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HOSPITALITY WITH HORSEPOWER

Posted on May 15, 2014

Hotel DrivingWhen you next check in to a hotel, the room key might come with an ignition key. Luxury driving experiences are the latest amenity on offer from a number of high-end properties, giving travelers the opportunity to take their ritzy experience on the road. Whether to cruise city streets or absorb the great outdoors, to test drive the latest Lexus or Ferrari, here are a few of the four-wheel outings now on offer.

Terranea Drive Series at Terranea Resort
This Southern California property provides guests in their Shearwater Suites with unlimited access to Lexus’ newest vehicles. Those who sign up can take themed GPS-led road trips such as The Retail Retreat, The Romantic Rendezvous, or The Adventure Escape, with suggested stops and special gifts included.

Porsche Test Drive Program at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Also located in Southern California (the great weather is perfect for joy rides), this resort lets guests take a Porsche through its 45-acre estate and neighboring wine country. Three models — 911 convertible, Panamera Hybrid, and Cayenne GTS — are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Ferrari Test Drive at The Grand Hotel Majestic “già Baglioni”
This Bologna luxury property celebrates Italian car making by offering a themed package capped off with a 30-minute Ferrari California test drive. For an extra charge, a spin in the Ferrari Berlinetta or Ferrari 458 Italia is also available, as well as a visit to the nearby Ferrari Museum.

Audi Test Drive at The Little Nell
More outdoorsy types can cruise through Aspen in a 2013 Audi A8 or the 2013 Audi Q7 TDI when visiting this luxury ski lodge. Just make a reservation at the concierge and pick up keys at the front drive to explore the town or, during warmer months, the natural beauty of Independence Pass.

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