Gotta Book 'em All: Hotels for the Pokémon Addict

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Gotta Book 'em All: Hotels for the Pokémon Addict
Are you in the middle of planning a summer vacation, but don’t it to mess with your Pokémon game? We know what may help: Picking a hotel that understands your desire to catch ’em all.
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    Gotta Book ’em All: Hotels for the Pokémon Addict
    Read on for our list of stays around the country that have catch-worthy Pokémon in and around the premises. And, who knows—for the die-hard Pokémon fans, this may even determine where you choose to vacation.
    Photo by Angela Zhao/Flickr
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    The Dean Hotel, Providence, RI
    This 52-room property pays tribute to its historic downtown neighborhood through retro furnishings, locally made art, and antique objects. Designed by Providence native Ari Heckman, The Dean Hotel is a former gentlemen’s club transformed into a luxury destination, complete with a restaurant, coffee shop, bar, and karaoke lounge that—with a disco ball and bright red lights—honors its slightly seedy past.

    Poké-angle: A 15-minute walk from the hotel gets you to the city’s Riverwalk, where gamers can snag a wide range of water Pokémon while enjoying views of the Woonasquatucket River. And thanks to Providence CVB, Pokémon Go walking maps are available online for trainers, filled with tips, tricks, and—of course—Pokémon leads.
    Courtesy of The Dean Hotel
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    French Quarter Inn, Charleston, SC
    Named after its French Quarter neighborhood, this 50-room boutique hotel showcases the charm of its Southern city through elegant touches—from opulent marble flooring to its grand spiral staircase. The French Quarter Inn is within walking distance of restaurants cooking up traditional cuisine, boutiques and vintage shops, and plenty of historic Charleston attractions, such as Rainbow Row.

    Poké-angle: Right down the street is the bustling Historic Charleston City Market, where players can catch a few Krabbys while shopping for sweetgrass baskets and handmade pottery. Several restaurants and bars are getting in on the action, too, offering happy hours, trivia nights, and discounts for the Pokémon masters.
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    Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Fort Worth, TX
    The Omni Fort Worth is the largest hotel in the city of Fort Worth, complete with 614 rooms that make up its tall glass facade. It’s not all sleek glass, though: The property features rustic touches like metal circular chandeliers, leather furnishings, and dark-wood accents. Located in the heart of the downtown area, cultural stops (Bass Performance Hall; Sid Richardson Museum) and outdoor parks are close by.

    Poké-angle: Near and around the Omni, you’ll find several Pokéstops for a poké ball refuel whenever you need it. Take a 10-minute walk over to Sundance Square to catch a variety of water Pokémon. And during your sightseeing excursions, stop by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Not only will you see works by New York born Frederic Remington and Missouri native Charles Russell, but you’ll also run into a flock of Psyducks.
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    Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, AZ
    Situated among the Sonoran foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, this 487-room resort is an oasis among the century-old cacti. The lobby greets guests with bright-yellow walls and purple-and-orange cushioned chairs, contrasting with the elegant dark-wood tables and chairs. Overall, the style of the Westin La Paloma is simple and clean, keeping focus on the surrounding mountainous terrain.

    You don’t have to wander far to strike gold with Parasects, which are scattered around the foothills of the nearby Santa Catalina Mountains. If you don’t mind a short drive, head over to Reid Park Zoo on a Saturday night and participate in “Pokémon Go” Safari Nights. During the event, users roam the grounds with other trainers, catching various species and visiting the 13 Pokéstops as they go.
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    Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, CA
    Located right across the street from Muscle Beach, this 347-room retreat showcases water views from its pool and farm-to-table restaurant, Ocean & Vine. The three-story lobby inside Loews Santa Monica has a glass ceiling filling the space with natural light and is lined with palm trees, bringing the surrounding beachy vibe into the communal space. Guestrooms keep it simple with beige furniture and subtle pops of navy, with floor-to-ceiling windows so you’ll never lose sight of the nearby waves.

    Poké-angle: Walk five minutes from the hotel to the century-old Santa Monica Pier, where rare Pokémon are reported to roam. Expect to find a wide range of species—from Dragonite to Kabutops—plus a decent amount of water Pokémon like Squirtles, Dratini, and Tentacool flooding the area. And with 12 Pokéstops around the pier, you won’t have to leave anytime soon.
    Photo by Susan Mason
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