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Accommodation – 2017 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa

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From trackside camping to luxury hotels, here’s our pick of the best places to stay for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. The next race is on on August 25-27, 2017.

The legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit is located in the rural Ardennes region of eastern Belgium, around 150km from the capital Brussels and close to the German and Dutch borders. Apart from trackside camping, there’s a scarcity of reasonably priced hotel-style accommodation in the small villages close to the track on Grand Prix weekend. Unless you are camping next to the track, we recommend hiring a car and staying a little further afield. It’s cheaper, more convenient and the traffic isn’t too bad once you make it off the small country roads and on to the motorway (though more patience is needed on race day). Larger cities within a reasonable driving of Spa worth considering as a Grand Prix base are Liege (Belgium), Aachen (Germany), Maastrich (Netherlands) and Luxembourg.

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Trackside Camping

Despite the unpredictable and often wet weather, camping next to the track at Spar remains hugely popular. F1 fans from all over Europe, including a large contingent from the UK, return to Spa year after year, and many will tell you that camping is the only way to get the proper Spa experience. There are three camping zones at Spa organized by the circuit operator:

  • Green zone: located on the North East corner of the circuit, next to Les Combes and Malmedy
  • Yellow Zone: 800m to the West of the circuit, but still within easy walking distance
  • Young Village: located 1.5km from the track (behind Kemmel, see map), this campsite is reserved for young fans with tents only (no motorhomes) and features activities such as nightly DJ sets

The camping areas are temporary, so facilities are fairly basic and whilst there are toilets and showers, no electricity is available. The campsites are also prone to being quite rowdy and drunken at night, so choose an alternative if you value a good night’s sleep. The camping pitches measure around 40m2, including space for one car and up to 5 campers. They are priced from around €60 per night or €160 for the whole weekend (from Thursday 8am to Monday at 11am).

There are also several permanent campsites in the vicinity of the circuit. ElephantSpa D’or and Eau Rouge are well regarded.

Accommodation close to Spa Francorchamps

The F1 teams and their sponsors snap up the best local hotels long before race weekend, leaving a limited number of very expensive rooms. Below, we’ve chosen some of the best-rated accommodation near Spa, arranged in order of distance from the circuit. It’s also worth checking out the accommodation on offer in the following towns and villages: Stavelot (5km away), Malmedy (6 km away) and Spa (13 km away). Should you be visiting on a non-race weekend when prices are more reasonable, we recommend the excellent Hotel de la Source, right next to the track. Last year, we stayed approximately 30km away at the budget Hotel La Chapelle in Banneux.

Hostellerie Le Roannay

  • Four-star hotel located in Francorchamps, just 1.8km from the circuit
  • Double room for €640 per night, including breakfast
  • Reserve on Booking.com

Château de Francorchamps

  • Historic farmhouse located in Francorchamps, just 2km from the circuit
  • Double room for €665 per night, including breakfast
  • Reserve on Booking.com

Gite Du Moulin Coquelicot

  • Guest house located in Stavelot, 9km from the circuit
  • Double room for €180 per night
  • Reserve on Booking.com

Hostellerie Au Vieux Hetre

  • Well-rated guesthouse located in Jalhay, 12km from the circuit
  • Double room for €375 per night, including breakfast
  • Reserve on Booking.com

Ambassador Hotel Bosten

  • Decent four-star hotel in Eupen, 20km from Spa
  • Double room for €375 per night, including breakfast
  • Reserve on Booking.com

Hotel Burg Hof

  • Three-star hotel in the lovely surroundings of Burg-Reuland, 30km from the track
  • Double room for €150 per night, including breakfast
  • Reserve on Booking.com

Accommodation further afield

If you are willing to travel a bit further each day, there’s some really beautiful mid-sized cities worth considering for your weekend base in this historic region of Europe. These cities are also likely to offer better value, with less of the dreaded ‘F1 tax’ that hotels closer to the circuit impose.

  • Liege, Belgium > Located 60km northwest of the circuit, Liege is a pretty, historic student town of around 200,000 inhabitants. Compare all hotels in Liege and reserve on Booking.com
  • Aachen, Germany > Over the border in Germany (around 60km north of Spa), Aachen is another historic mid-sized city with a population of approximately 250,000. It boasts an impressive old town and famous cathedral. Compare all hotels in Aachen and reserve on Booking.com
  • Maastricht, Netherlands > Like Liege, Maastrich is also situated on the Maas river (hence the name), but over the border in the Netherlands and around 70km north of the circuit. Home to 120,000 inhabitants, Maastricht boasts a beautiful old town and is known for its cuisine, good shopping and multicultural atmosphere. Compare all hotels in Maastricht and reserve on Booking.com
  • Luxembourg > Pictured above, Luxembourg is approximately 85km south of Spa Francorchamps. One of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, as well as one of the richest nations in the world, it has a population just over 500,000. There’s lots to see and do in this historic city. Compare all hotels in Luxembourg and reserve on Booking.com
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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. 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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