When the Houghton National Bank was built in 1887, gold and cash were the common currencies. The bank vault held millions in cash, gold, and other riches accumulated during the glory days of fortunes from local copper mining and Great Lakes shipping. Today the Vault Hotel delivers 3 levels of unique guest rooms in a striking renovation that makes it the most distinctive lodging experience in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Vitality is renewed in a historic sandstone icon that sits proudly at the center of everything in downtown Houghton, Michigan.

With commanding Jacobsville Sandstone encasing arched windows and doorways, the prominent Richardson Romanesque-style building was the very first stone and masonry structure in Houghton. With decorative cornices capping parapets - from day one - the bank building showcased a grand and sturdy character.



The Vault Hotel allows modern design to flatter classic architecture. It is undeniably a one-of-a-kind experience.

Rich dark tones fall in love with splashes of bright whites and hints of vibrant colors. Brass and chrome accents give iron and aged metal artifacts power to live again. Art-deco wall-coverings converge with sections of original brick and mortar. Inviting furnishings sit you comfortably in this legendary building.

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High-density mattress covered in 100% cotton sheets. One foot thick walls and concrete filled doors. More quiet per square foot than most hotels across the world. The best 'away' sleep you've experienced awaits.

Comfort is mandatory for guests of The Vault Hotel. Every nook and cranny magically stays temperature balanced with the assistance of a state-of-the art HVAC system. Mini-bars with tasty Michigan treats available, and locally roasted coffee from a French Press will ensure your morning gets off to the best start.

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Cozy and modern seating. Clean and contemporary Kohler fixtures in every bath. Simple and elegant mobile wardrobes. Functional and aesthetically beautiful, from top-to-bottom.

A welcoming staff that caters to your every need and celebrates all occasions. You are not just booking a room - You are booking a one-of-a-kind experience at The Vault Hotel.

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Downtown Houghton. Walk to restaurants, breweries, coffee houses, and gift stores. 100 yards away from lake-front walking, running, and biking. Bring your skis. Harbor your boat. Explore.

From fresh water lakes to bountiful forests, there is an endless choice of things to see and explore. Visit Isle Royal National Park and find an adventure in remote wilderness while sharing trails with the island’s moose and wolves. Or visit Keweenaw National Historic Park in Calumet, Michigan, and experience the historic copper boom that built the United States at the Quincy Mine. 

Mountain biking. Kayaking. Canoeing. Hiking. Skiing. It’s all available with countless miles of world-class outdoor recreation trails and access to Lake Superior and pristine inland waterways. Endless opportunities await. 

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