Survey: Ann Arbor is Priciest Summer Destination in Midwest

Ann Arbor is the most expensive destination for hotel rooms in the Midwest this summer, according to a new survey by Cheaphotels.org.
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Ann Arbor is the most expensive place in the Midwest to get a quality hotel room, according to a new survey. // Photo courtesy of Destination Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is the most expensive destination for hotel rooms in the Midwest this summer, according to a new survey by Cheaphotels.org.

The survey compared the price of accommodations across the 12 Midwestern states during July and August 2024. For each destination, the average price for the most affordable available double room was recorded, with only well-located hotels or inns rated at least three stars considered.

With an average rate of $287 per night for the cheapest room, Ann Arbor emerged at the top of the rankings. Saint Joseph and South Haven, both situated close to the shores of Lake Michigan, placed second and third with average rates of $274 and $256, respectively.

Michigan is well represented across the higher echelons of the survey, with six out of the 10 priciest destinations located in the state. In addition to Ann Arbor, Saint Joseph, and South Haven, the other three Michigan destinations are Traverse City (No. 5), Marquette (No. 6), and Petoskey (No. 8).

Other Michigan cities appearing in the top 20 are Grand Rapids (No. 11), Detroit (No. 13), and Mackinaw City (No, 20).

Duluth in Minnesota is the most expensive Midwest destination outside of Michigan, ranking 4th priciest with an average rate of $234 per night. In Ohio, the town of Put-in-Bay, situated off the shores of Lake Erie on South Bass Island, came out as the most expensive.

The 20 most expensive destinations for accommodation in the Midwest this summer are:

  1. Ann Arbor, $287
  2. Saint Joseph, $274
  3. South Haven, $256
  4. Duluth, Minn., $234
  5. Traverse City, $233
  6. Marquette, $222
  7. Put-In-Bay, Ohio, $216
  8. Petoskey, $216
  9. Lake Geneva, Wisc., $214
  10. Chicago, $210
  11. Grand Rapids, $206
  12. Port Clinton, Ohio, $195
  13. Detroit, $192
  14. Deadwood, S.D., $188
  15. Dayton, Ohio, $187
  16. Madison, Wisc., $185
  17. Des Moines, Iowa, $179
  18. Galena, Ill. $176
  19. Cincinnati, $171
  20. Mackinaw City, $166

To view the full results of the survey, visit here.