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10 Black-owned hotels and resorts you can visit in the US

Oct. 03, 2021
10 min read
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The United States has a lot to offer travelers, a lot of which is often overlooked by its own citizens. The U.S. has everything from mountains to beaches, and so much more! There is no better time to explore all that the country has to offer, as international regulations are ever changing in the current pandemic environment. Now is a great time for that road trip you’ve always dreamed about taking or a perfect time to leverage your points to book a quick flight to a new city.

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Whether you’re driving or flying, there are tons of options for accommodations along the way. Choosing from all of the options can be overwhelming, but making purposeful decisions about where to stay can really make an impact.

The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers reports less than 2% of the nation's hotels are owned by African Americans — but this is growing year over year. Choosing to stay at a Black-owned property helps these businesses continue to grow, which in turn helps the community continue to prosper -- all while you have a great stay. Supporting Black owned businesses shouldn’t just be reserved for Black History Month.

As you’re planning your next stateside trip, here are 10 great Black-owned hotel, bed & breakfast and resort options to consider.

Akwaaba Mansion: Brooklyn, New YOrk

The Akwaaba Mansion. (Photo courtesy of Akwaaba)

Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast inns are an upscale collection of small properties located throughout the Northeast in several cities owned by Glenn Pogue and Monica Greenwood, a husband and wife team. Among the most notable is their historic Brooklyn property, the Akwaaba Mansion located in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which opened for guests in 1995.

The property itself is a restored 1860’s landmark with luxurious touches like the double jacuzzis in each room, restored sun-lit porch and fireplaces. There’s also a personal concierge available to organize any activities you might want to do during your stay.

Related: 9 Cool Things for Families to Do in Brooklyn

The neighborhood surrounding the property called Stuyvesant Heights or Bedford Stuyvesant is also well known for its wealth of history and culture. Akwaaba Mansion is minutes away from Restoration Plaza, one of Bedford Stuyvesant’s largest community centers. This neighborhood is perfect for exploring Black owned businesses like Le Paris Dakar, Moshood and Peaches HotHouse. Within the neighborhood you’ll find tons of traditional brownstones along the tree-lined streets.

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Rooms start at $205 per night.

The Ivy Hotel: Baltimore, Maryland

(Photo courtesy of The Ivy Hotel/Facebook)

The Ivy Hotel is perhaps one of the most luxurious and well known hotels on this list. The Ivy Hotel offers a private car service, afternoon tea, cocktails and midnight snacks in addition to its turndown services.

This romantic property is regarded as Baltimore’s hidden gem, located in the heart of the historic Mount Vernon area and owned by Eddie & Sylvia Brown since 2010. The couple has been married more than 50 years and spent years renovating the property before its reopening in 2014. In addition to its great location in downtown Baltimore, the property is complete with an on-site restaurant and spa. The on-site restaurant, Magdalena, is known for fusing European traditions with Maryland soul to create a unique dining experience. Once you get to the property you can fully immerse in relaxation and book bespoke treatments based on your personal needs within the spa space or even in your guest room if you’d prefer.

Rooms start at $690 per night.

Related: Road trip! 5 cities to check out from Baltimore

Oak Bluffs Inn: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

(Photo courtesy of Oak Bluffs Inn/Facebook)

The Oak Bluffs Inn was voted the Best of Boston in 2020 by Boston Magazine, located within walking distance of the historic Oak Bluffs area of Martha’s Vineyard. The inn is owned and operated by Rhonda and Erik Albert, known as dedicated community members within the Oak Bluffs area who moved in and gave the property a refresh almost a decade ago. While staying here, you’re walking distance from multiple beaches including the Inkwell and East Chop Beach.

This is a great place to stay if you’re exploring the African American Trail or dining at some of the best restaurants in the area, such as The Lookout, The Red Cat and Fishbones, with many other options nearby, depending on the type of cuisine you’re looking for.

Rooms start at $310 per night.

Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort: Detroit, Michigan

(Photo courtesy of Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort/Facebook)

Some say you can’t have it all, but at the Roberts Riverwalk Urban resort you get both a prime location overlooking the Detroit River along with resort style amenities like their large outdoor pool, free parking and multiple lounge spaces available on property.

Related: 8 of the Most Instagrammable Places in Detroit

This property is owned by Michael V. Roberts, a developer and former St. Louis Alderman native to the Midwest. It has 106 guest rooms, plus recreation and event spaces — a perfect place to stay while exploring the historic Midwestern city of Detroit.

