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Hotel Indigo in Houston Still Has (Funky) Rooms for the Final Four

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  Site Where: 5160 Hidalgo Street [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77056
April 1, 2011 at 8:46 AM | by | ()

If you're a fan of Virginia Commonwealth University, you probably never thought this weekend would happen. But if you're a fan of VCU, then that means you're probably looking for a hotel room in Houston, Texas for the NCAA Final Four. After all, you'd be crazy to miss this appearance.

While hotel rooms in Houston are in high demand this weekend, they aren't at exactly Super Bowl rates. Looking at HotelRates.HotelChatter.com, we were psyched to see the Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria going for $209 on Saturday and Sunday night. That includes free WiFi, very bright guestroom decor and hardwood floors (perhaps this could come in handy if you need to dribble out the nerve?). And it's actually $20 less than the nearby Hilton Garden Inn. Does HGI put haikus in the guestroom? No, they do not.

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Hungry for March Madness? Fill Up with Four Seasons San Fran's Beer-and-Cheese Bracket

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  Site Where: 757 Market St. [map], San Francisco , CA, United States, 94103
March 23, 2011 at 9:51 AM | by | ()

While you carefully monitor your March Madness brackets in hopes of winning the office pool, the Four Seasons San Francisco created its own special bracket for the NCAA championships where you're sure to win every time. The hotel is serving up a March Madness beer-and-cheese bracket.

The San Francisco hotel's Seasons Bar and Lounge presents every beer-and-cheese pairing like a basketball slate, with each slate offering three beer tasters and three cheeses for $22.

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Basketball at the Canary Hotel

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  Site Where: 31 W. Carrillo St. [map], Santa Barbara, CA, United States, 93101
March 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM | by | ()

In honor of the upcoming holiday, we'll highlight a few wacky St. Patrick's Day packages that must have been thought up by a leprechaun.

St. Patrick's Day makes you crave pints of Guinness, Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and, um, basketball. At least that's what the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara is hoping.

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The Five Best Hotel Sports Books in Las Vegas

January 25, 2010 at 11:40 AM | by | ()

Now that it's winter, it’s high time to head to a Las Vegas sports book. Between The Super Bowl and March Madness, there’s no shortage of reasons to spend inordinate amounts of time in these gambling Meccas.

In addition to being the best places to bet on sports, books are arguably the biggest and baddest sports bars in town—the perfect spot to grab a cold one (or six) and sit back to watch your team bring it home.

Not all sports books, however, are created equal. We created a list of the best Vegas venues to place your sports bets back in 2005, but this is a different city in 2010. Places have changed and so has the technology.

So after years of taking points, giving points, parlaying and teasing, yours truly has pulled together this list of the best of the best. Here are the Best Five Sports Books in town, with a rundown on what makes each of them worth your time.

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· Dishonorable Mention

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More Than Four Hotels Still Available for Detroit's Final Four

April 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

Unsurprisingly, our March Madness brackets have pretty much failed miserably. For all those folks still in the game, Detroit is the place to be this weekend (now that’s not a phrase you hear very often!). If you’re Final Four-or-bust, well, we don’t have to tell you that your best option would have been to book a room months ago. But fret not, for a few rooms remain for you last-minute travelers.

We hopped over to the HotelChatter rezzie system, where we found a few hotels with vacancies. Rates range from bargain-basement $60 to $499. As you’re likely aware, though, you don't want to book a hotel in just any neighborhood and assume those polite Midwesterners will take good care of you. (So while a $60 rate might be tempting, just remember that you get what you pay for. In a big city like Detroit, there’s a good chance that might mean bulletproof glass.)

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The Sahara Now Selling Three-Foot Tall Beers for March Madness

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
March 17, 2009 at 3:53 PM | by | ()

If you couldn't finish the two-foot burrito at the NASCAR Cafe inside the Sahara Las Vegas last month, it's ok. Just in time for March Madness, you can now redeem yourself with the NASCAR Cafe's 3-foot-tall Brew Tower, which holds 15 beers.

Afraid beer might be too fattening? You could always have a go at the Shot Trees which can be filled with five or ten shots of your choice. Yes, it is strongly suggested to bring your friends along with you.

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'Get Your Game On' at Encore for March Madness

March 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM | by | ()

With the announcement of the 2009 NCAA Tournament Brackets, March Madness has arrived. And there is seemingly no better place to celebrate your devotion to a college basketball team in a place where the alcohol is flowing, the flat-screens are plentiful and the betting is totally legal. Yup, we're talking about Las Vegas.

