Calendar and Events

A black-owned B&B is opening in West Philadelphia

Amid scarce diversity in the hospitality industry, on the ownership level, the bed-and-breakfast inn's opening in Philadelphia "urges people to invest in equity and to move forward rather than stand still."

Akwaaba chooses theme for West Philadelphia

As soon as I rounded the corner on to Baring Street on Wednesday afternoon, the jazz-infused notes of Teddy Pendergrass’ “When Somebody Loves You Back,” woke up my groove thing...

The bed-and-breakfast that speaks to black people

Monique Greenwood, the CEO — or chief enjoyment officer — of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns arrived on the West Philly premises. She immediately started plotting.

Entrepreneur to expand bed, breakfast brand here

Monique Greenwood, CEO of Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns, is expanding her 23-year-old hospitality brand to Philadelphia, opening her sixth East Coast location in the city.

Ebony Life – Getting It Inn: Meet Monique Greenwood

Monique Greenwood is some kind of Renaissance woman. The 54-year-old wife and mother is the doyenne of bed and breakfast, owning five Akwaaba properties on the East Coast…

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The owner of a Bed-Stuy bed and breakfast brought home a $25,000 prize after winning the top spot on the Travel Channel’s “Hotel Showdown” besting glitzy lodgings in Long Island City, Times Square and Midtown.

Akwaaba Mansion on New York Travel

Rejuvenate with a restful weekend in the middle of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. It may sound like a paradox—until you see the Akwaaba Mansion Inn on a historic block of Stuyvesant Heights. Originally owned by wealthy beer barons,

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Opened in 1995, the Akwaaba Mansion was and continues to be the only bed and breakfast in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Moreover, it is the only black-owned b&b in New York City and one of the few black-owned inns in the entire...

Akwaaba Mansion featured on Glambition Radio

Would you leave a jet-set career in publishing to open a chain of B&Bs? Monique Greenwood, owner of Akwaaba Inns is shaking up the industry in a BIG way! I spoke with her for this week’s Glambition...

Akwaaba Mansion Wins Hotel Showdown


A Bedford Stuyvesant bed and breakfast is now an award-winning place to stay. Akwaaba Mansion owner Monique Greenwood won $25,000 for first place in a contest called Hotel Showdown on the Travel Channel. On the show...

Black Enterprise Business Report


Black Enterprise Business Report correspondent Shannon Lanier visits the Akwaaba Mansion in Brooklyn, NY. He features owner Monique Greenwood, as an Entrepreneur Of The Week. Shannon finds out what...

Akwaaba | Start Up TV | Season 1 (2013) Ep. 4

Monique Greenwood went from the Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE Magazine to preparing breakfast every morning at her Bed & Breakfast. Start-Up TV finds out how this decision became the key to her true happiness.

Woolworth Mansion Gets New Life – WNEP Ch. 16


A mansion near Honesdale, that was once owned by the famous Woolworth family, is getting another chance all because one woman’s vision to bring it back to life. “I saw it, I got a hot flash and said ‘I..."

Upscale Magazine – Soulful Writing

The next time you're in Washington, D.C., skip the Marriott and stay at the capital's newest bed & breakfast, Akwaaba. Located just blocks from the White House, the turn-of-the-century mansion was restored...

Black Issues – Sojourn – Room at the Inn for Writers

The Akwaaba D.C., the third bed-and-breakfast operated by Monique Greenwood, is a booklover's paradise and a writer's haven. The five-story, 1920s brownstone-conveniently located near...

Pathfinders Travel – Akwaaba by the Sea

Accomplished author, entrepreneur and former Essence editor in chief Monique Greenwood offers up a touch of paradise in her most recent venture, Akwaaba by the Sea, a bed & breakfast inn in Cape May, New Jersey.

Victorian Homes – Coming Home

Across the street from the Atwells is a 1860s Italianate that opened in 1995 as the Akwaaba Inn. Monique Greenwood and her husband Glenn Pogue bought the place as an abandoned ruin and transformed it into a bed...

Time Magazine – Inn Vogue

Every May since 1996, Ieola Bakr her two sisters and their mother have enjoyed a weekend getaway at the Akwaaba Mansion. The four-room inn, in a quaint Italian villa-style home, offers a peaceful retreat...

Black Enterprise – Inn Vogue

It's only dawn, but Monique Greenwood and her husband, Glenn Pogue, are already up and at it. In the hours ahead, Greenwood will nurse someone's sunburn, cook breakfast for 10, and spread out refreshments...

LODGING – Writer’s Block

In Ghana, "Akwaaba" means "welcome". For guests of Akwaaba D.C., the term conveys a special welcome: Monique Greenwood chose a literary theme for her Washington D.C., bed and breakfast and devoted...

More Magazine – Monique Greenwood

Monique Greenwood, the editor-in-chief of Essence, is also the proprietor of the Akwaaba Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn's historic black community of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Audrey Edwards...

The Porch: A Home for Each Season: Monique Greenwood Builds a Dream

A rainy Sunday in DC turned into one of the best stops on my entrepreneurial journey. While tweeting late one evening, Kathy Korman Frey suggested that I attend a Tea...

Akwaaba Mansion featured on Chic Traveler

If you’re visiting New York City for concrete canyons and neon lights, Manhattan is the place to be. But if you want the hippest shops and restaurants and the feel of a real neighborhood, get thee across the river to Brooklyn.

Country Living

I became infatuated with bed-and-breakfasts the first time I stayed in one, because they combine all my personal passions: decorating, entertaining, and real estate. I bought an old house in my Brooklyn neighborhood...

The Village Voice – Best Romantic Getaway in a Far-Flung Pocket of Brooklyn

Looking to have a romantic getaway weekend without having to even leave the borough in which you live? We suggest making a reservation at the Akwaaba Mansion...

ESSENCE – The Inn Crowd

For those seeking a peaceful escape, or travelers tired of impersonal chain hotels, the bed-and-breakfast inn is an intriguing blend of comfort and elegance.

Time Magazine – Welcome Home: AKWAABA MANSION, BROOKLYN, N.Y.

n the Akan language of Ghana, akwaaba means welcome, and that is exactly what guests receive at the Akwaaba Mansion bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Brooklyn, N.Y...

Homes of Color – Literary Luxury

Eight new telephones, that's what she needs today. People are arriving later in the afternoon, so there's only a two-hour window. She's in the car, at the electronics store, and back just in time to greet...