Superlatives seem inadequate to describe the wonders of Spa-Francorchamps; the greatest modern motor racing circuit in the world. Due to its high-speed winding turns leading to the slow La Source loop then onto Eau Rouge, this track offers sensations unknown on other tracks to both drivers and spectators. The weather in Belgium is sometimes as surprising as the races. It may be raining on one part of the track while the rest of the track is still dry. However, whatever the weather, to many people, the track is still ‘one of the world’s most beautiful race tracks’.
For the discerning guest, the MotoExpress Belgium F1 package offers a fantastic Grand Prix experience. A sensational hotel in the attractive city of Namur, situated on the river Meuse. It is an ideal base for the Grand Prix weekend. Transfer to the circuit takes around one hour.
Places are limited to just 22 rooms. Our Spa F1 event is very popular and sells out earlier than you would expect. Early booking is essential.
Namur is an ideal base for the F1 weekend. The town is only a 2 1/2hrs drive from Calais and just 40 miles from Brussels which can be reached by regular rail service. Not only does our hotel have excellent bars and restaurants but it is very close to the town centre’s famous Casino, bars and restaurants.
The Tanneurs Hotel houses a total of 28 rooms. Each room is different, but all are designed to combine warmth, charm and modern comfort. The hotel rooms, set up throughout the eleven 17th-century buildings, are nestled in the historic structure, around the old beams and under the magnificent brick arched ceilings. All of the rooms have a bathroom, shower, desk, television, and mini bar, direct telephone and Internet connections. There is private car parking at the hotel protected by electric gate. Also informal parking spots in front of the hotel.
You know you are good company when staying at the Tannuers hotel. Previous guests have included Brad Pitt, Woody Allen, Jean Remo and Richard E Grant to name but a few.
Luxury rooms with exotic features that may include Jacuzzis, Saunas, Vaulted ceilings and much more. Each suite is different to the other, the only common thing is a luxury experience.
Larger than standard and have features built into their design that are sympathetic to the ancient building.
Comfortable and spacious rooms - Double bed / bathroom / hair dryer / WC / TV / Minibar / Phone
These comfortable rooms feature 2 x single beds and ensuite facilities
General Admission provide access to the free seating areas around the circuit. Spa-Francorchamps is a hilly circuit, so General Admission areas include many small mounds, which offer good views of relatively extensive sections of track. The areas accessible include a stretch alongside the extremely high speed Kemmel straight, between Eau Rouge and Les Combes, another that spreads on the inside of the circuit all the way from Bruxelles corner, around the high speed Double Gauche corner, and around Fagnes, and a third which runs alongside the incredible high speed Blanchimont sector. General Admission areas fill up quickly at Spa, so get there early to secure the best spots.
Gold 1 runs along the outside of the main straight, and overlooks the pit lane and the podium. You will be ideally placed to watch the start-studded pre-race grid, and the drama and excitement of the start as the cars charge down to the La Source hairpin. You will have a more distant view of the cars heading towards you through Blanchimont, before they speed past you accelerating hard. You may then see them across the infield, as they head up to Eau Rouge. It's an unbelievably good view. You will see the chequered flag as the winner crosses the line. Then the track gates are opened for you to take part in the podium celebrations. Taste the champagne show and watch the post race interviews.
Grandstand Gold 3 is the Classic Spa grandstand in a privileged position at the top of the hill at Eau Rouge, a prime location overlooking one of Formula 1's most exciting and celebrated corners. This is a superb vantage point to see the cars racing towards you uphill at unbelievable speed, before sweeping to your left and into Raidillon. Any driver straying off the racing line here will be at the centre of a spectacular incident. You will also have a birds eye view of the charge out of La Source and down the straight, including a clear view up to the pit lane exit, making this an excellent place to see race strategies evolving.
Grandstand Gold 4 is halfway up the hill at Eau Rouge, a much sought after spot overlooking one of Formula 1's most exciting and celebrated corners. This is a superb vantage point to see the cars sweep left then right, heading past you uphill at unbelievable speed. Any driver straying off the racing line here will be at the centre of a spectacular incident. You will also have a birds eye view of the charge out of La Source and down the straight, including a clear view up to the pit lane exit, making this an excellent place to see race strategies evolving.
