Updated: Oct 18, 2019
Get ready to live your best BLACK life, next time you travel.
Alright ladies (and gents.) While looking for black-owned hotels and bed & breakfast locations, I was thrilled to find quite a few. I went ahead and compiled a quick list of seven black-owned hotels - it's made up of places I personally want to go to and hotel properties where I'm inspired by the owner. Next time you're in one of these locations make sure you book a room, and tell me all about it!
Salamander Resort & Spa
Okay. Where. TF. Should. I. Even Really Start?
The beautiful Salamander Resort & Spa is owned by CEO, Sheila C. Johnson (remember this name.) Just a quick background on Sheila -- she's a successful entrepreneur and the co-founder of B.E.T....
That's Black Entertainment Television!
I must admit, the average cost per night can get pretty pricey but it boasts great reviews and a wide array of amenities.
Pet Friendly (Dogs)
Fishing On Site
Horse Riding Rental
Many guest reviews rave about being treated like royalty. If you're ever in the DMV area, be sure to book a room; it's located in Middleburg, Virginia (less than an hour away from D.C.) and averages about $450 a night.
La Maison in Midtown
Houston, we have a solution! This black-owned hotel describes itself as an urban bed and breakfast. Owners and friends, Genora Boykins and Sharon Owens invite you to kick-off your shoes and enjoy a peaceful environment made up of seven luxurious room stretched across three stories. La Maison in Midtown features five-star amenities like:
Private Spa Bath
32-inch Flat-Screen TV
Freshly Cooked Breakfast
La Maison in Midtown is in the heart of Houston, Texas and conveniently close to:
Major Sporting Events
Premier Colleges and Universities
Depending on which room you book, rates start at $169 per night.
In a place that's already so rich in culture and history, it's refreshing to see this black-owned hotel. NOPSI Hotel is another successful venture from Sheila C. Johnson, Girl-Boss, co-founder of B.E.T and CEO of the aforementioned, Salamander Resort & Spa. Shout out to Sheila for opening what is called "the first luxury property to open in New Orleans in a generation."
When in New Orleans you can stay in any one of the 217 luxury rooms! Fun fact about the property: before it was a hotel, it was the historic New Orleans Public Service Inc. (a former utility and transit facility dating back to 1927. Hence the name N.O.P.S.I.)
The beautifully renovated hotel is within a short walk of:
The French Quarter
The Warehouse District
The Garden District
Mercedes Benz Superdome
Don't let the room count fool you, these bad boys book very quickly! And I see why. Each room is designed to bring you the highest level of luxury without losing it's classical 1920's feel. Depending on when you visit, a room can go for $132 a night.
Villa La Maison Michelle
Even though I can't guarantee you'll run into Rihanna on your trip here, I can guarantee that you'll find a beautifully designed, black-owned resort & spa in Barbados. (Still a BIG deal!)
Villa La Maison Michelle was developed by husband and wife duo, Guy and Michelle Jenkins. It's perfect for a romantic or relaxing getaway. The dynamic couple says that their property was designed with their guests in mind. Once there, you will enjoy a variety of on-site services including:
Facials & Massages
Morning Yoga & Meditation
The Garden District
This is another hot location and reservations fill up super quick. I couldn't find an available date well into the beginning of 2020. If you get the chance to stay here, let ya girl know. The exclusivity of it has me wishing I could book it....yesterday!
Wingate by Wyndham
Okay, here's the deal with this entry. It's in Alabama - a state deep in the South, and comprised of a history that includes slavery and the mistreatment of black people. This is why this is such a win with this black-owned hotel.
Wingate by Wyndham was one of the few that I was able to find that is a corporate hotel but under ownership of a black person. Unfortunately, I cannot locate the name of the owner but I do have the specific address. 516 Springhill Plaza Ct, Mobile, Alabama 36608.
The hotel includes:
Free Airport Shuttle
Free Shuttle to Local Attractions
Free Breakfast Buffet
Prices start around $89 a night.
The Runaway Jamaica
This is a two-for-one because it tells the story of how a black woman (along with her boyfriend, now fiancè) quit her job in NY, and opened up this hotel with no money. This is what The Femtourage is all about.
So that's black-owned, woman-owned and overall boss-bitch! I would enter a Yassss Girl gif here, but...actually, I will.....
Kalisa Martin is the founder's name and she was able to fund her dream of running a bed and breakfast after successfully raising funds on Kickstarter. Supporters donated close to $47,000 to see this become a reality. Since then, the project has turned into a full-blown experience venturing into different countries, including Bali and Cuba.
The Runaway Jamaica isn't your typical bed and breakfast, guests also get deliciously crafted lunch and dinner - cooked with ingredients found on the island.
The property is made up of four luxury bedrooms and bathrooms. I couldn't find nightly rates. You'd have to contact the property for availability and prices. (2019 trips are sold out though.)
Surrounded in plush greenery, this black-owned hotel is on my list to visit. It's absolutely stunning! Jnane Tamsna is located in Morocco and features 24 bedrooms, five integrated houses, five pools, and a tennis court. It's been featured in magazines like Elle and Vogue.
It suits any and every occasion: solo-trio, family-trip, or bae-cation. You're able to ride camels, hit the tennis court, cruise the medina in a side-car, take up a cooking class and they even offer magic classes for kids! That's with a real-ass magician.
Okay. I need to book my ticket.... now!
The Morocco Boutique Hotel is ran by former lawyer, Meryanne Loum-Martin, and her husband, Dr. Gary Martin. She is the only black woman-owned hotel in the area.
Anyone from regular patrons to Hollywood stars and musicians are known to frequent the hotel. The Martin's personal house is also on-site and they often invite guests over for drinks. (Talk about hospitality.)
If you ever find yourself in Marrakesh, Morrocco - book a room! Rates start around $150 but can get double in price on some nights.
This concludes my top 7: Black-owned hotels to live your best black life. I don't know about you but I'm ready for my next trip. Let me know your thoughts or if there's a black-owned hotel you think I should look into.
Until next time.
Stay on the road less traveled.