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This week marks the beginning of baseball season, which means the air seems quite heavy with testosterone lately and beer sales have risen once again. Hotels are getting in on this special time by building special game-watching packages. Here are a few that make us say "Hot Dog!"
Hotel Monaco Baltimore
The “Bro's, O's, and Boh's Opening Weekend” package is designed for Baltimore Orioles fans in town for the April 5th opening day. You'll get 10% discount off the best available room rate, three cold Natty Boh local beers, three cold orange sodas (orange, of course, in tribute to official team colors--orange and black) , and home team goodies. Rooms start at $169 per night. Book online at www.monaco-baltimore.com or call (888) 752-2363 and ask for the ORIOLE rate.
Hotel Marlowe, Boston
Face it, Red Sox fans are falling over themselves in anticipation of the April 8th opening date (how many people will be calling in sick?). So, the "Ahead of the Curve" package is aimed at those anxious to get into Fenway Park, one of the country's oldest and famous ballparks. The hotel's deal includes a stay in deluxe accommodations, four T passes (Lechmere T station is nearby), a six pack of beer and peanuts, non-boozy beverages for children and Cracker Jacks, a complimentary in-room movie, and a baseball-inspired welcome amenity. The package begins at $369. Book online here or call 800-KIMPTON and mention rate code CURVE. Available April 8 – September 30.
The view of Wrigley Field's iconic Cubs sign would be a major plus from the would-be new hotel
Yes, some of us are Chicago Cubs fans (don't be a hater) and haven't been able to find a decent hotel, ever, in close proximity to Wrigley Field. Which would explain why news of the latest Chicago hotel planned for just outside of the beloved Wrigley Field ballpark has us more overjoyed than usual.
It was announced last week that the Rickets family, owners of both the Cubs and Wrigley Field, had plans to build a boutique Sheraton hotel on the lot across the street from Wrigley Field, a lot they purchased just last year for $20 million and upon which currently stands a McDonald's.
According to Crain's Chicago Business, the new hotel would "be a 'one-of-a-kind collaboration' designed to fit the neighborhood landscape and community.
"Holy Cow!" It sounds so good we bet even Harry Carey is rolling in his grave.
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Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.
Layover Hotel Episode 5:The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto: This advice from Bourdain: "If you're traveling for work and want to stick your accounting department with unpaid bills for your swank accommodation, you should probably stay at the excellent Ritz-Carlton." He goes on to big up their comfortable beds and ability to get "a good steak" on the premises. Top praise for this hotel located in the middle of the city's financial district that also commands top rates beginning at 545 CAD ($543) in the dead of winter.
Things were looking pretty lively last time we checked in on the Flushing, Queens hotel scene (which wasn't that long ago), and the 'hood is showing no sign of slowing down. Mayor Bloomberg made an announcement on Thursday about a new 200-room hotel that will go up next to the Mets' Citi Field baseball stadium.
The unnamed hotel, which is still in its early stages, has not yet been associated with any specific brand, nor did the Mayor elaborate on what amenities the property would offer. Except for the fact that it will be part of a giant $3 billion development project set to install a retail and restaurant space, 20-acre recreational field, and a huge shopping center over the next 15 years.
Suddenly that LGA layover got a whole lot more interesting...
Big-name restaurants moving into new ballparks is nothing new. But in Miami, it's big-name hotels that are muscling in on the sports stadium action.
Of course, you can't sleep at this Clevelander, but then no one does at the South Beach one either. The Clevelander at Marlins Park has capacity for 240 patrons and has field level seats, select table service and, like its namesake, a pool.
We've told you before Hotel Indigo San Diego's Parlor Suites, which give you a sweet view of Petco Park. But if you end up in a room that doesn't face the Padres action, or aren't staying at the hotel at all, you can still watch some ball.
For Wednesday's Padres vs. Braves game, we hung out at the hotel's Level 9 lounge, which, not coincidentally, is on the ninth floor. The outdoor lounge, which also contains a grassy area for pets and a reflective pool, has a prime spot facing the ball park.
