Luxury hotel rooms booked for F1 weekend


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 5:41 PM

AUSTIN -- Hotel rooms are filling up fast for Austin's second Formula 1 race weekend.

Luxury hotels in downtown Austin are almost completely sold out, including the Four Seasons.

"It's a really big weekend for us, one of the biggest of the year," said Four Seasons General Manager Rob Hagelberg.

High end hotels, including the Four Seasons, are charging roughly $1,200 to $1,500 per night. Race fans are competing against an at-home University of Texas football game, which attracts 100,000 fans.

Hotels for Hope partners with the Circuit of the Americas to sell hotel rooms directly from COTA's website.

"We aggregate, so we have our group inventory; then we pull from places like Orbitz, Expedia, and," said Neil Goldman, founder of Hotels for Hope.

Hotels for Hope partners with 150 hotels from Georgetown to San Antonio. Last year the group booked more than 25,000 room nights.

Goldman says there is still availability if you are willing to drive. Prices fall the further you stay from the track, he said.

The average rate for a hotel in Austin last year was $390.

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