Dunns Josephine Hotel
Double Bed Suites, King Suites
Kristen Kitchen, Owner & CEO
Kristin Kitchen, Founder and CEO of Sojourn Heritage Accommodations is embarking on a new way of doing business in the Heritage Tourism Industry. For the last 15 years, Kristin has been the owner and operator of the Six Acres Bed & Breakfast in Cincinnati, Ohio. Restoring this historic 6000-sq. ft. home that was once part of the Underground Railroad and turning it in to a successful business inspired Kristin to launch a new brand of boutique hotels that combine the intimacies of a bed and breakfast with the amenities of a 1st class hotel.
With a background in real- estate development, having owned and managed over 20 residential and commercial properties, Kristin has taken that knowledge along with her passion for entrepreneurship to the next level. By integrating a model that not only transforms blighted or underutilized historic structures in Urban communities into viable hotel lodging spaces but in doing so, helps to restore the community by creating or enhancing existing business from within the community to operate as vendors for the hotel. “We create jobs and entrepreneurs with in each community because our mission is to make our communities better and to empower the people that live there.”
“When we thrive, our community thrives.”
In 2014, she launched the Sojourn Heritage Hotel Brand, a new brand of hotels focused on African American History and Culture in urban areas, to share the history while uplifting the community.
The Sojourn Heritage Accommodations Hotel Group introduces the DUNNS JOSEPHINE HOTELto the South Florida travel destination community. The DUNNS JOSEPHINE is an amazing boutique hotel, located in the blossoming, cultural garden and entertainment mecca known as Historic Overtown. The hotel had it’s soft launch December 2019. The DUNNS JOSEPHINE HOTEL is an ode to both the Miami and Harlem Renaissance periods of glitz and old world glamour from days gone by. Staying true to theme, the DUNNS JOSEPHINE HOTEL boasts (15) guest rooms dedicated and decorated to the likes of Miami and Harlem Renaissance legends such as Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Cab Calloway, Marcus Garvey, and the iconic Duke Ellington and Billie Holliday.
As a historian and successful business woman Kristin has given lectures at various colleges and universities across the country and continues to do so. Kristin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in African American Studies.
Kristin lives in Miami Florida with her adorable, 8 year old daughter Zahri Jean.
Board Member: CEIA, Inc. -Community Economic Advancement Initiative, Inc.
Member: NABHOOD- National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers
Member: Greater Miami Visitors and Convention Bureau
Member: Greater Miami Hotel and Beaches Association
Member: Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce
Member: ICABA- International Career and Business Alliance
She is President of Good Deeds Mission, a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to serve, assist with and fight for equality for urban communities around the issues of social, political and economic justice.
Kristin mentors at least 2 small business annually to support their road to success.
Developed a continued partnership with Cincinnati public schools to provide field trips at Six Acres to teach children about the underground railroad.
With over 19 years of experience supervising and training staff, Ms. Batts-Coley has provided direct services, program planning and implementation, coalition development, and capacity building.
Miami in Style
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We also invite you to our Zebra Room for small gatherings, entertainment and a lesson in history.
We are a unique brand of boutique hotels focused on sharing the rich multi-cultural history and surrounding communities. Our goal is to bring you an experience that will not only tap into your soul but by bringing history to life but tap into your senses through our incredible design style and tantalizing food choices.
We chose Miami because it is undoubtedly one of the most diverse cities in America. Sojourn Miami proudly recognizes the strength of a multicultural and multilingual region to share experiences that lead to a more cohesive society. A diverse culture leads to a stronger economy.
We chose the community of Overtown, once known as the “Harlem of the South” because of its rich African American history.” Today, the community of Overtown is embracing the diversity that reflects the changes in our society.