Accor’s Limited Time “Stay 3, Pay 2” Offer

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I’m probably the biggest Accor Hotels fan at OMAAT (causing Tiffany to suggest that I should be the blog’s Accor-espondent – the best pun I’ve heard in a while). I just find that they have so many properties (particularly in Europe) in good locations, and they tend to be more affordable than other large chains while still offering global brand consistency and quality.

Accor is running a “Stay 3, Pay 2” promotion for bookings made by April 3 for stays from March 31 to through June 10, 2018. In practice, this means a 33% discount off the flexible unrestricted rate for a 3-night stay.

That could be you on the right, celebrating your decision to take advantage of hotel promotions.
Ibis Deira City Centre

Rather than simply getting the third night free, the rate for each night will be reduced by a third – which can work in your favor if the third night isn’t the most expensive night of your stay.

Fairmont Banff Springs 

There are few additional restrictions on the offer (for example, bookings must be made at least 10 days in advance and a couple regions have narrower available date ranges). Bookings must also be made directly on accor.com, for stays of exactly three nights, so this wouldn’t be stackable with the fourth-night-free benefit of the Citi Prestige® Card.

Here’s the (huge) list of participating properties, which includes value-priced Ibis hotels, midrange options like Mercure, and even their high-end brands such as Sofitel and Fairmont.

If you’ll be in the neighborhood of one of these hotels, and can work around the restrictions, it’s definitely worth at least comparing the rates with this promo.

Anybody planning to take advantage of this promotion?

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Comments

  1. Good deal. I stayed at the Sofitel Hamburg on one of these sorts of deals a few years ago. Great value, excellent hotel

  2. I have mixed feelings about Accor. I’ve found the Sofitel brand to be a solid premium category product and the French emphasis on food is notable. So, compared to other premium hotel brands like Intercontinental, Grand Hyatt, Conrad or JW Marriott, I think Sofitel is a good choice. But Accor has historically lacked a true luxury brand and that’s usually the category I like to stay in. It’s too bad this 3 for 2 offer is limited. I’m going to Singapore in the Autumn for 6 nights and I woudn’t have minded booking two x 3 night stays to try their new Sofitel So and Sofitel hotels in the city centre.

  3. @ Kevin

    Is your comment meant to be a joke? If so, it’s a pretty poor one. I’ve seldon had reason to complain about any of the Accor chain’s hotels that I’ve stayed in over the past three decades. A particularly memorable stay was a weekend at the New York Sofitel in 2003, before flying home (UK) on Concorde, all paid for with A-Club Points and BA Airmiles. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

  4. Never heard of Accor and never knew Fairmont was part of Accor. Fairmont Banff Springs looks amazing in this photo!

  5. @erie

    Accor isn’t that well known in North America, perhaps, though there are a few properties that predate the acquisition of Fairmont (and Raffles and Swissotel) a couple of years ago, but elsewhere they’re huge. I’ve stayed at a few Ibises (economy brand but still fine) several Novotels, a couple of Sofitels (including New York), Mercures, a Pullman, and a couple of Sebels. Never a complaint, and generally a comfortable stay appropriate to the individual brand. Last year we stayed at our first MGallery (Luang Prabang) and were blown away. I’m going to be checking out another one in a couple of months. Really looking forward to it.

    Bottom line: get out of North America and venture beyond the US hotel chains. And by all means join le Club Accor.

    P.S. Nice post, Andrew.

  6. Thanks for the heads up Andrew. I like Accor hotels. I use them for work quite a bit as we are restricted to what hotels we can use and usually chose their brand when I can as it’s easy to get to gold if you are member which gives you an upgrade, a welcome drink and late check out at most of their properties. The points are quick to accrue and offer a nice discount when you use them. I have had great experiences with them in terms of service and the beds are comfortable no from Ibis to Sofitel. I recently traveled through north east Europe staying in Ibis’s and they were super comfortable and had welcoming staff, were centrally located and were bargains. Ok so they are not Hyatts or Ws but I’m cool with that.

  7. Fairmont Hotels are pretty high class hotels. Stayed at the YVR Airport Fairmont the other day and had a real problem deciding whether to credit the stay to the Fairmont program or Accor Hotel program. I understand the loyalty programs will be merging soon but for the moment it is a quandry. Any thoughts?

    At the time the Fairmont had a triple miles program with AC so I hope that it was the correct decision. Also, Costco has a gift card that can be used at the Fairmont at 20% savings so I used that as well.

  8. I love Accor brands (well, not Ibis), especially in Asia. Great program, easy to redeem points for free stays.

  9. D,

    Ibis hotels are fine. They are not fancy but they are clean, (usually) modern, with decent sized rooms. Often it’s a younger crowd. They are a good staple when in Europe and Asia and usually under $100 a night.

    OK, you don’t get amenities like a safe and a fridge. But I can live without those and maybe pay half of the price of a hotel that does.

    There are also different categories within Ibis – the Ibis Select hotels are nicer.

    The Mercure range is middle quality. Then there is Sofitel, McGallery, Fairmont etc if you like to spend a lot.

  10. @YULtide Thank you for detailed infor on Accor families 🙂 I think I had stayed at Novotels or Sofitels in Europe or maybe in Canada over a decade ago for businesses and they were pretty nice hotels. I normally try to stay at Hyatt brands for collecting points and realize that it is hard to do so in Europe because not so many Hyatt properties in Europe where I want to go. I then chose for IHG / IC Ambassador programs and stay mostly at IC in Asia and Europe but they are not really my favorite group other than their affordabilities for the club level rooms. For my future vacation planing, I will definitely check Accor properties! Thank you @YULtide and Andrew 🙂

  11. @Tom

    I usually prefer to stay at Sofitel or MGallery. In Asia, these are usually 3 star price, for 5 star quality. In Europe, of course I cannot afford to stay there…. 😉

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