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6 Awesome Bay Area Hotels to Book for the NBA Finals

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By: Fiona Moriarty, Hipmunk

With the NBA Finals in full-force, die-hard fans will do just about anything to be steps away from the hoop. From budget-friendly options steps from the stadium, to rooms with waterfront views or in the heart of downtown San Francisco, there are no winners or losers here.

Right Next Door

The most affordable hotel option is the Quality Inn right next to Oakland's airport, which is conveniently steps away from Oracle Arena. Don't let the cheap-rates be deterring; accommodations include WiFi, free breakfast, and a pool and spa.

Hilton Oakland Airport, $90 and up, two miles from stadium.

Another similar, budget-friendly option is the Hilton Oakland Airport, which includes comparable accommodations to the Quality Inn, at around the same price. This hotel is slightly farther from the game, but has a great sports bar--and a game room and heated pool for the kids. Stretch the legs and walk to Oracle Arena, take the public bus, or call a quick taxi!

A Quick Ride Away

Hampton Inn and Suites, $149 and up, five miles from stadium

This beautiful hotel is right next to the bay, and only five miles from the game. There's a free shuttle that operates within three miles of the hotel, and is close to the bus station for those who don't have a car. In addition to Oracle Arena, the Hampton Inn is also an arm's length away from the Aviation Museum, Altarena Playhouse, and Alameda Museum.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland-Waterfront, $165 and up, six miles from stadium

Get awesome waterfront views at this hotel, and be only a 15-minute drive, or quick hop on the BART (San Francisco's subway system) from the game. These suites come with refrigerators and microwaves, so are great for families. If interested in activities outside of the game, the hotel is also close to the Oakland Museum of California.

Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, $129 and up, eight miles from stadium

This funky, fun hotel will make any guest feel like they're staying at a 5-star hotel without the price tag. Admire the nautical décor and enjoy the comfy rooms, which include flat-screen TVs and an iPod doc. Hop on the complimentary shuttle to downtown Oakland, or enjoy a breezy 20-minute ferry ride to San Francisco.

San Francisco

Palace Hotel Luxury Collection, $179 and up, 17 miles from stadium

There's always the option of staying in the heart of San Francisco versus Oakland. If looking for something slightly more indulgent, Palace Hotel makes anyone feel like a king (or queen!). From the sky-lit lap pool, to 14-foot ceilings and marble bathrooms, guests may start asking, "What game?" And don't worry -- getting to Oracle Arena is still a breeze; it's right next to a Bart Station to take people directly to the game.