Grandstand Gold 7 overlooks the legendary La Source hairpin, looking down the barrel of the main straight. This is a sought after grandstand, and a fantastic spot to see the cars charge towards you into the first corner. This is one of the circuit's most eventful corners, a hard braking point, that is often the scene of race incidents, and a potential overtaking spot. Your view also includes the hard acceleration zone out of La Source, and you may well have a distant view of the charge through Eau Rouge. You will have a good view of the last few garages and end of the pit lane, so this is a good spot to see race strategies evolving. You will be well placed to see the pre-race grid further up the straight, as well as the chequered flag as the winner crosses the line.
Grandstand Silver 3 sits on the outside of the downhill straight, between the legendary La Source hairpin and closer to Eau Rouge. From the hard acceleration zone out of La Source, you will be ideally placed to see the steep charge down the straight, and through Eau Rouge. This is truly one of F1's greatest turns, as the cars sweep left then right, heading uphill at unbelievable speed. You will also have a more distant view of the exit of La Source, one of the circuit's most eventful corners, a hard braking point, that is often the scene of race incidents, and a potential overtaking spot. You will have a good view up to the pit lane exit, making this an excellent place to see race strategies evolving.
The 2005 and 2006 F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso explains: “You come into the corner downhill, have a sudden change [of direction] at the bottom and then go very steep uphill. From the cockpit, you cannot see the exit and as you come over the crest, you don’t know where you will land. It is a crucial corner for the timed lap, and also in the race, because you have a long uphill straight afterwards where you can lose a lot of time if you make a mistake. But it is also an important corner for the driver’s feeling. It makes a special impression every lap, because you also have a compression in your body as you go through the bottom of the corner. It is very strange - but good fun as well.”
Frites, Moules, Beer, Chocolates and the best race track in the world. Why haven’t you been before?!
The Welcome Reception has become an essential part of MotoExpress race weekend. An opportunity to meet your fellow guests. Talk about the exciting weekend ahead whilst enjoying complementary drinks and snacks; and I promise to keep my welcome talk to an absolute minimum!!!
We have reserved a very special restaurant for our exclusive use. An opportunity to relax and chat with newly made friends. To recount the wonderful experiences of a high octane race weekend enjoyed. The conversation just like the wine flows late into the evening as we relive the excitement of the last few days. A wonderful end to a truly memorable weekend.
Explore Namur: The entrance to the Ardennes. From here the hills and valleys of south eastern Belgium form a distinct change to the rather flatter areas of Flanders. French is very much the language of preference in this part of the country, and at times it is hard to remember that this is not an outpost of the French Republic but a country in its own right. No doubt easy for the Belgians to notice but hard enough for someone who cannot tell the difference between French and Belgian accents.
The city is strategically situated at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers. Its massive citadel perched high on the bluff overlooks this important junction. Namur is a good place to use as a centre to visit the entire area.
An abundance of ferry routes and great roads through France and Belgium makes it quick and easy to arrive at our hotel in Namur.
You can take the Eurostar train from London, changing in Bruxelles and getting into Namur three and a half hours after leaving London Check low cost Grand Prix deals from Eurostar.
British Airways and all other major international carriers fly into Brussels International airport. The distance from Brussels International airport and Namur is 40 miles (66km). Fast trains connect you to Brussels and Namur
Ryanair operate services to Charleroi (Brussels South) airport from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin and Shannon. Check Ryanair website for other European routes. The distance form Charleroi airport to Namur is 22 miles (35 km). Taxis will be available outside the arrivals hall.
During the race weekend we capture the spirit of the event in photos which we publish in the MotoExpress Photo Album for your lasting enjoyment.
Just a quick note to say how great it was to meet you both in Belgium - we had a great time. John wants to go to a MotoGP next, so we may just be in touch again!
Thanks for everything.
Thanks for doing a great job organising our trip to Spa GP. Really enjoyed Les Tanneurs.
Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you once again for another fantastically well arranged F1 weekend. Linda and I were saying that you guys really do find some nice / quirky hotels for your events. as you know, we are already booked for Barcelona and will no doubt be booking one other event next year.
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