When you travel, where do you try to stay?
For me, my only goal is to stay in a clean room in a safe neighborhood.
I usually have no other criteria other than that.
When I think of the hospitality field, my brain is conditioned to think that the hotel I’ve reserved my stay in is non-Blacked owned.
Chances are, that’s true.
Understanding that, I would love to be able to stay in a Black-owned hotel and resort.
In the past, I wasn’t even thinking to seek out these establishments, but now I am.
Whether you’re traveling in the United States or making an international trip, be sure you check out one of these Black-owned hotels or resorts around the world.
The Ivy Hotel In Mount Vernon, Maryland
If you ever travel to Baltimore, you’re going to want to try the luxury Ivy Hotel.
Considered Baltimore’s hidden gem, The Ivy has 17 beautiful guest rooms and suites.
This is in addition to a luxury spa, charming public spaces, and their very own bistro.
Listed as one of the best hotels in the country by numerous publications, the experience at this “jewel” will have you dreading your return home.
A stay at The Ivy includes made to order breakfasts, their tradition of afternoon tea, their mansion bar, and more.
Owned by Eddie and Sylvia Brown, The Ivy Hotel gives visitors a luxurious place to stay while being able to explore Baltimore’s rich history, varied neighborhoods, and unique communities.
And to get the inside school on what might be happening in Baltimore, be sure to stay tuned to the hotel’s blog that helps visitors prep themselves for the city’s fun and upcoming activities.
Akwaaba Mansion In Brooklyn, New York
The next time you’re visiting the Big Apple and need someplace to stay, head to Brooklyn.
The Akwaaba Mansion is a must-stay.
The classic Village Voice recommends the mansion as being the perfect stay for a romantic getaway weekend, but whether you’re in a relationship, traveling solo, or having a girls’ trip, the mansion is a great place to stay.
Located in the Stuyvesant Heights section of the borough, the mansion is nestled in a tree lined community surrounded by some of Brooklyn’s trademark brownstones.
Small in size but large in character, Akwaaba Mansion has four guest rooms, each uniquely decorated.
Your stay will include private baths, most with double jacuzzis, robes for lounging, and access to their guest library, glassed-in sun porch, and shaded courtyard.
And even if your stay in NYC is focused in Manhattan, the mansion is only 15 minutes away by subway or car, so you won’t have to worry about travel.
The Copper Door B&B In Miami, Florida
Described as “where history meets hospitality,” The Copper Door Bed & Breakfast can be found in the heart of the Historical Overtown section of Miami.
A cozier feel than your regular large hotels, The Copper Door has 22 spacious rooms and 3 private double room suites.
Their rooms are vintage styled and have been renovated from their original 1940s setting.
And while the location doesn’t offer a grand selection of onsite amenities, it makes for with its location.
The Copper Door Bed & Breakfast will provide a comfortable stay as you explore Miami whether you’re going to the Wynwood Arts Section or Little Havana.
The Oak Bluffs Inn In Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Awarded the Best of Boston 2020 by Boston Magazine, you’ll need to look at The Oak Bluffs Inn in Martha Vineyard the next time you head up to the area.
Built in 1870, the Inn has always served as a temporary place for people passing through Martha’s Vineyard.
It wasn’t until 1998 that the home received an upgrade to its lighthouse design.
By staying at the Inn, you’ll be in good company with past residents that include Spike Lee, Wynton Marsalis, and Woody Harrelson.
The residence only has ten rooms, so you’ll want to book well in advance to make sure there’s room for you!
And lastly, The Oak Bluffs’ location is ideal.
Not only are the beaches within walking or biking distance, but you’ll also have access to delicious seafood restaurants.
Salamander Resort & Spa In Middleburg, Virginia
Whether you’re headed there for romance or wellness, The Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia is one place that’ll please all its different visitors.
Listed by Forbes Travel Guide as Washington D.C. ‘s only Five-Star destination resort, one can enjoy comfort, style, and excellent culinary experiences.
WIth options for regular rooms or suites, guests have their pick of luxury accommodations that are also pet-friendly.
While I’m always one to be interested in food options, the Salamander Resort & Spa offers great activities that include hiking, biking, and even horseback riding.
I don’t know about you, but one look at Salamander Resort & Spa, and I’m ready to stay for the immediate future.
Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort Hotel In Detroit, Michigan
There’s one thing that always makes vacation feel like vacation, and that’s usually water.
The Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort Hotel is a historic, upscale boutique hotel located in Detroit.
