When the snow slowly starts to melt away and the temperatures start to heat up, it's a sign of one thing (in many minds, at least): baseball season. Spring training has begun and opening day for the 2016 Regular MLB Season is Sunday, April 3 -- less than a month away. So, for those sports fans eager to get out to the ball game, we've rounded up some of the best places to stay that suits your pastime passion. Here are eight home-run hotels for baseball fans.
1. Hotel Commonwealth, Boston
Baseball in Boston is much more than just a sport; it’s an experience -- and a way of life. Diehard Red Sox fans and out-of-town visitors alike can have the home field advantage by staying at the official hotel of the Red Sox, located just steps from Fenway Park. For the ultimate fan, the hotel offers exclusive packages that include VIP on-the-field access to batting practice, personal messages on the scoreboard and a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the infamous Green Monster. There's even a themed Baseball Suite that boasts an array of rare collectibles from Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and other baseball icons, as well as an expansive DVD collection of 40 classic baseball films.
2. Hotel Vitale, San Francisco
Not only is this property the only luxury waterfront boutique hotel, but it also happens to be the official supporting hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. As a guest you will enjoy premium accommodations and cheering on team favorites with a prime location along The Embarcadero, an easy walk or pedicab ride away from AT&T Park.
3. Hotel Belleclaire, New York City
Who better personified baseball than Babe Ruth? So, why not sleep where the legend himself rested his head. Built to commemorate one of the hotel's most esteemed guests, the Babe Ruth Suite is filled with baseball art and memorabilia. You also get special baseball-themed amenities like Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew and pretzels in a Yankees-themed crate. Staying true to the Great Bambino era, the suite features bay window seating overlooking Broadway and an original fireplace from the Beaux Arts period.
4. Otesaga Resort Hotel; Cooperstown, NY
While you won't be able to catch an actual MLB game, this hotel is located just blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The 106-year-old property is the ideal destination for fans looking to get a glimpse into the game’s past as guests can visit Doubleday Field and the Hall of Fame to explore the museum’s vast collection of over 40,000 3D items, 3 million books and documents, and 500,000 photographs documenting the history of baseball. The Otesaga’s Double Play Package is perfect for enthusiasts looking to plan a visit, as it the includes accommodations, breakfast each day, tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and a logoed baseball bat.
5. Omni San Diego Hotel
When staying at the Omni San Diego Hotel, baseball fans can enjoy all the festivities at Petco Park, which happens to be connected to the property via skybridge. Upon entering the lobby, baseball memorabilia like glass displays with signed baseballs and uniforms will greet guests. Fans can keep the game day celebrations going in the Gaslamp Quarter, which is dotted with plenty of restaurants and bars. In between games visitors have the chance to enjoy a little shopping at Seaport Village, take a coastal cruise, stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter, or spend time with family at San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park.
6. The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore
Who says baseball can't be a five-star experience? This Relais & Chateaux property is located in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood and offers a personalized experience to suit any guests needs. If you're interested in catching a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the hotel will arrange for you to arrive in style in a complimentary vintage London taxicab. When not taking in nine innings, guests can check out the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and The Walters Art Museum, both of which are nearby.
7. Renaissance Toronto
You can't get much closer to the action than actually sleeping at the stadium. Well, that's exactly what you'll get at this property. It's actually located inside Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays play and is the world’s first hotel to be built in a baseball stadium. There are 348 guest rooms, with 70 that have stadium views.
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8. Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Aptly named the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, this hotel overlooks the Busch Memorial Stadium from less than two blocks away. Not surprisingly, the property is always packed with Cardinals fans, and thus has plenty of amenities to keep baseball fanatics happy -- namely a rooftop bar with 360-degree views of the city, including the stadium and the Arch. Even better, some rooms feature historic black-and-white baseball photos on the walls plus direct views of the ballpark.