For racing aficionados, it’s the world’s most exclusive sleepover: on 19th March, DoubleTree by Hilton and McLaren-Honda join forces to host a money-can’t-buy experience at the grand prix team’s famous headquarters, to celebrate the opening of 2016’s racing season: Australia’s Grand Prix race. The McLaren Technology Centre, home of the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team, located in Surrey, UK, will open its doors at night for an invitation-only exclusive sleepover experience. As a top-secret research and development facility, access to the centre is tightly controlled – making this a unique opportunity. It truly is the golden ticket. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with DoubleTree by Hilton’s signature warm chocolate chip cookies and a sparkling glass of Chandon before embarking on a guided tour around the facility including a peak at the team’s historic cars, a behind-the-scenes look at the McLaren-Honda racing facility and an interactive Mission Control and Pit Wall experience.
The countdown to the race begins with a night of Formula 1-related entertainment, including special screenings of iconic race-themed movies. Guests will have the chance to soak up the atmosphere from their very own DoubleTree by Hilton Sweet Dreams Bed, complete with hotel room amenities, including towels, slippers and Aroma Active products typical of a DoubleTree by Hilton stay, whilst sleeping alongside some of the world’s most iconic racing cars.
As the sun rises, the lucky winners will watch the highly anticipated race from Albert Park, Melbourne, with access to McLaren’s bespoke circuit-data feed, timing and telemetry systems straight from the track. They’ll also enjoy breakfast, making it the best place to watch the race outside of the Paddock Club.
Aligi Gardenghi, vice president marketing, EMEA Hilton Worldwide, said, “We’re excited to reward Hilton HHonors members with this unique money-can’t-buy experience at one of the leading and most historically-significant innovation hubs in the world – just one benefit of joining our award-winning loyalty program. We’re thrilled to bring DoubleTree by Hilton’s hospitality to this exclusive event, with its unique culture focusing on the ‘little things’ that make a huge difference to guests’ travel experiences. We look forward to taking care of the ‘little things’ so that guests can sit back and enjoy the race in style!”
McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button said, “The idea of a sleepover at the MTC is really cool – and DoubleTree by Hilton are going to do everything they can to make sure everyone has a really unique time. The MTC is a pretty special place at any time of the day – the blend of history, heritage and high-technology is incredible – but an event during the night, with lots of enthusiastic fans sharing the space together and creating a very special atmosphere, will be unbelievable. The first race of a new Formula 1 season is always one of the most exciting of the year – it’s unpredictable, eventful and often surprising. This is a great way to celebrate McLaren-Honda and Formula 1’s return to the world’s stage.”
This event is available exclusively to Hilton HHonors members, Hilton’s free-to-join loyalty program. For your chance to win, enter the contest at www.hhonors.com/NightAtMcLaren with your Hilton HHonors membership number. Alternatively, those with HHonors Points can bid on the experience through the HHonors auction site. This competition is strictly limited and available for 10 prize winners, each with a plus one.