Baseball season is finally here, which means it's time for sizzling hot dogs, ice-cold beers and plenty of Ferris Bueller "hey, batter batter" calls. And because baseball is notorious for going long (Cubs vs. Indians Game 7, anyone?), it's not a bad idea to stay as close to the park as possible—especially when said property is one of the best in town. These ball park-adjacent hotels around the country will turn anyone into a baseball fan, no matter who their home team is.
The first fun fact about this Wrigleyville property is that it was named for Chicago architect Zachary Taylor Davis, who designed Wrigley Field in 1914. The second: Cubs fans won't go hungry. Doors to the 173-room hotel opened just this month, and ever since, folks have been lining up at Big Star, West Town Bakery & Tap, Alma, Smoke Daddy, Jeni's and Mordecai—and there's more still to come. Consider these environs just one more way Chicagoans continue to fly the W after the Cubs broke their 108-year World Series victory drought in 2016.
It's easy to see why this Kenmore Square property is the official hotel of the Boston Red Sox. Situated just six minutes by foot from Fenway and equipped with some of the area's best eating and drinking venues (Island Creek Oyster Bar, Eastern Standard), it's a go-to for pre- and post-game revelry all season long. Stay in the Fenway Park Suite (packed with Red Sox paraphernalia) and book any of the exclusive baseball experiences, like a VIP pre-game tour, personal messages on the scoreboard or front-row tickets.
You can't get much closer to AT&T Park than Hotel VIA, a new property located directly across the street from the Giants' stadium. That proximity serves as inspiration for the Giant Experience package, a medley of perks to make any baseball lover swoon: the chance to sit in a major league dugout, walk on the field and visit a clubhouse. When it's not the views of the ballpark capturing the attention of hotel dwellers, it's those of the city. Catch them on the 12th-floor rooftop, where private draped cabanas, open-air fire pits and 360-degree views of the San Francisco skyline await.
This splashy downtown hotel just celebrated its one-year mark. Modern touches meet upscale-chic design throughout the rooms and common areas, and a state-of-the art spa, pool and fitness center serve as the ultimate urban retreat. It's just two blocks away from Petco Park, and more than six restaurants and bars make it the perfect place to celebrate a Padres win (as does the lobby level's Champagne vending machine).
Dodger Stadium is about a five-minute cab ride away from this luxe downtown property, which has more than 450 guest rooms and suites. The Take Me Out to the Ball Game package is a full-on baseball experience, with complimentary valet parking and a basket brimming with some of the ballpark's best (e.g., Cracker Jacks, peanuts, beer). If fans are in the mood for more substantial fare, they can check out Noé, where chef Simon Warren offers a menu of California plates inspired by classic French and Japanese techniques.
Nicole Schnitzler is a Chicago-based freelance writer who covers travel, food and drink. Follow her on Instagram at @writetoeat and on Twitter at @write_to_eat.
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