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    Where to Stay for the Super Bowl

    By By Devorah Lev-Tov
    February 03, 2014, 5:40:06 AM EST

    Let the games begin! Set to unfold at the home of the New York Giants and Jets, MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Super Bowl XLVIII will be played February 2. While lots of nearby hotels are already booked up, some of the best options are still available, especially if you are taking public transportation (like a New Jersey Transit train or Fan Express shuttle bus), which we highly recommend. Check out our picks for the six best places to stay in New Jersey for Super Bowl weekend, along with tips on how to get to the game from each spot.

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    Met Life Stadium. (Credit: Flickr/)

    1. Hanover Marriott Hotel

    Central New Jersey's Hanover Marriott (from $199/night) is about 30 miles from MetLife Stadium. With sleek, modern decor and a fitness center and indoor pool, this top-rated 353-room hotel makes the perfect affordable home base for your Super Bowl weekend. The lobby was recently renovated and there is an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, as well as a popular Irish pub, the Auld Shebeen, offering lunch and dinner.

    Getting to the Game: The Hanover Marriott is one of three New Jersey pick-up sites for the Fan Express shuttle bus ($51) going to the game, making this our top affordable hotel pick for game weekend.

    2. Meadowlands River Inn

    You can't get much closer to the action than this: Meadowlands River Inn (from $359/night) is just three miles from the stadium, and 12 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. Free Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, and on-site parking, plus a fitness center, give you everything you need to have a comfortable stay in one of their 151 rooms. Plus, for a jaunt into NYC, Times Square is four miles away and easily accessible by public transportation.

    Getting to the Game: The Fan Express shuttle bus picks guests up across at the street at the Plaza at Harmon Meadow shopping center.

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