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So now that we've rounded up some of the not-so-desirable-yet-still-available hotels in the Indianapolis-area for Super Bowl XLVI as well as the team hotels in downtown, let's take a look at one of the Super Bowl packages out there.
This one comes from LivingSocial.com and for $5,500 you will get a ticket to the game, admission to the Maxim tailgate party before the game, four nights at the Hampton Inn Indianapolis East and roundtrip transportation from the hotel to the event.
As always, there's a few things to watch out for. First, the rate that LivingSocial is charging for the package is based on double-occupancy and according to this disclaimer: Double-occupancy purchasers must book their stay with another customer who also buys and books the double-occupancy option. That means it's still going to cost you $5,500 even if you go with a friend. Also, airfare is not included. Living Social also makes the claim that the Hampton Inn stay is based on availability of rooms and that "purchasers may be placed in comparable area accommodations."
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.)
Know of a hotel room open that's close to the Lucas Oil Stadium? Let us know!
UPDATE, 1.27.12: It's not too late to get a room for the Super Bowl. Here are some LAST-MINUTE HOTEL OPTIONS.
As with most Super Bowl host cities, the good places are already sold-out. Indeed, the new JW Marriott Indianapolis was sold-out for this Super Bowl before it even opened...last year. And remember when we showed you that every hotel within two miles of the stadium was sold-out a year in advance?
Suffice to say, you will be sleeping on the outskirts of town in a budget brand hotel if you want to see your team take the field. Just be prepared to break out the cash and/or split the cost with three of your friends.
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With the Super Bowl just around the corner, Bud Light is gearing up for their annual hotel takeover. Now in its third year, the four-day-long, beer-fueled fiesta will be taking place at Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown Circle Center, and yes, the Playboy Party will still be happening.
Unlike the previous two years, Bud Light wants to hire an official Hotel Correspondent to keep track of social media for this year's event—plus conduct red carpet interviews, star in YouTube videos and liaise between the hotel partiers and those following the debauchery online from other parts of the country.
The perks of this so-called "job" (yes, this is an actual salaried position) include a free hotel stay and as much beer as you can handle. Interested? See below for instructions on how to apply!
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.
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Over your Green Bay hangover? Good: The booking circus for Super Bowl XLVI—to be played February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis—is underway, with the brand-new J.W. Marriott leading the way. The 1,005-room monster is already sold out for game day, seven months ahead of next season's first snap.
Host venue Lucas Oil Stadium, across the street from the convention center and its many hotels, including the new J-dubs, means fans should have plenty of options within walking distance. But when we plugged game day into our custom hotel rate search gadget to see what's on offer within two miles of the stadium, every hotel was already sold out.
Super Bowl ads: There were some last night. Leading the bunch, at least for us, was the HomeAway shot across the bows of hotels everywhere which asked, bluntly, "Why hotel when you can HomeAway?" Fighting words, those are!
Featuring a rather loud and rather serious "minister of detourism" as a pitchman, HomeAway insists that "Families are getting swindled. Why? Because hotels hate your guts!" Thereupon, a baby is flung into a wall as if slapstick is the way to make an airtight argument in favor of this anti-hotel thesis. It is not.
Logical fallacies aside, HomeAway's premise is that families get more space and convenience when booking a vacation rental in lieu of a hotel. The former can be true but needn't always be the case. Rentals can be small, too, and families wanting more space than a typical room offers can always upgrade to a hotel suite. As for convenience, we're very skeptical that a stand-alone rental has higher service standards than a hotel with, you know, a full-time staff.
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UPDATE: The hotel has contacted us to explain that it's "33 floors but 34 stories". We're still confused, but that's the official verdict.
The world's largest J.W. Marriott opens today in Indianapolis, diverting a bit of our Super Bowl focus from Dallas toward 2012's host city. Part of a massive, $450-million complex J.W. is just one of many hotels attached to the newly expanded Indiana Convention Center. Alongside it are the Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown and the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, for a total of 2,248 rooms.
Oddly, the hotel can't seem to decide if it's 33 or 34 stories high—both figures are frequently cited—but either way it's the tallest hotel in the state and been dubbed Big Blue by local cabbies departing the surprisingly awesome New Indianapolis Airport.
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The game may not start until Sunday night, but Dallas-Ft. Worth-area hotels have already started their Super Bowl XLV parties, with the Bud Light Hotel (aka Aloft Dallas Downtown) leading the charge. Last night, The Fray and Lifehouse played the hotel's heated party tent. Tonight, it's the Playboy party with Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Flo Rida. Saturday's show features the unlikely combination of Ke$ha and Nelly.
Elsewhere, the "Leather & Laces" party will take over the Hotel ZaZa, with next door girls Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt hosting on Saturday night. And the Embassy Suites DFW Airport North is hosting a charity event Saturday night with Carmen Electra, Bill and Giuliana Rancic and Aubrey O'Day that they're ambitiously calling "The Best Party in Texas." Seems unlikely!
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Commenter David Ferner had a fair question after reading one of our recent Super Bowl XLV hotel round-ups: Is it possible to Hotwire (or Quikbook or Priceline) up a room in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for February 6? We decided to find out!
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The game is almost upon us and rooms can still be had in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at sometimes surprisingly low rates for February 6. We scanned prices this morning with our custom hotel search tool, looking at those properties as close as possible to Cowboys Stadium that still had vacancies.
The SpringHill Suites Arlington, where rooms are big enough to have your friends crash, are selling for $518.
La Quinta Dallas-Arlington North is going for $549, which is probably the most we've ever seen a La Quinta charge.
The Hawthorn Suites DFW is a shade cheaper at $509.
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A bathroom with a $42,650 view. Plus tax.
The race to capitalize on Super Bowl XLV is in full swing with packages in Dallas, a Bud Light-branded hotel and even an island escape installing a 16-foot screen to broadcast the game on February 6. But this package from the Mandarin Oriental New York currently holds the top spot on our "Wait, will anyone actually book that?" list.
On offer: one night in the hotel's Presidential or Oriental suite, game-time catering for up to 15, and a bottle of 50-year-old Scotch that's responsible for most of the cost of this February 6-only offer. The rate? $37,150 for the Oriental suite or $42,650 for the Presidential. Plus tax.