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January 9, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Finding a Super Bowl hotel room

Manhattan is packed with hotels, and still has rooms, in luxury hotels and hostels on Super Bowl weekend. (AP photo / Mark Lennihan)

Manhattan is packed with hotels and still has rooms, in luxury hotels and hostels, on Super Bowl weekend. (AP photo / Mark Lennihan)

If you’re banking on the Seahawks getting to the Super Bowl and want to get close to the Feb. 2 game in New Jersey, start shopping around now for somewhere to stay in the New York area. There still are vacancies for the big weekend since the area abounds in rooms.

But you’ll pay a lot to stay in Manhattan, which is packed with attractions and Super Bowl festivities. It’s always expensive, and a Manhattan hotel room on Super Bowl weekend will average $418 a night, according to a TripAdvisor survey (and rooms at Super Bowl time often are non-refundable).

The heart of Manhattan is roughly 16 miles from the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey where the game will be played. That’s roughly the same distance to the stadium from the Bronx – not exactly a hot tourist destination but you can find a room there for about $169 a night for the Feb. 1-2 period, according to TripAdvisor on Thursday (although prices at even the Howard Johnson Express in the Bronx were going up fast on Thursday).

“There is still significant hotel availability in the New York City area for travelers looking to score rooms at reasonable rates,” said Brooke Ferencsik of TripAdvisor.

Start your hotel comparison-shopping, and research neighborhoods, at the official New York tourism website. It also has info on Super Bowl events; places to eat, drink and watch the game; and attractions, including the 14-block Super Bowl Boulevard that will be created in Manhattan.

TripAdvisor is another good comparison-shopping source, with useful user reviews of individual hotels.

Also keep an eye out for hotel sales – now and closer to the game.  For example  Affinia, a boutique hotel company, is having a flash sale (use promo code JAN3DY, sale ends Jan. 10). As of Thursday afternoon, rooms were available on Feb. 1-2  for about $374 a night (for a refundable room) at the Affinia Manhattan near Times Square and Broadway. Not a bad price, by Manhattan standards, for a luxury room in the heart of it all on Super Bowl weekend.

Too rich for your budget?  Hostelling International’s big New York Hostel, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side,  has vacancies. For $59 a night on the Super Bowl weekend, you’ll get a room in a shared dorm with a bathroom down the hall. Find other New York hostels, with user reviews, through Hostel World, a booking site.

Don’t overlook alternatives to New York hotels such as Airbnb.com, where people offer short-term extra-room rentals in their homes, or CouchSurfing.com for more basic accommodations – i.e. a couch in someone’s living room.

Rentals also are offered on Craigslist. But beware of accommodation scams, especially prevalent around big events like the Super Bowl. Never wire money in payment since you’ll have no recourse ( unlike paying by credit card which gives you protection under fair-credit laws).

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