Houseboat in Liverpool listed on Airbnb for £2,500 a night during Eurovision – with hotels sold out
A luxury Liverpool waterfront houseboat is advertised for £2,500 a night on Airbnb over May’s Eurovision weekend, with all hotel space in the city center reportedly sold out.
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in the city on May 13 after the UK offered to hold it for last year’s winners Ukraine – which is locked in a war with Russia and unable to lodge.
Minutes after Liverpool was announced as the host city in October last year, hotels were booked up across the city, with room prices reaching unseemly heights, reported the Liverpool Echo.
To stay at the houseboat over the Eurovision weekend of May 12-14 the total cost would be £5,000 plus a £105 cleaning fee – despite no tickets being released for the event.
A converted luxury houseboat is one of many properties available in Liverpool for Eurovision
It is being marketed for £2,500 a night during the Eurovision weekend in May
The houseboat is furnished with 6 modern double bedrooms
Operated by Boutique bargethe converted ship has 6 modern bedrooms and even a cinema room.
The listing reads: “This huge converted houseboat has been fitted with 6 modern bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and power showers, allowing it to sleep up to 16 people.
“The newly refurbished houseboat is stylish and spacious with its own cinema room, fitted with a projector, smart TV and blackout blinds.
“There are spacious social areas both indoors and outdoors.”
The luxury pad has a fully equipped cinema room where potential fans could watch the show
It is located close to the M&S Bank arena where Eurovision takes place
The houseboat is a popular spot on the site and has an average weekend rental price of between £500 and £3,000 per night depending on the season.
A weekend on the houseboat in October would cost just £1,600 all inclusive.
Located a stone’s throw from the 11,000-seat Liverpool M&S Bank arena where the event will take place, the barge is in an enviable position for anyone wishing to attend the events.
However, although accommodations in the city have more or less sold out, tickets for the event have still not gone on public sale.
In a short statement on their website, the organizers explained why there is a natural delay in ticket allocation.
They said: “Ticket prices, availability and even the ticket provider will take a little longer to decide as organizers assess the space needed for the production inside the venue.
“Because the Eurovision Song Contest is a live television production, some sections of the seats may need to be modified to make room for cameras, technical equipment and the stage.”
“It entirely depends on the chosen venue.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson and Mayor of Turin Stefano Lo Russo pose for a photo during the official handover of the Eurovision Song Contest to Liverpool
The Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, Merseyside, is lit up as the Eurovision Song Contest officially passes to the city
The international musical spectacle will take place at the 11,000 capacity Liverpool Arena in May, culminating in the grand final on May 13.
The official keys to the Eurovision Song Contest were handed over from former host city Turin to Liverpool yesterday in a grand ceremony.
Ukrainian tears of gratitude flowed after Britain stepped in to host the competition on their behalf with a prediction that this year’s event in Liverpool will be “the best show ever”.
Mayor of Turin Stefano Lo Russo and Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson sealed the shed, known as the Insignia, with a handshake.
But continued uncertainty over accommodation has been a worrying trend in the build-up to Eurovision in Liverpool.
Shortly after the city was chosen in October, several Airbnb users reported that their Airbnb hosts were canceling pre-existing reservations for the Eurovision weekend.
Prices for staying in the city over the Eurovision weekend, which takes place on May 13, have also skyrocketed, with some Airbnb hosts offering accommodation for over £10,000.
Booking.com said 99% of its accommodation in the city was fully booked, with the few remaining hotels costing up to £2,000.
A one-night stay on May 13 at the Eleanor Rigby Apartments Stanley Street would cost some £5,760, a ‘comfortable’ two-bed house in Liverpool would set you back £5,375, and a house that sleeps 10 has been seen for plus over £8,000.
Some savvy Eurovision fans who had pre-booked accommodation in the city ahead of the contest, however, were left disappointed after the hosts suddenly canceled their reservations.
Hosts cancel pre-existing bookings in Liverpool after news that city will host Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine
A man said he booked and paid Airbnb for the song contest, but was canceled 12 hours later. He claims he was then put back on the site for an extra 204%
Another man, who had booked a hotel ahead of the competition in Liverpool, had his reservation canceled saying his credit card had expired.
However, despite the online uproar, an Airbnb spokesperson refuted the claims at the time, saying: ‘We have seen no evidence to support these claims and we are taking a range of steps to deter Hosts from canceling stays, including applying fees, penalties and preventing Hosts from accepting further stays. stays.
“One in four guests say they choose Airbnb to save money and the average price per night for a stay during Eurovision is just £228.
“In the unlikely event of a problem, our 24/7 support team is on hand to help.”
With rooms still expensive three months later, Liverpool City Council moved house yesterday to ease the concerns of traveling fans.
Culture director Clare McColgan said the council “will be making announcements about other accommodations shortly.”
MailOnline has contacted Liverpool City Council for more information about their planned additional accommodation.