Rooms start at $149 per night.

Salamander Resort & Spa: Middleburg,Virginia

(Photo courtesy of the Salamander Resort & Spa/Facebook)

If you’ve been looking to explore the Washington D.C. area wine country, the Salamander Resort and Spa located in Middleburg is the perfect place to stay. The resort & spa is owned by Sheila Crump Johnson, who is also the co-founder of BET.

The luxurious estate is known for its service, amenities and plethora of activities. Not only do you have access to the spa but also tennis courts, ziplining, yoga classes, and two pools. This property is also family friendly, offering children’s games and in-room childcare options for an added cost. While you’re in the area you’ll want to revisit Boxwood Estate Winery, Greenhill Vineyards and Red Vineyard just to name a few.

This resort is the only 5-Star Black-owned resort in the United States, so definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a luxurious option just an hour outside of Downtown Washington D.C.

Rooms start at $685 per night.

Clevedale Historic Inn and Gardens: Spartanburg, South Carolina

(Photo courtesy of Clevedale Historic Inn and Gardens/Facebook)

This historic inn is truly a hidden gem, located about 30 minutes from Greenville, SC and an hour outside of Charlotte, NC. The property has a rich history and exudes southern charm, yet still offers modern amenities like fully updated bathrooms and flat screen TVs.

The Clevedale home was built in 1913 by the Cleveland family and has been operated by Pontheolla Abernathy along with her husband Paul. The Abernathy’s have a long standing relationship with the original owners and have a wealth of stories to share about the property when you visit.

Rooms start at $184 per night.

Hotel Bennett: Charleston, South Carolina

Hotel Bennett lobby (Photo courtesy Hotel Bennett/Salamander Hotels & Resorts)

Hotel Bennett is a centrally located property right on the water in Charleston. It's just minutes from the historic Aiken-Rhett House, the Charleston Museum and the South Carolina Aquarium. This hotel is part of the Salamander Hospitality family under founder Sheila Johnson. This sister property to the Salamander Resort in Virginia offers the same great level of service, multiple dining options -- including the European-inspired restaurant, Gabrielle -- an on-site spa and a rooftop pool with multiple private cabanas. With more than 12,000 square feet of beautiful meeting and event space, Hotel Bennett is also a popular venue for weddings.

Rooms start at $499 per night.

Urban Cowboy: Nashville, Tennessee

The Urban Cowboy, Nashville. (Photo by Ben Fitchett/Urban Cowboy)

The Urban Cowboy group of B&Bs started as a Brooklyn-based passion project for Jersey Banks and Lyon Porter but has grown to be so much more. You can visit the first Urban Cowboy property in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but the Nashville property is a great option on the road. If you’re looking for a design-driven, unique experience, this is the place to be. No two rooms in the hotel are exactly alike and each one offers a slightly different take on the urban cowboy experience even down to the wallpapers.

Nashville is a beautiful mix of southern charm and metropolitan allure, also known as the capital of country music. While you’re in town visit the Walk of Fame Park, do a historic tour or perhaps visit the Honky Tonk Highway.

Rooms start at $250 per night.

Hilton Cabana: Miami, Florida

(Photo courtesy of Hilton Cabana/Facebook)

The Hilton Cabana Miami Beach is the perfect place to leverage your Hilton Honors points. This property is owned by Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. who is the President and CEO of Park Hotels & Resorts, Inc and a seasoned hospitality executive.

This beachfront property is located on the famous Collins Avenue slightly north of South Beach yet still close to all of the things you’d want to enjoy in the area like the beach, restaurants and bars. The property has two pools in addition to the great beach views, perfect for cooling off on those hot Miami days.

Rooms start at $248 or 62,000–80,000 Hilton Honors points per night

Le Maison Midtown: Houston, Texas

(Photo courtesy of La Maison in Midtown/Facebook)

Next time you’re headed to Houston check out this small luxury property located in Midtown owned by Sharon Owens and Genora Boykins. The two opened in 2010 and have been serving travelers ever since.

This urban bed and breakfast offers guests the opportunity to be slightly tucked away from major throughways in the Midtown area yet still close to great dining and nightlife. The quaint property has just seven uniquely decorated guest rooms that offer a private escape. The property also offers a full daily breakfast service with continental options for those on the go.

Rooms start at $169 per night.

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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023