For every Super Bowl, the hotel rates in the host city go sky-high as tens of thousands of fans flood the town. Here’s a look at what’s happening to lodging rates in Phoenix, which hosts the big game on Feb. 1 between the Seahawks and Patriots. (And yes, you could book all these places as of Wednesday afternoon.)
Heavy-metal room: How about staying in a shipping container in someone’s Phoenix back yard? Normally priced around $51 a night, the 20-by-8-foot converted metal shipping crate, with bed and bathroom, is yours for $700 a night on Jan. 31, the night before the Super Bowl, through an Airbnb rental.
High-priced chains: Want something a little more conventional? A room at the Homewood Suites at the Phoenix airport, not exactly deluxe lodging nor great location, begins at $559 a night on Super Bowl weekend. A few days after the game, it’s down to $209 a night. Or how about the Doubletree Guest Suites? $889 a night on Super Bowl weekend, versus $199 a night a few days later, according to the Visit Phoenix website.
Pricey packages: Three-night hotel/game ticket packages (for a way-up-high seat) are still available starting at about $5,500 per person (based on double occupancy) at some Scottsdale resorts. Sure, they’re luxury resorts but rooms (for two) start at about $450 nightly a few days after the Super Bowl. Various companies still have such packages, including PrimeSport, the official Seahawks travel supplier.
How about $21,000 a night? Money truly no object? Then snap up an 11,300-square-foot mansion in a Scottsdale gated community for $167,732 (for an 8-night minimum stay that’s required around the Super Bowl). It’s uber-luxurious and, of course, has its own pool.