Best Traverse City Hotels MI - Best Places to Stay, Hotels on the Water, Hotels on the Beach, Pet Friendly Hotels, Romantic Michigan Getaways 

Best Traverse City Hotels: Hotels Traverse City MI | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Discover the best hotels on the water! We have a great selection of Traverse City resorts, hotels near Traverse City and great places to stay while traveling Michigan.

You will love the newly renovated Delamar hotel and several other hotels such as the Hotel Indigo, Cherry Tree Inn, Park Place Hotel and the Cambria Hotel.

Plus: 

  • Pet Friendly Hotels Traverse City (Dog Friendly Hotels Traverse City)
  • Hotels Near Traverse City
  • Traverse City Hotels on Beach
  • Traverse City Hotels on the Water

Top Hotels Traverse City MI: Best Places To Stay in Traverse City

See our top hotels Traverse City MI and our favorite hotels near Traverse City

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"You Know It's All About Location, Location, Location! (Oh, and a great pool and restaurant and comfy bed and..) "- Sherry & Chris 

Discover the Incredible Lakeside Delamar Hotel 


615 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686 : Hotels Traverse City MI

If you are looking for Traverse City hotels on the water (and in the heart of Traverse City) check out the Delamar Hotel! It's one of our top favorite Traverse City Hotels!

Since it's always all about location, location, location, this hotel has it all!  The Delamar Hotel is located right on the West Arm of the Grand Traverse Bay, so you can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the crashing waves just steps from your room!  

Previously a Holiday Inn, this waterfront hotel was completely renovated in 2019 turning it into an incredibly modern, posh and well appointed hotel. I was thrilled to be hosted at this lovely hotel for two nights to fully enjoy all the amenities and region. It's now one of our favorite hotels in Traverse City MI!


Our Favorite Things To Do At The Delamar Hotel

Without ever leaving the hotel, you can have a romantic Michigan getaway any time of year! Stay at the Delamar hotel for a fall or winter Michigan vacation as Traverse City is one of the best vacation spots in Michigan!



  • Try your skills at Bocce ball
  • Swim in the indoor or outdoor pool
  • Relax in the warm sauna
  • Sit at the bar and order drinks
  • Exercise in the well appointed fitness room
  • Get out on the water!  Go for a ride on the Nauticat (leaves from the parking lot area)


  • Enjoy some bubbles and soak away your aches in the hot tub
  • Enjoy a coffee with friends at the in-house Bistro
  • Play on the beach right next to the hotel 
  • Curl up with a book in the numerous lounge areas inside or outside the hotel. 
  • Sit around the outside firepit and watch the sun set over Grand Traverse Bay
  • Take a chartered ride on Delamar's pontoon boat

Artisan Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern Located Within the Delamar Hotel in Traverse City Michigan


After a long day of hiking, exploring and photography (I mean, somebody's gotta do it) I was ready to relax and enjoy a fantastic meal. 

And let me just say, you will be hard pressed to find better service, menu offerings, exquisitely prepared meals and romantic atmosphere anywhere else in Michigan. 

And I don't say that lightly...

  • I was just blown away by the friendly atmosphere throughout the hotel and restaurant. You can enjoy your meal at the bar, a table near the bar or in the elegant dinning area.
  • They also have a lovely private room for family dinners or business meetings.

You can see why the Delamar hotel is one of the best places to stay in Traverse City.


Oh, and this herb garden (located right outside the restaurant) is used to create tasty dishes in the Artisan Restaurant!



The host was very friendly and told me all about the restaurant's fantastic painting (shown above) and how changing the lighting can affect the way it shimmers. 



The Artisan restaurant features several wines by the glass or full bottle offerings.  I fully enjoyed my Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux Blend. 

Appetizer selections are plentiful and artfully made. I chose a creamy Fall Squash Cappuccino (soup) with roasted pear and pepitas.  It was absolutely divine! The Great Lakes Chowder or Shrimp Cocktail (perfect for sharing) is also highly recommended.

After enjoying the absolutely deliciousness of the squash cappuccino, I could hardly contain myself while waiting for my dinner to arrive. All meals in the Delamar kitchen are prepared from scratch in-house so I knew I was in for a treat!

I happily passed the time by watching the waves crash right outside the window. What a spectacular view!



Dinner was very relaxed and my server took the time to tell me about the menu, make suggestions and make sure I was comfortable. 

