New Tesco Clubcard partner – ibis Hotels!

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A new hotel partner has appeared on the Tesco Clubcard website – budget chain ibis.

There are two different offers available.

The first relates to Ibis ‘premium locations’.  For the hotels listed below, you will pay £60 in Clubcard vouchers for a one night stay.  Full details are on the Tesco website here.

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The participating ‘premium’ hotels are:

  • ibis Brighton City Centre
  • ibis Styles Blackpool
  • ibis Cardiff
  • ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile
  • ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge
  • ibis London Blackfriars
  • ibis London City
  • ibis London Excel Docklands
  • ibis London Earls Court
  • ibis London Euston St Pancras
  • ibis London Docklands
  • ibis Styles London Excel
  • ibis London Greenwich
  • ibis Portsmouth Centre
  • ibis London Shepherds Bush
  • ibis London Stratford
  • ibis London Thurrock M25
  • ibis Styles London Southwark Rose
  • ibis London Wembley
  • ibis York Centre

It is not clear if there are black out dates or not – the Tesco website says that you should call to check availability on a special number before booking.  You cannot pay at the hotel with Tesco vouchers – you need to exchange them online for a special voucher.

Is this a good deal?  Not really.  London Stratford for Monday 10th February is just £47!  Even the most expensive (Southwark) is only £111 which is less than double the face value of your voucher.

The second offer costs £25 per night in Clubcard vouchers.  I assumed that there was better value to be had here, but I underestimated how cheap ibis hotels can be!  Participating hotels are:

  • ibis Aberdeen Centre
  • ibis London Barking
  • ibis Birmingham Airport
  • ibis Birmingham Bordesley Circus
  • ibis Birmingham City Centre
  • ibis Styles Birmingham Centre
  • ibis Birmingham Holloway Circus
  • ibis Bradford Shipley
  • ibis Bristol Centre
  • ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay
  • ibis Cardiff Gate
  • ibis Carlisle
  • ibis Chesterfield Centre
  • ibis Chesterfield North
  • ibis Coventry Centre
  • ibis Coventry South
  • ibis Dublin
  • ibis London Elstree Borehamwood
  • ibis London Gatwick Airport
  • ibis London Heathrow Airport
  • ibis Glasgow City Centre
  • ibis Gloucester
  • ibis Hull
  • ibis Leeds Centre
  • ibis Leicester City
  • ibis Lincoln
  • ibis London Luton Airport
  • ibis Northampton Centre
  • ibis Nottingham Centre
  • ibis Plymouth
  • ibis Preston North
  • ibis Reading Centre
  • ibis Rotherham East
  • ibis Rugby East
  • ibis Sheffield City
  • ibis Southampton Centre
  • ibis Stevenage
  • ibis Swansea
  • ibis Wellingborough

A quick look for the same date (10th February – a Monday, which you would expect to be expensive) gives you a price of £33 at the Sheffield and Rotherham properties.  This is a complete waste of your Clubcard vouchers.

Birmingham was no better, with the three hotels costing just £37-£40 for cash.

I think we can safely write this one off.  To be honest, I am surprised that Tesco let such a poor offer get onto their system, as it simply degrades the entire Clubcard offering.

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Comments

  1. Agreed but I would put it over even more strongly. Remember too that Accor have so msny promos such as private sales, multinight discounts, advance bookings etc which can increase value further. I recently stayed overnight at Ibis at AMS for just £27 all in! I explored the clubcard hotel offers some time ago and concluded none were likely a good deal because of the booking process and small print so have always avoided them. There is probably some value to be had as was discussed in comments in your clubcard other partners post some months ago but I suspect this value id limitted and hard to get.

  2. It still makes sense for Tesco: remember little old ladies exchange CC vouchers at face value for food 😉 This is fairly similar or even better for Mr T assuming they got a decent discount from Ibis.

    Just another cheap way to reduce the liabilities building up in the loyalty scheme.

  3. I’ve stayed in three Ibis properties in the last that are on the list.

    Preston was the first and I was fairly impressed as it was £29 for a Saturday night booked three days in advance. It’s one of the older Ibis properties and doesn’t have the ‘pod’ style rooms. For £29 it was a decent overnight stay.

    The second was Glasgow, again £29 this time for a Monday night. A long drawn out complaints process ensued to get a refund for the room and breakfast after I was kept up all night with kids running up and down the corridors screaming and shouting and then in the morning there were undesirables walking in off the street for a free breakfast. There was no control to the place whatsoever. I was also freezing and the heating system was inadequate.

    And there was the ‘Premium’ property that is Blackpool. I was booked in there for two nights to attend a conference with work. It’s an ex-travelodge and is on top of a nightclub with poor soundproofing whilst the seating at breakfast is inadequate and resembles a rabble.

    Not one of the best options for using CC points and based on the properties I’ve visited a tent would be better.

    • Ibis Preston is an ex HI EX from 2001 – same as one of the Chesterfeild locations, Rotherham and a couple others, the HI franchise went into liquidation and Ibis took some at that point.
      A few are non purpose built pods.

  4. I suppose £25 for an airport overnighter is not bad ?

  5. erico1875 says:

    Assuming no blackout days and Hilton /Marriott are full for a Saturday night during the Edinburgh Festival, then and probably only then, £60 in CC vouchers may be an option

    • True, but then every hotel in and around Edinburgh is full during the festival, even Ibis – so then you would meet to make sure of availability before converting CC points so you don’t get stuck with them.

      I stayed in an Ibis in Manchester a good few years ago and in the morning the key card stopped working, reception had decided I had left and had checked me out! The room took me back to my days staying in student halls.

  6. I think the following from their T&C’s makes it pretty impossible to book anyway:
    “Accommodation must be booked at least 3 days before you intend to book.” !!!!

  7. Accor have the Happy Mondays offer, allowing you to book rooms for the following weekend on Monday (and Tuesday, despite the offer name). Ibis hotels in London are £40 a night (Fri, Sat, Sun) and outside London, they are £25.

    It is clear, as has been pointed out, that you’d have to be extremely unfortunate to be in a position where this offer would be worth it!!!

  8. we once stayed at the Ibis Stevenage for around £25-£30 a night (was 2-3 years back). nothing to report. just a low grade HIX or perhaps Travelodge standard hotel. it ticked a box for sleeping but nothing more (fortunately we were able to sleep). Wouldn’t rush back. Stevenage has HIX and HI which are better