Hotels in San Francisco aren't cheap at any time of the year, but with the Super Bowl looming, prices for next week have skyrocketed. A quick search on Priceline showed rooms at the Hyatt Regency in the Financial District going for $1,364 a night, while the luxury Palace Hotel was looking for $880 a night and the Westin was after $826 for a standard room. Prices are, of course, much higher for guests who want tickets to the game. According to SFGate, the Hotel Nikko is advertising a $9,000 package that included three nights and a single ticket to the upper deck of Levi's Stadium.
There are still some deals available—sort of. The one-star Civic Center Inn in San Francisco is after just $140 a night, but TripAdvisor reviews warn of safety concerns and bed bugs at the motel. TripAdvisor is recommending visitors look for rooms in Santa Cruz, Oakland, or Pleasanton. Even in those locations, which are nowhere near the actual game in Santa Clara, rates are nearly $400 per night. TripAdvisor also notes that rooms are 38 percent more expensive than they were for last year's Phoenix Super Bowl and 83 percent more than they were near New York City for the 2014 Super Bowl.
SFGate also notes that prices for short-term vacation rentals in San Francisco are through the roof. A three-night stay at a Russian Hill three-bedroom goes for $12,486, and another one-bedroom is after $17,000. So are there any truly reasonable options? Hotels like the Comfort Inn and the Embassy Suites near the airport are after around $300, which may be budget-conscious visitors' best bets.