With 108 guest rooms and grand tri-level penthouse suites, you’ll definitely feel the luxuriousness of this hotel.
Many of the guestrooms in the hotel feature 12-foot high ceilings and views of the Detroit River.
The spectacular views from these riverside rooms also include a peak at the Canadian skyline across the river.
Minutes away from downtown Detroit, the hotel has easy access to all the attractions you might be interested in visiting during your trip to the city.
The next time you’re planning a trip to the Motor City, check out Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort.
The Clevedale Inn In Spartanburg, South Carolina
Whether you’re looking to stay for a few nights or throw an event, the Clevedale Inn in Spartanburg, South Carolina has options for both.
If you’re looking for a relaxing stay, be sure to book early as this inn only houses five rooms.
You might find comfort in their Hawaiian inspired Ohana Suites or The Westmoreland Bridal Suite.
The location is ideal for weddings, parties, or even corporate events.
Regardless of your reason for visiting, everyone can take pleasure from the relaxing gardens.
Found on The Clevedale’s four acres of land, their location is filled with native and adapted trees, wildflowers, perennials, and more.
Chicago South Loop Hotel In Chicago, Illinois
The next time you’re in the Chicago area, check out the Black-owned South Loop Hotel.
The sophisticated boutique hotel is located in the Bronzeville District and is surrounded by The McCormick Place, Chinatown, and United Center.
The location makes it ideal for traveling to any part of the city whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, but you’ll definitely be happy returning to your room at night.
With recently upgraded guest rooms, you’ll find the hotel features contemporary decor and modern amenities.
While the room amenities are standard, you will come to appreciate the deep soaking tubs during your stay in the Windy City.
The overall feel of Chicago’s South Loop Hotel is a mix of comfort and luxury, perfect for any type of visitor.
The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa In Destin, Florida
Now, for most of the US Hotels on this list, you’ll have to deal with cold or hot weather, depending on where you go.
For this pick, we’re traveling down to Florida where you’ll rarely ever have to worry about frigid temperatures.
The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida, is another Black-owned establishment worth trying out.
A part of the Salamander Hotels & Resorts, you’ll be guaranteed to have a luxurious stay.
With rooms that look over the Gulf Coast, you can spend the afternoons watching the sun set over the water or wake up in balcony rooms to the smell of the sea.
Guests can also choose between pool view or courtyard view rooms, but if you’re very into the relaxation mindset, settle into one of the Spa Guest Rooms that offer spa credits, premium spa products, and a yoga wellness pack.
With tons of resort and local activities, you can find a good mix of fun and relaxing options for everyone, young and old.
Maison Dupuy In New Orleans, Louisiana
On this list, we’ve traveled to the Big Apple, but now we’re in the Big Easy.
The Maison Dupuy French Quarter Hotel sits in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Just two blocks from Bourbon Street in the heart of the Vieux Carre, the hotel is housed in a quiet residential section of the French Quarter.
This means you can get the best of both worlds with a quiet place to lay your head just minutes away from the most exciting area of the city.
The Maison Dupuy is all for setting up the best experience.
Not only do their balcony rooms overlook their courtyard or the lovely French Quarter, but the newly renovated courtyard now includes one of the largest swimming pools in the French Quarter.
And while their guests are enjoying dinner and cocktails at their Bistreaux restaurant, on Friday nights, they can also enjoy live music from local musicians.
Wingate By Wyndham Mobile In Mobile, Alabama
I’ll be honest.
The Wingate by Wyndham Mobile might not look as luxurious as some of the other hotels on this list, but it gets the job done.
If you’re ever in Mobile, Alabama, this is one Black-owned hotel to check out.
You’ll find some of your classic hotel amenities like a 24-hour reception desk, dry cleaning services, and fitness center.
An extra that I’m always looking for is free airport shuttle service, which they do provide.
Staying at this hotel also provides its guests with access to the nearby area.
A short ferry ride from the hotel is Dauphin Island where visitors can walk the white, sandy beaches.
For the history buffs, nearby exploration might lead you to Civil War forts, but if you enjoy golfing, you might find yourself at the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Magnolia Grove golf course.
Sonesta Silicon Valley In Milpitas, California
Rounding out the list of US Black-Owned Hotels is the Sonesta Silicon Valley Hotel in Milpitas, California.
Now, I’ve never heard of this city, but I have heard of the nearby area.
