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Some of New Jersey’s run-down motels are charging more than $1,000 a night for Super Bowl

Frank Schwab
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The law of supply and demand seems to be in full effect for Super Bowl weekend in the New York area. Hope you've booked your accommodations already.

A lot of the nicer hotels in the area are filled up for that weekend. So a lot of the not-so-nice hotels in the area are charging just like those nice hotels.

The New York Post ran a story reporting that some "disgusting" motels are charging crazy rates for the weekend of Feb. 2, when the Super Bowl will be played. It pointed to a Days Inn in North Bergen a few miles from MetLife Stadium, the site of the game. That motel usually charges $125, but is asking $1,300 a night for Super Bowl weekend.

In typical understated New York Post fashion, here was the first paragraph of its story:

Super Bowl suckers are shelling out thousands of dollars to stay in flea-bag New Jersey motels that are so horrifying hookers won’t sleep there.

While some of these places aren't going to get many glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, we're sure the Howard Johnson in Clifton that the Post spotlighted isn't all that bad. Still, it's probably not worth the $900 it is charging on Super Bowl weekend, up from the usual $94 rate.

“If you enjoy sleeping with BED BUGS and DIRT then this hotel is for you!” one online reviewer wrote about the hotel, according to the Post.

The Post singled out a lot of funny online reviews of these places, including one on the Holiday Inn Express in North Bergen (charging $900 Super Bowl weekend for a normal $127 room) that said a Jets fans shouldn't even suggest it to a Patriots fan.

“Don’t even send your enemies to this hotel,” the commenter said, according to the Post.

So if you're headed to the Super Bowl and haven't booked a hotel, you can still find a place to stay. You just might not like what you're getting for the price.

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