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When it comes to rock 'n roll hotels, The Verb Hotel is "not the same old song and dance" as evidenced by this vintage pre-Elvis tour bus complete with bar, kitchen, sleeping area and bathroom. Groupies not included.
Rock ‘n roll nostalgia in hotels is nothing new. Even if you weren’t around for the original experience--or if you were and you don’t remember--rock lives on in memorabilia throughout many hotels. Anyone heard of Hard Rock Hotels?
But hanging up a pair of pants a rocker wore for five minutes of a tour 40 years ago doesn’t cut it in this highly competitive world of hotel design. Here’s a rock hotel that we think hits it out of the ballpark--The Verb Hotel, about a home run (or foul ball's distance) from Boston's Fenway Park.
[Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Commonwealth]
Where do the Red Sox players hit the hay after a big game? Well, most likely, on beds made of money inside acre-size master suites at their multimillion-dollar mansions that seem straight out of MTV’s “Cribs.” (Cue: Mid-Aughties rap music, probably 50 Cent.)
The rest of us, meanwhile, may want to consider Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s Kenmore Square. It was recently named the Official Hotel of the Boston Red Sox, and the property will be able to leverage this four-year partnership toward special guest packages. Those already announced start at $399/night, but you might need an MLB-sized paycheck to take advantage of the “Ultimate Bucket List Baseball Package.”
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The historic Fenway Motor Hotel, a Howard Johnson property, closed late last year to make way for a new hotel development. Now in the quickest hotel conversion turnaround we've seen yet, the Verb Hotel has been born. It will open this summer, with reservations being taken on April 1.
Surprisingly, the 94-room hotel will not be all about baseball but rather rock n' roll. The hotel is set to feature rare music and pop-culture memorabilia about Boston such as "historic Boston Phoenix covers and photographs of musicians who performed locally or appeared on WFNX, Boston’s famed classic rock station." The music theme even extends to the Verb logo, which is a guitar pick.
But this makes sense as the original owner, Bob Sage, told the Boston Globe last year that his hotel used to take in a lot of performers. “I got a lot of people in here from Columbia Records. They were trying to promote their records," he told the paper. And of course, Fenway Park doesn't just host baseball games but concerts as well.
While we can see what the exterior and layout of the hotel will be like from this rendering, we don't quite know what's happening in the guest rooms. But the hotel's website is promising a "mid-century classic, lovingly restored with TLC." We'll check back in with them on April 1.
HOLD UP: We do have renderings of the guest rooms! Peep some pics below!
[Rendering: The Verb Hotel]
Last night, the Boston Red Sox took the lead in this year's World Series with a whopping 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. We're not Sox fans here but it's a good thing they won, otherwise all the hotels rooting on the team with special baseball displays, suites and packages would have looked pretty sheepish this morning.
The Hotel Commonwealth, located next to Fenway Park, unveiled a lobby tribute to the Red Sox which features a hand-painted front desk “Green Monster,” vintage Fenway Park stadium seats, baseballs, banners, pennants and more. No surprise here, but the hotel is sold-out for Game 2 tonight.
If you're paying attention to the World Series, you probably know that the San Francisco Giants are kicking some butt against the Texas Rangers right now, leading the series two-zip. 'Course, if you're a Rangers fan you will want this series to go on a little longer. And even if you're a Giants fan, you may get excited about Game 6 thanks to this new offer from Personality Hotels.
The San Francisco hotel company (minus three) is offering one lucky winner two tickets to Game 6 on Wednesday, Nov. 3rd at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The winner will also get a a VIP stay at a Personality Hotel of their choice in Union Square (Hotel Diva, Hotel Union Square, Kensington Park) along with a bottle of sparkling wine (no champagne showers in the room allowed!)
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).
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Whoops! After Game 5 of the World Series was postponed in the sixth inning as Philadelphia got pounded by rain, the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays were forced to go back to their hotel -- the Westin Philadelphia -- until the game could be rescheduled.
But oh noes! According to reports, the team had already checked out for the evening (the plan was to hop on a plane and go home to Florida after the game) and their Westin was booked for the night. And, apparently, so were the other hotels in Philly. What's an entire Major League baseball team to do?
After what we can only imagine was an unpleasant series of hours for whoever was in charge of figuring this whole debacle out, the poor baseballers were forced to trek all the way to Wilmington, Delaware (25 miles from the stadium, really) to check into the far, far swankier (in our opinion) Hotel du Pont for the evening. According to TripAdvisor, the average price at the Du Pont is around $399 -- as opposed to the $297 rooms at the Westin.
See? Who says luxury hotels have to be hurtin'? All it takes is a visiting MLB team and a couple of unfortunate weather occurrences, and the luxury hotel biz will be flourishing again in no time.