IT’S A MAJOR event, not just in the US sporting calendar, but worldwide.
Super Bowl viewing parties are being planned all over the country for next Sunday night.
If — by some strange stroke of luck — you happen to have a few grand to spare and are planning on making a last minute-trip to Phoenix for the game, don’t assume you’ll be able to get a hotel room.
Officials expect a whopping 100,000 fans to visit the area for the game, and average daily hotel rates have risen by 89 per cent.
Lots of Seahawks and Patriots fans are turning to Airbnb as an alternative. According to Airbnb data, nearly two and a half times as many people as usual are making reservations in the Phoenix area.
The earliest such reservations for Super Bowl weekend were made a year ago, in January 2014. But even if you didn’t plan that far ahead, there are still some amazing rentals available in the area…
Let’s be honest — statistically, it’s pretty unlikely any of us will be bedding down at these locations, come the weekend.
But sure there’s no harm in looking, is there?
1. Sleep just 15 minutes away from the stadium in this lakefront home
Cost during the Super Bowl: $3,500/night
Usual cost: $3,500/night
Neighbourhood: Arrowhead Lakes, Glendale
2. Enjoy a private room and a swimming pool at this mid-century modern home
Guests are free to use the living room, pool, patio, and swinging hammocks.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $300/night
Usual cost: $70/night
Neighbourhood: Paradise Gardens
3. Sleep in a shipping container that’s been restored to include modern plumbing and electricity
If you want to explore downtown Phoenix before the game, feel free to take out one of the bikes provided by the owners.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $800/night
Usual cost: $51/night
Neighbourhood: Downtown Phoenix
4. Get a good night’s sleep at this luxury apartment in Scottsdale
The apartment has a washer, dryer, and walk-in closets, plus a pool and 24-hour gym on the premises.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $580/night
Usual cost: $280/night
Neighborhood: Kierland Commons, Scottsdale
5. Escape to this mountain home after the game
The home is powered by solar panels and has stunning views of Phoenix and the surrounding mountains.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $675/night
Usual cost: $132/night
6. Take advantage of this four-bedroom home if you’re traveling in a big group
With three queen-size beds and one full, there’s plenty of space if you’re bringing other football fans along with you. The pool area also has a barbecue and tiki bar.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $2,245/night
Usual cost: $145/night
Neighborhood: Central Phoenix
7. Spend a few nights in this large home on the western side of Phoenix
Amenities include five bedrooms, a lap pool, and a fire pit.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $1,250/night
Usual cost: $600/night
Neighborhood: Surprise, Arizona
8. Stay north of the action in this comfortable home
A private room includes accommodation for two, and breakfast is included.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $150/night
Usual cost: $75/night
Neighborhood: Desert Ridge, Phoenix
9. Get away from the crowds at this secluded mountain home
There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large pool area with access to hiking trails.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $1,800/night
Usual cost: $500/night
Neighborhood: Arcadia, Phoenix
10. Rent a small two-bedroom home close to the light rail
The house has exposed brick walls and a large backyard.
Cost during the Super Bowl: $550/night
Usual cost: $320/night
Neighborhood: Melrose District, Phoenix