NFL Playoffs Week 1: Oyster.com's Top Places to Stay
With the Superbowl in sight (in the super-glam city of Indianapolis, no less), do-or-die playoff games mean serious crowds, crazed fans and tons of hotel reservations for the aforementioned. We checked out this weekend's schedule and made our own picks -- for sleeping, that is.
STEELERS V BRONCOS IN DENVER, CO Top Spot to Sleep: The Oxford Hotel
Why: You don't need to worry about Fido, packing your iPhone charger or getting around the downtown district when you camp out at the Oxford Hotel. Bose docks are in every rooms, pets are welcome and complementary towncar service is offered within a 2-mile radius. After you watch Tim Tebow put on what's undoubtedly going to be an interesting performance, you can grab a drink at The Cruise Room Bar, the oldest in all of Denver.
FALCONS V GIANTS IN NEW YORK, NY Top Spot to Sleep: Sheraton TriBeCa New York Hotel
Why: Besides boasting a hip location and extremely fair rates, the Sheraton TriBeCa New York hotel also offers free Wi-Fi to guests looking to place an online pre-game bet (legally, of course) or check in with the office before going dark. The large bar, lounge that's open late and close proximity to the Holland Tunnel (a.k.a. the way to Giants Stadium) make this one a no-brainer.
LIONS V SAINTS IN NEW ORLEANS, LA Top Spot to Sleep: Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans
Why: Located in New Orleans' Central Business District, the Wyndham is just a few miles from the Saints' home, the Louisiana Superdome. And with quarterback Drew Brees likely to put on a show for his hometown (and to the Detroit Lions), Saints fans are likely going to want to party post-victory, the hotel offers 24-hour room service just for that purpose. Most rooms are quite spacious, and many come with couches, perfect for your buddy who had a few beers too many.
BENGALS V TEXANS IN HOUSTON, TX
Top Spot to Sleep: Magnolia Hotel Houston (review and photos coming soon!)
Why: Boasting the only rooftop pool in Houston, the Magnolia Hotel is easily one of the city's premier destinations. Guests can start the evening off with a free celebratory beer or glass of wine at the hotel's evening reception, or wash the "GO TEXANS" body paint off of themselves in their room's massive walk-in shower. If the game is more of a company retreat, no need to rush back to the office: the hotel's meeting room is one of the nicest we've ever seen. Just make sure to go easy on your friends who are Cowboys fans.