How to get a free night at The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel bedroom
Picture courtesy of Kimpton - Cardinal Hotel King Premier bedroom
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In my opinion, Kimpton offers the best benefits of any hotel loyalty program.  The unique benefit they offer is being able to stay a night for free whenever a new property opens.  Today, we’ll talk about the free night being offered at The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem, NC.

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel bedroom
Source – Cardinal Hotel King Premier bedroom

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

The Cardinal Hotel is located in the historic R.J. Reynolds building, that was once the “architectural muse for the Empire State Building.”  The building is in the middle of Winston-Salem’s downtown district and is at 51 East 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

There are 176 guest rooms and 36 suites that “combine elegance and spunk,” according to Kimpton’s website.  There are 3 Queen and 4 King configurations, plus the Presidential Suite, available to book.  A brief look at the Cardinal’s website revealed room rates as low as $125 between now and New Year’s, before any discounts like the 10% offered for AAA members.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel offers the following amenities:

  • City Views
  • Hosted Evening Wine Hour
  • Onsite 24-Hour Fitness Center
  • In-room Spa Services
  • Concierge Services
  • Business Center
  • Same-Day Dry Cleaning + Laundry
  • Valet Parking
  • 1 Restaurant

And the following amenities are always complimentary:

  • Free WiFi (for Karma Rewards members)
  • Morning Coffee + Tea Service
  • Loaner PUBLIC Bikes
  • Pet Amenities
  • Kimpton Kids Program
  • Forgot It, We’ve Got It Amenities
  • Karma Rewards Loyalty Program

The in-room amenities are:

  • Luxurious Frette Linens
  • In-Room Yoga Mats
  • 24-Hour In-Room Dining
  • Minibar
  • Umbrella
Kimpton Cardinal Hotel Presidential Suite
Source – Cardinal Hotel Presidential Suite

The Kimpton Cardinal opened in April 2016.  Use our referral link to check out TripAdvisor to find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say.

The Katharine Brasserie & Bar

When you stay during the new hotel free night promotion, the on-site restaurant provides a $50 dining credit.  This perk puts the whole experience over the top.  Not only do you stay for free, you’re enjoying an amazing meal at a huge discount.  To supersize your points, make sure that you book your reservation using OpenTable.  Charge the meal to your room to receive the $50 discount and pay for your bill with a card that earns bonus points for hotel spend.  If you need suggestions for cards, use our referral link or submit to schedule a free 30-minute travel consultation.

Inner Circle members also receive a Chef’s Taste whenever they stay with Kimpton and eat at the hotel’s restaurant.  In the past, we’ve received some delicious appetizers like Ahi Poke at Zimzala or a plate of Sushi at Brandon’s.

How to stay at The Kimpton Cardinal for free

All Kimpton Inner Circle members are offered a window of time, shortly after a new hotel opens, in which they can stay at the new property for free.  I’ve used this benefit numerous times, including The Goodland near Santa Barbara, The Palladian in Seattle, The Shorebreak in Huntington Beach, and Hotel Tomo in San Francisco.  We just got back from using this benefit at The Kimpton Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, where we had a great experience over Labor Day Weekend.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel free night benefit is available through October 31, 2016.  Our schedule is pretty booked up through the end of the year, especially with Timmy starting his 2nd season of soccer, so I’m not sure if we’ll be able to take advantage of this offer.

Space is limited for these benefits, so don’t delay in reserving your free room.  Unfortunately, you cannot make these reservations online.  Call the Inner Circle VIP Reservation line at 866-424-7667 to book your room.

I love staying at Kimpton properties, especially when they’re free!

More free nights coming soon from Kimpton!

Kimpton is also currently offering free nights at The Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, FL and the Kimpton Schofield in Cleveland, OH.

More properties will be opening soon, and their free night should be available about 6 months after opening:

  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Nashville, TN
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Tempe, AZ

I’ll definitely be taking advantage of as many of these as I can!

But what if I’m not Kimpton Inner Circle?

Kimpton Inner Circle is earned by having 14 eligible stays or 40 eligible nights within a calendar year.  Kimpton often runs promotions where you receive double credit for stays, so you can become Inner Circle in as little as 7 different stays!

I’ve been able to get 3 free nights after 10 one-night stays with Kimpton’s lucrative loyalty program.  Read here to see how I did it.

I became an Inner Circle member through a status match as a Hilton Diamond.  With a status match, you need to stay a specific number of nights before you are eligible for the new hotel free night benefit.

From what I understand, Kimpton is no longer offering status matches effective January 1, 2016, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

The Bottom Line

It is fun to explore new properties and be one of the first to enjoy them.  I love that Kimpton rewards its best customers with such great benefits.  If you have top-tier Inner Circle status, you have an opportunity to stay at new properties for free shortly after they open.  The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel free night benefit is available until Halloween, so call to book your reservation now.  If you aren’t a Kimpton Karma member, I encourage you to research the program to see how it fits into your travel plans.


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