The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Michigan

These budget-friendly properties in Michigan are perfect for thrifty travelers
These budget-friendly properties in Michigan are perfect for thrifty travelers | Courtesy of Boyne Mountain Resort / Expedia
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23 November 2021
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Stunning natural landscapes and a bold industrial identity collide in the Wolverine State of Michigan. Formed by two distinct peninsulas, the state is largely surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes of North America, ensuring ample opportunities for outdoor adventures – plus Michigan is also packed with vibrant towns and cities to explore. Visiting on a budget? We’ve rounded up the best cheap hotels in Michigan – bookable on Culture Trip – to help you see it all without breaking the bank.

Courtyard Ann Arbor By Marriott, for a workation near the University of Michigan

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Conveniently located near the University of Michigan campus, the Courtyard Ann Arbor is set up for a workation. Bright, spacious rooms with comfortable beds ensure a good night’s rest, so you’re ready to make use of the well-designed workstation with its large desk and ergonomic chair come morning. When you need a change of scene, set up your laptop in the fire-lit lobby, grab a pod in the business center or take a break on the poolside loungers. The hotel also features a sizable indoor pool and exercise room so you can stay fit and energized during your stay.

The Baywatch Resort, for lakeside living in Traverse City

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Boasting a private beach on Lake Michigan, the Baywatch Resort invites you to unleash your inner Pamela Anderson. Practice your slo-mo run along the peaceful shore of East Grand Traverse Bay, or hit up the fitness room for a spin workout or yoga sesh. In-room coffee makers, microwaves and mini-fridges ensure energy-boosting snacks are always within reach, while spa tubs in some rooms offer the ideal place to relax after a long day.

Four Points by Sheraton Saginaw, for the city of Saginaw on your doorstep

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Spacious rooms and a unique indoor-outdoor pool, slashed down the middle by large glass windows, make this one of the best hotel deals in Michigan for budget travelers. While downtown Saginaw is 7mi (11km) away, the hotel is less than a mile from Fashion Square Mall and 4.5mi (7.2km) from Saginaw Art Museum, making it the perfect base for a cultural outing or shopping spree. With a convenience store and pizza grill on site, you might never feel the need to explore the many franchise restaurants within walking distance.

Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites, for inexpensive luxury in Ann Arbor

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If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Michigan within reach of major universities, this is it – downtown Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University are around 10 minutes’ drive away. When you’re not exploring the city, chill in the courtyard garden’s picturesque gazebo or the indoor pool. Still got energy to burn? Get your game on in the billiards room or make use of the well-equipped fitness center. With a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker in your room, pocket-friendly snacks are close at hand, too – plus there’s a complimentary breakfast buffet.

Magnuson Grand Pioneer Inn and Suites, for an Upper Michigan base in Escanaba

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Looking to explore the Upper Michigan area? This Escanaba inn is well positioned for unforgettable day trips to Munising Waterfalls, Marquette, Fayette Historic Park and the Iron Mountain Iron Mines, all located between 40 and 75 minutes’ drive away. Once your car is parked up for the night, work your way through the dizzying selection of Michigan craft beer in the on-site bar and lounge before whipping up a midnight snack in your in-room microwave. To really unwind after a long drive, opt for a suite with a whirlpool tub.

Residence Inn Lansing West, for a pet-friendly stay in Lansing

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Leave no family member behind at this pet-friendly hotel in Lansing. As your pooch naps by the fireplace in your two-bedroom suite, you can tour the Michigan State Capitol – 6mi (9.5km) away – or catch a football game at Spartan Stadium, 11mi (17.7km) down the road. When your pup awakes, take them for a stroll along the river in Hunters Orchard Park, 1.6mi (2.5mi) away. Come evening, explore the many bars and restaurants in the vicinity or make use of the indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center.

Radisson Hotel Detroit-Farmington Hills, for laid-back living in Metro Detroit

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Comfortable suites, a fitness center, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a patio complete with barbecue grills welcome you to this quiet retreat in suburban Detroit’s business district. With Downtown Detroit and attractions like the Detroit Opera House, Michigan Science Center and Comerica Park, around 25 minutes’ drive away, you can get a taste of city life without the constant hustle and bustle, while outer-city entertainment centers like Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk are just 10 minutes away.

Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Brighton, to access all areas in Brighton

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With Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Flint all less than 45 minutes’ drive away, this popular hotel allows you to discover the whole area with ease. In-room coffee makers provide fuel for late night sessions at your workstation. Unwind the next day in the spacious indoor pool and fitness center, before checking out the on-site American bistro for a burger and outdoor fire pit for a chilled evening.

Boyne Mountain Resort, for an active skiing vacay in Boyne Falls

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Stay in a mountain cabin or chalet before stepping into your skis at this winter wonderland, which grants you direct access to the slopes and a discount on lift tickets. Featuring a snow sports academy and a variety of winter and summer entertainment programs, this resort is the ultimate destination for a fun and active vacation with family or friends. Besides skiing, you can play a round of golf, zip line through the trees or visit Avalanche Bay, the largest indoor waterpark in Michigan.

Hotel Frankfort and Restaurant, for a snug boutique stay in Frankfort

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At the heart of Frankfort’s historic Main Street, just steps from one of the most picturesque beaches on Lake Michigan, this 88-year-old boutique hotel features rooms with unique themes, ranging from “world traveler” to “music” – some of which have whirlpool tubs or saunas. After long days traversing the hiking trails of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and the vineyards on the Leelanau Peninsula, refuel with craft cocktails and seasonal bites, like white fish pate, at the hotel’s impressive restaurant.

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