PHOTO: The Gaylord Texan, the perfect spot to rest up before catching the red-hot Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Melinda Crow)
Whether you travel across town or across the country to watch your favorite NFL team, hanging at a cool hotel on game day puts you in the center of the action. Cheering your team with fellow fans starts at the hotel and properties with connections to NFL teams make great getaways whether the team is at home or away, so pack your team colors and get ready to show some spirit at these seven hot hotels.
Seattle With a record of 7-3, the Seahawks have the NFC West all but locked up, but that doesn't dim the excitement for the remaining games of the season. A night at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, which rumor has it is the team’s pre-game-night hotel, puts you in the right spot to catch a glimpse of players but it also puts you in the heart of the hip Bellevue food and drink scene. Watch the game on the screens at Joey Bellevue, an eclectic cross between cocktail bar and dining venue at the hotel, or follow the team to Century Link Field, just twenty minutes away.
Boston The reigning champion New England Patriots sit atop the AFC East standings with a 9-2 record. No matter the outcome of the season, New England always brings its A game to home contests in Foxborough. The place to stay here is at the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place. With grand views of Gillette Stadium and great options for food and drink in a hipster setting, this Four-Diamond hotel is the easy choice. If you prefer a sports bar for your game watching, try one of the hottest in the country, CBS Scene, a short walk away amid the shopping and attractions of Patriot Place.
Oakland The AFC West is a tight race between three of the best teams in the league. Catch the 9-2 Raiders with a stay at the Marriott City Center in the heart of downtown Oakland, the 7-4 Broncos from the Four Seasons Denver where you can enjoy a luxury mile-high shopping and dining experience, and the 8-3 Chiefs from the Sheraton Four Points Sports Complex with a view of Kauffman Stadium.
Detroit The Lions hold a one-game lead in the NFC North with a 7-4 record, making tickets to their games smokin’ hot. Whether you can get seats for the game or not, the best game-day hotel is the Anetheum. Spacious suites for game watching, authentic Greek food in three onsite venues, and the nearby Greektown Casino for added entertainment make this hotel one of the liveliest spots in Detroit.
Dallas The Cowboys rule the NFC East and the league with a 10-1 franchise record-setting season. The Gaylord Texan is the official team hotel, making it the best place to join in the fun whether the team is home or away. Players stay at the hotel on home game weekends, so you never know who you may be sharing the indoor pool with and the cheerleaders often pop into the Texan Station Sports Bar in the atrium when the team is away. Shuttle to AT&T stadium, or watch the game on the 52-foot wide screen in the Station while enjoying local beer on tap and food that takes pub grub to a whole new level.