In honor of Black History Month, we’re spotlighting three fabulous Black-run hotels in the U.S. worth checking into any time of the year.
Known as “The Belle of Baltimore,” The Ivy brings unabashed classic luxury to the Maryland capital. The historic Mount Vernon-based mansion-turned-five-star hotel has just under 20 rooms and suites, all individually-designed with ample amenities and Frette linen-covered beds (many of which are four-poster canopies). Its “highly inclusive” service makes it one of the best values for money: the nightly rate includes breakfast, afternoon tea, chauffeured service, on-site activities and even craft cocktails. Other top draws include a full-service spa and its award-winning European brasserie Magdalena.
There’s a new grande dame in town with Charleston’s Hotel Bennett, a five-star hotel managed by BET co-founder-cum-hotelier Sheila Johnson along the famed King Street. Housed in a former local library, Hotel Bennett exudes Old World European opulence with a dash of Southern charm in its 179 rooms/suites and spate of fine dining and bar venues, with limestone, copper and marble used throughout. Don’t miss Fiat Lux, a swish rooftop bar destination boasting Charleston’s largest pool, and their pretty-in-pink Champagne bar Camellias.
Shelter yourself from Houston’s hustle and bustle at this intimate urban B&B in the Midtown neighborhood. Owned by local attorney Genora Boykins and business partner Sharon Owens, the cozy French-inspired hideaway has seven individually decorated rooms and en-suite bathrooms—some which come with jetted tubs or couples’ rain showers—a parlor and living/dining space. Its enviable location makes it a great springboard for the city’s cultural attractions, including the Houston Museum of African-American Culture and Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.