Pittsburgh and Chicago Hotels Still Wide-Open for Football Fans
January 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM
UPDATE: Check out the comments section below for more hotel deals.
With the New York Jets pulling off a stunning win against the New England Patriots last night and the Chicago Bears predictably triumphing over the Seattle Seahawks, the conference championships for next weekend are set. And what that really means is, you super fans need to book your hotel rooms now.
Let's look at the two host cities....
Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Jets on their home turf on Sunday. The good thing about Pittsburgh is that you don't have to spend a lot of money on a hotel room as budget brands abound. However, if you like four-star and above, there are really only four options.
Checking on HotelRates.HotelChatter.com, rooms were still available at the new Fairmont Pittsburgh for $329 a night. For a look inside the hotel, see our review here. We also found the Omni William Penn Hotel for $359 a night while the Westin Pittsburgh was available for $249 and the Renaissance Pittsburgh was open for $307 a night. Plenty of budget hotel like Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn and Quality Inn were open for under $150 a night.
Chicago: The Green Bay Packers will travel to Chicago to face the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago has a much better hotel scene than Pittsburgh and the options are seemingly endless. Not to mention the prices are so so so doable. (What? No one wants to visit Chicago at the end of January? Shocker.)
A deal we liked is the Affinia Chicago which has rooms on Sunday for just $82. (See our Affinia Chicago review here.) The Hard Rock also has rooms for under $100 at $89. Even the W Lakeshore is just $95. But for a little more hotel cool at the James Chicago, that will only cost $109.
So whether you're a Jets, Packers, Bears or Steelers fan, attending the conference championship game is looking far more doable than the Super Bowl 'Course, we haven't looked at the ticket prices yet but at least you have a place to lay your weary head after the big win/loss.
Know of a hotel in Chicago or Pittsburgh doing something newsworthy for the big games? Let us know what it is!
[Photo: NY Post]