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An astonishing hotel 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:

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 (41)

  • 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.

  • Alan M says:

    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

      • Will says:

        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

    • Jason says:

      Alan who was the comp from? Amex or Marriott

  • N says:

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

  • James says:

    OT – Lufthansa Diners Club. Has anybody yet received either the cards or at least some follow up communication? I have been patiently awaiting the outcome of those who initially applied, thinking that it might be an elaborate ID theft or data mining con, but hoping it is not so that I could consider applying, once confirmed genuine and working reliably. I am concerned that I’ve been unable to find an official website for it. Has anybody managed to find one?

    • meta says:

      It’s genuine. It was advertised in Lufthansa newsletter too. Others have reported of being issued cards. I am just about to apply, but won’t be holding the card after year one as it’s not worth it. I just need a bit more time to reedem my exisitng miles.

  • Benylin says:

    OT: does the supplementary IHG credit card have the same credit card number as the original? Asking because if same won’t be able to load to Curve.


  • Russ says:

    Still a great redemption to bank for future reference if you haven’t an immediate use for it. Looks like you don’t get stung by the middle east’s service charge either. Good spot Rob, thanks.

  • Graham WalshWalsh says:

    Wow. That is a great deal. Would have jumped at that. Shame I’ve got travel that weekend now. F1 tickets will be available from touts outside I’m sure. They were when I went to Shanghai for the F1.

  • Bradley says:

    Can I convert Virgin Atlantic Miles to Marriott?