Jun. 2009

HotelTravel.com Takes Pole Position for Final British Grand Prix Formula 1 Race at Silverstone

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Phuket, 5 June, 2009 - HotelTravel.com is taking pole position for the final British Grand Prix Formula 1 at Silverstone Race Track from 19 to 21 June, with bargain rates sure to leave competition in the dust.
Special deals during the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring from 10 to 12 July are also highlighted, as HotelTravel.com moves up the grid with the first of a series of Formula 1 special hotel offers in 2009.

For many Silverstone will always be the heart and soul of Formula 1, and since the British Grand Prix is tentatively scheduled to move to Donington Park in 2010, this year’s race marks the end of an era.
According to HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, going to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was an annual rite of passage during his 16 years living in the UK.

“For me it was always the biggest sport event of the year. I clearly remember Nigel Mansell's victory in 1992 when the crowd invaded the track while some drivers were still racing. After taking the checkered flag, Mansell mowed down a spectator and eventually had to climb from his car in the midst of a braying mob, as one does.

“These days Formula 1 has developed a huge international following. In the current economic environment F1 fans are looking for good hotels at a fair price during race weekends. So HotelTravel.com is pleased to promote value for money hotels located near F1 circuits priced at less than 100 EUR per night,” he added.

For those looking for London hotels, the three-star Central Park Hotel (from 58 EUR per night) offers outstanding value near Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Also worth a look nearby are Ascot Hyde Park Hotel (from 60 EUR per night), Alexandra Hotel London (from 63 EUR per night), Corus Hotel Hyde Park (from 93 EUR per night) or the Radisson Edwardian Sussex in Marylebone (from 96 EUR per night).***

For Coventry hotels choose from Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel and Spa Coventry (from 63 EUR per night), Novotel Coventry Hotel (from 88 EUR per night) or Ramada Hotel and Suites Coventry (from 99 EUR per night).

For Birmingham hotels, HotelTravel.com is featuring Paragon Hotel Birmingham (from 47 EUR per night), Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre (from 50 EUR per night) and Jurys Inn Birmingham Hotel (from 73 EUR per night).

Milton Keynes has the most roundabout junctions in England, offering Formula 1 aficionados who stay at Novotel Milton Keynes (from 98 EUR per night) the chance to lap around town like a pro.

After the last British Grand Prix at Silverstone, there have been reports that 2009 could also be the final running of the German Grand Prix. This year the race moves to Nurburgring, considered one of the most challenging race tracks in the world. Former Formula 1 legend Jackie Stewart once described the circuit as ‘The Green Hell’, a nickname that remains to this day, and is not to be confused with the toll road of the same name.

This is important when driving in a country that offers little distinction between race course and toll road!
Nurburgring is farther from major urban centres than Silverstone, but the daily commute to the race track can be quicker than in England. For Cologne hotels, log on to HotelTravel.com and check out Meininger City Hostel & Hotel Cologne (from 41 EUR per night), Conti Hotel (from 67 EUR per night), Holiday Inn Cologne (from 71 EUR per night) Bacelo Cologne City Centre (from 82 EUR per night).

For Frankfurt hotels, both City Hotel Frankfurt (from 55 EUR per night) and Luxor Hotel Frankfurt (also from 55 EUR per night) offer excellent value near the city centre. Those Formula 1 fanatics seeking a touch more comfort can have a look at either the Steigenberger Hotel Frankfurt City (from 80 EUR per night) or Concorde Hotel (from 98 EUR per night).

For Stuttgart hotels, the Ramada Hotel Stuttgart Herrenberg (from 55 EUR per night) and Stuttgart Marriott Hotel Sindelfinger (from 77 EUR per night) both rate high with HotelTravel.com customers. Other options for fewer than 100 EUR include Mercure Hotel Stuttgart Bad Cannstaff (from 83 EUR per night) and the Royal Hotel Stuttgart (from 93 EUR per night).

Mr Dombey said that while he was disappointed to miss the final British Grand Prix at Silverstone, he hoped to catch either the Singtel Singapore Grand Prix (25 to 27 September), or Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (2 to 4 October) when Formula 1 action returns to Asia late 2009.

“The Asian leg of the Formula 1 calendar is popular with European race fans. Once summer ends they are looking to catch a race and combine it with beach holidays in Asia. So watch this space as HotelTravel.com will again be looking to promote those Formula 1 events later this year,” he added.

***All hotel rates are as of 4 June, 2009, priced in Euros and subject to change. -----ends-----

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