Hotel: Akwaaba Mansion | Brooklyn, New York
Once a dilapidated mansion the neighborhood called “the haunted house,” this 1860s Italianate villa was restored to elegance in 1995 by Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood, who have since opened four additional hotels.
Their first, Akwaaba Mansion, located in historic Stuyvesant Heights, is a huge house nestled in a quiet tree-lined community in an area bursting with culture.
The property’s four unique guest rooms include private bathrooms. From Jumping the Broom Suite to Black Memorabilia Suite, each room has a distinct personality.
Original details such as 14-foot ceilings, ornate fireplaces, ornamental gaslight fixtures, and intricate parquet wood floors make Akwaaba a true historic gem.
Wander the floors of the mansion, and you’ll appreciate the exquisite details of the décor blending antiques with Afrocentric chic. Feel right at home by enjoying afternoon tea and refreshments on the sun porch, savoring a hearty Southern breakfast in the dining room, taking a nap under a regal chestnut tree in the secluded garden, getting lost in a novel in the guest library, or by making friends with other visitors in the game room.
The chaos and thrill of Manhattan is only 15 minutes away by subway or car should you be inclined to see that other borough.