Black-Owned Hotels Throughout the World

Planning a trip can be fun or stressful, depending on who you ask. For many Black travelers, unconscious bias, racism, and a systemic history of oppression within the travel industry can often make for the latter.

In choosing accommodations, for example, it seems reasonable to expect a few things, like a sense of safety, respect, and options that work with in your budget. But dating as far back as the early 1900s, when Black Americans were denied access to public accommodations because of the color of their skin (leading to the rise of the Green Book as a much-needed resource), Black travelers have often been forced to settle for less.

In 2021, there is still a lot of work to be done in the hospitality industry, but with an increasing number of Black-owned accommodations throughout the world, it’s easier to know where you’ll feel welcome. As Danielle Mitchell, founder of the community Black Girls Travel Too, says of her stays at Black-owned properties, “You don’t have to stay in a five-star hotel to be treated like a five-star guest.”

Plus, as we strive for a more inclusive travel industry, it’s important for all travelers to be mindful of where they spend their money—and putting dollars into Black-owned hotels, which are too far and few between, is a small way we can all help change that from the ground up.

From luxe safari camps to mountain-town hideaways stateside, read on for our ever-growing list of Black-owned stays throughout the world. For additional resources, check out the Blackout Coalition’s interactive map of Black-owned hotels or The Collective’s ever-growing resources of Black-owned travel businesses. 

This article was originally published in June 2020. It has been updated with new information. Additional reporting by Megan Spurrell. 

U.S.

Midwest

Chicago South Loop Hotel

Chicago

In the historic Bronzeville District and South Loop area, this independent boutique features contemporary decor, spacious guest rooms, and ergonomic work stations.

Roberts Riverwalk Urban Resort Hotel

Detroit

This historic, upscale boutique from Urban Resorts is located right in Detroit’s city center, steps away from the Detroit River.

Six Acres Bed & Breakfast

Cincinnati

This B&B has history: Built between 1850 and 1860, it was once a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Owner Kristen Kitchen restored the building in the early 2000s, and now welcomes travelers in the five-bedroom inn.

Northeast

Akwaaba Mansion

Brooklyn

This upscale bed and breakfast offers cozy amenities like ornate in-room fireplaces, gas light fixtures, and jacuzzi tubs. (The brand also has locations in five different states on the East Coast.)

The Oak Bluffs Inn

Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

The Oak Bluffs Inn is as charming as you’d expect in Martha’s Vineyard—the converted Victorian Home has just 10 rooms, and is walking distance from the main sights in town. 

South

The Copper Door B&B

Miami

This new Miami bed-and-breakfast in Historical Overtown begs to be Instagrammed, with gorgeous interiors that pair vintage furniture with colorful locally made goods. 

Hammock Beach Resort

Palm Coast, Florida

This beachfront resort and spa on the Atlantic coast features an award-winning golf course and a lazy river for kids.

The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa

Destin, Florida

This Salamander resort is the ultimate beach retreat on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, with sea-to-table cuisine and renowned service.

Maison Dupuy

New Orleans, Louisiana

Just two blocks from Bourbon Street, in a surprisingly quiet residential section of the French Quarter, you’ll find Maison Dupuy with its balconied hotel rooms, set around a newly renovated courtyard.

The Moor

New Orleans

This boutique hotel, located on Canal Street in New Orleans, draws inspirations from the Moors people of North Africa, evident in historical relics, fabric patterns, and statement art pieces that fill the interiors.

Nopsi Hotel

New Orleans

The Nopsi, a sleek stay in downtown New Orleans, is known as a nightlife hub thanks to its shimmering rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid.

The Ivy Hotel

Baltimore

Located in a historic Mount Vernon mansion, the Ivy has 18 guest rooms and suites, a spa, and Magdalena, one of the best fine-dining bistros in Baltimore.

Hotel Bennett

Charleston, South Carolina

Located on fashionable King Street in Charleston, this hotel is inspired by Charlestonian and classic European design alike, and features artwork by local artists throughout.

Urban Cowboy B&B

Nashville

This adult hotel (meaning only guests 21 and older are allowed) is located in East Nashville, with eight themed suites; claw foot bathtubs; and a lively bar and restaurant out back. Urban Cowboy also has outposts in Brooklyn and the Catskills.

La Maison Midtown

Houston

This urban bed-and-breakfast in Midtown has a cozy French-inspired kitchen and a sumptuous parlor.

Salamander Resort & Spa

Middleburg, Virginia

This five-star resort and spa, located in the charming town of Middleburg, features on-property vineyards and one of the finest equestrian programs in the country.

West

Sonesta Silicon Valley

Milpitas, California

At this contemporary hotel, located a short drive from Silicon Valley, every rooms is furnished with locally sourced products.

