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We just assumed all the good hotels in North Jersey would be totally booked up but this year's Super Bowl hotel situation has been way different from other years in that, well, there are a ton of hotels in NJ and NYC still open and still affordable. We are sure the discovery of white powder in hotels in NJ isn't helping with demand either.
Looking again at Expedia, you can find a reasonable hotel (under $300) in pretty much any part of Manhattan without two or three-day minimums.
And there are even more Game Day parties than we can keep up with. Like at the W Hoboken, the hotel will also be offering "Skyboxes", converted meeting room spaces, for people to watch the game. The price starts at $200 per person and runs from 6pm to 11pm with tailgate bites and an open bar. Oh and of course, a flatscreen to watch the game.
Here are more ways that hotels are celebrating the Super Bowl this weekend:
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What's the Super Bowl without a few drinks? We're not talking a weak can of Bud, this year you can sip on a specially created Super Bowl themed cocktail from the following Manhattan hotels:
At JAZZ at KITANO at the Kitano New York house mixologist Pablo Villareal has created two special cocktails in honor of each of the teams:
Gridiron Margarita (Inspired by the Seahawks) $16. Pictured above.
2 oz. Don Julio Anejo Tequila
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 red chili pepper
1 lime slice
Muddle strawberries, lime & chili with simple syrup. Add tequila and ice, shake. Serve in rocks glass on ice. Garnish with sliced strawberry and chili pepper.
Zone Blitz (For the Broncos) $16
2 oz Absolute Pepper Vodka
Top off with lemon lime soda
Splash of blue caracao for color
Serve over crushed ice in a rocks glass.
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The Super Bowl is getting closer and if you've not scored tickets to the game (likely), you'll still be able to participate in all the festivities happening in NYC (even though the game is in New Jersey.) Hotel rooms are still plentiful but that's only half the part of the celebration. Here's a running list of where you can watch the Big Game from the comfort of a hotel.
We've divvied it up between private viewing parties and come one, come all parties. We'll be updating this list too so if you know of party to check out, send it to us. *
PRIVATE VIEWING PARTIES AT HOTELS: Real ballers will have their own private Game Day party in a hotel suite.
· Trump Soho: You can rent out one of the Trump Soho's eight penthouse suites for a killer private viewing party. The penthouses range from 1,600 to 2,300 square feet, including the premier Duplex Penthouse that features two 46-inch Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 10 televisions and the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 sound system. The suite can also be decked out in your team's colors and with catering provided by the hotel’s Executive Chef Desmond Lim. You can even get an autographed piece of memorabilia from one of the team’s players. Interested? Call 212.842.5500 or email TrumpSoHo@TrumpHotels.com. The suite rates start at $4,000 but does not include decorations, catering or memorabilia.
· Mandarin Oriental NYC: You can choose to watch the game in either the hotel's signature Presidential or Oriental Suites, both of which have views of the city skyline. A fully-catered tailgate will be brought to your room with the "tastiest stadium snacks" done with a gourmet twist. Like nachos with braised short rib and white bean chili, Kobe Beef Sliders with avocado and jack cheese, and Coney Dogs with ale mustard and sauerkraut. Also included are an array of desserts, a Champion bucket of beers, and a bottle for Louis Roederer’s “Cristal” Champagne (at an additional cost.) Rates begin at $17,800 for the Oriental Suite and $23,800 for the Presidential Suite. The package is available Feb. 1-3, 2014 or Feb. 2-4, 2014 with a two night minimum stay.
· W New York Hotels: The W Times Square, W New York and W Downtown will be offering private Skyboxes for groups up to 25 on Super Bowl Sunday. For $350 per person (plus tax and tip), you'll get an exclusive W Skybox (converted meeting rooms), a projection screen with HD view of the game, a five-hour open bar and tailgate inspired bites. Go here for more info on how to book.
· Waldorf Astoria Tower Suites: Fan can book one of the 123 suites in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria with leather recliners and sofas, big screens TVs and projectors, gourmet game day staples and an open bar of whiskeys, bourbons and craft beer. The hotel’s Towers Suite Specialists are ready to build your ideal Game Day viewing party. For availability and pricing, call a Suite Specialist at 212-872-1211.
OVER THE TOP HOTEL PARTY/PACKAGE
☛ Sofitel New York: Looking for some game tickets, say, about 20 of them? The Sofitel has you covered. Their Ultimate Super Bowl Experience package includes 20 tickets to the game in Section 300 of MetLife Stadium, along with group transportation to and from the game, 10 luxury suites (double occupancy) for three nights, arriving Friday, Jan. 31 and departing Monday, Feb. 3rd with late check-out. The package also throws in breakfast for 20 daily at Gaby Brasserie Française and transportation to and from the airport. Taxes, fees and gratuities are all included. But it will set you and your friends back $100,000. Omg. Not sure if you love the Broncos or Seahawks that much. But if you do, call (212) 354-8844 for reservations.
