Hotel prices reach up to £5,000 per night as Eurovision tickets sell out
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Tickets for this year's Eurovision in Liverpool went on sale today (7 March), with all 6,000 tickets per show selling out extremely quickly.
If you are one of those who were lucky to snap up a ticket, you'll of course need somewhere to stay, unless you reside in Merseyside, of course.
When tickets for the song contest's final went live at noon, they were snapped up by fans in just 36 minutes.
However, many more were left frustrated after they were faced with error messages and holding screens.
Later this year, nine shows will take place at the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool, from semi-final dress rehearsals to the final itself on 13 May.
While the grand final was sold out in just over 30 minutes, the other shows were gone just an hour later.
Tickets for the show cost up to £380, though that is just a drop in the water when you look at the hotel prices.
Some travellers already had some difficulty getting accommodation following the announcement that Liverpool would be hosting Eurovision.
But travel experts are seeing hotels charging as much as £5,000 for a night's stay, while The Mirror found a two-bedroom house in Liverpool that sleeps five people on the market for a staggering £15,833.
There is also a holiday flat in the city that is being advertised for the sump of £10,000 for the night of 13 May.
Most budget hotels in the city centre have also been sold out on the night of the final.
Obviously, it is normal for hotels to raise their prices around big events, but the degree we are seeing with Eurovision is in uncharted waters.
One hotel, for example, typically has rooms at around £55 per night, and weekend stays sometimes coming up to £200.
But on May 13, a 'superior double room' would set you back £739.
Though, that is a lot cheaper than some of the other alternatives.
Speaking to LADbible, Sebastien Texier, general manager at Hopper, said that he saw a huge price increase across the board after tickets went on sale.
"Eurovision coming to the UK is a once in a generation opportunity and eager Brits and die-hard fans across the world not only want a front row seat to the Liverpudlian party, but a place to stay in the northern hotspot," he said.
"Demand for hotels in and around Liverpool has reached frenzy levels with our data showing prices at over £5000 for just a single night over Eurovision weekend."