Accommodation – 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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The best budget, mid-range and luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina. The next race is on November 23-25, 2018.

Budget options are limited in Abu Dhabi and accommodation prices are high when compared to most Grands Prix. There are no hostels and the offer from airbnb is limited, so you will need to go for a hotel (or aparthotel). If you don’t mind staying further afield, Dubai is also worth considering for a better range of accommodation at cheaper prices but the 2-hour commute each way needs to be taken into account.

Please be aware that hotel prices in the UAE are normally quoted without 6% city tax, and that most hotels also charge an additional 10% service charge, to be paid at the hotel. The Editor attended the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and stayed in Dubai. Images © Tomasz Cwiklinsi &


Yas Island is home to several luxury hotels, including the iconic Yas Viceroy Hotel within the circuit complex. Not surprisingly, these hotels are in high demand on Grand Prix weekend, prices are high and you will need to book almost one year in advance to secure a room. But if your budget allows, Yas Island is the place to stay.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel

Located right next to the track, the Yas Viceroy offers everything you would expect from a world-class 5 star hotel. You’ll pay at least 1000 per night on Grand Prix weekend.

Centro Yas Island-by Rotana

The cheapest option on Yas Marina itself, this well-rated 3-star hotel will still set you back 480 per night for a double room over this year’s race weekend.

Park Inn Radisson Yas Island

Just a few minutes walk from the circuit, features a large outdoor swimming pool. Some of the well-appointed rooms offer circuit views. Doubles from 500 per night.

Stay on Yas Island with F1 Experiences

The Radisson Blue Hotel and Centro Yas Island are both located just a short walk from the gates of the circuit. Both hotels can be booked with selected packages from F1 Experiences, all of which include insider access to the F1 paddock, among a host of other inclusions.


Expect to pay 125-200 per night on Grand Prix weekend for 2-3 star hotels in the centre of Abu Dhabi. Below we have chosen the best-rated hotels with good central locations, most of which are within walking distance of the famous Corniche promenade.

Phoenix Plaza

Good standard studio apartments in a central location close to bars and restaurants from 120 per night.

Al Diar Dana

A Large Junior Suite (measuring 54m2!) can be had in this 2-star hotel on Grand Prix weekend for 130 per night.

Mercure Centre

Trusted global brand hotel with a good selection of standard and superior double rooms from 180.


There’s no shortage of luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi, including all the big global brands. Prices on Grand Prix weekend range from just over 200 per night for a decent 4-star hotel up to in excess of 1000 per night for the very best.

Anantara Eastern Mangroves

A highly-rated 5-star hotel with huge rooms and nice views. Deluxe room with balcony from 380 per night.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

Part of the spectacular Etihad Towers complex, with amazing views of the Arabian Gulf. Double room from 420 per night.

Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri

A spectacular 5-star hotel with its own private beach. Rooms from 650 per night on Grand Prix weekend.

Stay in Abu Dhabi with F1 Experiences

F1 Experiences also offers hotels in central Abu Dhabi as part of their ticket packages for the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  Add four nights accommodation at the Aloft Abu Dhabi or treat yourself at the 5-star Four Seasons Abu Dhabi or Marriott Hotel Al Forsan. All packages include daily transport from your hotel to the circuit and back.


Dubai is around 100km from the circuit at Yas Marina. If you are willing to put up with a 2-hour trip to and from the circuit each day, then Dubai has more accommodation to choose from and prices are cheaper on Grand Prix weekend. There is also arguably more to do in Dubai, and it can be a better base if you have plans to stay in the Emirates before or after the race. More information about getting from Dubai to Yas Marina can be found in the Getting There & Around section of our guide.


Where did you stay for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? Leave a comment below!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Eric Coro says:

    G,day Andrew,
    hoping you can give me some tips ,we are travelling to the Abu Dhabi F1 this year(2017).
    We will be travelling with a party of3-6 people,sorry No.not finalised yet.Looking to stay at least 8 nights.
    Good Hotel or Apartments,reasonably priced,good track seating.
    All the party are males.
    Thanks Eric
    Adelaide South Aust.

    • Editor says:

      Hi Eric!
      The trackside hotels are a bit on the expensive side, so go for something in the center of Abu Dhabi, near the beach (Corniche). Decent double rooms can be had from $150-200 AUD per night. Apartments are also worth considering if you want to stay together and save some cash. Consider also spending a few nights in Dubai to see the sights there. As for tickets, don’t go for the Abu Dhabi hill (I found it disappointing). Consensus seems to be that the best is the West Grandstand – it sells out well in advance, so don’t delay buying when tickets go on sale. Enjoy!

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