Review: AccorHotels.com.au

 

Accor is a French company that is one of the world’s premier hotel management groups. It operates 4,000 hotels around the world and its brands run the gambit from budget-oriented chains like Ibis to ultra-luxurious offerings like Sofitel.

AccorHotels.com.au is the company’s booking website for its Australian hotels, which number in the hundreds, and we decided to take a look at the site to examine what type of value it offers to travelers.

Of course, it’s never easy to settle on a hotel for one’s vacation and the desire for everything to be perfect often leads to countless hours spent frustrated in front of the computer screen comparing prices on different booking engines and reading user reviews on sites like TripAdvisor.

That’s not exactly a scene from a Paul Theroux novel now is it?

AccorHotels.com.au can help, at least when it comes to Australia, as its site has a huge collection of Accor hotels in Sydney, Melbourne and other major Australian destinations. The site has a clean look and offers all of the information one would expect from a hotel-booking engine.

The clean user interface of AccorHotels.com.au's homepage.

The clean user interface of AccorHotels.com.au’s homepage.

A cursory search for Accor hotels in Melbourne reveals 27 options that range from the $73 per night Ibis Budget Melbourne CBD to the upscale Grand Mercure Apartments Docklands, whose all-suite apartments go for $279 per night.

Clicking on an individual hotel on the website and travelers are presented with maps, useful information and dozens of photos of each hotel’s rooms and facilities.

Perhaps most importantly, though, is the website offers a best-price guarantee. Find a better offer on another website and not only will they match it, but they’ll beat it by 10% too.

The best-price guarantee from Accor promises to beat any offer on the internet.

The best-price guarantee from Accor promises to beat any offer on the internet.

Travelers planning on staying at Accor hotels on a regular basis should think of joining “Le Club Accorhotels.” This loyalty club allows travelers to earn points when staying at one of the company’s hotels and provides access to free room upgrades and late checkouts. (This could be especially useful in a country with nightlife as rocking as Australia!)

At the end of the day, there are a lot of hotel-booking sites competing for the attention of travelers. But if a user doesn’t have the desire or time to sort through hundreds of options and is instead looking for a choice selection of hotels from a quality brand, AccorHotels.com.au is a good place to start.

The skyline of downtown Melbourne and the Yarra River. Photo credit Gordon Bell.

The skyline of downtown Melbourne and the Yarra River. Photo credit Gordon Bell.

 

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