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5 Last-Minute Super Bowl Hotels For Diehard Beyonce Fans

October 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

We feel we should preface this post with a big 'but...'

Yes, it's true that Beyonce will be the official act for the Super Bowl halftime show this February. Yes, it will probably be a better show than whatever weird Egyptian thing Madonna did last year. And yes, even you, who's left planning 'til the very last minute, can find a way to see Beyonce perform and have a place to stay.

But (we told you it was coming!) don't expect to find a hotel in New Orleans proper, as, from what we can tell, they're all pretty much sold out. A quick look online shows that not only are our usual NOLA faves fully booked, even the crumby ones on the outskirts of town are unavailable too.

So, what's a Beyonce fan to do?

Well, if you've got the patience, and don't mind driving an extra hour and a half to get there, we figured you could make do with the next best thing: Baton Rouge. And, no joke, even those hotels are beginning to fill up too. So you'd better act fast!

On a recent visit to New Orleans, we put ourselves up at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, and didn't have any complaints (we even kinda dug the colorful sculpture garden in the lobby). 90 minutes west, the Renaissance Baton Rouge, has Super Bowl weekend rates starting at $259/night.

In a similar range, you'll also find the Radisson Baton Rouge ($249/night), the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center ($249/night), and the more reasonable Hyatt Place Baton Rouge ($199/night). The latter will prove particularly attractive to high-tech Beyonce fans with gadgets to plug in (or bootleg vids to upload to YouTube...), as Hyatt Place boasts one of the flashiest outlet panels we've seen yet.

Of course, the sad news is that even with Baton Rouge being an hour-and-a-half drive from the action, these rates are still at a premium, marked up between 20%-40% of their normal seasonal standards. But it's the Super Bowl, and with a major international star like Beyonce showing up for halftime, it's going to be a free-for-all just trying to get into the state of Louisiana, let alone Baton Rouge.

Happy booking!

[Photo: Popdust; Renaissance]

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