The Accor ‘Happy Mondays’ deal is the most generous hotel promotion available for last minute weekend rooms in the UK.
If you find yourself in need of a hotel room for the coming weekend or the weekend after, it is definitely the first place you should look.
You will find Mercure, Novotel, Pullman and Ibis hotels at excellent prices.
It is nice and simple, and potentially a good deal. Every Monday and Tuesday, Accor makes a raft of UK hotel rooms available at discount prices for the coming weekend and the following weekend.
(You used to be restricted to booking ‘Happy Mondays‘ for just the current weekend but you can now book up to two weeks ahead. You can still only book these deals on Mondays and Tuesdays though.)
If you need a hotel for a date further in advance, one option is book a reward room with another chain now – just to guarantee a bed. Make a diary note to return to this page on the Monday or Tuesday before your stay and see if you can get a ‘Happy Mondays’ deal. You can then cancel your reward night with the other hotel.
How to book Happy Mondays
Occasionally the site is not updated on a Monday or the calendar is broken. Don’t panic! Instead, you should book by using the promotional code MONDAY on the main Accor home page. Note that the box from the code sometimes does not appear until your start typing in a city name. You then need to click on the icon marked ‘Preferential Code’ and enter the word MONDAY.
Here is a summary of the Happy Mondays rules:
These are ‘room only’ deals and only some Accor hotels will be participating on any particular date
The headline prices are:
£25 – Ibis province hotels (some ibis Budget hotels in London show at £25 as well – Ibis Excel London Docklands is often available.)
£40 – Novotel and Mercure provincial hotels, ibis London hotels, selected Mercure and Novotel London hotels
£60 – Mercure, Novotel, ibis styles in London
Bookings will earn Le Club AccorHotels points
This is a pretty decent offer, especially in London.
It has to said that there are currently fewer hotels participating in Happy Mondays than usual. I am hoping that this is temporary and down to higher weekend occupancy rates as the tourist seasons picks up.
The only good London deal for the coming weekend (these examples refer to July 2016 when this article was originally published) is the Novotel at Excel for £60. This is a very expensive weekend in general though – the Novotel Blackfriars which I reviewed here is £250. Looking forward to the following Saturday – as you can now book two weekends ahead – it is a lot better. The Pullman St Pancras is £90, the ibis Styles at Southwark is £50, the Novotel Excel is still there at £60 and the ibis Earls Court is £40.
If you get lucky, there are some excellent deals to be had here. And, now you can book up to two weeks in advance, it is easier to plan around the best offers.