If you’re traveling to California’s Silicon Valley, the hotel is minutes away from numerous business headquarters including Google, Apple, Intel, and Hewlett Packard.
While the rooms are newly renovated, a huge draw (for me, at least) is the Google Chromecast availability and L’Occitane bath products found in the bathroom.
Plus, just five miles from the San Jose International Airport, the hotel also offers free shuttle service.
International Black-Owned Hotels & Resorts
Anguilla Great House Beach Resort In Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla
If you’re looking for a tropical vacation, head to the Anguilla Great House Beach Resort in Rendezvous Bay.
Anguilla is a very small, British territory in the Caribbean meaning most of what you’ll be doing are relaxing on the beach and various beach activities.
Relaxing on Rendezvous Bay, the hotel gives you access to the longest continuous stretch of sand on the island alongside the backdrop of neighboring island St. Martin.
Guests can easily embrace the local culture by indulging in local barbecue, live music, and the world famous Dune Preserve,
Visitors can also enjoy the music!
If you love island genres like soca and reggae, you’ll definitely enjoy the vibes around the island.
Jnane Tamsna In Marrakesh, Morocco
Our next destination lands us in Africa.
Located in the highly popular Marrakech, Jnane Tamsna is a boutique hotel with lots to offer.
While you might choose one of their individual rooms, if you’re really hoping to embrace the life of luxury, you might choose one of their private villa rentals.
The Jnane Tamsna really sets the experience for every type of visitor.
They offer magic classes and calligraphy for children while guests can also book bike rides or sidecar tours through the surrounding areas.
Those looking to relax can lounge by or in one of their five pools or take a walk through their botanical gardens.
And if a swim isn’t enough to get your blood pumping, play a few rounds on their clay surface tennis court with an expert coach.
Lastly, if you love food and are hoping to indulge in Moroccan cuisine, you might also sign up for a cooking class with their Chef Bahija.
La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa In Gosier, Guadeloupe
If you want to “make sure your stay is an unforgettable one,” visit La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa in Gosier, Guadeloupe.
On the seaside in Grand-Terre, this location is perfect for relaxation.
For those wanting to make the most of their vacation, you’d want to take advantage of their rooms and suites, La Creole Spa, and their restaurants and bars.
Their accommodations range from standard rooms to their Mahogany Suite that comes equipped with a lounge area, dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a balcony.
Visitors also have a choice of dozens of spa services, and who doesn’t like to relax before a delicious meal.
The hotel offers a range of beach bars to regular restaurants to satisfy your appetite no matter what you’re in the mood for.
La Maison Michelle In St. James, Barbados
Located on the Caribbean island of Barbados, La Maison Michelle is a combination of elegance, sophistication, privacy, and warmth to give their visitors a taste of what the Caribbean has to offer.
With an array of luxury suites surrounded by beautiful pools, I’d be stuck trying to figure out which to take advantage of first.
The meals are prepared by their on-site staff, and you can get a taste of fresh, local Barbados cuisine that is a combination of African, West Indian, and European tastes.
Ocean West Boutique Hotel In Nassau, Bahamas
Found nestled in the Caribbean, the Ocean West Boutique Hotel is a 10-room boutique hotel that offers great views of Lake Killarney to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.
Located on the Bahamas most popular island, the resort is only five minutes from the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
And I have to note that while the ocean will definitely tempt you to dip your toes, it has some competition with the beautiful pool located on the premises.
Spice Island Beach Resort In Grand Anse, Grenada
Welcome to Spice Isle.
With its name being an ode to Grenada’s leading export of nutmeg, the Spice Island Beach Resort is a popular stop for destination weddings, honeymoons, or well-deserved getaways.
The recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award, the resort offers breathtaking views of the beach, beautiful accommodations and dining options, and spa services to help its visitors relax.
Olma Colonial Suites In Accra, Ghana
Last on the list, we’re traveling to the Olma Colonial Suites in Accra, Ghana.
While the interior isn’t as luxurious as some of the other hotels on this list, you’ll find you won’t be missing anything.
Visitors can enjoy the private pool in the back as well as large family rooms, breakfast in the room, and access to the sun deck, terrace, and garden.
Black-Owned Hotel & Resorts Conclusion
There’s something magical about traveling.
One, it’s often a vacation which means you’re getting a much-needed break from work or school.
Two, it’s exciting to explore a new city.
Whether that city is one hour from your home of 19 hours, satisfying your wanderlust is always a good feeling.
But the traveling doesn’t have to end here.