NFL Playoffs Week 2: Oyster.com's Top Places to Stay
Now that the madness of Week 1 is over (and the embarrassed Falcons can hang their helmets for the season), it's time to get down to football business: The best versus, well, the not best. This weekend we'll see Tim "Touched by an Angel" Tebow battle it out against the genetically-blessed Tom Brady (I swear, I really am a Giants fan); Big Blue is heading up north to face the practically indomitable Green Bay Packers; and the quietly looming 49ers are playing host to (the also indomitable) New Orleans Saints. The most curious match up, though, is happening in Baltimore, where the Ravens are taking on the...err...Texans. (Is it bad I keep forgetting they're involved?) We scouted the home fields for some sweet hotel picks for this weekend's epic games.
HOUSTON TEXANS VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Where to Sleep: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill; Washington, D.C.
Why Here: Forgo Baltimore for D.C., as its just about a 40-minute train ride from the capital city -- and offers up plenty more to do. (Sorry, Baltimore! We still heart you.) And as a bonus, the Hyatt Regency is just a five-minute walk from the train station you'll need to hop on to get to the game. The hotel offers up a huge heated, indoor pool -- great for families -- along with an amazing fitness center and soundproof, guest-room walls. (Great for couples, perhaps?) Plus, the property is in prime sightseeing territory, practically steps from the Capitol Building -- so make sure to snap a few great pics before heading out of town.
DENVER BRONCOS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Where to Sleep: The Westin Copley Place; Boston, MA
Why Here: Because Gillette Stadium (home to the Pats) is actually located in Foxborough, about a 40-minute drive from the city, you'll wanna stay as inland as possible while still soaking up the city of Boston. Lucky for you, that means camping out in the tony Back Bay area (as it'll save you the most driving time) at the Westin Copley Place. The property itself offers a little bit of something for everyone: Six on-site restaurants, a great spa, an indoor pool and you can bring your pet for the weekend -- free of charge, natch. Would a true Patriot have it any other way?
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS
Where to Sleep: Hilton San Francisco Union Square; San Francisco, CA
Why Here: Although windy Candlestick Park is south of Union Square, you're going to want to stay where all of the action of the city is -- and San Francisco's Union Square is certainly a tourist (and shopping!) hub. The Hilton offers one of the city's best bars -- Urban Tavern, which is probably the only watering hole we've seen that's both cozy and slick, and serves up yummy grub along with cold brews. Sounds perfect for a post-game drink, no? The only catch, though, is that rooms are unimpressive, which shouldn't matter if you're touring town or at the game -- undoubtedly the hottest match-up of the weekend.
NEW YORK GIANTS VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Although Green Bay isn't yet an Oyster destination, we're pretty confident about one thing: Pack warm clothes.