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The advantages of staying in a rental vs. a hotel are many. In fact, if you’re planning to take a vacation to northern Michigan there are a lot of decisions to make. For example, travelers often inquire, “Where should I stay?” Privacy and quality can make or spoil a great vacation. In northern Michigan, the choice is between a hotel or a home or condo rental.

Many times, the added benefit of renting can far outweigh the cost. And, frugal travelers will tell you that you can save big money if they know a few tricks of the trade. So, this week, we are taking a closer look at the advantages of staying in a northern Michigan rental vs. a traditional hotel. Why a rental?


There are several condominiums, townhouses, and private homes available all across northern Michigan from downtowns to the lakefront and ski-in/ski-out. Moreover, Northern Michigan Escapes alone manages more than 150 individually-owned condominiums in Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Traverse City. Click here to learn more about condotels which is another lodging option.

Northern Michigan Escapes represents all types of lodging, ranging from affordable standard condominiums to luxury lakefront homes. With so many options readily available, our reservations team can present many options to potential guests.


The condominiums we manage are mostly individually owned, meaning that each property has its own unique character and decor. Properties range from the traditional mountain lodge look to more contemporary accommodations. Many of our properties feature modern appliances and many amenities. Guests who book with Northern Michigan Escapes appreciate the variety and flexibility to choose what amenities are important to them.

A Home Away From Home

Condos, townhouses, and private homes usually have a complete kitchen, from pots to wine glasses. Northern Michigan Escapes works with each owner to stock basic kitchen supplies and utensils. Many units include microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, silverware, drinking glasses, and pots and pans.

Breakfast and lunch at your lodging can save money for a gourmet meal after a day on the slopes. Disciples Village guests can ski down Boyne Mountain and walk to their property.

Guests love the easy in, easy out convenience and savings of avoiding the pricy slope-side restaurants.


If you want privacy, there’s nothing better than a private home. Our condominiums are a great option, too, as guests only have a couple of attached units, in many instances. Condotels are still a step up in privacy from a traditional hotel.