Black owned in Brooklyn | Akwaaba Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inns
Hi babes! Writing this from NYC. It’s a bit chilly today as I check in to the Akwaaba Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn in the Stuyvesant Heights community of Brooklyn.
I’ve visited NYC plenty of times, but this time around I was super intentional about wanting to have a memorable experience but also support Black owned businesses while in town.
In doing some research I discovered Akwaaba Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inns and immediately fell in love! Akwaaba means “welcome” in a language commonly spoken in Ghana and the name of the Inn rings true to how husband and wife Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood make you feel as a guest. Monique and Glenn are the owners of Akwaaba and have locations in the Poconos, Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
Fun fact : Monique Greenwood, the owner of the Akwaaba Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn also served as the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine before finding success in hospitality.
“I didn’t really know much about the homemaker life, my mom always wanted her kids to go to college. I focused on my grades and that was it. It’s funny how things are full circle now and I make beds and breakfast for a living and hopefully make people feel really happy in the home.” says Greenwood.
What I love about The Akwaaba Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inns is that they offer a vast selection of amenities for guests across their locations. From personalized shopping itineraries to recommendations for things to see and do in the area. Not to mention they also work with Black-owned businesses as vendors for all of their locations, which is an amazing way to give back!
Research shows that less than 1% of Bed & Breakfast Inns in the U.S. are owned by Black inkeepers. Monique Greenwood, former @essence Editor-in-chief & owner of #Akwaaba talk about it. Link in my bio to watch our full conversation. #traveltiktok #blackowned #traveltips #nyc #brooklyntravelguide #placestostayinnewyork #brooklynheights #travelhost♬ What You Won't Do for Love - Bobby Caldwell
The Brooklyn location is a true gem as a 1860s landmark mansion. Upon checking in for your stay, you quickly notice how the home has been beautifully restored over the years. With 14-foot ceilings, afrocentric decor, and ornate fireplaces. Plus, for your convenience the Inn is a short 15 minute car or subway ride away from Manhattan.
With breakfast served daily, each morning I awoke to the smell of maple syrup, eggs, and smooth Jazz playing on the first floor. The ambiance put me at ease, reminding me of the southern hospitality I grew up around being at my grandparents house in the Carolina’s.
Staying at Akwaaba truly feels like home away from home. It’s an essence that no other entity, be that of a hotel or airbnb, can reproduce because of the way the Innkeepers operate their Akwaaba locations.
The bed and breakfast experience is the Black experience. Here’s why #Akwaaba Inn owner & former @essence Editor-in-chief Monique Greenwood says so. Link in my bio to watch our full conversation about the importance of Black innkeepers. #traveltiktok #blackowned #traveltips #nyc #brooklynheights #travelhost #blacktravel #ComeDanceWithMe #ScreamItOut♬ Aesthetic Girl - Yusei
During my visit I had the pleasure of staying in the Ashante Suite on the second floor of the Inn. With African artifacts beautifully displayed in the bathroom with his and her sinks and a Jacuzzi tub for two.
Akwaaba Mansion’s Special Touches
- King-sized bed with carved headboard
- Jacuzzi tub for two with shower
- Double bathroom sinks
- Custom bath amenities and blow dryer
- Luxurious robes for lounging
- Air conditioning
- Clock radio/iPod player
- Wireless internet
$205, Mon – Thurs
$225, Fri – Sun
Celebrating a special occasion? Then you should definitely check out their package options ranging from bridal to pamper to romantic!
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Final thoughts ...
Overall I had an amazing time in NYC and throughly enjoyed my time at Akwaaba. Being able to support a Black owned Inn, uncover the story behind the home, and sit down with the owner herself all contributed to a divine experience.
I would recommend Akwaaba to families looking for a great place to stay with amazing hospitality, definitely a great spot for couples looking for a getaway spot or locals wanting to staycation!
If you’re new to the area you can also find things to do in Brooklyn here.
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