Best Hotels For Views For F1 Las Vegas 2023

Oct 26, 2022

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, Formula 1 fans have already started researching the ins and outs of visiting Sin City for the coveted November 2023 event.

Formula 1 is set to come to the Las Vegas streets between November 16-18, 2023. Unlike all other races, the race weekend starts a day early because of how far west the track is located, and will take place late at night to cater for F1’s European viewing audience. The main event will take place on November 18, 2023 at 10 p.m., and all track activity will end at 1:30 a.m. PT the next morning.

F1 Las Vegas Ticket Information

Ticket availability dates have also been announced with those pre-registering getting the option to book from November 3rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. PT. If you were not able to get on the priority list, general tickets will go on sale on November 5th, 2022 at 10 p.m. PT via Ticketmaster. Guests can expect the following as part of their ticket package.

  • Tickets sold as 3-day passes only.  No single day passes.
  • All-inclusive food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Limit of eight (8) tickets per customer.
  • All inventory is first come first serve and subject to availability. Inventory will be extremely limited and due to high demand may not be available at time of purchase.

The weekend pass tickets will go on sale starting at US $500, and track side views including:

  • Paddock Club – The Las Vegas Grand Prix will bring the Paddock Club to life in a bigger, bolder, ‘Vegas-style’ way unlike anything Formula 1 has seen before. Enjoy the epitome of Las Vegas hospitality from the best seats in the house. The Paddock Club sits on the newly- purchased, 39-acre parcel of land adjacent to Las Vegas Boulevard, serving as the central point of the Las Vegas Strip Circuit, with more fans than any other zone.
  • Wynn Grid Club – Modern luxury meets the glamorous opulence of a bygone golden era at the Wynn Grid Club. A 1920s Great Gatsby chic vibe will be set to a modern soundtrack. This area will offer the best vantage point to watch the race and is the most indulgent way to drink and toast to the victors. The Wynn Grid Club will be located within the Paddock Club.
  • Skyboxes – Watch the race from a private Skybox above the premium start/finish grandstand featuring excellent views of the start/finish as well as the pre- and post-race festivities. Each Skybox Suite is thoughtfully positioned to deliver extensive views of the race below.
  • Suites – Enjoy the suite life – the Las Vegas way. These private suites feature elevated views of the race action. Experience high speeds and overtaking moves in style as the cars head into the Koval straightaway.
  • Shared Hospitality – Witness the incredible action of Formula 1 from a shared hospitality area. Guests will be able to experience elevated awe-inspiring views of Turns 4 and 5 with world-class food and drinks, all from the comfort of your semi-private space.
  • East Harmon Zone – Enjoy stunning up-close views of cars in the East Harmon Zone. Surrounding the Paddock, Grandstands in this zone will feature views of the pit lane, start/finish line and Turns 1-4!
  • Sphere Zone – Located in the shadow of the revolutionary MSG Sphere, Grandstands in the Sphere Zone will have an incredible view of a hard right-hand Turn 5, high-speed sweeping Turn 6, the Turn 7 / 8 chicane, and Turn 9 that shoots the cars back towards the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip.
  • West Harmon Zone – Guests in the Harmon Grandstands will witness breathtaking strategy calls in real time with views of the pit lane entry and the Harmon Straight, leading into Turn 17 and the finish line.
  • General Admission – Experience race weekend with the flexibility of a General Admission ticket. Located in the Sphere Zone, guests won’t miss any immersive F1 action under the lights of the majestic MSG Sphere.

F1 Las Vegas Track Layout

Some fans like myself plan to buy tickets just for race day, with the hopes of securing a hotel room to see free practice and qualifying action from a balcony near the circuit.

Those following the news from day one would have noticed slight adjustments made to the track in early September. The course which originally had 14 turns, now has 17, with the bulk being at the start (turns 1 through 4) and around the MSG Sphere (6 through 9). The remaining turns lead onto Sands Avenue, bending around the Palazzo Tower.

From there, it’s mostly high speed action will take place on South Las Vegas Boulevard running from Sands Avenue down to turn 14 onto Harmon Avenue, before returning to the grand stands just after Koval Lane. The corner next to the Cosmopolitan was also adjusted to include one additional turn. The turn at Audrie Street has also been removed, allowing drivers to go full throttle before making the final turn towards the finish line.

According to the promoters, drivers could hit top speeds of 342kph (212mph) down Las Vegas Boulevard, with some teams predicting topping out at 370kph (230mph) with DRS.

F1 Las Vegas Revised Track Layout

Photo: Gate Checked

Which hotels to stay at for good views at F1 Las Vegas?

If you’re not budgeting to buy tickets for the entire weekend, or prefer to take in the action from your hotel room, these are some of the better options to pick from. Not all rooms are created equally though, as some have balconies while others are limited to just window views. Some have really good vantage points while others are simply too far away from the street. This list will categorize some of the major options into three brackets depending on the overall vantage point and ease of viewing the track.

Demand for hotels will be at an all-time high, so you will have to plan to book as soon as spaces become available (at least one year out). Staff at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore reported that their websites saw record traffic levels when it was announced that F1 was coming to Sin City.

This list will continuously be fine tuned as more information about the event is made available.

Hotels with the best views for F1 Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Wraparound Terrace Suite Complete with Balcony and Views.Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Wraparound Terrace Suite Complete with Balcony and Views.

I suspect the Cosmopolitan may be one of the most in-demand hotels because of the amazing views of both South Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. This means you will be able to see the cars racing from turn 12 all the way through turn 16 and beyond. Unfortunately the Elara blocks the rest of the straight down to turn 17, but it’s a small sacrifice given how much you can see otherwise. Guests attempting to book here should aim for the Wraparound Terrace Suite or the Wraparound Terrace Suite Fountain View in the tower closest to the strip on the higher floors.