At the newly-opened Encore Las Vegas, NCAA-themed room packages are available starting on March 19 all the way through April 6. Guest rooms start at $199 and include guaranteed seating at the hotel's sportsbook during the games as well as free food and beverages. If you book your stay for next Saturday then you will also get tickets to the "Survive & Advance" show's live taping hosted by former Indiana coach Bob Knight and Billy Packer. The show will also be taping March 22, 29 and April 3 and 5. Remember, the championship game will be held on April 4.

For March 26-29, the dates of the Regional Finals, we found a resort suite at Encore for $209 a night. Use code SAAPUB to book. The package is also available at Encore's sister property, The Wynn. All rates and dates are subject to availability.

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Final Four Will Give Downtown Detroit a Second Chance

March 9, 2009 at 12:11 PM | by | ()

Detroit better start prostrating itself before the altar of their financial gods, as after a let-down of an auto show, the Final Four will roll into town during the first weekend in April and hopefully bolster hotel room sales and tourist revenue. According to the Free Press, the "Big Dance has done what the Detroit auto show could not in January -- book up all but a handful of downtown Detroit's nearly 5,000 hotel rooms."

As for that leftover fistful, expect it to go during the rest of this month as office buddies book last-minute trips and tickets trade hands. Undeniably, the hottest hotel for the Final Four will be the newest and shiniest, namely the Westin Book Cadillac, which opened downtown in October and already shows no available occupancy for that weekend. Instead, we highly recommend turning to the huge capacity casino hotels, which are both desperate for your money and prepared for raucous crowds.

Our pick? Hit up the MGM Grand to end a long day of overpriced stadium beer and switch to slowly playing the slots for free cocktails.

[Detroit photo via ifmuth; Final Four stamp via hoopedia]

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Sink Slam Dunk Rates at NOLA Marriott, from $69

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  Site Where: 555 Canal St [map], New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
March 4, 2009 at 10:17 AM | by | ()

Travelers can be quick to forget that New Orleans does, in fact, exist beyond the mania of Mardi Gras. As a friendly reminder, the New Orleans Marriott has a pretty rad incentive: “Bee-Ball Buzz” rates ($69-199!) to coincide with Hornets home games now through April 13. To which, we say: Score!

Plus, basketball fans can extend the good rate for a night pre- or post-game night. Hornets play at home March 16 (vs. the Houston Rockets), March 18 (vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves), March 20 (vs. the Memphis Grizzlies), March 22 (vs. the Golden State Warriors), March 25 (vs. the Denver Nuggets), March 29 (vs. the San Antonio Spurs), April 5 (vs. the Utah Jazz), April 8 (vs. the Phoenix Suns), and April 12 (vs. the Dallas Mavericks).

Book the Bee-Ball Buzz rate using rate code SPE. Two-week or more advance purchase required.

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March Madness Hotel Deals on Expedia

March 25, 2008 at 12:21 PM | by | ()

The folks over at Expedia are hoping that you love your alma mater enough to travel a distance to watch them play in the NCAA March Madness tournament as it heads into the Sweet 16 round this week.

The booking site has rounded up the hotel options by regional round host cities: Phoenix, Houston, Charlotte and Detroit, as well as San Antonio, the site of the Final Four championship.

It depends on who you are rooting for but the hotels are fairly decent, such as $129 a night for the historic Magnolia Hotel in Houston. However, if you wanna bank on your team being in the Final Four, we say book a hotel in San Antonio. Expedia has fairly cheap rates at the Hawthorn Suites Riverwalk Hotel for $119 a night.

Again, rates like these remind us why we love college sports over professional sporting events like the Super Bowl.

[Photo: AP]

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Just in Time for March Madness, Sheraton Partners Up With the NCAA

February 27, 2008 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

Is this a desperate attempt by Sheraton Hotels to target a younger generation? Possibly. But starting soon, you should notice Sheraton infiltrating your favorite college basketball team's televised games.

Sheraton hotels have unveiled a new :30 TV spot, "Belong," that airs during CBS Sports' regular-season coverage of NCAA basketball, the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship -- including the Men's Final Four® semifinal games -- and the National Championship game, through April 8.

That's not all. Sheraton is hoping to start the world's largest online wave at www.Sheraton.com/NCAA, "a site that features video clips of individuals who have filmed and uploaded their own creative version of the wave."

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