Patriots and 49ers fans are mourning. Broncos and Seahawks fans are rejoicing. The teams from Denver and Seattle are getting ready for the kick-off of Super Bowl XLVIII. While MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., may be hosting the most fanatic of fans, plenty will be watching on the big screen in nearby New York City. Numerous hotels will host fans who want to be near the action but prefer the camaraderie of a packed bar filled with jerseys, wings and beer; some of them also have specials geared toward those lucky guests with tickets. So if you’ll be visiting the city for the big event, or are a local with ties to one of the teams, here are the seven hotels with awesome parties and deals for the 2014 Super Bowl.
|Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel|
The Times Square area has been transformed into Super Bowl Boulevard, complete with concerts, player appearances, and football-themed exhibits and competitions, and the Renaissance is perfectly situated for easy access to all the events. The hotel will be the site of the Danny Meyer pop-up steakhouse, Forty Ate, where fans can nosh on burgers, steak and pasta. But don’t spend all your cash placing bets on your team's taking home the victory; VIP tables will set you back $50,000.
For those who have to be there in the flesh, Ink48 is offering a special hotel package that includes transportation — in a private helicopter, no less — to MetLife Stadium on game day. It will also be offering plenty of Super Bowl-themed events and freebies leading up to kick-off; the package includes a three-night stay in a luxury suite, an in-room “tailgating” menu, a couples' massage, and a late check-out on Monday morning. (N.B. The package does not include tickets to the Super Bowl.)
|Omni Berkshire Place|
While it won't be as chilly as it's been this past week, Super Bowl fans may want to take advantage of the Omni Berkshire’s Huddle Up, Bundle Up package is designed to help guests combat the cold, with two North Face scarves, two pairs of North Face gloves, two hand warmers and two tickets to Super Bowl Boulevard's Toboggan Run.
|Eventi – A Kimpton Hotel|
If you can’t be at the game, watching it on a big, big TV screen is the next best thing — and the Eventi certain has one of those. Its LED screen (located behind the hotel) is 16 by 30 feet, and if you want to stay warm and well-fed, you can even see the screen from the hotel restaurant, Humphrey. The hotel is offering pre-gaming events featuring trivia, documentaries and Xbox, and the nightly wine hour on Saturday will feature football-themed snacks and staff members in football jerseys. For those coming with a big group, the hotel can arrange a party for 20 in a private screening room complete with passed hors d’oeuvres and a personal bartender as part of its Super Bowl Package.
|The Out NYC|
Lucky Super Bowl ticket holders may appreciate the Super Bowl package at The Out NYC, New York’s first hotel geared toward gay travelers (it's also very straight-friendly). The package includes roundtrip transportation to Rutherford as well as a cooler equipped with beer and snacks. And if you want to celebrate (or mourn) the game’s result once you are back at the hotel, it also covers two drinks at KTCHN Restaurant.
|Ace Hotel NY|
Situated in the increasingly hip NoMad area (north of Madison Square Park), the Ace largely attracts a clientele of young scenesters who dig the grunge-meets-cool-meets-vintage-meets-hipster vibe the hotel exudes, so it’s no surprise its popular restaurant, the Michelin-starred Breslin, would choose to host a Super Bowl event. During the viewing party groups can chow down on a fried chicken feast. Starting at $50 per person, it includes duck-fat-fried chicken, slaw, champ, salad, biscuits and pie. Buckets of beer will also be on special.
|Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel|
Across the Hudson in Brooklyn, the Sheraton offers solid rates for a hotel with such easy access to Manhattan — and with its own fun-packed Super Bowl party this year, you won’t even have to venture into the madness of the city to root for your team in style. The hotel will be hosting a viewing party at Brooklyn Terrace, its cool rooftop bar with gorgeous views of the city, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Guests can purchase early-bird access tickets in order to find seats at the bar, or can opt to purchase VIP tickets, which include drinks, snacks and private tables.