Those looking for a cheap hotel in the Chicago suburbs may have a hard time with the Ryder Cup in town this weekend. The golf competition, being held in Medinah, Illinois has caused a sharp increase in nearby hotel prices.
According to a survey by ChicagoHotels.org, visitors may have a difficult time trying to find an affordable hotel room due to the annual USA vs. Europe golf competition, the Ryder Cup. There are no hotel rooms available in Bloomingdale, which the the closest city to the Medinah Country Club. There are about a dozen hotels in nearby Schaumburg that have vacancies, but the prices are extremely high. With the Ryder Cup in town, hotels are trying to benefit from the local event by raising their prices.
For instance, the usually low price Holiday Inn Express in Schaumburg regularly chares $83 per night, but the same rooms are going for $315 this weekend for the Ryder Cup, which is a 279 percent increase. The Wingate by Wyndam's studio suite usually goes for $101 a night, but Ryder Cup fans will be paying $449 per night, which is a 344 percent increase.
Some can try their luck finding a room in downtown Chicago as there are trains that go right to Medinah in an hour ride. The hotels there have only raised their prices moderately. Budget hotels are already completely booked, but the cheapest available double rooms start at $225 a night.
For those that don't mind doing some extra traveling to the Ryder Cup, there are affordable hotels around the O'Hare Airport. Cities such as Elmhurst, Franklin Park and Des Plaines, located 10 miles from the Ryder Cup venue, have hotel rooms for less than $100 a night.