The Top Independent Stays in Michigan

Bordering four of the Great Lakes, Michigan is a state in the Midwest with so much to see and do. Sure, it may not be the top U.S. vacation destination, but this overlooked spot is ideal for every type of traveler. If city breaks are your thing, head to Detroit, Michigan‘s largest city. On the other hand, visitors can take advantage of Ludington’s beaches, or take in the history of Grand Rapids.

Top Independent Stays in Michigan

Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square

This reasonably priced hotel in Houghton has all the basic amenities a guest could ask for. Rooms feature complimentary wireless internet, a coffee maker, cable television, and the option of room service and wake-up calls. This pet-friendly hotel also offers complimentary breakfast each morning, and has an on-site restaurant with lots of choices on the menu. Guests can take advantage of the pool, sauna and massage offerings after working out at the fitness center. Close to lots of activities, the Magnuson Hotel is a perfect choice.

Top Independent Stays in Michigan: Beautiful Houghton Michigan
Beautiful Houghton Michigan Photo on Flickr by Michigan Municipal League / CC BY-ND 2.0

Bell Tower Hotel

Situated in Ann Arbor, the Bell Tower Hotel is one of the most stunning hotels in the area. Guest rooms feature either one king or two double beds, plus complimentary wireless internet and a flat-screen television with HD channels. Oversized towels are also provided for added luxury and comfort. Guests can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning, and those traveling on business can make the most of the hotel’s conference room and executive boardroom.

Top Independent Stays in Michigan: Ann Arbor First Impression
Ann Arbor First Impression: Photo on Flickr by Carmelo Speltino / CC BY-SA 2.0

Weber’s Hotel & Restaurant

This modern and contemporary hotel, also in Ann Arbor, has plenty to offer its guests. Each room features a refrigerator, a coffee maker, free Wi-Fi, an LCD television, and even complimentary newspapers. Weber’s Hotel includes an indoor pool, a sauna, a whirlpool spa, and a sun deck for when the weather’s hot. Work out at the 24-hour fitness center, or take advantage of the 24-hour business center if you’re traveling on business. If you’re looking for something a little more fancy, this hotel is a great option.

Top Independent Stays in Michigan: Ann Arbor Art Fairs Photos 2010
Ann Arbor Art Fairs Photos 2010: Photo on Flickr by Michigan Municipal League / CC BY-ND 2.0

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

With either king or double beds, rooms at this lovely pet-friendly hotel feature a coffee maker, free Wi-Fi, and cable television. There are many amenities available, including an indoor pool, a fitness center, a 24-hour guest lounge, laundry facilities, and same-day dry cleaning services. There’s also an on-site restaurant that serves delicious and authentic American fare. The Holiday Inn is just a 15-minute walk from three museums, and is in the perfect spot to enjoy all that Grand Rapids has to offer.

Top Independent Stays in Michigan: Beautiful Sunset in Grand Rapids Michigan
Beautiful Sunset in Grand Rapids Michigan: Photo on Flickr by Michigan Municipal League / CC BY-ND 2.0

Viking Motel Detroit

Ideal for those traveling on a tight budget, the Viking Motel is within easy access to the attractions of downtown Detroit. Each room includes cable television, complimentary Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, and an in-room microwave. Staff is available 24 hours a day to assist guests, and fresh coffee is also served each morning. Guests who are driving will also appreciate the free on-site parking. If you’re looking for a basic, affordable hotel that’s in a good location, this is a good choice.

Top Independent Stays in Michigan: Detroit Riverwalk Area
Detroit Riverwalk Area: Photo on Flickr by Michigan Municipal League / CC BY-ND 2.0

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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