Play ball! For baseball fans, those two words never fail to thrill. And with Major League Baseball’s season just a month in, they ring especially strong. At these luxurious hotels, where they take that excitement to new levels with over-the-top perks, there’s plenty to cheer about. From National Baseball Hall of Fame admission to a behind-the-scenes tour of fabled Fenway Park, sports-loving travelers will feel like a winner as soon as they check in.
Boston’s sports fans are some of the most passionate. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s Follow Me to Fenway! package is arguably the finest way we know for Red Sox fans to show off their love. Upon check-in, enjoy hot pretzels and local beer. You will stay in the Beacon Hill Studio, which boasts views of Beacon Street, a gas fireplace and a marble bathroom equipped with a combination rainforest shower and deep jetted tub. After settling in, take a tour of historic Fenway Park (with transfers to and from the stadium in the hotel’s Lexus courtesy car). Though the deal covers most of your high-end bases, Red Sox tickets are extra and require one-week advance purchase.
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
Atlanta styles itself as the sports capital of the South, and as the home of the Hawks, Falcons and Braves, who are we to argue? This Four-Star downtown diamond is ideally situated for baseball fans, seeing as how the property is a mere 1.6 miles from Turner Field. The hotel’s Game Day package includes deluxe accommodations for one night, breakfast for two in Atlanta Grill, 25 stadium dollars to spend at the ballpark and valet parking. Considering the luxurious accommodations feature marble foyers, skyline views and Comfort Essentials Collection feather beds, you may be tempted to leave The Ted after the seventh-inning stretch to get back to your room.
Otesaga Resort Hotel
Some say Cooperstown, New York, is where baseball originated. Whether or not that’s true is up for debate. What can’t be refuted is that the mecca of the sport, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, is located here. Visit the institution and book the Double Play package at the grand 106-year-old Otesaga Resort Hotel, which sits on the southern shore of Otsego Lake two minutes from the museum. The promotion includes an overnight stay, breakfast, tickets to the Baseball Hall of Fame and a logoed baseball bat for your personal collection. Fans will love walking over to the iconic Doubleday Field; exploring the museum’s enormous collection of game-worn uniforms, documents and photographs; and seeing exactly where plaques for 2015 inductees Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio will hang.