The Super Bowl is not for poor people. It’s not even for middle class people. If you want to take in the Super Bowl — its hotel accommodations, its parties, tickets to the game — you need to possess sizable disposable income.
Woe on travelers coming from out to town to see Super Bowl 50. According to Forbes, the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area has only 35,000 total hotel rooms, compared to over 100,000 in New York and 40,000 in New Orleans. Demand is high, supply is scarce and luxury packages are out of control.
The Fairmont in San Jose made headlines last month for offering a $150,000 Super Bowl package. The package included three nights in their presidential suite and comes with chauffeured Escalades (naturally), a premium bar in your room (a must) and $5,000 in Apple gift cards so you can pick out whatever you’ll need for your three days in Silicon Valley.
Sound extravagant? It doesn’t even include helicopter rides like one other package. For more Super Bowl luxury that you probably can’t afford, check out the gallery above.
If you’re going big, there’s not much bigger than the Presidential Luxury Suite at the Fairmont San Jose. The package gets you eight Super Bowl tickets, plus accommodations in the four-bedroom suite, for a staggering $150,000. You’ll also have in-suite private butler service, two chauffeured Escalades, a case of Dom Perignon delivered to your room and a special VIP winery tour in Sonoma on Saturday.
If you turn up your nose at the thought of staying in San Jose, there’s the Super Bowl package at the San Francisco Fairmont. The penthouse at the top of the Fairmont was going for $250,000 for a four-night minimum stay, but it does include a helicopter ride to the game which is fairly awesome.
By comparison, three nights for $9,000 at the Marriott Marquis seems like a real bargain. The package includes double occupancy at the hotel and two upper level endzone/corner tickets to the game. The Marriott package also gets you access to the pregame tailgate party where you will get unlimited soft drinks and water. Luxury!
A mere 39 miles from Levi’s Stadium (shh, don’t tell the out-of-towners) is the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay where you can get four nights for $8,695 per guest. Luckily there’s roundtrip game transportation so you can drink during your hour-long drive to the game.
Want a Ritz-Carlton experience closer to the action? The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco offered its Presidential Suite for $30,000 per night (four night minimum stay). The Presidential Suite has two bedrooms and a 1,200 square foot balcony with a view of the Financial District. The package also includes private transportation to and from the airport, lest you were feeling ripped off.
Ready to party? Super Bowl week will bring a plethora of events to the city. The Leather & Laces party, frequented in the past by Playboy models, offers a VIP bottle service table for 10 for $13,500.
If you’re really going all-out, you can pay $25,000 for 15 tickets to the celebrity host meet and greet. That package includes unlimited bottles of ultra premium liquor but Dom Perignon and Cristal must be purchased separately.
Looking to run into celebrities? The Rolling Stone Super Bowl Big Game Bash is your spot. This year’s will be held at the Galleria in the San Francisco Design Center. General admission tickets cost $1,100 each and a 10-person VIP table will set you back $18,000.
Want the hotel vibe without the actual hotel? Home Away is offering several rentals at the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. The rentals are two-bedroom suites with a kitchen and dining room and add up to $40,059 for a four-night stay. But there’s no free transit with this option so you’ll have to book that separately.
The Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons offers similar amenities. Their 2,300 square foot luxury accommodation costs $25,000 per night (four-night minimum stay).
If you’re looking to stay on the same side of the bay as Levi’s Stadium, there’s also a three-night package at the Hampton Inn & Suites in San Jose. Single occupancy is $8,335 but if you bring a friend, it’s $7,515 each. The Hampton Inn & Suites might not be as luxurious as the Ritz-Carlton but hey, there’s roundtrip game day transportation included.
No tickets to the game? The Yountville Community Center is hosting a tailgate and viewing party with Hall of Famers Anthony Munoz, Dave Wilcox and Jack Youngblood, among others. The event is a fundraiser, which is nice, but $5,000 for a VIP table with a clear view of a 14-foot HD screen is a bit crazy.
By Katie Dowd, SFGATE
Published 4:11 am, Wednesday, January 13, 2016