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5 Tips For Booking a Hotel Room for Super Bowl XLVII

January 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

Know of a hotel room open that's close to the Superdome in New Orleans? Let us know!

As we head into the final weeks of the NFL Playoffs, the mad scramble for hotel rooms in New Orleans, where Super Bowl XLVII will be held, has already begun. We told you that way back in October most of the hotels in the Big Easy were sold-out and that's still true.

Right now, doing a quick check on Expedia we see the usual budget suspects--anything with Inn in the second half of its name--in less-than-desirable areas of New Orleans still open for $300+ a night. So there is availability during Super Bowl weekend. But is it the kind you want?

Starting next week we'll be keeping our eyes out on who still has Super Bowl hotel rooms open, from the usual suspects like hotel booking sites and the official Super Bowl reservations site (at FanExperiences.com) to less conventional places like AirBnB.com, Craigslist, and our ever trusty HotelChatter tipline.

No matter where you begin your search for hotel rooms though, the same rules apply for finding a hotel deal for Super Bowl:

Keep reading to see our five tips for booking a Super Bowl hotel room

· 1. Stay longer than you'd like. Most hotels have three or four-night minimums so you will have to make a weekend/mini vacation out of it.
· 2. Be prepared to pay especially for those budget hotels. This is the only time of the year when Holiday Inns, Hampton Inns, Days Inns, Ramada Inns and other similar brands can ask for, and receive, $400 and up a night.
· 3. Look beyond New Orleans. With most of the desirable hotels in Nola already sold-out, start looking at other cities and towns in the area like Baton Rouge or Biloxi, MS. We found a Courtyard by Marriott in Baton Rouge for $268 a night over Super Bowl weekend. That's about $130 cheaper than the Motel 6 in New Orleans. Your call.
· 4. Figure out transportation. (This goes hand-in-hand with #3.) In addition to getting a hotel room for three or four days, you may want to rent a car since most of the hotels with availability are a distance from the Superdome. Also, some hotels offer shuttle and ride services to the Big Game so look to see what hotels are offering on game day before booking.
· 5. Split the room with friends or acquaintances. One surefire way to bring down your lodging costs for the weekend is to split the room cost with friends or acquaintances. Or even random fellow fans you find in chat rooms. That can easily save you close to $2,000 for the weekend which probably help offset your ticket cost.

Stay tuned next week when we roll out our Last-Minute Hotel Options for Super Bowl XLVII!

Have you ever attended Super Bowl? Where did you stay and how did you book it? We especially wanna hear from those of you who attended on your own and not as part of a cushy corporate package. So spill your tips in comments below!

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