Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience Sep 30-Dec 7, 2014

Car Week has been a prestigious auto viewing experience around town this past week as I did my regular driving to Costco, Safeway and the beaches around Monterey, California. I saw the sign for the Lamborghini Club of America meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn down the street from me. Yesterday, three Ferraris driving in tandem zipped by me on Highway 1. Regal Bentleys driven by octogenarians have been blocking traffic all over town with slow purposeful movements through grocery store parking lots. That is the Car Week experience in Monterey in conjunction with the annual August Concours d’Elegance Pebble Beach.

2014 Pebble Beach: ’54 Ferrari 375 MM wins Concours best of show award (LA Times- August 17, 2014)

In celebration of Car Week in Monterey, here is a Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience unique opportunity I want to share with readers.

Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience

Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience is your opportunity to get behind the wheel of three supercars under the guidance of Belgian professional racecar driver Didier Theys.

Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience give participants access to three of the world’s most famous super cars, including a Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, McLaren MP4-12C, and Porsche 911 Turbo.

The driving experience program will be available at six of Waldorf Astoria’s 29 properties, including:

  • Waldorf Astoria Park City – Park City, Utah, September 30 – October 5
  • La Quinta, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Palm Springs, California, October 15 – 20
  • The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Scottsdale, Arizona, October 24 – 29
  • The Roosevelt, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana, November 6 – 11
  • Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Boca Raton, Florida, November 14 – 19
  • Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Phoenix, Arizona, December 2 – 7

Motorists will receive an introduction and tutorial about each vehicle by Belgian race champion Didier Theys, and then set out behind the wheels on a driving tour, rotating cars and drivers along the way.

The total drive time will be approximately three hours and the cost of the experience is $999 per couple (excluding accommodations). Waldorf Astoria Ultimate Driving Experiences are presented in partnership with DXL US.


Offer is subject to availability at the following participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts only during the dates mentioned:

Waldorf Astoria Park City: Tuesday, September 30th – Sunday, October 5th
La Quinta Resort & Spa, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: Wednesday, October 15th – Monday, October 20th
The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: Friday, October 24th – Wednesday, October 29th
The Roosevelt, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel: Thursday, November 6th – Tuesday, November 11th
Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: Thursday, 14th November – Tuesday, November 19th
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: Tuesday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 7th

This offer is not applicable to existing reservations or group bookings, and may not be combined with other select promotions, discounts or offers. To reserve this package, please contact us at 1-800-WALDORF if in the USA, or +800 00 266 723 if outside the USA. When booking, please request the “Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience” package or request one of the following Plan Codes:

Waldorf Astoria Park City: P8
La Quinta Resort & Spa, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: NP
The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: SPKGWAT
The Roosevelt, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel: P3
Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: P8
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: P8

Program :

Each participating hotel will offer three (3) driving sessions per day: a “morning” session from 8:30AM until 11:00AM, an “afternoon” session from 11:30AM until 2:00PM, and a “late afternoon session” from 2:30PM until 5:00PM. There will be four (4) openings available for either a single driver OR a single driver and passenger to sign-up. Each driving session will be on a pre-determined route planned out by each participating hotel, and will include at least four stops at various locations. During these stops, participants will be able to use restroom facilities, have refreshments provided by each participating hotel (any dietary needs should be addressed during the booking process), and switch to the next car. All driving participants will have the chance to drive three cars: a Porsche 911 Turbo, a McLaren MP4-12C, and a Ferrari 458 Italia. The fourth car, a Performance Sedan, will be driven by a session lead driver; guests will also rotate to this car, and ride with the session lead driver. The conclusion of the driving session will end back at the hotel.

Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience

Win a Free Waldorf Astoria stay through Social Media

#WaldorfExperiences contest will launch online August 11, 2014. Waldorf Astoria will ask fans and followers of the brand’s social channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to submit photos from their own driving experiences by tagging them with the #WaldorfExperiences hashtag for a chance to win a free stay at a Waldorf Astoria property.

Loyalty Traveler note: I checked today and I did not see any photos submitted with #WaldorfExperiences hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. This might be a good opportunity to upload your driving experience photo.

To learn more about or to book the Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences, please visit or call 800-WALDORF (800-925-3673).

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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