Top 6 Hotels Toronto Maple Leafs fans need to visit
It’s that time of the year again, hockey fans! For die-hard Leafs fans, it’s important to plan out which away games to attend to get the most bang for your buck.
NHL fans are some of the most well-traveled in the world, visiting different cities all over North America to cheer for their teams. According to Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choices of incredible places to stay, over a third of Canadian travellers (38%) report they plan to take more short-stay or weekend trips in 2019—the perfect amount of time to cheer on the Leafs during while taking in the sites of their oppositions’ hometown. Plus, 52% of Canadian travellers have shared that they value experiences over material possessions, echoing the notion that there’s nothing better than watching the slapshot or save of the century as the Leafs dominate, regardless of destination.
With the help of Booking.com, we’ve narrowed down the best cities and hotels that cater to fans for away games. Let’s drop the puck and look at the top six cities the Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing in this season.
The Boxer Hotel, Boston
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, this boutique hotel is just minutes away from the TD Banknorth Garden, where the Leafs will go head-to-head with the Boston Bruins.
If you’re not into taking a stroll down the cobblestoned streets of Beacon Hill before the game, walk to the city’s oldest neighbourhood, the North End, famous for its food and historic sights. Choose from an array of options from bustling restaurants with strolling performers, to a quaint and intimate dinner at a tiny eatery.
Make sure to visit Matthews Arena, the oldest indoor hockey arena still in use in the world. Constructed in 1910, the arena has stood the test of the time against its newly developed competitors – Matthews Arena isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
With a 150,000-square foot casino, 16 restaurants, countless on-site entertainment and close proximity to the T-Mobile Arena to watch the Leafs, the ARIA Resort & Casino makes you wonder why you would need to leave the hotel at all.
The Golden Knights may be a relatively new team, but their home town has definitely stood the test of time. The ARIA’s convenient location is a great base for exploring the Las Vegas Strip, from the city’s iconic monuments and sights, to the Neon Museum which promises a true sensory overload experience. Continue the fun at Fremont Street and experience vintage glam with more than 200 old neon signs, free concerts and light shows. Did we mention you can zip-line out of a 12-story slot machine?
Check off your bucket list and take a tour of the Grand Canyon. Our top suggestion: treat yourself to a helicopter ride and soar over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, landing at your final destination in the Grand Canyon to take in the sights.
Hotel Le Crystal, Montreal
Perfectly located in downtown Montreal, this five-star hotel is only one block from the Bell Centre, Montreal’s premier sports and entertainment destination and the home of the Canadiens. This busy hotel attracts hockey fans because of its central location and the lively sports bar scene nearby, where you can wear your favourite teams’ jersey and start a conversation – but hopefully not any fights!
Kick back and enjoy the scenery of the city with a walk or bus ride up Mont-Royal. The Belvedere observatory provides a beautiful view of downtown Montreal and the mountains just by the south bank.
Montreal is nothing if not a foodie city so after a long walk, loosen your belts and indulge in the city’s amazing culinary food scene. Treat yourself to an iconic Montreal favourite, a smoked meat sandwich, or maybe the classic Canadian poutine—the options are endless.
Renaissance New York Midtown, New York
The Big Apple offers endless attractions and the Renaissance New York Midtown hotel allows you to be in the center of it all. Not only are you steps away from Madison Square Garden and the excitement as the Leafs take on the New York Rangers, you can pick any of the must-see sights from some of the world’s best restaurants to the finest art museums nearby; it’s virtually a new city every time you visit.
Walk up the street and visit the Empire State Building and stop on the 86th and 102nd floor for a beautiful view on the outdoor platform. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see five states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts – five for the price of one!
We can’t forget the heart of the city either—Times Square is a discord of flashing billboards and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds but offers truly endless entertainment. Select any attraction within a few block radius and let the sleepless city do the rest.
The Siren Hotel, Detroit
It’s only fitting to visit the city that has been nicknamed “Hockey Town”. What started as a marketing campaign by the city’s NHL franchise in 1996 has turned into an internationally-recognized name because of the city’s overwhelming love of the sport.
Be in the center of the all the action by staying at the Siren Hotel, which has undergone recent renovations to add even more for its guests. The historic Wurlitzer Building has reopened as a unique boutique hotel with a lot of charm and is minutes away from Little Caesars Arena, where the Detroit Red Wings will defend their ice.
After a night of cheering for your team, it’s nice to take a step back and enjoy the city’s history from the Masonic Temple, the largest of its kind in the world, to visiting the Greenfield Village, housing almost 100 historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.
LEVEL Furnished Apartments DTLA, Los Angeles
Make yourself right at home and kick back in style at LEVEL Furnished Living in Downtown L.A., just steps away from the Staples Center and LA LIVE. These furnished apartments offer all of the amenities of a hotel (and then some), including a pool, gym and a basketball court to keep you on your game.
The City of Angels is quickly becoming the Sports Capital of the World, with more storied franchises and sports venues than any other city in the U.S., including the Los Angeles Kings. After cheering on the Leafs, why not grab some basketball, baseball, soccer or football tickets to check out more of L.A.’s “A-game”.
With so much to offer throughout the city, you’ll find something for everyone, whether you explore downtown, the coast cities, or anywhere in between. Take a walk through DTLA’s historic core, explore the glitz and glam of Hollywood, or check out a beach volleyball game on Manhattan Beach.
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