The lower floors may have restricted views further down the strip, so make sure your eyes are in order before you visit. The video above appears to be taken from the larger tower closer to Aria, but the views still seem to be pretty good besides the section blocked by the strip side tower. Like with many hotels, rooms won’t become available until within 12 months from the date, and I suspect these rooms may come at quite the premium.

Pros

  • Modern rooms.
  • Excellent views of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue from turns 12 through 16.
  • Guests have access to a wrap around terrace.

Cons

  • Prices may be sky high for these rooms.
  • The Terrace rooms can only be booked for two people, so if you’re planning to bring additional friends, they will have to either stay in different rooms or at another hotel.

The Signature at MGM Grand

Photo: Gate Checked

The Signature at MGM Grand provides very good views of the straight along Harmon Avenue. The hotel has three towers, and you ideally would want to get a room in Tower 3. From there, you can get an unrestricted view of the cars coming around turn 14. If you stay in Tower 2 (like in the photo above), the Marriott blocks the view of turns near the Cosmopolitan, but you still can see the cars coming down the straight as they continue to the last corner just further down the road.

If you are booking, you can either get the Deluxe Balcony Strip View Suite or the One Bedroom Balcony Strip View Suite. If possible, ask for a room on the lower floors, maybe on floors 20-30.

Pros

  • Good view of the straight from turn 14 and onward if you get a room in Tower 3.
  • Balcony access.
  • Bookings may be possible from as early as mid-September 2022
  • Access to the MGM Grand and the monorail (even though it’s a bit of a walk between the two hotels)

Cons

  • The rooms at the Signature are pretty outdated compared to many other offerings in the area

Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations

Photo: Hilton

Like the Signature, the suites at Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations offer good views of Harmon Avenue, but unfortunately none of the rooms have balconies. The corner rooms on the street side may be the best bet, and I’d make a guess by saying the best rooms might be the corner units on the south end of the building, but it’s hard to say what the view around the grand stand will look like once the F1 complex is completed. Bookings can be made one year in advance.

Pros

  • Good street view of the straight from turns 16 through 17.
  • Potentially good view of turn 17 and the grand stand if you book a corner room on the southern end of the hotel.

Cons

  • No balcony.
  • View can be limiting depending on which side of the hotel you book.

The Platinum Hotel and Spa

Photo: Platinum Hotel and Spa

Even though the Platinum Hotel and Spa is not a top choice in my usual Vegas line up, it’s situated on the straight between turns 4 and 5. Sadly it is hard to say how far beyond turn 4 may be visible and I am sure a number of stands will be built around those corners. The view of the straight however is excellent, and it’s possible to witness some overtaking action as the drivers come out from the initial turns.

Those staying here should book the Marquise Suite as this has an outdoor balcony and a view of the strip (double check with reservations just to make sure). Bookings appear to only be available 8 months out but you can always call to see if you can book further in advance.

Pros

  • Excellent view of the straight between turns 4 and 5.
  • Balcony access.

Cons

  • Hotel rooms are a bit dated and dark.
  • The surrounding areas are a bit sketchy as it’s not really a path for foot traffic.

Hotels with good views for F1 Las Vegas

The Palazzo at The Venetian

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The Palazzo at The Venetian is definitely one of the more higher end properties on the strip, with so much to do on the ground floor, but I’m 50/50 on the views from the room. For starters, besides the few Chairman Suites (which go for around $25,000 a night on a none-F1 day), the other rooms do not have balconies or terrace access. However the strip side rooms have a pretty good view of turn 12 from Sands Avenue onto Las Vegas Boulevard. The back side of the hotel has a good view of Sands Avenue but you need to request rooms in the section that directly faces the east. From here you could see turns 9 through 11. Rooms can only be booked 12 months in advance.

Pros

  • Extremely high end rooms.
  • Most rooms have relatively good views of turns 9 through 12 depending on which side you stay.

Cons

  • No balcony.
  • If you get stuck with a room at the back of the hotel facing the south west or north east, views of the track appear to be extremely limited.

Wynn Las Vegas

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While the Wynn Las Vegas does not have rooms with balconies, the strip facing rooms offer a very good view of turns 11 and 12 from Sands Avenue onto Las Vegas Boulevard. Those looking to book should get the strip-facing Panoramic View or Panoramic Corner King as these directly face the junction. Any one of the Tower Suites should be fine as well once you request the strip view. Rooms can only be booked 12 months in advance.

Pros

  • Modern rooms
  • View good views of turns 11 and 12.

Cons

  • No balcony.

Hotels with OK views for F1 Las Vegas

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

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The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel is located on the strip itself with a pretty OK view of Las Vegas Boulevard. Sadly none of the suites have balconies, and the angle of view is very limiting. When booking, look for rooms with a strip view on one of the higher floors. I’m not even going to bother with a pros and cons list. Rooms can only be booked 12 months in advance.

Hotels that do not have good views for F1 Las Vegas

Contrary to how some of the hotels are touting their position for the event, there are a few big brands I would stay away from IF a view of the track is very important. the list includes the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, The Mirage, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Harrah’s, Linq, Paris Las Vegas, and Planet Hollywood. The problem with most of these hotels is that while they have very good views of the strip and surrounding landscape, the track is simple too far out of sight, and may be further blocked off during the race.

Conclusion

With F1 dates still tentative, it’s a good idea to start planning ahead as this may be one of Las Vegas’ biggest events ever. As this is not a definitive list, and it will be updated as much information comes to light.

[Featured Photo: Formula 1]

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