I met with a Marriott executive in the Middle East yesterday (I don’t even have a proper holiday when I go on holiday ….) and he told me something which I didn’t quite believe but which turns out to be true.
If you follow the hotel ‘scene’ you may know that there is a hotel built across the Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi on Yas Island.
It looks like this:
The hotel was operated by Viceroy but recently taken over by Marriott. It is currently being operated as part of The Autograph Collection of boutique hotels, under the name Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, but will relaunch as a ‘W’ in the New Year following renovations.
Anyway …. I was told that, despite rooms over the Grand Prix weekend selling for astronomical prices there was still reward availability.
This sounded crazy. But he was right.
You need to book a 3-night minimum stay over the Grand Prix weekend, from Friday 23rd November to Monday 26th November. Saturday check-in is not allowed. The race is Sunday.
There are no ‘track view’ rooms still for sale but there are rooms on the other side overlooking the marina.
Here is the cash rate for the cheapest room. It is non-refundable, as are all rooms over the F1 weekend:
To save you getting your calculator out, Dhs 25,047 is £5,287. Bargain. If you want to be in the main building nearer the track, you will pay even more.
However, this is what you get if you book the main building by the track with Marriott Rewards / SPG points:
The 3-night package costs you just 75,000 Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest points, which I value at £375.
Quite a saving, to put it mildly. Now, flights are not going to be a bargain although with all the options into Dubai and Abu Dhabi (a taxi from Dubai to the hotel will only be around £40 and will take an hour) it probably won’t be as bad as you think.
Assuming you don’t want to buy a race ticket, you should do some research into exactly what viewpoint the hotel can offer you of the circuit as your room will be on the marina side. On the face of it, though, this is an amazing opportunity for any serious F1 fan.
The Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi website is here.
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