Dreaming of Lamborghinis

When you think “Waldorf Astoria,” you probably think about some pretty sumptuous digs.

When you think “Waldorf Astoria,” you probably think about some pretty sumptuous digs. After all, the mere name of the hotel drips class.

As we’ve recently seen, hotels of an upper echelon are working with auto makers to tie vaunted brands together, or to provide guests with something that goes above and beyond the norm of, say, exquisite concierge service.

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And Waldorf Astoria is taking this to something of an extreme, as it is offering the “Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences” at 12 of its 26 hotels and resorts in the U.S., Europe and the United Arab Emirates.

What this means is that guests will be able to book time in a Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche GT3, Lamborghini Huracan, or Lamborghini Gallardo. And as these cars are rather, well, above and beyond the norm that many of the guests are likely to be familiar with, Waldorf has hired drivers Didier Theys, Vanina Ickx and Eric Van De Poele to be driving directors.

As Theys said, “With a little coaching and advice, drivers of all skill levels can have a memorable day behind the wheel.”

We think that most will probably need more than a “little coaching,” and as for advice, “Slow down” is probably going to be the most appropriate.