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Hotels in Indianapolis Skyrocket for Super Bowl Weekend
December 20, 2011

Visitors to Indianapolis over the Super Bowl weekend better get their credit cards ready. Thatís because renting a hotel room in and around the city is going to cost them up to 2000% more than usual according to a new survey by CheapHotels.org.

A scarcity of rooms is the culprit behind this price gouging. As a contingency for hosting the big game, Indianapolis blocked off 18,300 hotel rooms in 141 hotels in and around the city for the National Football League. All of this occurred months ago, forcing many establishments to experience no vacancies long before Indy visitors could firm up their travel plans.

For those who demand the convenience of closeness, a few hotel rooms are still available in the near vicinity. The caveat is, they are super pricey. The Quality Inn & Suites, for instance, a 2 star hotel about 9 miles from downtown Indianapolis, will go for $1000 the night before the Super Bowl. Normally the same room costs $60 a night. That difference is the equivalent of a 1500% rate hike.

Even budget hotels on the outskirts of town are taking advantage of desperate travelers. The Knights Inn Indianapolis Airport, for example, is charging a whopping $800 a night in early February. That figure represents nearly 2000% more than the normal rate of $39.

Even hiking it to the wider Indianapolis vicinity wonít eliminate price hikes completely. Rates there are still going for about triple their usual fare. The cheapest rate found in a 20-mile radius is the Quality Inn of Noblesville, where rooms there are listed at $300 (versus the usual $100).

To break the $150 limit, hotel stayers will have to commute at least an hour into Indy. Bloomington and Lafayette are bargain priced in comparison but still double their going rate. And those travelers who refuse to fall victim to price gouging altogether will have to trek to the 90- mile circumference of Indianapolis. Hotels in Terre Haute and Richmond are the nearest ones offering their normal rates.

The following table shows available hotels in Indianapolis and the vicinity for overnight February 12 into February 13 (Super Bowl) as well as their rates for a standard double room. In determining regular rates, we took the rate for the same room one week later. All prices shown reflect the best rate we were able to find after comparing the leading hotel booking sites: Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz.

Name of Hotel Stars Distance from Downtown Regular Rate Super Bowl Rate
Best Western Country Suites 2.5 17.5 miles $68 $450
Knights Inn Indianapolis Airport 1.5 8 miles $39 $800
Quality Inn Noblesville 2.0 20 miles $100 $300
Red Roof Inn Greenwood 2.0 13 miles $50 $449
Quality Inn & Suites Greenfield 2.5 23 miles $89 $425
Jameson Inn Indy Carmel 2.5 12 miles $100 $399
Americas Best Value Inn 2.0 8.3 miles $66 $750
Super  8 Brownsburg 2.0 19 miles $47 $854
Baymont Inn Greenwood 2.0 30 miles $56 $799
Extend A Suites Indianapolis 2.0 11 miles $59 $500
Days Inn Indianapolis East 1.0. 17.7 miles $71 $455
Best Western Crossroads 2.0 7.3 miles $89 $1000
Quality Inn & Suites Indianapolis 2.0 8.7 miles $60 $1000
Comfort Inn & Suites Airport West 2.0 5.7 miles $89 $359
Jameson Inn Indy West 2.5 9.9 miles $94 $499
 
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