When traveling, accommodation is one of the first things to consider. There are thousands of hotels to choose from in every destination for every type of experience. This article seeks to provide you with exclusive information on Black-owned hotels. Book one of these incredible properties for your next trip, and support Black hospitality business owners in the process.
- Regency Hotel Apartment, Pretoria
The Regency is 4* full-service luxury apartment hotel located in Menlyn, Pretoria. Providing short- or long-term lifestyle accommodation for business or leisure travellers, individual guests and families can choose from one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments or standard rooms. Siyanda Sabelo broke new ground by becoming one of the first black entrepreneurs in the hotel industry, to successfully build and launch an R350 million hotel, Regent Hotel Apartments in Menlyn, Pretoria.
2. Curiocity, Cape Town
The first hybrid-hotel in Africa has opened its doors in Cape Town – owned by one of the continent’s youngest and most successful tourism entrepreneurs, Bheki Dube. Set in a modernist three-storey building in the heart of the city’s Green Point neighbourhood, the new opening also boasts shared social spaces – including an onsite café-restaurant, pool and both indoor and outdoor lounge spaces – where like-minded travellers (and locals) can connect.
With the slick interiors and central location, you’d be forgiven for thinking a stay here might break the bank. However, it ranges from R287.50 per person per night in a shared suite to just R1207.50 per night in one of the spacious premium suites which come complete with comfy king beds, private bathroom, lounge and kitchenette areas, smart TVs and air-conditioning.
3. ikhaya Lodge, Cape Town
A relaxed B&B is an 8-minute walk from the Iziko South African Museum and 4.6 km from the Two Oceans Aquarium. Decorated in earthy tones, the airy rooms feature African-style furnishings, TVs and en suite bathrooms. All have private balconies, some with views of Table Mountain.
Loft apartments offer private entrances, living areas, and kitchenettes. WiFi is available. Amenities include a breakfast buffet and a rustic African restaurant with sandstone columns and patio seating. There’s also a meeting room and free secure parking.
4. Umdlalo Lodge, Port Shepstone
Umdlalo Lodge, owned by local celebrities, the Mselekus of Uthando Nes’thembu (Love and Polygamy) is a destination for those seeking tranquility, quiet and contemporary comfort on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Offering up market accommodation, restaurant, conference and function facilities, Umdlalo Lodge rests peacefully in shady gardens with well established indigenous trees, a stone throw from the sandy shores of the Umtentweni coastline. The lodge offers luxury units situated around a central courtyard, Zizi’s Restaurant, a bar lounge, as well as an outdoor lounge area overlooking the lovely garden. It is also a popular wedding and function venue.
5. Soweto Hotel and Conference Center, Soweto
A historic Black and female Owned Soweto Hotel in South Africa, a first four-star luxury boutique hotel offering African hospitality in the heart of Soweto. The hotel has rooms overlooking the historic Union Street of Kliptown. All of the rooms are inspired by the black struggle to end apartheid, and the hotel itself is located in Walter Sisulu Square, where thousands of people met in 1955 to draw up and adopt the Freedom Charter.
The Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre offers 46 two individually decorated Presidential Suites and beautifully decorated Deluxe Rooms. Conference Venues: The Helen Joseph Boardroom accommodates 10 guests and the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Boardroom accommodates 14 guests.
6. Nongoma Lodge & Inn CC, Nongoma
Both Nongoma Lodge & Inn CC offers luxury accommodation in Nongoma with an intention to show you what it’s like to live like a king. Giving you the royal treatment in the district where the Zulu King, His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini lives.
Nongoma Lodge is famous for its delicious local cuisine. A three-course dinner is available on request, while the early birds can start the day with a full English breakfast. Whether you are an international visitor or a local, Nongoma Lodge has a variety of offerings to suit your needs. From true African food, conferencing facilities, game drives, and nature trails to Zulu palaces, we assure you of a fun, relaxing stay. The property has a garden and banquet facilities and is owned by a black female.
7. Zaza’s Guesthouse and Spa, Soweto
Situated in the heart of Soweto, Zaza’s Guesthouse offers luxurious accommodation to tourists and business people alike. With its own spa, it is the ideal location to relax. Accommodation comprises three beautiful guest rooms, all with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TVs with DStv, hair dryers, safes, free Wi-Fi access, and tea and coffee-making facilities.
All rooms are serviced daily. There are two lounge areas, one upstairs and one downstairs, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen for guests who wish to take the self-catering option. The guest house provides airport transfers, laundry services, and there is limited secure parking on the premises.
8. Ezulwini Guest House, Ballito
Owned by Hildah Sibanyoni and situated in beautiful old Ballito at the end of a cul-de-sac bordering Zimbali Estate, surrounded by gorgeous trees and natural wildlife. This upmarket establishment offers guests relaxed comfort in one of six beautifully appointed rooms.
Conveniently situated in Ballito, with the airport 15 minutes away and a few minutes to our beautiful beaches and only 5 minutes from shops. Ezulzwini is the perfect place to stay in Ballito. Come relax in the well-equipped rooms or lounge in the sun by the pool. Enjoy a great home-made breakfast to kick start your day.
9. Ekuthuleni Guest House, Soweto
Offers comfortable overnight accommodation situated in Soweto, with the OR Tambo International Airport only 47 km away. The guest house has eight well-appointed rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and TVs with DStv connection. Enjoy a lovely breakfast in the sunny dining area or relax in the lounge area. As you step out of the guest house, you will be met by a vibrant environment set right in the centre of history.
The Regina Mundi Catholic church is just a two-minute walk away. The Hector Pieterson Museum as well as the well-renowned Vilakzi Street, where the former president Nelson Mandela lived, are within an 8 km distance. Public transport is within easy walking distance, allowing guests to navigate and travel through Soweto and its surroundings with ease.
10. Ritsako Game Lodge, Pretoria
A four-star luxury Game Lodge nestled in the heart of the Dinokeng Game Reserve. Situated 45km north of Pretoria on the N1 Highway, and only 1.5 hours from OR Tambo International Airport and the Johannesburg Area. The accommodation won the prestigious provincial Lilizela Award in the first year of operation and is 100% female black owned.
It has facilities for business – conferencing, workshops, team building and strategy sessions. There luxury accommodation for both catered and fully furnished self catering units – the rooms can accommodate couples, families and groups.