Phoenix Hotel Rates Soar for Super Bowl 2015

by KATHY KEHRLI  |  Published January 26, 2015

Diehard football fans of the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots who have their heart set on seeing their team play in the Super Bowl in person have more than scoring last-minute tickets to worry about. If they are planning on staying overnight in the Phoenix area over Super Bowl weekend, they can expect to encounter substantially higher hotel rates than normal. In light of demand, Phoenix hotels are raising the rates on their remaining rooms by as much as 1000%.

According to the latest survey from approximately one in 10 Phoenix area hotels is presently listing vacancies over the long Super Bowl weekend of January 30 through February 2, 2015. In response to how sought after these limited number of rooms are, such establishments are charging an average of 364% higher rates than they usually do.

And that’s just for starters. Some hotels in the region are price-gouging even more as the big game day approaches. The Hotel San Carlos is just one example. This historic accommodation in the heart of downtown Phoenix is listing a sticker price of $859 nightly for a double room over the Super Bowl weekend. At that rate, guests will be paying in excess of 500% more than they typically would for the same room. Joining the Hotel San Carlos on the list of highest rate hikers is the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North. This Sonoran Desert area establishment has skyrocketed its guest rooms to $1295 per night over the Super Bowl weekend, or nearly 1000% more than usual.

To secure the area’s least expensive room, a visiting Super Bowl attendee will currently have to spend around $250 per night. That price point will get a fan a motel or low-budget hotel room in Tempe, approximately 25 miles from the University of Phoenix stadium. Football fanatics who are seeking more comfortable rooms rated at least 3 stars will find them on the outskirts of the city for around $400 per night. Both Scottsdale and the Phoenix-Deer Valley Municipal Airport environs are presently listing rooms within this price point.

In central Phoenix or around the University of Phoenix Stadium, however, at this late hour no rooms over the Super Bowl weekend are available for less than $800 per night.

The table that follows lists the 10 hotels in the Phoenix area with the highest price hikes for this year’s Super Bowl. Super Bowl prices reflect nightly rates for January 30 through February 2, 2015. These rates are compared to “regular rates,” which reflect prices for the same room one week later. The hotel rates shown were established on January 24, 2015 via the hotel comparison site Kayak.

Name of Hotel Room Type Regular Super Bowl Increase
Radisson Hotel Phoenix North Guest Room $117 $1295 +988%
La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix West Deluxe King $84 $839 +898%
Gaslight Inn King Room $130 $1200 +823%
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Business Suite $179 $1499 +737%
Hotel San Carlos Standard Room $859 $139 +517%
Best Western Inn of Tempe Standard Room $119 $667 +460%
Hyatt House Scottsdale Old Town King Room $179 $999 +458%
The Clarendon Hotel & Spa/ Deluxe King $1299 $239 +443%
Hilton Phoenix Airport King Executive $143 $759 +430%
Hotel Tempe/Phoenix Airport Studio King $118 $616 +422%