The NFL 2015 regular season kicks off tonight with the Steelers taking on the Patriots, but diehard fans have already logged weeks in preparation -- drafting their Fantasy Football teams, performing all sorts of "good luck" rituals, and booking hotel stays for the most anticipated games. Of course there are tons of hotels in each team's hometown that are ready to welcome the masses visiting for the match-ups, but here we bring you 10 in cities across the country that will make some hardcore fans particularly happy.
With 1,193 rooms, this upscale high-rise hotel feels a bit like a city unto itself. The Superdome is practically next door, and it can be spotted from various common areas, some rooms, and even the gym if you’re looking for some inspiration while you run on the treadmill. Rooms are simply decorated with a contemporary, chain hotel style, along with high-quality Hyatt Grand Beds and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Guests could spend much of their time on-site, considering the four restaurants, rooftop saltwater pool, 24-hour fitness center, and free weekend jazz performances.
The upper-middle-range Hotel Indigo is an eclectic mix of historical influences and contemporary style. Conveniently located off the historic Printer’s Alley, the hotel is in the heart of downtown Nashville, convenient to the sights, shops, and nightlife — and less than a 15-minute walk from the home of the Tennessee Titans. Rooms here are quirky and stylish, with plenty of space.
Occupying a former jail, the 298-room Liberty Hotel is truly unique, with a playful design that incorporates the incarceration theme in fun ways. The stunning lobby, comfortable rooms and quality on-site restaurants make this hotel a good choice. Plus, Patriots fans will appreciate that the T (Boston’s subway system) is only a block away, which will connect you right to Back Bay Station and the MBTA Commuter Rail to Gilette Stadium.
Bear with us: We recommend this Fort Lauderdale property to Dolphins fanatics for a couple reasons. Sure, staying in South Beach puts fans about 25 minutes closer to Sun Life Stadium, but the W Fort Lauderdale was purchased last summer by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, meaning plenty of players and other celebrities who love the Dolphins (like Marc Anthony and Fergie, who are both part owners as well) filter through here. Plus, it’s a much cheaper stay than its sister property, the W South Beach. If you must stay in Miami, the Fontainebleau is a solid choice; it’s a 25-minute drive from the stadium, and Dolphins players often frequent the resort’s nightclubs and bars.
The 195-room Royal Sonesta draws visitors with its grand common spaces, convenient Inner harbor location, and impressive rooftop health club, complete with a pool, whirlpool, and sauna. Rooms are notable for their size (they start at 420 square feet) and, in some, their harbor views. Ravens fans appreciate the proximity to M&T Bank Stadium (it’s just a 15-minute walk from the hotel), while Orioles fans can also be grateful that their stadium is just a walk away as well.
Thanks to NYC’s massive subway system, Giants fans can easily (enough) reach MetLife Stadium no matter where they stay in Manhattan. But several players have been spotted at Midtown’s Moderne hotel, so we consider it a great option for those who want to be near the heart of the action, while watching the game and sightseeing. It’s within a five-block radius (or less) of 11 subway lines, and a 24-hour cappuccino bar will keep fans alert so they don’t miss a single play.
The 700-room Westin Charlotte has a hard time standing out from any other mid-level chain. As always, the chain’s Heavenly Beds are comfortable, but the furniture throughout the rest of the room is dinged and slightly showing its age. Fitness buffs will love the fitness center, though, and its reasonable rates and location less than a 10-minute walk from the Bank of America Stadium allow Panthers fans to appreciate it despite its generic feel.
A reasonably priced option, the Ramada Denver Midtown offers freebies such as breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking. Additional upsides at this budget-friendly property include many restaurants within easy walking distance, the seasonal outdoor pool, and fast proximity to both downtown Denver and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, which is about a 20-minute walk away; however, we’d advice guests to opt for the four-minute drive to err on the side of caution since the surrounding roads can be busy with traffic.
Less than a 15-minute drive from CenturyLink Field, this Grand Hyatt has hosted numerous teams in town to take on the Seahawks. Surrounded by many major Seattle attractions (you can see the Pike Place Market sign just five blocks away), plus great restaurants and shopping, it manages to meld convenience with luxury service. Plus, both players and fans adore the deep soaking tub and separate walk-in shower in each room. For those looking for even closer proximity at a cheaper price, the budget-friendly BEST WESTERN PLUS is a 10-minute walk, or five-minute drive, from the stadium.
One of the nicest airport hotels we’ve seen in a while, the Grand Hyatt DFW sets itself apart in the category with an upscale restaurant, separate sushi bar, cafe, spa, rooftop pool, and well-equipped fitness center. Though the elegant rooms overlook the tarmac, they are nonetheless quiet, and Cowboys fans can fly in, check-in, and head to the stadium from the hotel, which one takes about 20 minutes.
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