Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York. She's worked with clients like Instacart, Tailwind, Columbia, Esurance, and LifeLock.
Black Owned Hotels Across the Country
Out of the roughly 58,000 hotels in the country, over 500 are owned by African-Americans.
And according to the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers, that number is growing.
Here’s my take on the top 10 Black-owned hotels you should aim to visit sometime to support.
1. The Ivy Hotel (Baltimore, MD)
Address: 205 E. Biddle Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Known as Baltimore’s Crown Jewel, the Ivy Hotel boasts a beautifully romantic atmosphere and a quaint, comfortable feel.
The boutique luxury hotel has 18 guest rooms and suites within the walls of the gorgeous 19th-century mansion.
Among some of the unusual yet amazing amenities the hotel provides are concierge services, valet parking, private car service, daily housekeeping, midnight snacks, and a plush robe and slippers.
In addition to a small luxury spa, the hotel provides access to Magdalena, one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi and 400 thread count Frette sheets.
2. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (New York City, NY)
Address: 569 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
From providing top-of-the-line concierge and babysitting services, you can’t go wrong when visiting this DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
Just some of its other amenities include a laundry/valet service, a beauty salon and barbershop, a hotel restaurant and bar, a business center, and meeting rooms.
And pets are allowed with a $100 deposit (max weight 60 lbs).
Also, be sure to take advantage of the on-site convenience store, fitness room and sightseeing tours. Check-in time is at 3 pm and check-out time is at 12 pm.
3. Marriott Marquis (Washington, DC)
Address: 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
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With 1,175 rooms and 37 suites, this magnificent hotel is definitely a sight to see. A beautifully decorated lobby with an atrium skylight draws you into a nice, warm welcome.
The hotel also has six retail and restaurant outlets on the lobby level, so you don’t even have to leave the building to shop or eat!
Some other amenities include high-speed Internet, flat screen TVs, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, duvet bedspread, and continental breakfast with hors d’oeuvres available (and a midday snack!).
Some rooms even feature balconies with seating for up to 65 people.
4. Embassy Suites (Columbus, OH)
Address: 2700 Corporate Exchange, Columbus, OH 43231
The Embassy Suites Hotel located at 2700 Corporate Exchange Drive in Columbus, Ohio is a gorgeous 221-room all-suite hotel.
Just 15 minutes from Port Columbus International Airport, this hotel offers perks like complimentary drinks, 42-inch flat screen TVs, an open-air atrium, a walking track, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.
It also has a full-service restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a sofa bed with an oversized ottoman in each suite. Check-in time is 4 pm; checkout is at 11 am.
5. Renaissance Hotel (Pittsburgh, PA)
Address: 107 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Often referred to as a landmark hotel in Pittsburgh, the Renaissance Hotel is an amazing riverfront hotel within walking distance of PNC Park and the Andy Warhol Museum. It's located inside the historic Fulton Building (finished in 1906) and was converted into a hotel in just 2001.
Located in the downtown Cultural District, this luxury hotel is one you have to see to believe. Draped in extravagance, its lavish décor coupled with its historic elegance makes the Renaissance one of the best places to stay in the area.
Among its amenities, you can expect 12-foot ceilings, an in-room iPod dock, marble vanities, and optional in-room dining.
Custom duvets and cotton-rich linens adorn the beds and the foam pillows are simply heaven. Concierge services are also available as well as rooms with a city or river view.
6. Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas West–Summerlin (Las Vegas, NV)
Address: 4280 S. Grand Canyon Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89147
Heading to Vegas sometime soon? Stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Grand Canyon Drive.
While it's not as fancy as others on this list, it's been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for consistently earning great reviews from travelers.
Just eight miles from the Vegas Strip and four miles from the Red Rock Canyon entrance, this hotel will not disappoint in terms of location, service and overall satisfaction.
With an outdoor heated pool and free hot breakfast every morning, where can you go wrong? Also included are valet, laundry service, an on-site convenience store, a fitness room, and a business center.
7. Hilton Cabana Miami Beach (Miami, FL)
Address: 6261 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
The Hilton Cabana Miami Beach Hotel is a one-of-a-kind treat for travelers located between North and South Beach.
A stunning oceanfront hotel, which opened in 2014, this hotel is situated in the up-and-coming “Millionaire’s Row” neighborhood.
The hotel is right in the center of the best nightlife, restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Amenities include an outdoor and indoor pool, private cabana rentals (and more than 200 beach chairs), a fitness center, and a modern business center.
You can also dine-in at the Salinity Restaurant & Terrace for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, or head to the Allison Bar for happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm daily.
8. Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa (Maui, HI)
Address: 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Maui, HI 96753
If you’re looking for grand elegance in a hotel, you’ve arrived. The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa is a big, beautiful beachfront paradise with breathtaking views of the ocean.
From its high-end amenities, like walk-in showers and private balconies, to its sophisticated private lounges and dedicated concierge (two-story villas only), you’ll wet your pants with excitement after stepping foot onto this gorgeous property.
The Ho’olei Villas offers a modern kitchen, a private elevator, an attached garage, and a laundry room. Treat yourself and your family to a luxurious spa getaway at this black-owned Hawaiian hotel.
9. Courtyard Buckhead (Atlanta, GA)
Address: 3332 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Located in Atlanta’s business and entertainment district, the Courtyard Buckhead has 172 rooms and nine suites, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and a fitness center.
Venture out and explore the local attractions, such as the Georgia Aquarium, the Lenox Square Mall, and Chastain Park.
There are also guided tours covering history, winemaking, a tour inside of CNN, or even a tour of Tyler Perry Studios.
If you just want to relax, as is often the case on vacation, head to the Buckhead Grand Spa (less than half a mile away) for a body scrub, facial, body wrap, foot bath, manicure, or wax.
Massages and Paraffin hand treatments are also available.
For something to do with the entire family, you can check out the Atlanta Zoo or Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta.
10. Sheraton Silver Spring (Silver Spring, MD)
Address: 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
A four-star hotel with plenty to offer, the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel provides complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres (from 5 pm to 8 pm), and beverages in their lounge.
The Club Lounge is open 24 hours daily and offers free Wi-Fi, as well as complimentary office supplies. I smell a business trip!
The Silver Spring also provides access to an 800-square-foot fitness center, a Starbucks, an outdoor swimming pool, parking and shuttle services.
Self-parking in the hotel’s garage is $14.84 per day. You can also grab a bite to eat on-site at the hotel’s restaurants, the Mica Restaurant and the Mica Lobby Lounge.
What black-owned hotels have you stayed at? What was your experience like?
© 2022 Shanea Patterson