Indy hotels overbooked for this year's 500

Posted at 11:58 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 17:37:59-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hotels are so far overbooked in Indianapolis for the big race weekend this month that some people are staying as far away as Bloomington.

The city's 33,000 hotel rooms have been sold out since mid-March.

In fact, some hotels are so overbooked they are forcing customers to stay in completely different cities.

At one of those hotels, the Hampton Inn in Castleton, said they were trying to find replacement hotels for patrons.

The Hampton Inn Indianapolis NE/Castleton works hard to accommodate all of our guests and strives to provide the best possible service. We apologize for any inconvenience this overbooking has caused that resulted from a computer system glitch due to the heavy volume of reservations we received given the Indy 500's 100th anniversary this year. As a result, we have offered all impacted guests alternative accommodations at other area hotels by providing them with complimentary arrangements - Hampton by Hilton spokesperson.

On top of everything else, because of the intense demand for rooms, hotels are charging on average 20 percent more than the same weekend last year.