Even though it’s a short trip up the New Jersey Turnpike to this year’s Super Bowl at the Meadowlands, there is no organized effort to lure football fans to Philadelphia.
“Cheap” hotels near the Super Bowl are going for $350 and not much space is available. A home in Saddle Brook, Bergen County is being offered for $35,000 for the week.
You would think that means Philadelphia hotels would be marketing themselves to Super Bowl ticketholders as a cheaper alternative to North Jersey and New York City.
Meryl Levitz of Visit Philadelphia tried to sell that to city hotels, but didn’t have any luck.
“That’s so painful to me because that’s something we wanted to do but the hotels were just not able to pick up on that,” Levitz said.
While she can’t offer any special deals, Levitz says her group will be pitching the city as an alternative on the web and social media.
“Hey it’s just across the river and why don’t you get your group together get a limo have fun going there have fun coming back and stay here,” she said.
For Super Bowl weekend, a check of online listings shows rooms at one of Philadelphia’s poshest hotels for $250 a night.