It’s that time of year again, when football fans gather around the big-screen to witness the greatest day in American sports. And this year, a lucky few (thousand) fans will make the trek down to New Orleans to see the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens face off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Because we’re big fans of the Big Easy, we found the best places to stay on game day, no matter which team you’re rooting for -- And we're not about to say which side of the dome we'll be sitting on!
Stay: The InterContinental New Orleans
You can’t get much closer to the action than the InterContinental New Orleans, just a two-minute drive from the Superdome. This Central Business District hotel not only boasts a great location for Super Bowlers, but also has a heated rooftop pool and a savvy concierge who can offer all the inside tips on navigating through the sure-to-be-packed.
Stay: Hilton New Orleans Riverside
With another prime location a few blocks from the Superdome, the Hilton Riverside feels like a resort in the midst of the business district. When the game is over, guests can enjoy the hotel's great perks, such as an arcade, two pools, a delicious seafood restaurant that both coastal fans can enjoy, and a full-service spa because -- let’s face it -- it's gonna be a tense game.
Stay: Loft 523 New Orleans
The uber-cool Loft 523 hotel is a trendy industrial-style boutique about a five-minute drive from the Superdome. The 18-room property sits on the more luxurious side of area hotels, and football fans will appreciate the hip on-site nightclub, perfect for celebrating -- or drowning your sorrows -- post-game.
Stay: International House Hotel
The posh International House is another boutique option about five minutes from the arena. The hotel is a celeb hot-spot, so chances are good that fans might run into a famous face or town, also in town for the Super Bowl. The hotel even has a popular, inventive cocktail lounge on-site, so no need to bust out the Ice House or Natty Light if you're tailgating on this lot.