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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.
New York baseball fans have had their packages offered to them already: whether you're a Mets fan or Yankee devotee, hotels have been givin' out the love in the form of rate kickbacks as the baseball season has gotten into full swing (to name a couple, 70 Park Avenue and the Milford Plaza) but what about the Red Sox loyalists?
Not to leave out the Beantown baseball fanatics, the just-revamped Copley Square Hotel has put together a Baseball in Beantown Package offering a few different ticket options that score you a spot close to the action and some fan swag (which works out nicely for those of us who may only be fans of whichever teams happen to be doing well each season).
Are you one of those people who waxes on and on about how awesome Shea Stadium or the Old Yankees stadium was? Or are you just, like, a die-hard New York baseball fan? Or, um, do you like baseball? The Milford Plaza, which offers itself up as a baseball hotel season after season (recall the New York Mets 1986 World Series Winner commemorative deal where you could get an upgrade for $19.86, and then '07's $20.07 room upgrade for baseball fans in honor of the 2007 season) is pitchin' to you again.
And this year's "Take Me Out to the Milford" promo is a hot opp for those nostalgic, memorabilia-collector types: from now until September 12th, you'll receive an upgrade to Milford Club accommodations (where available) when you present a piece of memorabilia from either Shea or the old Yankee stadium at check-in:
Whether it's an old photograph of the playing field or an authentic game ticket, guests are invited to share all forms of nostalgia for New York’s former stadiums.
In addition to the upgrade, guests will also receive a Milford Plaza drawstring backpack (1 per room) with a bag of peanuts to snack on during the game.
Rates start at $159 per night right now (ah, how things have changed since the 2007 package, where rates were $259 and up).
For anyone who hasn't surfed TV channels lately (or, um, hasn't been outside), it's baseball season and that means fan rivalries are springing up everywhere from offices to hotels. Take, for instance, the newest deal at Kimpton's 70 Park Avenue, which gives Yankees and Mets fans yet another reason to battle it out on home turf.
Although rates at the 70 Park begin at $229 a night, guests in town for a baseball game can reap a sweet 20% off by using a rate code to match their preferred team: YANK for the Yankees and METS for Mets fans. Also included with your room will be 2 boxes of crackerjacks, just the thing to try and smuggle into the games when you've spent all your money on "I <3 NY" T-shirts and pretzels in Times Square. To book, call the 70 Park at 212.973.2400 and request the "home run rate" or make use of those codes above on their website.
[Photo: 70 Park Hotel]
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We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
A couple seasons ago, we gave you a pretty comprehensive look at all the hotels near MLB stadiums but this one, excuse the atrocious pun, is sort of the Grand Slam of MLB stadium views.
Behold the view of the baseball field at Toronto's Rogers Centre (formerly known as the SkyDome), home of the Blue Jays, from the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel. No, seriously. This is for reals a view from a room.
The Hilton Baltimore, situated ideally between the Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Orioles, and the Baltimore Convention Center has answered the city's need for a convention center hotel, but at the same time, it has enraged locals with a skyline-blocking design as seen from inside the ballpark.
When it opens this Friday, hopefully everyone will get a chance to form their own opinion.
We've paid attention to Boston's Omni Parker House Hotel in the past because of its free WiFi and abundance of pillows, but there's actually a lot more to get excited about here, and it's been getting better.
Omni Parker House has just finished a $30 million restoration which includes a cherry-wood refit of the guest room furnishings, a new gym and new meeting room décor too. But they say they've still tried to keep the old spirit of this historical hotel there--did you know that JFK, Babe Ruth and Winston Churchill have all stayed there? And while we can't imagine Winston Churchill having admired a new gym, it sounds like the rest of the renovation is historically suitable enough to be to their liking.
But if your trip to Boston is for another reason than following history (read: seeing the Red Sox) then we quite like the Boston Baseball Package they've got. You can get center field bleachers tickets, a double room and breakfast starting from just under $400, depending on the game. New reno, neat history, chance to see the ball game: sounds like a hotel with something for everyone.
For Red Sox fans only. Yankee fans need not apply.
Wondering what's up with Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and Josh Beckett? Head to Bean-town's Liberty Hotel for their "Swing! Batter, batter!" package.
This historic hotel is actually a former prison, but you'll be too deeply immersed in baseball heaven to ponder such trivia. Your room will come with a view of the lights of venerable Fenway Park, one of the country's oldest baseball fields, as well as the historic Citgo sign.
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Baltimore is going to get a massive convention center hotel this summer that might actually be cool.
The Hilton Baltimore will open in the city's downtown Inner Harbor, directly across from Oriole Park at Camden Yards and connected to the Baltimore Convention Center by one of those cool, enclosed, pedestrian skybridgey things.
For baseball fans the hotel will also have views of Oriole Park so you can watch the Baltimore Oriole baseball games from your rooms. And it gets even better. The hotel will have ten hospitality suites overlooking the ballpark with prime balcony views of the field.
Guests can stay here overnight or they can choose to stay in one of the Double Beds BallPark View guest room, of which there are 448.
More on what's inside after the jump
Summertime...hot dogs, apple pie, and...baseball! In New York, there are literally hundreds of hotel choices giving you easy access to the subways and trains to get to Yankee and Shea Stadium.
We've rounded up some good hotels near MLB Stadiums but what about the minor league for a serious taste of the working man's ballgame? You can take the Staten Island Ferry for free to see the Staten Island Yankees, but trust us, you don't want to stay overnight on "Stranded Island."
Then there's the Brooklyn Cyclones, the borough's nod to its Dodgers history, and just as popular (the park reports attendance has already surpassed two million attendees).
Brooklyn has limited hotel crashpads, but the hotel closest to the action is Hotel Le Bleu in Park Slope. This small hotel, with 48 rooms, is as near to the diamond as you can get, and an underhand toss to the local subway that gets you out to Keyspan Park.