Washington DC Spas & Inns

Washington DC Spas & Inns

Washington DC has several African-American-owned trends-setting spas and attractive innkeepers to consider. Given their volume of business, call for a reservation, rather than drop in.

Paris Alexander’s Day Spa
DESCRIPTION: Located in downtown, owner Paris has been beautifying clients since 1994; currently searching for a larger new location; expect to be warmly welcomed when you arrive; facials come complete with an education on your skin type and what you should be using to improve your glow; other services include exfoliations and peels cellulite treatment, massages, body wraps, aromatherapy, waxing, reflexology, acu-pressure, facials, manicures, pedicures, paraffin hand/foot treatments, and of course, spa packages.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-7p, Sat 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 1642 R Street NW, Suite 100, Washington DC MAP
PARKING: on street and nearby garage
TRANSIT: DuPont Circle Metro Station
PHONE: 202-466-8827
WEBSITE: http://www.parisalexander.com

Akwaaba Inn
DESCRIPTION: Monique Greenwood, former Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine opened this inn, which is more like a retreat for Black writers and book lovers. Akwaaba means “Welcome” in a language of Ghana; an original hardwood front door welcomes you into the 1890s brownstone of eight guest rooms, each with a private bath. Get cozy in the grand parlor, make new friends in the formal dining room, and four themed suites named after authors: Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley and Zora Neale Hurston and each room is accented with antique treasures mindful of the spirit of each author. Other suites are named after literary genres: Romance, Poetry, Science Fiction and Inspiration. Works by many other authors are showcased on the Romance Suite bookshelf; and artwork of several Black authors adorns the walls; each guest room is stocked with modern amenities that include private baths, TVs with DVD, clock radios with CD players, wireless Internet, mini refrigerators and more. Get cozy by the fireplace in the grand parlor, start your day with a home-cooked hearty breakfast in the formal dining room and make new friends at the innkeeper’s happy hour each evening.
ADDRESS: 1708 16th Street, NW, Washington DC MAP
PARKING: on street
TRANSIT: DuPont Circle Metro Station
PHONE: 202-332-4100
WEBSITE: http://www.akwaaba.com

DC Guesthouse
DESCRIPTION: Owned by two brothers, it features six guest rooms filled with lush appointments, artwork and rare pieces from all over the world; each suite is a unique sanctuary featuring large beds, satellite TV, DVD players, wireless Internet access and privacy.
ADDRESS: 1337 Tenth Street, NW, Washington DC MAP
PARKING: on street
TRANSIT: Mt. Vernon Square-Convention Center Metro Station
PHONE: 202-332-2502
WEBSITE: http://www.dcguesthouse.com

Special Care Retreat Spa
DESCRIPTION: An award-winning spa located on 4-acres in a private wooded setting to heal and nurture your mind, body and spirit in serenity; founded in 1988 by Marilyn Dawson, RN, Master Esthetician to provide clients with a retreat from daily stress and chaos Facials for skin sensitive to allergies, mechanical deep cleansing, moist heat, steam and removal of blackheads, Egyptian facial w/ hand & massage treatment, Aromatherapy, Fresh Fruit Facial; Oxygen/Vitamin C Facial and Teen Facial; a variety of cleansers, and moisturizers with professional spa services; set on the deck and watch the sky before or after your appointment; Need a total stress break — seminars and workshops are available.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue & Thu 10:30a-5p, Wed & Fri 10:30a-7p, Sat 9a-6p
ADDRESS: 13902 Mount Oak Court, Bowie, MD MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 301-430-7138
WEBSITE: http://www.specialcarespa.com

M&M Nails & Wellness Center
DESCRIPTION: Dunbar Maisie provides Artificial Nails, French Manicure, Hand Painted Designs, Nail Artistry, Nail Enhancements, Nail Re-balancing, Nail, Hand and Foot care, Natural Nails, Spa and Health, Spa Manicure/Pedicure, Waxing/Body, and Waxing/Facial on the menu.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon by appt, Tue-Wed 9a-5p, Thu-Fri 9a-7p, Sat 6a-5p
ADDRESS: 1107 Spring Street, Silver Spring, MD MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: Silver Spring Metro Station
PHONE: 301-585-4770
WEBSITE: http://www.nailandwell.com

Pure Nuphoria
DESCRIPTION: Upscale artwork, comfortable bedding and a touch of wellness
ADDRESS: 11961 Autumnwood Lane, Fort Washington, MD MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 301-292-9008
WEBSITE: http://purebedandbreakfast.com

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