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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 a 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 downtown 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. (Click here to see all Northern Michigan Waterfront Lifestyle Homes for Sale)


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.


Q. How can I save money by staying in a rental property instead of a hotel?
A. Rental properties often have a flat rate, regardless of how many people are staying, whereas hotels charge per person, per night. Additionally, rental properties often come with a fully equipped kitchen, allowing you to prepare your own meals and save money on eating out.

Q. Can I get more space in a rental property than a hotel room?
A. Yes, rental properties usually offer more space than a hotel room, with separate bedrooms, living areas, and kitchens.

Q. Will I have more privacy in a rental property than in a hotel?
A. Yes, rental properties offer more privacy since you’ll have your own space, without having to worry about noise from other guests or housekeeping coming in and out of your room.

Q. Will I have access to kitchen facilities in a rental property
A. Yes, most rental properties come with a fully equipped kitchen, allowing you to prepare your own meals.

Q. Can staying in a rental property give me a more authentic experience of the local area?
A. Yes, staying in a rental property can provide a more authentic experience of the local area since you’ll be staying in a residential neighborhood and experiencing the local culture and lifestyle.

Q. Will I have more flexibility with check-in and check-out times in a rental property?
A. Yes, rental properties often offer more flexibility with check-in and check-out times, which can be particularly helpful if you have an early morning or late-night flight.


Choosing between a rental property and a hotel ultimately comes down to personal preferences and needs. While hotels offer certain amenities and services that rental properties do not, such as daily housekeeping and 24/7 front desk assistance, rental properties provide a more cost-effective, comfortable, and authentic option for those looking for an extended stay.

Rental properties offer more space, privacy, and the ability to cook your own meals, while also allowing you to experience the local culture and lifestyle. Whether you opt for a hotel or a rental property, carefully considering your priorities and researching your options can help you make the best choice for your travel needs. Contact Us today for your lodging needs.