Hotels: There's good news and bad news for those in search of luxury accommodation at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The good news is that the Arizona Biltmore Resort is one of the finest hotels in the state, offering a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design, two championship golf courses, poolside dining, top-notch service and much more. The bad news... it's almost 30 minutes from the stadium. If you're after proximity and all around value you can't beat the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. The property is literally adjacent to the stadium and it's so new, our correspondents haven't even been able to write a full review yet. Nevertheless we can tell you the hotel offers a full-service spa, on-site restaurant (Soleil), and a stylish contemporary design. For budget-minded accommodation, head across the street and stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.
Restaurants: The other small piece of bad news is about Glendale is... there's not much to do in Glendale. For entertainment and dining out Phoenix is your best bet. If you're willing to make the trek into town here are a few places to keep in mind. For truly fine-dining, head to Christopher's Fermier Brasserie. The French-American restaurant serves top-notch cuisine and features entrees like house-smoked salmon and truffle-cured sirloin. Also, because of Christopher's proximity to the resorts in northeast Phoenix it would be a great stop after a round of golf. Alice Cooper's'town Sports Bar & Grill is a rock-and-baseball themed sports bar that is fun, affordable and features items like the Megadeth meatloaf. If you already broke your budget on the golf course, try 5 & Diner for 1950s atmosphere and 24-hour breakfast.
Nightlife: There's plenty of nightlife in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale, unfortunately Glendale is a little bit lacking. There will be college hangouts near the stadium, but consider this rough guide before you head out for the evening: Tempe is where you should go to hear young bands, Scottsdale offers more sophistication (dress appropriately), and the area around Camelback Road and 24th Street is for hanging out and spending big bucks. Bars and clubs close at 2 am, and smoking is illegal inside any establishment.
Turkey Legs to Go: Fiesta Bowl Travel Guide, Ohio State vs. Texas originally appeared on NCAA Football FanHouse on Wed, 17 Dec 2008 16:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.