Thursday, October 14, 2010
Where to get hotel rooms in Arlington for Super Bowl XLV
Or perhaps more importantly, which hotels are already sold out.
ARLINGTON Something like 110,000 fans in February will flock to Arlington's Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV in February. In order to save your friends and family some of the hassle that will doubtless come along with looking for lodging, we checked on rooms for the weekend with a dozen hotels in the area.
Of note, Jay Burress from the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau doesn't recommend renting houses for the weekend or checking on Craigslist. He told us their "mission is to fill the hotels ... we don’t recommend that anyone goes the house route. In many cities, this happens because they don’t have enough hotel rooms. There are over
10,000 110,000 hotel rooms in North Texas." Now here's the question: Can you get a cab from the hotel you booked and make it to the game on time?
Here's the list of hotels we called (in order of proximity to the Cowboys Stadium according to Google Maps):
Days Inn: As the closest hotel to the stadium, it will be impossible to stumble to the wrong building following the game. To get one of the rooms here, patrons should be ready to book Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night (at a minimum), prepay for their entire stay 90 days beforehand, and spend $429 a night plus tax. Note: This was the best deal out of all of the hotels contacted.
Hilton: Don’t bother calling. They’re fully booked.
Marriott Courtyard: Also booked.
Holiday Inn: These sly dogs also require that you book Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night together. You must prepay for all three nights, you can’t cancel once you book, and you’ll pay $529 a night plus tax.
Holiday Inn Express (on East Randol Mill Road): They’re fully booked. Manager Ryan Smith says the huge numbers are nothing new. After all, Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, and the ballpark are all in the area. For now they're just "working to get through Rangers [games] and regular season Cowboys games before worrying about Super Bowl weekend," he said. Cool as a cucumber.
Holiday Inn Express (on Pleasant Place): Also fully booked.
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites: The Econo Lodge doesn’t book that far ahead of time and couldn’t tell us when they would start booking for that weekend. Huh?
Sheraton: Hoping to stay at the Sheraton? Unless you already booked, you won’t be.
Howard Johnson Express Inn: The folks down at the Howard Johnson have rooms available, but guests must book for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. You must prepay in full 60 days before the game, and the weekend will run you $2,022.24.
Towneplace Suites: Booked.
Comfort Suites: They have rooms available! But you have to book through the manager. We called two days in a row and were unable to speak to one or get a price quote. Also, guests must book for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hyatt: The Hyatt is entirely booked.
Burress also said people haven't called the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau too often yet looking for lodging. Most of the bookings will be done through the NFL’s Fan Housing program, he said. Once the teams actually playing are announced, 20% of the available tickets will go to each team to sell to their fans. At that time, Burress guessed that people will probably call the bureau at that point -- and they will be referred to local hotels (including the ones I called). So we've done your homework for you!
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