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Good news for Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks fans, Not only are your teams going to the Super Bowl, there's also plenty of hotel options in NYC should you
pay out the nose for tickets decide to go to the game.
Unlike last year (New Orleans) and the year before (Indianapolis), there are plenty of reasonably priced hotels close to the celebratory action (namely, parties) still available. Alas, finding your way from your hotel room to the game in New Jersey, and back, could be a little crazy. Go here for the official recommendations for ticket holders.
But if you're not a ticket holder and you just want to crash the Super Bowl weekend parties, here are some hotel picks rom January 31-Feb 2nd*:
· King & Grove New York: Located in Midtown East near Grand Central and going for $280 a night. [Source: Expedia]
· NYLO New York: Newly opened, on the Upper West side (closer access to George Washington Bridge) and going for $339 a night. [Source: Expedia]
· Roger Smith: The hotel is offering rooms for $299 a night also with reimbursement for bus transportation to and from MetLife stadium. A two-night minimum is required for either Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday. Book using code SB2014. [Source: Roger Smith Hotel]
· NYC Kimpton Hotels: The Kimpton chain is promising hotel rooms and insider information. Rates start at $320 a night at 70 Park Avenue and up to $709 at the Muse in Times Square. Reservations are pre-paid and non-refundable and must include a three-night minimum stay. However, morning coffee is free.
·Best Western Plus President Hotel at Times Square: This is actually one of the most stylish Best Westerns out there in the heart of Times Square and of course, the WiFi is free. Rates are $299 a night.
*Oh and in case you're wondering about the Bud Light Hotel? That's actually cruise ship docked on the Hudson.
If you have tickets to the Super Bowl but haven’t booked yet, all we can say is, yikes.
But, you might be in luck afterall. Since hotel rates are, in some cases, absolutely outrageous, a group of B&Bs are making a last-minute push for business.
Sixteen New Jersey inns (all part of the Preferred Inns of New Jersey Bed & Breakfast Association) are offering promotions via HuddleNJ that include breakfast and Wifi with rates between $150 and $300.
Since you can’t drive to the game, a major selling point is that they are located near NJ Transit stops. That said, many are a good hour and a half train ride from the stadium (which is reflected in the prices). You can see a complete list of the inns here. Some are taking their offerings a bit further with football themed food and drink, but you’ll have to check with each property individually when booking.
[Photo: Majestic Hotel]
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Logic would suggest that, as a notable event approaches, the excitement one feels for attending said event would increase.
The 2014 Super Bowl, however, keeps trending in the opposite direction.
When it was announced that the NFL's championship game, traditionally played in warm weather or in the comfy confines of a dome, would take place outside in North Jersey during the month of February, we scratched our heads. Then when our sister site Jaunted reported that the NFL had put a ban on tailgating for the Super Bowl -- meaning we wouldn't be able to get properly hydrated for the game -- we really dug into our scalp. Potential sub-zero temperatures and no pre-game cocktails? Hmm...
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Usually, when the Super Bowl comes to town it's a slam dunk, er, immediate first down for hotels in that city and its surrounding areas. The NFL needs at least two hotels for the championship teams while corporate sponsors gobble up hotel rooms elsewhere. But according to the Real Deal Blog, NYC hotels aren't getting quite the business boom they were hoping for.
Occupancy rates for the city in the days leading up to the Super Bowl on February 2nd is only at 20 percent. Hotels were hoping it would be about 50 percent. There was no reason or explanation given for the sluggish room sales but we have a few, off the top of our heads:
Perhaps it's because folks are still waiting to see if their team has a likely shot of getting into the Super Bowl. After all, the regular season just ended this week. Or maybe folks aren't as interested this year as the game will be held in New Jersey in February, one of the coldest months of the year. Lastly, maybe occupancy isn't skyrocketing because there are SO MANY HOTELS to choose from in the NJ/NYC area.
As for room rates, they are staying humble..for now which is a good thing if you are interested in going to the Super Bowl this year.
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The long-standing Sheraton near The Meadowlands Complex in New Jersey, where the Giants and Jets play, has turned into a Hilton Hotel, with some brand new rooms, a new lobby and hallways. (The remaining rooms and meeting space are scheduled to begin renovation later next year.)
