10 Native American-Owned Hotels

These unusual hotels combine Native American cultural elements with luxurious accommodations and amenities

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Kansas City Local Expert

Native American-owned lodging is available in Minnesota, Idaho, Florida, North Carolina as well as multiple properties throughout the Southwest. Whether you choose a free-standing hotel or lodging attached to a casino, you'll enjoy a comfortable stay amid tribal lands.Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
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Buffalo Thunder Resort  With the Cities of Gold Casino and a hotel under one roof, this gorgeous Santa Fe resort combines Northern New Mexico views with Hilton comforts. Art by the Pueblo of Pojoaque's Governor George Rivera inspired much of the Native American Pueblo style evident in the décor and relaxation abounds at W"O'Pin Spa after golf or gaming.Buffalo Thunder Resort
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Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel – In 1993, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe opened a Worley, Idaho bingo parlor. Today the enterprise includes 300 luxury rooms and a massive casino. Circling Raven Golf Club challenges golfers while Spa Ssakwa’q’n body treatments incorporate mud, volcanic pumice, clay and other natural ingredients. Ten restaurants and spacious rooms complete the package.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs – The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe owns this Onamia, MN casino and 494-room hotel, recipient of a tripadvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Rich earth-tones decorate large rooms and Grand Getaway packages combine your room rate with retail, restaurant or cash vouchers. Several restaurants, thousands of slot machines and gaming tables and musical performances also entertainment guests.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort –This 21-story hotel in Cherokee, NC features spacious rooms with great mountain views. An indoor pool and zero entry outdoor pool, with bar, offer relaxation while the fitness room is open 24/7. The Chefs Stage Buffet serves international cuisine as well as soups, salads, and desserts while hi-tech digital and live casino table provide excitement.

Hyatt Tamaya Regency Resort & Spa – This Albuquerque partnership between Hyatt and the Tamayame tribe offers luxury accommodations amid gorgeous desert landscape. There’s a gallery full of New Mexican arts and Srai Wi Experiences such as Adobe Brick Making or artisan demonstrations, plus geocaching and horseback riding. Great dining and pueblo-style accommodations occupy this serene hotel near a bustling casino.

Kayenta Monument Valley Inn  - A Navajo and his wife own this Hampton hotel located on the Navajo Reservation near Monument Valley. Tribal décor abounds and Native American souvenirs pack the gift shop. There’s a cozy lobby beside the dining room, which serves Native American and traditional American fare. Guests can unwind in the heated pool or energize in the fitness room.  

Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites, – Located at Tuba City, AZ, this is the first hotel built on Hopi tribal land in more than 50 years. Hopi arts decorate this amenity-rich hotel where More than 3,000 square feet and audiovisual equipment create perfect event space. Shops at the adjacent TUUVI Travel Center feature Native American handcrafts and a café serving Hopi and American foods.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Headquartered in Hollywood, FL, the Seminole Tribe of Florida operates this AAA Four-Diamond rated and Florida Green Lodging Certification property. Luxurious renovated rooms include 63 suites with panoramic views. There are multiple restaurants and boutiques and a European-style spa as well as the world’s sixth largest casino. The 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live arena also showcases top musical performers.Orange Sky Patio at the Talking Stick Resort
Photo courtesy of Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort – Located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community, this Scottsdale, AZ resort creates great jobs while supporting community infrastructure and services. Tribal design enhances modern room décor and spa treatments include ingredients of Pima cotton, sweet mesquite, honey, and fig. Five restaurants and a full-service gaming floor make this resort a favorite. 

The View Hotel – Designed to exist in harmony with nature, this Navajo-owned hotel lies within Navajo Tribal park, at Monument Valley, AZ. There’s a stunning multi-story lobby and guest rooms offer unforgettable Valley vistas, with unobstructed night skies from top floor rooms. In-room recycling, biodegradable cleaners, and xeriscaping are only a few environmental practices.

 


About Lisa Waterman Gray

During her stays at Native American-owned hotels Lisa Waterman Gray has especially appreciated the tribal décor and cultural elements.

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