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Update: It was these guys.
Ugh. Yet another example of professional athletes behaving badly in hotel rooms. This time it happened at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The incident took place in February but word only just came out via Yahoo! Sports. They reported:
National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster, who runs the NFL scouting combine, confirmed that a hotel room was left trashed during the February 2013 event in Indianapolis. However, Foster refused to identify the two players who shared the room for three nights, though sources have indicated that one of the two prospects is a potential first-round pick in next week's NFL draft.
So how bad was the damage? Like Lohan or Courtney Love bad with cigarette burns everywhere? Or 80s hair band bad with broken bottles of alcohol littered on the floor and TVs thrown out the window? Judging from the description below, it's a new kind of bad. Very bad:
Things are tough all over! Some hotels and travel apps are whining about our reports that their Hurricane Sandy fees aren't unfair at all, and now it looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers are in trouble! They'll have to march right back home after their game against the New York Giants at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. scheduled for 4:25pm on Sunday.
Why? There’s simply no room at the inn. Any inn,(not even the no-tell motels?), to take on the 53-man football team.
The Steelers' regular hotel in Jersey City is without power for their booking tomorrow night and they can't find alternate lodging. This will force the team to fly the great distance to Newark (an hour) on the day of the game (the NFL requires visiting teams to arrive at least one day before kickoff) and return to Pittsburgh that same day. But again, take note of the game time: 4:25 p.m. So, we’re not talking a break-of-dawn flight, here, buddies. Perspective!
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The news of Philadelphia Eagles player Dion Lewis pulling a fire alarm at a Hampton Inn over the weekend can be chalked up to typical off-season NFL player shenanigans. (Seriously, compared with other stuff NFL guys get into, this one is TAME.)
But we think there's an important lesson here for you frequent hotel guests--pulling that fire alarm when there's no fire will get you arrested. That's what happened with Lewis and his brother after the duo arrived back at the hotel in Albany, where they were staying, at 5am and couldn't get in. They began banging on the doors and then pulled the fire alarm. Yeah, this wasn't going to end well.
We love us some Big Blue, but we have to admit: we really wanted to see the New Orleans Saints take on the Pats on Sunday. (And, duh, beat them.) Even without New Orleans in the Super Bowl, we wish we were there to get our Game Face on at the Hyatt Regency New Orlean's Vitascope Hall.
This is one of the best hotel sports bars we've ever seen. It's not a dive full of aggressive sports fans; it's actually quite sleek looking. But more importantly, it is designed with perfect game-watching functionality.
There are big leather bar stools with seat backs lining the bar with front-on views of the flatscreens and there are lots of leather couches in various configurations scattered around the room. The prime spots for football games, though, are these semi-private booths with their own flatscreens...
We got a question from a reader the other week about the host hotels for the AFC and NFC Champions in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. While the AFC and NFC champs will be decided next weekend, we got the skinny on where they will stay when they land in Indy.
The AFC champs will hole up at the University Place Conference Center & Hotel while the NFC winners will shack up at the Marriott Downtown. Meanwhile, the city's brand new glistening JW Marriott Hotel will serve as the media center while the Westin Indianapolis will be the NFL Headquarters.
Now, let's take a closer look at the team hotels. The University Hotel is, as its name indicates, a part of Indiana and Purdue Universities. The four-star hotel has modern rooms with 32" flat screen TVs, free internet, desks with ergonomic chairs, crisp duvets and BeeKind toiletries (which are eco-friendly as well.)
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Apparently, we aren't the only ones who enjoy spending inordinate amounts of time inside hotel bathrooms. According to Bleacher Report, ESPN reporter Jenn Brown began a hilarious Tweeting storm last Wednesday when she realized she had locked herself in the bathroom of her hotel room. Hey, it happens to the best of us!
