More than 50 of the 149 rooms in the Hotel Commonwealth offer killer views of Fenway Park, and its oversized leftfield wall known as the Green Monster. Among those rooms is the Baseball Suite with décor that trips you back to the 1930s and 1940s (pictured at top).
It’s a museum in itself with a collection of vintage trading cards, more than 40 baseball-themed movies and a program from the 1967 World Series when the St. Louis Cardinals triumphed over the Boston Red Sox (as opposed to 2004 and 2013 when the Sox bested the Cards in the World Series).Hotel Commonwealth
The five guest rooms at the Baseball Bed and Breakfast are dedicated to the original five inductees into National Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb (room pictured below), Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner. Owner John Rudy was at the last game played at Chicago’s Comiskey Park and has two seats from that legendary stadium. Pictures of presidents throwing out the first pitch on opening day line the walls. The inn is open from Opening Day until the final game of the World Series each year.
Baseball Bed and Breakfast
A two-room suite at the Best Western Plus is dedicated to the all-time hit leader, Pete Rose. The slugger known as Charlie Hustle has stayed here numerous times when attending area events. The 17-time All-Star player and Golden Glove recipient has donated autographed bats, pennants, balls and a batting helmet, among other items that contribute to the décor of the room that bears his name.
Best Western Plus
Room 404 in the 816 Hotel is dedicated to the Monarchs, Kansas City's team in the Negro National Leagues, an organization that was founded in Kansas City in 1920. The room features a mural of the team from back in the day. The rate includes two tickets to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, located in the 18th and Vine Historic District.
Diana Lambdin Meyer
Fans of the legendary pitcher Satchel Paige understand why baseball is not the most visible design component of the room in his honor at the Southmoreland Bed and Breakfast Inn. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors, thus the woodsy cabin look to the room. There’s a Kansas City Monarchs baseball cap on the coat rack (Paige led that team to a Negro League World Series championship in 1942) and several books about the Hall of Famer, who is buried in Kansas City.
Southmoreland on the Plaza
The Manchester Fisher Cats are a ferocious farm team for the Toronto Blue Jays and fiercely loved by locals. Thus, the Patio Restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn, a hotel built into the minor league stadium, is always filled to the max when the Fisher Cats are playing. About 60 of the rooms have an unobstructed view of the game below and they are always filled when the Portland Sea Dogs, a farm team for the Boston Red Sox, are in town.
Hilton Garden Inn
Back in the day, Babe Ruth was a big fan of the Hotel Belleclaire on New York’s Upper West Side. Today, room # 3 on the second floor, chosen due to Ruth’s jersey number, honors the many times the slugger stayed at the hotel. The décor is more masculine than sports-oriented with exposed steel beams, an original fireplace and a historic trunk. A crate painted in Yankees colors filled with Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew and other goodies celebrates our national pastime.
Four of the 115 rooms at the Islander Inn are dedicated to Ohio sports teams supported by the Niese family, owners of this resort in the middle of Lake Erie. Red and blue, the team colors of the Cleveland Indians, dominate the décor of the room dedicated to the Tribe. From the sheets on the bed to the towels in the bathroom, this room is always in demand by Indians fans who visit the island resort.
Grand Islander Hotel
The Dugout Suite at Hotel Union Square is all about the Giants —bright orange walls covered with pennants, peanuts and Cracker Jacks in the mini bar, all you need for a good night’s sleep in this corner suite without fear of the beard. Built in 1913, the Hotel Union Square offers 130 rooms not painted orange, all within walking distance from AT&T Park where the Giants play.
Hotel Union Square
Located inside the Rogers Centre, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Renaissance Downtown was the world’s first hotel built into a baseball stadium. Seventy of its 348 rooms have stadium views, and big screen TVs as well. The windows open a bit so you can hear the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd, but are shatter proof in case a grand slam comes your way.
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