What would it take to put you behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia? It would cost $999 plus the price of a room if you stay at one of six Waldorf Astoria hotels (including one in Palm Springs) this fall.
The hotel chain offers guests the opportunity to take a sightseeing spin in three different super-cars.
This is no racetrack speed fest, but a curated road trip for car lovers who want to double down on luxury. The Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience takes guests out in the Ferrari plus a Porsche 911 Turbo and a McLaren MP4-12C.
You don't get to grab the keys and go; drivers follow a planned course with a professional race car driver in a fourth car as guide. Daytime sessions are offered at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and last up to three hours. Drivers may bring a guest along.
The driving experience is offered Sept. 30 to Oct. 5 at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah. The ride follows Highway 189 past scenic Provo Canyon and Bridal Veil Falls. Next up is La Quinta Resort & Club near Palm Springs on Oct. 15-20. Here guests travel along roads in the San Bernardino National Forest and up to Big Bear Mountain.
The cost is the best available room price plus $999 for the driving package. (I found availability for a room at the Park City site for $199 plus tax and fee on Oct. 1.)