I really enjoyed meeting the chef - he's so friendly!  He stopped by my table to ask about my Scottish Salmon dinner with broccolini and we chatted about the absolutely delicious parsnip puree.

I mean, who knew parsnips were so yummy? 

I had no idea how much work went into creating such a lovely dish!  Kudos to the chef!


Also try Artisan's incredible Seafood Chowder or the Cioppino. So yummy!



Ohhh, so let me tell you all about dessert.

(You seriously didn't think I'd skip it, did you?)

I asked the chef for a recommendation and he replied, "I'll make you something delicious" and headed back to the kitchen.

Oh, boy!

After such a fabulous meal, I had total trust in his abilities (and crazy high expectations.)

My eyes lit up when a lightly sweetened, apple-cranberry cobbler arrived at my table. It was a delightful blend of a crisp and soft cobbler all in one...and absolute perfection.  The cool melty ice cream cleansed your palate between bites of the crisp, gooey cobbler.  

I might have actually clapped when it arrived...

Oh, and forget about sharing this dessert. Trust me, you will want to order your own or a spoon war may incur. 


The Rooms Are Lovely at the Delamar Hotel


Who doesn't want to see the lovely Grand Traverse Bay from their room!

At the Delamar Hotel, there are several types of rooms available including large rooms with kitchens and living rooms so I'm confident you will find a room perfect for your needs.

My bed was very comfortable, but the best thing was the view of the Grand Traverse Bay!  You can see why the Delamar hotel is one of the best places to stay in Traverse City.


You Know It's All About the Pool...And The Delamar Has Two!


From private covered cabanas to their comfortable poolside loungers, the Delamar Hotel has thought of every comfort you may need while enjoying a dip in their luxurious pools. 

The nearby bar and coffee bistro offers inventive cocktails and cool drinks to enjoy poolside.  My favorite time to visit the pool is during the evening hours, when the twinkling lights create a relaxing, intimate atmosphere. 


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If indoor pools are more your speed (or it's wintertime here in Michigan!), the Delamar hotel has you covered!  You will be wowed by the beautiful wooden paneled roof, comfortable lounge chairs, warm sauna and lovely lighting in their indoor pool.

So come on out and visit one of our favorite Traverse City Hotels!


Pet Friendly Hotels Traverse City

Park Place Hotel Traverse City - 300 E State St, Traverse City, MI 

Located on the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay, you will be wowed by this incredible lakeside hotel.

There is an incredible indoor pool, modern well appointed rooms and huge spaces for conferences or meetings. Plus there's in-house dining.  The Park Place Hotel is the perfect venue for weddings due to their lovely spaces for guests to mingle and enjoy a meal.

One of the best places to stay in Traverse City!

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  • Pet Friendly Hotel - Park Place Hotel welcomes one dog up to 40 lbs for an additional fee per night. Dogs are not allowed to be left in rooms unattended. Treats are available, and the hotel has green space for dog relief. Cats are not accepted.

Seasons Inn Traverse City - Pet Policy: Seasons Inn Traverse City welcomes two dogs up to 40 lbs for an additional fee per pet, per night. Dogs may not be left in the room unattended.

Best Western Plus Traverse City -305 Munson Ave Us 31, Traverse City, MI. Pet Policy: Best Western Plus Traverse City welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of $20 per night. Both dogs and cats are allowed

Baymont by Wyndham Traverse City - 2326 N US Highway 31 S, Traverse City, MI. Pet Policy: Baymont Inn and Suites Traverse City welcomes two dogs up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $15 per pet, per night. Well-behaved dogs may be left unattended in rooms. Treats are available at the front desk, and there is a grassy pet relief area on site. Dogs are not accepted in the pool area. Cats are not allowed.


More Fantastic Hotels Traverse City MI

The Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City MI

The Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City MI is a definite favorite hotel for families as their indoor waterpark is awesome! Plus, this Traverse City Hotel has games for kids, putt putt golf, in-house restaurants (pizza anyone?) and fun for the whole family!

So you can see why the Traverse City Great Wolf Lodge is one of the favorite Traverse City hotels for families!


Cherry Tree Inn and Suites

Cherry Tree Inn and Suites: 2345 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI

The Cherry Tree Inn and Suites have a lovely pool that overlooks the Grand Traverse Bay.  There's a lovely private beach for swimming and the rooms have a magnificent view of the Bay. Each room is fully equipped with a kitchenette. Complimentary hot breakfast each morning.