Jenn, who goes by @JennBrownESPN on Twitter, began by announcing: "Another first today, got locked inside my hotel room's bathroom bc handle's stuck. Called front desk from cell phone & now waiting on help!" But as the help took a longer and longer to arrive, Jenn began randomly tweeting back to her followers, answering questions about everything from the bathroom's toiletries to the general purpose of bathroom doors. See below for the exchange.
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It's no secret that the eatin' and drinkin' in New Orleans is out of this world. Also, on game days, there is tailgating aplenty around the Superdome—and, now it's reopened, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. But inside? There's even more yumminess to be had.
Our gallery has a little visual sampling of what's on offer, and here are the important deets on where to eat in the hotel:
8 Block Kitchen & Bar: Named for the eight blocks of Upper Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, the Hyatt Regency NOLA's signature restaurant is helmed by executive chef Eric Damidot, who joined the hotel from Caesar's Palace in Vegas. His menu is farm-to-table driven and blends international foodie favorites with traditional New Orleans flavors. Breakfast options include Fried Oyster Eggs Benedict and Beignets. Lunch and dinner specialties include She Crab Soup, Rotisserie Coq au Coin Farm Chicken Gumbo, Garlic and Pepper Crusted Gulf Shrimp and a Muffaletta sandwich.
The NFL season is in full effect and if you're looking to hang out with people who follow the gridiron games as fervently as you do, then you might wanna consider hitting up a Courtyard by Marriott.
The budget hotel brand has just announced that it is now "The Official Hotel Sponsor of the NFL" claiming that 83 percent of their customers are NFL fans. 83 percent! And 68 percent say they are "passionate fans", not just girls who watch Mark Sanchez and Tom Brady because they are cute.
Naturally, this new sponsorship means new NFL-oriented rewards and experiences. Forbes reports that there could be a contest to send one lucky winner to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. There could also be chances to cash in Marriott Rewards points for NFL tickets or prizes. But best of all, Courtyard could be holding some official viewing parties at their hotels on Thursday and Monday nights--perfect for the road warriors who don't want to miss games.
The Ames in Boston is actually a great place to watch sports--you can watch games from the shower!
Ah, pre-season football is here! And with it, the start of the hotel football packages.
But one in particular caught our eye, mostly because it is so bizarre. The La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, just outside of Houston, is offering a Fantasy Football Widows Package, for "loved ones who slowly become widows to the digital fantasy roster that consumes a football fan’s every thought through the very last day of the NFL season."
The NFL season is finally back on track and now football fans are anxiously awaiting to see how their teams will shape up over the next few days. And so are the players as free agents like former Giant and ex-con Plaxico Burress begin courting owners and coaches for some placement.
Fortunately, Plaxico had the good sense to avoid the Radisson Lexington hotel which is where he shot himself in the leg with a gun back in 2008 in the hotel's nightclub, the Latin Quarter. And which ultimately sent him to jail.
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With the Jets still in contention to go-all-the-way, we admit it: we've thought about looking for flights to and hotels in Pittsburgh and Dallas. But you know what's a hell of a lot more fun than thinking about a hotel room in Dallas? Watching the Super Bowl from an oceanview hotel room in Turks & Caicos.
The Gansevoort Turks & Caicos gets it. They're getting a 16-foot big-screen TV ready to set up on Grace Bay Beach, and finalizing plans for a sand-in-your-toes tailgate party complete with drinks specials and wings.
Go long...down the hallway, past the ice machine!
If you're NFL great Joe Montana and you want to open up a luxury hotel, where are you gonna do it? Why in Santa Clara, Calif. right across the street from where your old team, the San Francisco 49ers, hope to build a brand-new 68,500-seat stadium. And indeed, that's what Joe Montana is hoping to do.
The San Jose Mercury News reports Montana and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. have petitioned the city of Santa Clara to give them an 18-month exclusive negotiating agreement for about seven acres across from the proposed stadium site that would include a luxury hotel, sports bar, upscale restaurant and entertainment venue.