When it comes to accommodations, travelers have endless options to explore when planning a trip—from hostels and Airbnb to luxury hotels and family-run B&Bs, your choice of lodging can easily define your trip and being selective about where you choose to stay can have a big impact. Supporting Black-owned hotels is an easy way to help African American hospitality entrepreneurs flourish while encouraging more diversity in the greater hospitality industry.
According to Davonne Reaves, Hospitality Strategist at The Vonne Group, less than two percent of hotels across the country are currently owned by Black people. That said, Reaves is confident that number will continue to rise with the support of American and international travelers.
Looking to support diversity in the tourism industry? From cozy boutique hotels in Ohio to luxury spas in Virginia, below are a handful of Black-owned hotels and resorts to visit on your next stateside road trip.
Owned by Eddie and Sylvia Brown, this highly-rated luxury hotel is Maryland’s first and only Relais & Châteaux property. The property boasts 18 unique guest rooms (including eight suites and ten rooms), Magdalena, an award-winning bistro, and an intimate spa. Touted as a “highly-inclusive oasis” this five-star property includes a decadent breakfast at Magdalena (with items like fillet mignon with truffle hollandaise sauce), unlimited access to the self-serve Mansion Bar, and black car services at your beck and call.
Nestled in the heart of Historic Overtown in Miami, this intimate boutique bed & breakfast boasts 22 spacious rooms (including three private double room suites), chef-driven amenities and locally sourced experiences. Owned by Jamila Ross and Akino West, the Copper Door B&B is a beautiful result of the couple’s rich culinary and hospitality backgrounds.
Built in the former safe house that was once part of the Underground Railroad, Six Acres Bed & Breakfast in Cincinnati is steeped in American history. The 1850s-era estate was originally used by Zebulon Strong, a Quaker and farmer who famously hid runaways in the bottom of his wagon while transporting them between safe houses along his route. Today, the beautiful home is owned by Kristin Kitchen, whose goal is to maintain the integrity of the home while teaching travelers about the African American experience in America.
Despite its location in Houston’s Theater District, La Maison Midtown was inspired by the distinct architecture of New Orleans. The three-story property features seven uniquely-designed guest rooms with sprawling views of the downtown skyline. Overnight guests will also have access to a downstairs parlor and living room for a cozy at-home feel, as well as a daily Southern-style breakfast in the dining room.
Charming, Southern-inspired rooms await at the Urban Cowboy B&B in Nashville. Featuring eight experiential suites all housed in a historic Victorian mansion, this elegant Southwestern oasis includes everything you’d need for a memorable night in—including claw-foot bathtubs, cozy reading nooks, and even a back stable house slinging innovative craft cocktails to guests and locals alike.
Looking for a luxury resort and spa to drop your bags and relax? Head to the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia. Set on 340 acres at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this black-owned luxury oasis features 168 rooms (including 17 suites), a 23,000-square-foot spa and a full-service equestrian center with a practice ring and a 22-stall stable for guests who are interested in exploring Virginia’s horse country between spa treatments.
Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast serves as the first Black-owned B&B with a full-service spa in North Fork. Owner Sylvia Daley grew up in Jamaica and has lived and worked on five continents, including working as a financial executive on Wall Street, before transitioning to inn keeper for Quintessentials—and her well-traveled background shines in Quintessentials features and amenities—including creative farm-to-table meals, an internationally-inspired spa menu, and more.
Housed in a 1913 Colonial home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Clevedale Inn is a historic B&B owned by Paul Roberts Anthony and Pontheolla Mack Abernathy. Featuring stately columns, spacious porches, and cozy fireplaces, this highly rated inn is at the intersection of luxury and comfort. Featuring just four elegant guest rooms, travelers will have access to large ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Southern breakfast daily, a Roman bath, greenhouse, and gorgeous piazza for weddings and special occasions.
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