Don't hesitate to lock in your accommodation if you're going to Portage and want to stay central. You will discover only 9 hotels within 3 miles.
The Best Western Plus Portage Hotel & Suites is nice and close to all the action.
Comfort Inn Portage is a decent choice in this area. This is a smart option for tourists who are watching their pennies. The Super 8 - Portage is an alternative affordable option in this area.
If you're still searching, you might want to look into the Inn at Aberdeen and the Residence Inn By Marriott Merrillville, these hotels are 11 miles and 11 miles from the center of Portage. 14 miles out of town sits the Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. The Holiday Inn Express Valparaiso is also in this area, 11 miles away.
7 miles from Portage is Chesterton, where you can spend the day exploring the Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve and Lustron House. Should you wish to spend a few nights in Chesterton, check out the room rates at the Best Western Indian Oak and Quality Inn. Or, stay in Valparaiso, 10 miles to the southeast of Portage, where you can pick from the Super 8 Valparaiso and Pikk's Inn. Regardless of whether you're passing through or spending a few nights in Valparaiso, a couple of places to add to your itinerary are the Valparaiso University and the Memorial Opera House.
17 miles to the northeast of Portage is Michigan City, a regional center with a population of 31,000, home to great tourist attractions like the International Friendship Gardens, Oasis Splash Pad and Barker Mansion. You might also like to explore the Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Trail Creek. If you'd like to stay in Michigan City, check out the rates and amenities at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa and Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Michigan City, IN.