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Old 29th October 2012, 07:29 PM
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Thank you for your comments. We are also experiencing problems booking our free night even though there are rooms available. Accor don't realise that these free nights are good for their business and for the hotel as well. This one problem will seriously impact their reputation. These are tough economic times and they need to take much better care of their customers.
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Old 6th December 2012, 10:13 AM
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Do not join Accor advantage plus. When you try to use the complimentary hotel stay, you will be told the hotels are all fully booked. Do not let them convince you to join the membership.
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Old 18th December 2012, 09:48 AM
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Default Accor Hotels served me well... in fact, better than I've imagined

I believed that Accor has served me well for the past 3 years as a member. Not only i was able to claim the 2 free nights (albeit must stay in a different hotel each night) but get to accumulate points (every 2000 Accor points = US$60). The points can be used to offset the cost of hotel rooms.

Till date, I strongly believe that the Accor card are for travellers/ gourmet diners like me. You see, with 2 diners, you get 50% off food (drinks only 15%) anywhere in the world. I'm not kidding... 50%, even in Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Thailand.

So, I'm a budget traveller who loves fine dining and good hygienic food, but at a low price. With the Accor Advantage Plus card, I'm a poor man eating rich food. I always jokingly tell my friends that I'm poor, so I have to dine in Hotels by Accor whenever I travel. So, I make sure I have my breakfast, lunch and dinner in Pullman, Sofitel, MGallery, Grand Mercure and Novotel. The cost (including service charge plus taxes) is even cheaper than dining outside at KFC, Pizza Hut and small road-side restaurants!!! Try it in Bali, Bangkok and Hong Kong! No joke!

Eat until stomach explode, sit until backside sore, enjoy aircon till you froze in your seats, chit-chat till your throat sore, look at night skyviews (in hotel restaurants) until you are almost blind. All at a cost of a fraction of what you get at local KFCs, Pizza Huts and lousy restaurants,

Trust me! You never lived your life fully, if you never become an Accor Advantage Plus card member!

By the way, I'll be dining this Christmas eve in an Accor Hotel (50% off). I beg, borrow and steal Accor cards from my friends so that I will have 6 cards to bring along 12 diners. It's a waste I can't sign up a membership for my 1 year old child. If possible, I'd like to do that too! One extra card on hand!

Cheers!
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Old 18th December 2012, 10:02 AM
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The cost (including service charge plus taxes) is even cheaper than dining outside at KFC, Pizza Hut and small road-side restaurants!!! Try it in Bali, Bangkok and Hong Kong! No joke!
Sorry, I don't buy that. In Bangkok you can eat a simple but decent meal from a roadside cart for 25 Baht, which is about $0.80. Are you seriously expecting everyone to believe that you may eat in a Accor-affiliated hotel in Bangkok for less than $0.80?!

In my experience hotel restuarant menus are vastly inflated in price anyway. If you get 50% off, then IMHO it's only bringing the price down to "normal" levels.

Why eat cocooned in a hotel when you can eat real, authentic, cheap food in local restaurants? I just don't get it.
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Old 18th December 2012, 02:32 PM
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Sorry, I don't buy that. In Bangkok you can eat a simple but decent meal from a roadside cart for 25 Baht, which is about $0.80. Are you seriously expecting everyone to believe that you may eat in a Accor-affiliated hotel in Bangkok for less than $0.80?!

In my experience hotel restuarant menus are vastly inflated in price anyway. If you get 50% off, then IMHO it's only bringing the price down to "normal" levels.

Why eat cocooned in a hotel when you can eat real, authentic, cheap food in local restaurants? I just don't get it.
Sorry. I don't eat at road side cart stalls. The hygiene standard is very and extremely questionable. If you have $ to travel and you want to eat clean, authentic and affordable food; hotel is the way to go. Any simple dish cum meal at restaurants in Zen, Central World, The Paragon and MBK will cost much more than dining at Accor Hotel.

You mean to say you expect to bring your spouse and family to eat a $0.80 meal each at any Tom, Dick & Harry road side cart stalls with their super overly fried chicken, oily fish, tom yam maggie noodles, charcoal grilled blackened satay, deep fried inards, tum tai washed in recycled water? And god knows when was the last time they've changed their pot of oil? I'll never risk my health and mental over eating cheaply at such stalls. Do you normally smell sewers and stagnant waters around such stalls? The place just reeks of drains, rubbish and slimy pools of water. Do you love it?