Caribbean

Frangipani Beach Resort

Meads Bay, Anguilla

Family-owned and -operated, the luxurious Frangipani Beach Resort—which has just 19 rooms and suites, plus a four-bedroom villa—is a mainstay in picturesque Meads Bay. 

Paradise Cove

Leeward Island, Anguilla

Tucked away on the small Leeward Island, this resort has a secluded croquet court and garden, just minutes from The Cove, a pristine white sand beach.

Unique Village Hotels and Villas 

Near North Palmetto Point, Bahamas

On the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, this hotel is an ideally situated gateway to the destination’s powder pink sand beaches.

La Maison Michelle

St. James, Barbados

This boutique, set on Barbados’s Platinum Coast, combines a slow-going Caribbean mindset with five-star luxury.

Spice Island Beach Resort

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

This Grenada getaway, located on the world-famous Grand Anse Beach, offers an all-inclusive package popular with families.

La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa

Pointe de La Verdure, Guadeloupe

This modern stay on the French island of Guadeloupe prioritizes relaxation and wellness, right in the trendy Le Gosier district.

Eclipse at Half Moon

Montego Bay, Jamaica

A beachfront resort owned by Salamander, Eclipse at Half Moon sits between the rolling hills of Montego Bay and the Caribbean sea.

Negril Tree House Resort

Negril, Jamaica

This resort is paradise defined, with oceanfront rooms that overlook crystal blue waters and shimmering sand. Plus, the on-site restaurant is a destination in and of itself.

Ocean Terrace Inn

Basseterre, St. Kitts

This hillside resort overlooks the Caribbean sea, with striking views from everywhere on the property, including from the lagoon pools.

Africa

African Bush Camps

Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia

Founded by Beks Ndlovu, a professional safari guide, these luxe tented camp and lodges offer wildlife and safari experiences in some of Africa’s untouched areas.

Olma Colonial Suites

Accra, Ghana

This intimate hotel features an outdoor pool, a garden to unwind in, and is located in Accra’s city center, a short distance from the beach.

Zaina Lodge

Mole National Park, Ghana

West Africa’s first luxury safari lodge in Mole National Park, Zaina has tented chalets complete with private balconies, and a cool infinity pool to refresh in.

RLJ Kendeja Resort

Near Monrovia, Liberia

The first hotel of its kind in Liberia, this four-star resort is known for stunning views overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

Jnane Tamsna

Marrakech, Morocco

On a lush, nine-acre plot of land outside of Marrakech, this quiet boutique features five houses and pools, each uniquely designed.

Seku Bi

Dakar, Senegal

This intimate boutique features French colonial villas, contemporary African art, and a quiet location in the arrondissement of Dakar-Plateau.

Curiocity

Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town; South Africa

A network of three hostels throughout South Africa, Curiocity outposts are designed with local style and plenty of soul.

iKhaya Lodge

Cape Town

A safari-style boutique in the center of Cape Town, iKhaya features traditional African decor and furniture.

Kruger Shalati

Skukuza, South Africa

One of 2020’s most innovative openings, the Kruger Shalati in Kruger National Park has transformed a historic train sitting on the Selati Bridge into a modern hotel. 

Soweto Hotel

Soweto, South Africa

One of the most popular hotel and conference centers in Johannesburg, this hotel has 46 rooms and a traditional buffet that serves South African staples like morogo and roasted butternut.

Primate Lodge Kibali

Kibale National Park, Uganda

Right in the heart of Kibale Rainforest National Park, this eco-lodge is a great jumping off point for travelers wanting to track chimpanzees (or the 12 other primates that call this rainforest home).

Uganda Lodges

Locations throughout Uganda

A collection of luxe African-style safari lodging, Uganda Lodges has a wide variety of rooms including cottages, eco-friendly villas, and a treehouse.

Mbano Manor Hotel

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Just two miles from Victoria Falls, this all-suite boutique hotel has just 18 rooms designed to offer the comfort and privacy you’ll want after a long day at the waterfall. 

Europe

Hostelle

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Having made waves as the first female-only hostel in Amsterdam, Hostelle has 24/7 security, spacious dorm rooms, and a fully equipped kitchen.

South America

Blue Apple Beach and Townhouse

Cartagena, Colombia

A trendy boutique hotel and beach club just off the coast of Cartagena, Blue Apple draws both day visitors and those looking to escape the city for a few nights.

Islabela

Near Cartagena, Colombia

Some 20 miles away from the city of Cartagena, in the pristine Islas de Rosario, this eco-hostel is committed to preserving the white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and crystal clear waters that surround it.

We will continually update this list. To suggest hotels to be added, please send an email [email protected] 

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