Our Pick Of The World's Best Sporting Events

And where to stay while you're there

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From the hallowed cauldron of Madrid's Santiago Bernabaeu to the winding streets of the Monaco Grand Prix, when in town to watch one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar, you're going to want to stay in a hotel to match.

Take a look below at our list of some of the most prestigious events in sport, from Grand Slam tennis to European Championship rugby, and the best hotels to stay in while you're there.

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Watch Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu and stay at the Gran Meliá Fénix Hotel

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Real Madrid are one of the most star-studded football outfits on earth, earning them the apt nickname of Los Galacticos.

Their cathedral is the Santiago Bernabéu, a grand old stadium that holds 81,000 fans and is amongst the sporting world's iconic arenas.

While in Madrid to see one of Spain's most vaunted teams, take shelter at the Gran Meliá Fénix. Amongst the hotel's many features and benefits are outdoor whirlpools, opulent décor and a location that is just a short walk from the city's cultural centre, including the Museo del Prado.

Real Madrid's season runs from 19 August 2016 - 21 May 2017

Take in the Monaco Grand Prix and stay at the Hôtel de Paris, Monte-Carlo

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While modern motorsport is a different beast entirely from the cavalier heyday of the '60s and '70s, what has remained unchanged is the inimitable allure of Monte Carlo. Maybe it's the unique challenge of the winding track, maybe it's the glorious coastal view, or maybe it's because it was Ayrton Senna's favourite - either way, nothing captures the spirit of motor racing quite like it.

When in Monte Carlo for the F1®, the Hôtel de Paris is one of the most spectacular hotels to watch. The grand belle-epoque building in Monaco's centre overlooks the Grand Prix racetrack and is just a short walk from the harbour and opera house.

The Monaco Grand Prix runs from 25-28 May 2017

Catch the U.S Open tennis and stay at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée

The fourth and final tennis Grand Slam of the year is an electric younger sibling to the more traditional championships that take place earlier in the season in Europe and Australia thanks to its informal atmosphere and vocal supporters.

New York crowds are famous for their raucous participation and enthusiasm, making Flushing Meadows a favourite amongst players and fans alike. If you can, try and take in a night match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, particularly if a home player is on the bill.

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After the exertions of Flushing Meadows, a familiar, discreet kind of quality is what you're going to be looking for when it comes to your hotel, making the superb Hotel Plaza Athenee, with just 143 rooms and a proudly long-serving team, a great choice.

The US Open runs from 28 August - 24 September 2017

See the European Rugby Champions Cup Final and stay at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

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Featuring the elite of European club rugby, the European Champions Cup final has found a new home at Murrayfield, the 67,000-seat stadium and battleground for Scotland's national team.

Renowned for its impassioned atmosphere, any trip to Murrayfield is special, but when it's for the biggest game in the club calendar, well, that adds even more allure.

During your stay in one of Europe's most scenic cities choose the Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian. Set in a former Victorian railway station beneath the famous old castle, 'The Caley', as it's known by locals, has just undergone an extensive £24 million refurbishment, making it one of the best equipped hotels in Edinburgh, with an unbeatable central placement.

The European Rugby Champions Cup Final takes place on 13 May 2017

Watch The World Athletic Championships and stay at Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte hotel, London

After an incredible showing at the Rio Olympics, Team GB and the stars of world athletics will be hoping to keep up the pace during the IAAF World Championships at London's Olympic Stadium.

Rumoured to be Usain Bolt's last ever track outing in what has been an unassailable career, there's sure to be plenty of dramatic narratives as 3,300 athletes head to the capital.

Located right in Mayfair, Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte hotel, London is one of the city's finest, featuring a Mark Hix restaurant, contemporary rooms and a relaxed atmosphere. Although a little way out from the stadium, the hotel's central location makes it an ideal spot, with Bond Street and the city's cultural centre just a quick walk from the front door."

The IAAF World Championships run from 4 - 13 August 2017

Take in a Yankees game and stay at the Mandarin Oriental, New York

The New York Yankees are an integral part of the city's scattered patchwork, making a trip to Yankee Stadium to see them play one of the most exciting stop offs during any visit to the Big Apple.

Acclaimed for their vociferous support, Yankees fans are a passionate bunch that welcome newcomers with the same enthusiasm with which they support their team.

While in New York pick the Mandarin Oriental for your stay. Just three miles from the stadium and standing high above the rush of 10th avenue, the hotel is known for its vast panoramic windows, offering ridiculous views of Central Park and the cityscape ahead.

There's also a very nice spa, just in case you need to relax after a nail-biter over at Yankee Field.


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