Hotel, Airbnb options cost over $ 1,000 per night

SHEBOYGAN, Wisc. – Typically, you can get a room at Sheboygan’s Blue Harbor Resort for a price ranging from $ 190 to $ 330 per night. For Thursday, September 23, the cheapest room left on the hotel’s website is $ 4,500.

Indeed, almost all hotels and rentals in the area have been fully booked for the Ryder Cup, the biennial competition that brings together the best players from the United States and Europe and which will take place this year in Whistling Straits, just to the north. by Sheboygan.

Before being delayed to 2020 due to the pandemic, the Ryder Cup was slated by Visit Sheboygan to bring $ 30 million to the county. Tickets are sold out and by Wednesday they were starting at $ 300 a day in secondary markets.

For guests and participants who have not found accommodation, most local options will cost over $ 1,000 per night.

Research on Airbnb shows the increase in rental housing prices. On Wednesday, there were rooms in Cleveland and Sheboygan for $ 450 a night, and the next cheapest option in the area was $ 900. A house in Kiel that heralded its proximity to the Ryder Cup was costing $ 5,000 per night.

A quick Hotels.com search for hotels in the Sheboygan area showed only one option on Wednesday: Belgium Inn & Suites, with two rooms remaining at $ 450 a night. According to the site, “90 additional properties are not available for your travel dates.”

Cameron Bopp, regional manager of Pride Hospitality LLC, oversees three hotels in the Sheboygan area: Harbor Winds Hotel, The AmericInn and Holiday Inn Express. According to Bopp, reservations for the event started arriving three years ago.

A map of available Airbnb rentals and their prices during the Ryder Cup event weekend.

The three locations are fully reserved for the event. Although they were booked by companies and don’t take public bookings, prices have at least doubled, he said.

“With high demand comes high prices,” Bopp said.

The Fairfield Inn and Suites Sheboygan, another sold-out hotel for the event, had rooms for around $ 1,200 a night with a five-night minimum, according to an employee.

Even many hotels as far away as Manitowoc and Two Rivers are fully booked for the weekend.

Airbnb host Eric Hahn has advertised his three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Howard’s Grove for $ 3,000 a night. This is the first time he has advertised his house.

“The Ryder Cup is the only reason I signed up for Airbnb,” said Hahn. “I would consider doing it again, but I have to earn a decent amount of money to make it worth finding a place to stay for a family of five.

Hahn said he priced his listing based on why his neighbors were posting their rentals. Homes in its vicinity are listed for around $ 2,500 a night.

Jaimie Kurtz, the host of a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath house in Plymouth listed $ 3,750 a night, said he decided to list his rental for the event when he noticed local hotel room rates.

“I took the size of my house, the number of berths, the amenities and the distance to the Whistling Strait to determine the price,” Kurtz said. Kurtz, like most hotels and other rentals, has a minimum of three days to register.

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