Indianapolis landlords using Airbnb to rent rooms for Indy 500 – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Hotels in downtown Indianapolis are full this weekend for the 100th race of the Indy 500. But some owners are opening their doors to help.

These owners use a website called Airbnb list their rooms and sometimes their entire house.

The owners of Fountain Square told 24-Hour News 8 it wasn’t about making extra money, but about giving visitors a personal taste of their neighborhood.

Bethany Schultz and Kelly Weger are no strangers to renting out their homes in Fountain Square. They have been doing this for several years now through Airbnb.

“We have been booked for three or four months. I mean, it’s been a really big deal, a lot bigger this year than normal.

The couple renovated a two-bedroom, one-bathroom home on Hoyt Avenue. Schultz said the rental price for the venue can vary depending on the week and the event, such as the Indy 500.

“We keep getting inquiries even though we’re already booked, so it’s been a pretty interesting time,” Schultz said. “I think there are a lot of new people using Airbnb because it’s hard to find accommodation.”

Their home also features artwork by local painters in Fountain Square. The artwork on the walls showcases the culture and life of the neighborhood.

“We really love Fountain Square and for us it’s really a great opportunity to be able to share our love and when guests arrive we usually walk them to the square,” Weger said.

For people looking for last-minute accommodations, 24-Hour News 8 searched the website and found rooms ranging from $35 per night to $7,000.

“We had a number of friends who texted or called to say, hey, so and so forgot to book their hotel room, do you by any chance have availability and we had to say unfortunately no and good luck,” Weger said.

Visit Indy, the tourism and marketing group even compares the demand for accommodations for the special anniversary of the Super Bowl race.

“It’s a good problem to have when all your hotel rooms have been taken,” said Chris Gahl, Visit Indy. “A strong sign, this is going to be a banner year for Memorial Day weekend here in Indianapolis.”

Visit Indy said they were helping people with last minute hotel accommodation. The group offers hotels about an hour from Indianapolis, including Bloomington and Lafayette.

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