We conclude our three-part College Football Towns series by highlighting hotels and college football culture in the West. If you missed it, our Southeast region roundup included Auburn, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, and Notre Dame, and our Big Ten roundup included Michigan, Penn State, Minnesota, and Northwestern.
Hotel 43, Boise, ID
Boise State Broncos
Did you know Broncos football plays on blue field turf? Introduced in 1986, the blue turf has gained attention from the likes of the NFL rules commissioner. In 2011, the NFL introduced the “Boise Rule,” which bans any playing surface other than green.
Across town, Hotel 43 presents guests with modern rooms, ultra comfy beds, views of the Capitol dome and the surrounding foothills, and a top-quality steakhouse restaurant and a bar with one hell of a martini. And if you’re looking for something to do on the Sunday after the game, ask for the Hotel 43 Arts Passport. You’ll get free admission to the Boise Art Museum and discounts on tickets to arts events like Ballet Idaho, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival.
A quick ten minute cab ride to the stadium allows for a safe and proper tailgating experience closer to main event.
Elan Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Bruins / USC Trojans
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena has played host to Superbowl games, World Cup Finals, and Olympic events. And for six Saturdays each fall, the national landmark is the home of the UCLA Bruins football. Crosstown rivals USC play at the equally illustrious Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
In West Hollywood, Elan Hotel is approximately 30 minutes from either venue and offers guests chic accommodations and first-rate services.
Overton Hotel & Conference Center and Arbor Inn & Suites, Lubbock, TX
Texas Tech Red Raiders
In this college town, football is king — “Wreck ’em, Raiders,” they say. And while Lubbock may have good cowboy country culture, you won’t mistake the Overton Hotel or Arbor Inn for a bunkhouse. The Overton, an attractive state-of-the-art property with big-city style, is located just off campus, while Arbor Inn, family-operated and family-friendly, clocks in a few minutes down the road. And if football is the main course, Lubbock serves up a hearty side of BBQ.