Tsk tsk tsk... I'll stick to my US$4 per Pad Thai, Tom Yam Gai and Green Curry at Accor Cafes. Open any food menus in Accor Hotels cafes and just divide the amount by 50% and throw in 21% tax & service charge. I guarantee you that the 2 of you will not spend more than US$10 for both. Of course, I not talking about ordering Sharks Fin, Abalone and 1000 year old Ginseng.

By the way, US$13 (each pax) at Novotel Siam will get you a superb buffet dinner plus some Thai traditional dance thrown in for an evening enjoyment... this is what I call a holiday! Do enjoy Bangkok; it's a lot more than road-side cart stalls of $0.80 per bowl of unhygienic soup noodles.
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Old 18th December 2012, 02:43 PM
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You said you were a "budget traveller". Now you're saying you have $ to travel. Which is it? If it were true that you were a budget traveller then you would know you can get extremely decent local food in Bangkok, roadside cart or not, for just a dollar or two and experience the local vibe, not some souless hotel where you could be anywhere in the world.

As a backpacker I've had some wonderful roadside food throughout Thailand for next to nothing. I've never been ill from it.
$4 for Pad Thai? It's less than a dollar on the Khao San road, made right in front of you by beaming, kindly ladies.

You are pushing the Accor food angle so heavily here - versus the sensible approach that any normal traveller would take, which is try the local cuisine - that I can only assume you are a corporate shill for Accor Singapore.
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Old 18th December 2012, 02:55 PM
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You said you were a "budget traveller". If that were true you will know you can get extremely decent local food in Bangkok, roadside cart or not, for just a dollar or two and experience the local vibe, not some souless hotel where you could be anywhere in the world.

As a backpacker I've had some wonderful roadside food throughout Thailand for next to nothing. I've never been ill from it.
$4 for Pad Thai? It's less than a dollar on the Khao San road, made right in front of you by beaming, kindly ladies.

You are pushing the Accor food angle so heavily here - versus the sensible approach that any normal traveller would take, which is try the local cuisine - that I can only assume you are a corporate shill for Accor Singapore.
I'm a frequent buffet supporter and I love choices when a variety of spead is in front of me. Where else gives you a cheap alternative to eating buffets in hotels around the world? And alacarte menus are equally as good? I have nothing against local cuisine but just that I want to dine in a hygienic place with my wife and Accor has opened up the doors to such an avenue for us.

I'm no corporate shill. Let's say that I'm an educator in an education sector. My colleagues have no qualms about being an Accor member. They just simply loved it!
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Your posts just seem completely unnatural. I'll let the court of public opinion decide on that front.

FYI I've only had food poisoning once in my life - and it was at a five-star hotel.
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What a bunch of wingers! I am beginning to think these items are put up by staff of other brand hotels to try and destroy the "Good name of the Accor Group". My wife & I recently spent 18 days in the UK and booked 15 Accor hotels around the country- NOT ONE declined any booking I made here in Australia before we went and the service etc was of a high standard. The only difference over there to here in Australia/Asia is that you DO NOT get the 50% discount when dinning. However we did receive the 50% discount on accommodation that was offered at the time of booking during one of their promotions, in fact two hotels even lowered the booking price on arrival as they were having a special sale at that time.
As for the free night, we have been members for 5 years and have ALWAYS been able to get our free night- even at the Sofitel in January this year in Brisbane, and Novotel Canberra in January next year-2013 with NO PROBLEM. I have saved well over a thousand dollars by using my card for accommodation and meals. We eat at some hotels that we are not staying at and receive the discount.
The many times that Accor have promotions of 50% off is a great way to have a good holiday at a reasonable price.
We even save by using our card to hire a Europcar, as we did in the UK and have already booked accommodation and a car for our trip to Perth W.A. on the Indian Pacific next October 2013
Use the card as it is intended- stop puting lies and rubbish on this site to try and discredit the value of the card.!
I have travelled for my work over many years using many different hotel chains and their loyality cards- but none compare with my Accor card- I wish I had joined many years earlier.
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Old 7th January 2013, 06:11 AM
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Angry Bad Accor vs Wotif????

Have been an Advantage Plus member for over 10 years. Tried to book via Adv Plus website today and the best members rate is $A40 more than Wotif.com. Why am I paying for Advantage Plus??? Is this false advertising?? Do I need to complain to Consumer Affairs???? Do hotels (who set the Wotif rates) not "speak" to Advantage Plus website about special rates etc. for members? Incompetence????

BTW speaking to Accor Central bookings is (additionally) extremely frustrating, dealing with rude, opinionated staff who are unwilling to listen and offer no practical solutions. Better to talk directly to the hotel.

Again, why would I bother with Advantage Plus........renewed Adv Plus in November 2012 and website still shows me as having "no complimentary nights available", yet haven't used any since then.
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