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Accor Happy Mondays – the best hotel deal in the UK – now bookable two weeks in advance

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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.)

Accor Happy Mondays

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

The dedicated Happy Mondays booking page is here.

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

This offer can be booked online by using the ‘preferential code’ of MONDAY or via the Happy Mondays page

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.

Comments (52)

  • Simon Schus says:

    Do you think that Accor Happy Monday’s change was a planned change? or is it a knee jerk reaction related to reduced post-Brexit travel activity and bookings (e.g. to take advantage of post-Brexit international travel reduction and veering customers towards last-minute domestic bookings). Or is it completely unrelated haha? I thought it might be too early for Brexit to impact sales strategies but then again many of the businesses focus on their quarterly profits so will take swift action in face of uncertainty. Honestly, I am just musing and wanted to see other’ thoughts- I’m likely entirely off piste.
    Simon

    • Erico1875 says:

      I think it may be seasonal. Many Brits may be going abroad for summer hols. International visitors to uk will probably have prebooked accom

  • May says:

    What is defined as a weekend?
    What about a long weekend, would bank holiday Monday night be counted?
    Can you book other days next to it, eg Thursday night?
    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      On bank holiday weekends, they usually extend it and let you book Monday night too. At Easter you could four days at these rates.

  • Loola says:

    Does anyone know if Accor have a Happy Monday’s type promo for global hotels, particularly in Europe?

  • Andi Hawes says:

    i noticed this last week while trying to book the Excel Novotel for the weekend just gone. As usual, the one time i need to book it, it wasnt available. Book myself into the IC O2 instead to see what that was like…

  • Chris says:

    Does anybody know if any of the Happy Monday hotels offer much for Accor Plats?

    • Rob says:

      Usual benefits apply.

    • Stephan says:

      I stayed in the Mercure Bighton (hard to recommend!) and Novotel Manchester at the Happy Monday rate earlier this year and received the usual Accor Platinum benefits.

      • The_Real_A says:

        I am torn between the IBIS Brighton center and the Mercure… I heard the Mercure is very run down.

        • Brighton Belle says:

          Brighton’s my city. Location is the decider. Mercure on the seafront. Nice weather means pop out for a stroll. Coffee on the seafront at the Meeting House Cafe on the prom. Ibis is newer next to the station. 10 min walk to the beach but a few hundred metres nearer the shops and restaurant action. Street view will help

      • Mark1980 says:

        How did you find the Novotel Manchester, Stefan?

    • Fenny says:

      I got Accor Plat benefits at the Pullman St Pancras on a HM deal.

  • Rob says:

    OT.

    If i book an IHG property through BA’s package flight & hotel deal, will I receive IHG points for the stay or does it count as 3rd party?

    Many thanks

  • HayMow says:

    It’s even better than next 2 weekends – it actually includes ALL the days in between now too! ie. 15-25 July inclusive until today (must check out by the Mon 25th) – was able to see some (albeit patchy) availability for midweek dates, including ibis Styles London Excel for £40.

    • Rob says:

      That must be a bug, surely?!

      • Brian says:

        It probably is a glitch, but it’s definitely there. I’m seeing Mercure Bloomsbury for mid-week stays at £60, which is a bargain for London during the week.

      • HayMow says:

        Might be just for the summer weeks,… but even the words on the promo page say “FOR STAYS FROM 15 JULY 2016 UNTIL 25 JULY 2016”

  • Dave R says:

    It’s a great promotion. It’s a shame there is rarely any availability for family rooms.