Happy Black History Month!
As stated in my previous AA Historic Locations article, I find that the older I get, the more I am all about experiences. Don’t get me wrong, I still get excited from the smell of a brand new luxury handbag but I get just as excited about traveling and staying in a fabulous hotel. Recently, I started to research hotels and locations before visiting them. I have been seeing the term “Black Owned” for some time now and it just made me think. Am I doing my part?
Below, I’ve compiled a list of Black Owned hotels. I actually visited three of the hotels on this list in the past. And at the time I had no idea they were Black-owned! I remember thinking how amazing they were and that I wanted to go back. The irony.
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When travel planning, I now think differently. Sure, I don’t have to plan to only support Black owned businesses but I sure do want to do my part. I want to support and learn about these businesses AND their owners.
Here are some beautiful Black-owned hotels that are on my African American History bucket list as well as a few that I have had the pleasure of visiting.
Black Owned Hotels You MUST Visit
1. Salamander Resort & Spa – Middleburg, Virginia
Sheila Johnson, the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, is the owner of the luxurious 340-acre, 168-room Salamander Resort & Spa. The doors of the gorgeous resort & spa opened in August 2013. It is located in the Virginia countryside and took a whole decade to build and design! I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful resort five years ago and it was incredible.
Address: 500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA 20117
2. Hotel Bennett – Charleston, South Carolina
Hotel Bennett is located on fashionable King Street in Charleston, and is the South’s grandest new luxury hotel and is located on the amazing and iconic King Street. I also had the pleasure of staying at this hotel two years ago and trust me when I say, it is luxury at its finest.
Address: 404 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
3. Dunns Josephine Hotel – Miami, Florida
The Dunns Josephine Hotel glorifies both the Miami and Harlem Renaissance periods of glitz and old-world glamour.
Each of its 15 guestrooms are named after Black legends such as Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Cab Calloway, Marcus Garvey and the list goes on and on.
Address: 1028 NW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33136
4. The Ivy Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland
The Ivy Hotel is located in a historic Mount Vernon mansion and has 18 guest rooms and suites, a spa, and Magdalena, one of the best fine-dining bistros in Baltimore. Additionally, this luxe hotel is rated #6 top luxury hotel in the U.S.
Address: 205 E Biddle St, Baltimore, MD 21202
5. Akwaaba Mansion – Brooklyn, New York
Just 15 minutes from Manhattan, the meticulously restored Akwaaba Mansion features exquisite architectural details, including 14-foot ceilings and ornate fireplaces.
Address: 347 MacDonough St, Brooklyn, NY 11233
6. The Oak Bluffs Inn – Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
In 1998, The Oak Bluffs Inn was purchased by its third and current proprietors, Rhonda and Erik Albert, and turned into a proper Inn.
The film director Spike Lee has stayed in The Inn’s penthouse suite and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis gave an impromptu concert in the living room. Additionally, Woody Harrelson, Johnny Knoxville, Citizen Cope, G.Love, Gregory Porter, and Bell Hooks have all been guests of Oak Bluffs Inn.
Address: 64 Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
7. Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort Hotel – Detroit, Michigan
The historic upscale Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort Hotel is located right in Detroit’s city center, steps away from the Detroit River. It is celebrated for its guest service and features 106 elegantly appointed guestrooms, including six unique room types and tri-level Penthouse Suites.
Address: 1000 River Pl Dr., Detroit, MI 48207
8. Sonesta Silicon Valley – Milpitas, California
The contemporary Sonesta Silicon Valley Hotel is located a short distance from Silicon Valley. It is full of inviting spaces, unique hospitality, and every room is furnished with locally sourced products.
Address: 1820 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA 95035
9. Chicago South Loop Hotel – Chicago, Illinois
In the historic Bronzeville District, the Chicago South Loop Hotel features contemporary decor, spacious guest rooms, and ergonomic workstations.
I had the please of staying here as well. After I received my Bachelor’s Degree, a few of my fellow graduates and I took a train to Chicago from Michigan to celebrate our success.
Address: 11 W 26th Street , Chicago, Illinois 60616
10. Urban Cowboy B&B – Nashville, Tennessee
The Urban Cowboy B&B is located in East Nashville and is an adult hotel (meaning only guests 21 and older are allowed). This opulent and unique hotel is themed with eight suites; claw-foot bathtubs, and a lively bar and restaurant outback.
Address: 1603 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Have you visited any of these hotels? Do you have any must-see hotels to share? Comment below!