The Euros Return | Stay-to-Stadium Essentials for Footie Fans
51 games, 24 teams, 10 stadiums, 1 winner. After four years the wait is finally over as the biggest European football championship is set to return to France for the third time.
It’s no surprise that the French are top of the league for accommodation bookings on Booking.com across June and July this year, closely followed by footie mad Brits and Germans, no doubt keen to get a glimpse of their favourite footballers*. Hotels and B&Bs both come out top for the most booked type of accommodation on Booking.com during the dates of the event, as football fans look for somewhere comfortable to rest their heads after busy days cheering their teams on.
If you can’t make it to France this summer, fear not. Footie fans might be interested to know that Booking.com users endorse other countries as their favourite places to combine travel and sport. Drawing from over 26 million recommendations, Booking.com can reveal that the German region Nordrhein-Westfalen tops the chart for footie fans, with its large number of teams including successful Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Leverkusen. Valencia, Spain and the Midlands, UK appear in users’ top three endorsed stays for football.
Been lucky enough to get tickets?
Booking.com is here to help you give expensive stays the red card and to make sure you score a great deal with this handy guide to keep you close to the action at some of the biggest capacity stadiums throughout the footballing championship.
Le Terrass Hôtel, Montmartre
Le Terrass Hôtel is set in a 19th century building in the heart of the Montmartre district. Just a short 15 minute drive from the Stade de France – which will host the final match – as well as only a 24-minute drive from Parc de Princes, this hotel is perfect for all football lovers. Featuring flat screen satellite TVs and free WiFi access, you will be able to stay on top of all the football action while admiring the stunning views of the Eiffel Tower from the panoramic terrace bar.
Grand Hotel Beauvau, Marseille
The Grand Hotel Beauvau is an elegant 4-star spot in the centre of Marseille. With all-important free WiFi access and a range of hot and cold food available with their 24-hour room service, you never have to miss a goal, while being a stone’s throw away from the action. Those lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket to the games at Stade Velodrome will only be a quick 12-minute journey away.
Kryiad Prestige, Lyon Est
Located only a few miles away from the Stade de Lyon – which will host one of the championship semi-finals – this hotel offers high-speed Wi-Fi for any urgent stat checking online, as well as a swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. Catering to multiple languages, you don’t have to miss a second of commentary from those all-important games with flat-screen TVs available on international channels.
Hôtel Barrière, Lille
This fabulous 5-star hotel is handily located a mere 450-yards from Lille-Europe Train Station and only a short 14-minute drive from the Stade Pierre Mauroy – which will host one of the quarter final matches. Flying off the back of your team’s success why not place your bets at the hotel’s casino. If you’d rather keep all your luck focused on the football pitch then enjoy what the local area has to offer before watching your team play.
Le Clos d’Emile, Bordeaux
Located only a few miles from the Matmut Atlantique Stadium; this stylish bed and breakfast offers accommodation in the heart of Bordeaux. Feel like a winner with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs all whilst sampling what the local wine merchants have to offer.
Le Mas de la Talaudière, Saint-Etienne
If you fancy a relaxing stay before the nail-biting action of the games at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, then look no further than Le Mas de la Talaudière. Featuring a tranquil outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi, nothing will help calm those pre-match nerves like a stay in this guesthouse fit for a champion.
*Based on Booking.com internal data for bookings for the nights of 10 June 2016 to 10 July 2016, as of 2 June 2016.