wasn’t ready yet – I was early – so I spent an hour or two in the common area working on my laptop. Free wifi is always a nice perk at hotels, as are lots of electrical outlets. The Brookstown has both. With a basketball game on TV and a fire in the fireplace, I felt right at home.
And then Sally the Hotel Cat wandered in and brushed against my leg. Yes, it was just like home.
Before long, other guests started to saunter in for the evening wine and cheese reception. The next morning, I greeted many of those same guests at the adjoining breakfast room.
Unique Guest Rooms at this Boutique Hotel
Because The Brookstown was not built as a hotel, each floor and each of the 70 rooms has its own personality, floor plan and furnishings. I love exposed brick walls and many of the guest rooms and public spaces have them.
I stayed on the third floor with a view into the courtyard below where I could watch Sally enjoying the sunshine.
In addition to free wifi and an adorable cat, my room was huge, the bed so comfy and the bathroom spacious and well-lit. That’s important stuff.
A lovely 15 minute walk from downtown, past a number of historic buildings and homes, the Brookstown was a delightful place to call home during my visit to the Winston-Salem area.