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Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps, and if you know what that means, a new package from the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach will probably appeal, at least for fans of the Cardinals or Marlins. The hotel has teamed up with Roger Dean Stadium, in Jupiter, Florida, to offer a "Play Ball Package" stacked with family-friendly on-the-field coolness.
The $799 per night rate looks high at first glance, but the hotel is charging north of $600 a night in March. And this package gets you plenty, including four box seats to a game, batting practice from the stands and on the field with home and visiting teams, a behind-the-scenes clubhouse tour, a spot on-field for the singing of the National Anthem (cue easy Christina Aguilera joke), a ceremonial first pitch for one guest of the group, and photo ops in the dugout for kids under 14.
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The eight-story hotel will sit back from the rest of the building.
When we last heard about Chicago's Wrigleyville Hotel, officials predicted the boutique property near Wrigley Field would open during the Cubs' spring season, but it looks like we'll have to sit through extra innings until the hotel is built.
An official said the hotel is still going through the approval process, but when it gets the okay, it will take 18 to 24 months to complete construction. Another new development is that Hyatt has expressed interest in managing the 137-room hotel, which is part of Addison Park on Clark, a development that also includes retail outlets and apartments that's a block from the ballpark.
Soon beer-filled Cubs fans and hardcore Wrigleyville party people won't have to stumble far to get to a hotel room. The Wrigleyville Hotel is on deck to open in the middle of the practically here spring season.
The boutique property, which marks the first hotel in Wrigleyville, will only be several blocks south from the Friendly Confines at 3469-75 N. Clark St. It's right in the middle of the hopping bars that are post-game drinking destinations and weekend hangouts.
See that bubbly on the bed? That could be yours if you're a Phillies fan. Or not.
Tomorrow is the first game in the 2009 World Series Championships with the Yankees facing off against The Phillies in the Bronx. We've told you about some of your options for booking a hotel room but here's a deal especially for Phillies fans from The Hotel Indigo NYC Chelsea, which just opened the other week. But it's not quite a "nice" deal.
Called "Drown Your Sorrows", the package offers Phillies guests a bottle of Perrier-Jouet champagne if their team loses--"As expected", says the hotel. Oh smack! You must show your game ticket and a valid ID showing your address in the city of Philadelphia as well as that you're over 21 in order to get the loser's bubbly. Our question is: Would you actually accept this bottle of champagne from the hotel if your team lost? If so, then we think the hotel better put in some clause about vandalizing the room with champagne.
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*UPDATE* As of today, the Palomar is offering another introductory rate, and like last week’s, it starts at a very reasonable $119 per night, including continental breakfast. The special rate is for stays Thursday–Sunday until Feb. 28, 2010—but must be booked by October 30. The rate code to use online or on the phone is DINE1. (But it’s not available for those Phillies World Series dates—we checked.)
So the Phillies clinched their World Series spot, and now everyone awaits the Yankees to follow suit tonight. But it’s not just sports fans craving the drama of the big east-coast rivalry. The city of Philadelphia would love a Phillies-Yanks matchup, and all the money it could bring, partly through hotel-room taxes.
Which is great news for the new Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. During a quick trip to Philly yesterday, we popped into the city’s first Kimpton to have a peek at the lobby (small but, indeed, cozy as we predicted from the photos we saw last week.) There was plenty of activity and a front-desk clerk told us that the hotel had “hit the ground running” since its opening last Thursday. Rooms were fully booked for the first six nights, but you can snag one tomorrow night from $259 or this Sunday night from $159.
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Remember the old days of tailgating where even if your college (or favorite professional) sports team didn't win, you were still the proud winner of a terrible hangover and sometimes some incriminating photos of yourself doing keg-stands in a parking lot and heaven forbid maybe even some body paint was involved?
Yes, okay, well: The Doubletree in Philly is giving you a chance to win something other than those lovely things with the Philly Overnight Tailgating Package. So long as you act like a Phillies fan for a night, that is.