Some people say the hardest thing to do in baseball is hit a fastball off of Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander. But we’re here to tell you that the toughest thing may, in fact, be finding a hotel room in the Motor City or San Francisco during the week of the World Series. The following four properties are luxury all-stars, and if you find out they have any last-minute cancellations over the next few days, reserving a room would be a no-brainer call.
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
In most instances, you stay at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star because of its impeccable service and subtle elegances around the property, but for the next week or so, its location proves to be the most attractive asset. It’s just 1.5 miles from AT&T Park, which gives you more time to catch a few extra winks in the plush, classic-feeling room, stop by Seasons Bar & Lounge for an early-evening cocktail (try the breast-cancer-awareness-inspired Pink Ribbon Otter Pop, made with vodka and raspberries) and still make it to the ballpark before the national anthem.
The St. Regis San Francisco
The St. Regis offers another ideally situated downtown address. But rather than carry a stodgy air about its prime locale, its Four-Star spa or the fact that every room is stylishly decked in creams and woods and a Barcelona bench at the foot of the bed, the 40-story stunner takes a more relaxed approach with sophistication. Now, if you don’t have Game 1 or 2 tickets, fret not. The Five-Star hotel’s unfailingly polite staff will be more than happy to give directions to 21st Amendment Brewery or any other nearby pub that would be broadcasting the Fall Classic.
MGM Grand Detroit
Games 3, 4 and 5 are in the D. That means you’ll have at least three days of enjoyment at this Four-Star hotel. We still don’t know what we like gawking at more, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera’s swing or the spacious rooms that come equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs and dual rain showerheads. Of course, the downtown Detroit gem’s allure doesn’t end in the rooms and suites. The lively hotel and casino also has Four-Star Immerse Spa to keep you calm before game time. If you don’t have tickets, watch the game at Tap, the hotel’s new sports bar that opened last month with more than 40 HD televisions. Otherwise, beloved sports bar Nemo’s is just a half mile away.
The Townsend Hotel
Though this charming property may be a bit far from the excitement for some fans (it’s about a 30-minute drive from Birmingham, Michigan, to Comerica Park), its warm take on European elegance (cherry wood walls, fresh flowers throughout) make it worth the trek. But if distinct decorative touches weren’t enough of a sell, in-house Rugby Grille should be. The restaurant has a delightful American-Continental menu and an impressive wine selection that we promise won’t be duplicated at any stadium concession stand.
Photo Courtesy of MGM Grand Detroit