The Best Hotels to Book in Petoskey, Michigan

The Inn at Bay Harbor offers stunning views of Little Traverse Bay
The Inn at Bay Harbor offers stunning views of Little Traverse Bay | Courtesy of Inn at Bay Harbor /
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15 December 2021

The city of Petoskey, located on Little Traverse Bay, Michigan, draws visitors all year round for its million-dollar sunsets. When you’re not gazing at the sky, there’s plenty to keep you occupied, from hiking and biking and adrenaline-fuelled ziplining and skydiving to relaxing beach days, golf excursions and shopping sprees in the historic Gaslight District. Whether you’re looking to stay in a luxury resort or boutique B&B, we’ve handpicked the best hotels in Petoskey, Michigan, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Stafford's Bay View Inn, for vintage romance

Outside view of the illuminated Stafford's Bay View Inn, surrounded by trees, at dusk
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This hotel retains its original features from the late 1800s, with each room decorated in its own vintage style, some with beautiful views of Little Traverse Bay. Romantics will appreciate the whirlpool tub complete with a scented herb packet to add to the water, while everyone will love the free, fresh-baked cookies and iced tea. Make sure you save space for a meal at the onsite Roselawn Dining Room – walk off the eggs benedict, cherry french toast or fine-dining dinners beside the nearby lake.

Stafford's Perry Hotel, for antique elegance

Bedroom at the Stafford's Perry Hotel with white bed linen and green curtains
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Built in 1899, the Perry Hotel stands at the corner of Bay and Lewis Streets overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Furnished with tasteful Victorian antiques, the rooms come with views of either the Gaslight District or the bay. Enjoy more bayside views as you dig into breakfast on the veranda of the onsite H.O. Rose Dining Room, which also opens for fine dining at dinnertime. For something more casual, head for a drink at the hotel’s lively Noggin Room Pub.

The Terrace Inn, for a cozy Victorian escape

Dining room at the the Terrace Inn, with wooden beams and a wooden floor
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Built in the early 20th century, the Terrace Inn hotel is full of history. Its intriguing nooks and crannies, creaky floorboards and vintage touches will transport you back in time. Situated within a community of 500 Victorian cottages in the Bay View area, the hotel is just over 1mi (1,6km) from the famous Gaslight Shopping District in Petoskey, which is accessible by an established trail. The 1911 Restaurant on the stunning grounds is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or dinner, while the dining options lining Lake Michigan are just an eight-minute walk away.

Bay Inn of Petoskey, for stunning lake views

Stairs leading up to the white building of the Bay Inn of Petoskey
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This petite boutique inn is nestled on a pretty hillside, 110ft (34m) above the shore of Lake Michigan. It was opened by local entrepreneur Dr Christian Jensen in 1960, who spotted an opportunity to entertain guests in an atmospheric home. Enjoy the views from large windows overlooking the waters of Little Traverse Bay, or head to the terrace for uninterrupted vistas of the spectacular sunsets. If you’re lucky, you might even glimpse a majestic bald eagle soaring through the skies above.

Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey at Victories Square, for modern comfort

Indoor pool at the Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey at Victories Square
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With a cozy outdoor fire pit and patio, this Courtyard by Marriott hotel is hidden in the countryside and offers rooms and suites suited to couples and families alike. The modern facilities, such as electronic check-in and phone keycards, are complemented by contemporary art and decor. When you’re not out exploring Downtown Petoskey, a six-minute drive away, you can relax in the indoor pool or at the onsite bistro at the hotel.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Petoskey, for exploring in style

Suite at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Petoskey, with a blue sofa and brown furniture
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If you’re roaming Michigan by car, this Holiday Inn Express is conveniently located off Highway 131 and offers easy access to ski resorts, golf courses, casinos, wineries and beautiful Petoskey beaches. Don’t feel like driving? Take advantage of the complimentary stretch-limousine shuttle, which is available between 3pm and 11pm and will drop you anywhere within a 6mi (10km) radius. Back at the hotel, opt for a room with a valley view to watch the sunrise over the hills; then, spend your days in the indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.

Odawa Hotel, for laid-back fun

Suite at the Odawa Hotel with a dark leather sofa and cozy lighting
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Chunky wood paneling and luxurious leather sofas bring a laid-back ambiance to this hotel’s lobby. The homey vibe continues in the rustic rooms and suites, some of which feature jetted tubs, walkout patios and bay views. To enjoy the indoor pool and hot tub in peace, go after 10pm, when the “no minors” policy comes into play. For more adults-only fun, head to the nearby casino and concert hall.

Inn at Bay Harbor, for spa days by the lake

Bedroom at the Inn at Bay Harbor, decorated in white and grey tones
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If you’re looking for a hotel in Petoskey where time stops and nothing is too much trouble, the Inn at Bay Harbor is the place for you. Nestled on the northern shore of Lake Michigan, the guesthouse matches the natural beauty of its surroundings with picturesque landscaped grounds, where you’ll find designated areas for family games. Alternatively, retreat to your own private paradise at the tranquil onsite spa.

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