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You’ve scraped up enough money for tickets to that great upcoming event, and getting there isn’t a problem. But the price really starts to add up when you book hotels. When a big event comes to town, hotels in downtown areas are known to inflate prices. It is an algorithm most of the chain hotels use, so if the rates go up at one hotel, others are sure to follow. Lucky for you, escaping those inflated prices could be as easy as staying just outside the city limits. Take a look at the going rate for hotels near the city center compared with rates at hotels near the airport in cities hosting big events this summer and fall.

The Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Tiger Woods. Courtesy of Wikipedia.


June 1-7
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Dublin, OH

This golf tournament is held annually in an unsuspecting suburb of Columbus, but it draws some of the biggest names in the game and crowds to match. Tiger Woods will be among tournament participants this year.

Rates:
In town: Courtyard Columbus Dublin – $209 per night
Just outside of town: Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Columbus Airport East – $83 per night

Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour

The Grateful Dead is holding a farewell concert in Chicago this summer. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Grateful Dead is holding a farewell concert in Chicago this summer. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

July 3-5
Soldier Field
Chicago, IL

The Grateful Dead announced a farewell/50th anniversary show in Chicago and deadheads everywhere freaked out. The three shows at Soldier Field and two California shows will be the band’s last performances together. It’s nearly impossible tofind a hotel in the downtown Chicago area at this point, and it’s especially difficult to find one for under $500 a night.

Rates:
In town: Hilton Chicago – $484 per night
Just outside of town: DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport – $189 per night

Independence Day

Courtesy of m01229.

Courtesy of m01229.

July 4

Washington D.C.

The Fourth of July is a holiday that many hoteliers write off. It’s a time to stay home and watch the parade in your hometown, or the fireworks cobbled together by donations to your local fire department. Not hoteliers in Washington, D.C. The celebration spans more than a week with parades, musical extravaganzas and fireworks displays that sandwich the Washington Monument between explosions of red, white and blue. Because what better place to celebrate being American than our nation’s capital?

Rates:

In town: Grand Hyatt Washington – $314 per night

Just outside of town: The Westin Washington Dulles Airport – $88 per night

Lollapalooza

Lorde performs at Lollapalooza 2014. Courtesy of Liliane Callegari.

Lorde performs at Lollapalooza 2014. Courtesy of Liliane Callegari.


July 31-August 2
Grant Park
Chicago, IL

Music festivals usually don’t drive up hotel rates too much, since the crowd that comes to them usually can’t afford to fork out for a nice hotel anyway, or they just camp nearby (like at Bonnaroo). Lollapalooza is an exception. Although Chicago hotel rates weren’t jacked up quite as high as during the Grateful Dead reunion, a jump is still evident.

Rates:
In town: Holiday Inn Express Chicago – $309 per night
Just outside of town: Holiday Inn Express Chicago O’Hare – $179 per night

Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival 2011. Courtesy of DJ Spiess at www.fermentarium.com.

Great American Beer Festival 2011. Courtesy of DJ Spiess at www.fermentarium.com.


September 24-26
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

The Great American Beer Festival is theend all be all of craft beer. Thousands of brewers and beer drinkers flock to Denver for this annual event to participate in best beer contests or try some new brews.

Rates:
In town: Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown – $309 per night
Just outside of town: Staybridge Suites Denver International Airport – $139 per night

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Tagged: Cheap Tips, Festivals, Music, Sports

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