An astonishing deal for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next month

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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:

Yas Island hotel

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.

The website is here if you want to find out more.

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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Comments

  1. Surely you will still need tickets, so might as well stay at any hotel? Or am I missing the point?

    Without a view of the track, I can see little point.

    BTW I am intending to be there at the Grand Prix so valid question 🙂

    • If only I had Marriott points; takes up to 5 days to xfer from Amex balance; will prob all be gone by then ????

      • If you call I believe they will reserve the room for you while your Amex transfer is ongoing.

    • Nathan Brandon-Bravo says:

      Staying anywhere near Yas Island over F1 weekend will be insanely expensive so this is a great redemption! Even if you don’t have much of a view from your room, the hotel has areas you could easily go to watch from.
      Even if you’re not going to the F1 but are going away to Abu Dhabi that weekend, the points vs cash price is a no brainer to be that close to Yas Island (for the mall, Ferrari world, easy connection to Dubai Etc)

    • Shiek Your Money says:

      What’s the difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi ?

      Well, the people of Dubai don’t watch the Flintstones. But the people of Abu Dhabi do!

    • Sheik your Money says:

      What’s the difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi ?

      Well, the people of Dubai don’t watch the Flintstones. But the people of Abu Dhabi do!

  2. Nathan Brandon-Bravo says:

    They also do a fantastic buffet downstairs in the hotel (which you can usually find cheaper on groupon AD!!
    It’s a great hotel and it does have an awesome casual bar area that looks over the track albeit I doubt very much you’ll get anywhere near it on race day!

  3. Nigel the Pensioner says:

    The hotel is indeed fantastic – and fantastically noisy too! There are indeed plenty of vantage points to see what’s occurring and you wouldn’t really want to spend the time in your room unless you wanted to get your benefit of a status card late check out!! The top floor bar has a limited track view but TV’s will show you the rest of the circuit 0 you get the noise, the smell and shelter from sun, whilst drinks are brought to your table – pretty perfect. The main vantage point from this oasis is the exit from the hotel bridge over the circuit.
    Does this mean that finally, Rob has discovered that the Middle East consists of more than Dubai??!!! Abu Dhabi is wonderful by comparison and so is Bahrain and Muscat. Wait 5+ years for Doha.
    Off to Bahrain again after the ADGP!

  4. This is a great deal for the 3 nights.
    Getting a taxi to your hotel after the event is a nightmare.

    • The one time I went there was a whole stream of park and ride busses heading to the city (the football stadium where we switched to a regular city bus).

  5. Speaking of Marriot,not able to sign in to play their online game today,IT issues…Anyone else??

  6. Nate1309 says:

    Is anyone else getting an error ‘try again’ when logging into Marriott this morning? Wife was fine but I can’t login, cleared history and cookies, tried safari and chrome.

  7. There are also the 3 nights’ concerts that are only accessible with a race ticket (Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Guns N Roses). In my experience you can get your hands on someone’s race ticket to enter the concert if you so wish. There are always tickets flying around during the run-up and during the event too.

  8. Kate Hyde says:

    We just checked out of this hotel yesterday. It was fabulous and I’d thoroughly recommend as a place to fully immerse yourself in the sounds and views of F1. Lots of places to watch the race throughout the hotel (bars, terraces, rooftop pool deck); the track is all around the building so you can’t escape it even if you wanted to. In fact, if you visit any other week of the year, the track is open to the public (every Tues and Sun evening) for running, walking and cycling around (free bike hire) so you can feel like Hamilton on a pedal bike. This is a fantastic deal.

  9. Glenn P says:

    Stayed here a few years ago and it was badly run, with badly maintained rooms (we went through 3 in a 2 night stay due to issues) and terrible service. Hopefully the change to the Marriott system will also have a change in the property management.

    Great value though for the F1 weekend, although Abu Dhabi is one of the easiest races to stay on points. Due to the race set-up, this hotel doesn’t offer much of an advantage as you don’t get any of the views unless you have the rooms with a view. The public parts of the hotel with track views are restricted unless you have the corporate or paid access. Anyone thinking about going to the F1 as a result of this deal – if you haven’t got tickets yet, you will be getting the dregs of what is left booking now. Abu Dhabi lets you select specific seats when you book, so the good views in each stand will be long gone.

    Have done the Abu Dhabi F1 4 times now, but I wouldn’t recommend this hotel if you can get a similar points price elsewhere at this stage. There are better places to stay and you won’t get any of the benefits of the location with a standard room here.

  10. Is amex transfer to Marriot working yet – I have had 40000 amex stuck since September. Had 5000 amex + £50 as comp

    • Scallder says:

      Membership Rewards points to Marriott are yes, as i did some late last week. Took 3-4 days. Nothing from the SPG Amex

      • My partners SPG amex points posted to her Marriott account in early October, mine were returned to the SPG amex Card balance for some reason

    • Alan who was the comp from? Amex or Marriott

  11. Yup, got it working fine the other day. No notification of the offer being redeemed though! Delete and reinstall?

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