Aside from a prime location near the Meadowlands and the MetLife Stadium, the hotel is just four miles from NYC and 15 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport, making it an affordable alternative to Manhattan. But should you want to stay at this hotel sometime in early February, try again. The hotel is the host hotel of Super Bowl XLVIII which means rooms are probably sold-out.
And we say probably because there isn't an official Hilton site for the hotel right now. The existing Sheraton site is still up but when we tried to make a reservation for next week, no dice. Until the Hilton site comes online, you may want to call the hotel at (201) 896-0500 to book your stay. Who knows? Maybe you'll get lucky with a room for the Super Bowl.
[Photo: Sheraton Hotels]
We've already talked about how good the Super Bowl was for hotels in the Big Easy, but will it be the biggest blessing of the year?
While the city used to judge the success of Mardi Gras by the amount of trash they cleaned up afterwards (seriously), they lean a little more on hotel performance these days. How does Mardi Gras stack up against the Big Game? New Orleans is still sorting through the hotel data from this year's Mardi Gras, but a look at the numbers from last year show one thing very clearly: The Super Bowl really was super.
A study that compared the peak days of each event showed that the Super Bowl drew much higher rates despite similar occupancy levels. High-end hotels had an average daily rate of $460 during the Super Bowl compared to an ADR of $265 for Mardi Gras 2012. The story was the same for "middle-class" properties -- $392/night for the Super Bowl and $273 for Mardi Gras. Those are pretty big rate gaps! It's also interesting to note that the "middle-class" hotels had a higher ADR than the high-end hotels for Mardi Gras. Guess that says something about the type of lodging visitors to Mardi Gras are seeking.
The Ravens are Super Bowl Champs, and the Beyonce-Destiny's Child reunion certainly got plenty of folks talking, but New Orleans hotels came out on top, too.
A few fast facts to brighten up your Monday: during the week of January 27th leading up to the Big Game, occupancy rose from 46.6% to 71.1%, and the average daily rate jumped 125.9% to $289.03, according to data from STR.
Meanwhile, the U.S. hotel industry as a whole benefited from the Super Bowl, with occupancy up 3.6%, and RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room) increasing 9.8% to $57.06.
While it makes us sad that a city as great as New Orleans had an occupancy rate well below the national average prior to the Super Bowl, it just goes to show how important it is for cities to take advantage of major national events. Everyone wants to take a vacation, but they sometimes need a little push and motivation. Props to the hotels this year who pulled off Big Game parties and promotions (and boo to the hotel room scalpers like this guy hawking a room at the Wyndham Barrone Plaza for $3,000/night).
The next big sporting event for the hotel industry is baseball's spring training in Arizona and Florida, which starts next month. We've already mentioned one such promotion in our mancation story, and hopefully more will emerge as the date gets closer.
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Even non-football fans have figured out SUPER BOWL XLVII is happening in New Orleans this weekend.
While the top hotel rooms sold out long, long ago, there's still a few ways to get in on the action in town.
Stalk the Teams at These Hotels: Conde Nast Traveler told us where the AFC and NFC champs are staying. The San Francisco 49ers will be shacking up at the New Orleans Marriott while the Baltimore Ravens are spending the night at the Hilton Riverside. There aren't any rooms available for you, of course, but there's nothing stopping you from hitting up the hotel's restaurants and bars to spy on some past and future gridiron greats.
Take a Chance on Craigslist: Now that we're just days away from the Big Game, folks in the Big Easy are getting desperate with their hotel room offerings. There are several available on Craigslist right now. You can peruse the options here.. As always, with Craigslist, USE CAUTION when buying a hotel room. Make them show you a confirmation email before you fork over any money.
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Super Bowl parties shouldn't be hard to find in hotel lobbies and bars across the country, but we wanted to take a look at a lesser thought of approach to watching the Big Game: Hanging out in your hotel room.
We've found many hotels offering in-room Super Bowl packages and deals, usually surrounding the booking of a suite. While you know full well we'll never pass up a social event, we did the lazy man's dirty work and dug up a sample of such opportunities. Turns out, staying in your room isn't as lame as it sounds!
Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia: We'll be honest--it was the cheesesteak spring rolls that got our attention, and even better--you don't have to have a special room to enjoy them. The in-room package is available to all guests and includes four local Philadelphia beers, 12-piece BBQ wings, chips and dips, and the cheesesteak spring rolls for $40. That's a pretty good amount of food for a decent price. The hotel's proximity to the Ben Franklin Parkway, the Art Museum, and the Barnes' Exhibit give you plenty of opportunities to explore without straying too far before kickoff.