Boston Marathon Creating Boom in City's Vacation Rental Industry

Despite the tragic events last year (and in spite of those same events), the Boston Marathon is more popular than ever in 2014, and this is leading to a huge demand for rentals in Boston proper and the surrounding towns as hotel availability has been full for months. Loews Hotel in the Back Bay (right near the marathon finish line) has been full since November 2013. An estimate of 36,000 runners, along with their friends and family, are looking for affordable (and available) places to stay for the race, which is why they are turning to rentals in full force.


World Series Rental 1"I'm ready to roll, I'm in shape, I just don't know where I'm going to sleep," said Dan Miner, a 29-year-old salesman from St. Louis, who placed a wanted ad for a room in the city told Reuters. He said the closest, affordable room he could find for the race was in Providence, Rhode Island's capital 40 miles away.

Boston area hotels have booked 18 percent more rooms at nightly rates that are 21 percent higher during this year's Boston Marathon weekend, compared to a year ago, according to a survey of 160 hotels conducted by travel research firm TravelClick. Demand and prices are both skyrocketing, which is why an affordable, easy alternative for runners is renting.

This change in the market is not just beneficial for those looking for last minute lodging, listing your second home or apartment on FlipKey in time for the marathon is extremely easy (and free), you don't pay a dime until you make a booking. It is also a smart long-term investment, not just for major events. Average owners on FlipKey.com make $26,000 per year. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make extra cash during Boston's favorite event: Click here to list.

Here's a look at some of our properties in downtown Boston still available for the Marathon (Apr 19 - Apr 21):

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Brand new, bright studio in the heart of Boston (1.5 miles to finish line)

Price: $200/night
Location: North End/Government Center
Beds/Baths/Sleeps: Studio, 1, 2
Special Features: Wireless internet provided

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Studio Apartment on Beacon Hill (0.5 mi to finish line)

Price: $329/night
Location: Beacon Hill
Beds/Baths/Sleeps: Studio, 1, 2
Special Features: 42" Flat Screen TV

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South End Studio (1.5 miles to finish line)

Price: $152/night
Location: South End
Beds/Baths/Sleeps: Studio, 1, 2
Special Features: Secure, code activated locks

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Back Bay 2 BR with Private Terrace (0.5 miles to finish line)

Price: $287/night
Location: Back Bay
Beds/Baths/Sleeps: 2, 1, 6
Special Features: Pull out sofa & private terrace

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South End - 2 Bedroom (1.0 miles to finish line)

Price: $240/night
Location: South End
Beds/Baths/Sleeps: 2, 1, 6
Special Features: Private washing machine and dryer in unit

Matt Moretti is a Content Marketing Analyst at FlipKey. A Suffolk University graduate with a strong background in marketing and social media, Matt's favorite form of travel is via cruise ship. He also loves romantic comedies, Major League Baseball, and dogs wearing sweaters.

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