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Hotel Indigo Traverse City-One of Our Favorite Traverse City Hotels


Hotel Indigo has a fantastic patio overlooking the Grand Traverse Bay with fire pits and comfortable seating. Dine in their in-house restaurants and book meeting in their spacious conference centers. There's a lovely bar for drinks in the evening too.

This Traverse City hotel is also a great venue for weddings and a perfect place to view the airshow during the Traverse City Cherry Festival!

There are several walking trails and green spaces around the hotel.

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Holiday Inn Traverse City MI

Holiday Inn Traverse City MI-3536 Mount Hope Road PO Box 177, Acme, MI

Located near Traverse City, this location is ideal if you plan to visit Petoskey and Charlevoix on your Michigan vacation as it is located on the east side of the city.

The hotel offers a fabulous included hot morning breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center and a lovely view of the Grand Traverse Bay.

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Parkshore Resort Traverse City

Parkshore Resort Traverse City - 1401 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 

This Traverse City resort has a private sandy beach with lots of lounge chairs. Swim to your hearts content at this Traverse City beachside resort.

Many of the rooms have balconies with great views of the Grand Traverse Bay and some have jacuzzies. This Traverse City hotel can also accommodate weddings.

The Parkshore Lounge is also a great place to grab dinner and drinks after a long day of exploring!

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  • Traverse City Hotels on the Water

Park Place Hotel Traverse City

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Park Place Hotel Traverse City - 300 E State St, Traverse City, MI 

Located on the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay, you will be wowed by this incredible lakeside hotel.

There is an incredible indoor pool, modern well appointed rooms and huge spaces for conferences or meetings. Plus there's in-house dining.  The Park Place Hotel is the perfect venue for weddings due to their lovely spaces for guests to mingle and enjoy a meal.

One of the best places to stay in Traverse City!

  • Traverse City Hotels on the Water
  • Pet Friendly Hotel - Park Place Hotel welcomes one dog up to 40 lbs for an additional fee per night. Dogs are not allowed to be left in rooms unattended. Treats are available, and the hotel has green space for dog relief. Sorry, cats are not accepted.

Bayshore Resort Traverse City

Bayshore Resort Traverse City -833 E Front St, Traverse City

Arcade for kids, indoor pool, kitchens available, fitness center, rooms have balconies. Play on the beach and swim to your heart's content! Affordable Traverse City hotel.

  • Traverse City Hotels on Beach
  • Traverse City Hotels on the Water

Hampton Inn Traverse City

Hampton Inn Traverse City - 1000 US-31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686

This lovely Traverse City hotel has a nice gym, business center, indoor pool, hot tub and spots to lounge and enjoy your evening. 

And the great thing?  This Hampton Inn in Traverse City is right at the Traverse City State Park Beach! So be sure to pack your flip flops, sunscreen and swim suit because it's gonna be a beach day!

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Cambria Hotel Traverse City

Cambria Hotel Traverse City - 255 Munson Ave Us 31, Traverse City, MI

The Cambria Hotel is nestled right between the East and West Grand Traverse Bay Arms.  It's an ideal location for visiting both the Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau Peninsula. 

Grab a seat at the Reflect bar inside the Cambria Hotel to relax with a drink and chat with friends. Lots of space for meetings or a conference. There's also a great fitness center and indoor pool.

Grand Beach Resort Hotel Traverse City

Grand Beach Resort Hotel Traverse City - 1683 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI

The Grand Beach Resort Traverse City (a beachfront hotel) is in a fantastic location right on the Grand Traverse Bay. 

There are several different room types: beach view with walkout patios, upper floors with balconies, and non-beach view. You will love the 300 feet of sugar sand beach on East Grand Traverse Bay so be sure to pack your swimsuits! 

There's a large indoor pool and spa, complimentary breakfast, exercise room, laundry, and video arcade. So, book a lovely beachfront room and start your Traverse City vacation today!

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Comfort Inn Traverse City

Comfort Inn Traverse City - 460 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686

The Comfort Inn Traverse City has a large breakfast area, arcade, fitness center and lovely indoor pool.


Baywatch Resort Traverse City

Baywatch Resort Traverse City - 1529 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686

We absolutely love the balconies that overlook the private sandy beach and sparkling Grand Traverse Bay.  This lakeside Traverse City hotel is a great place to just get away from it all. Sleep in and then hit the beach for a day of rejuvenation. 

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