The UK government currently imposes a mandatory 10-day quarantine on visitors arriving into England from a wide variety of countries around the world (including the US). Since the middle of December, however, visitors have been able to shorten that quarantine period to as little as 6 days thanks to the 'Test To Release' program that was introduced. A little surprisingly, the COVID test available at the Sofitel Heathrow T5 qualifies for this program.
At the time of my stay a the Sofitel T5, England was under its second lockdown of 2020 (a lockdown which has ended today) so there isn't much point in writing a full review of the property as a lot of what the Sofitel usually offers wasn't available while I was there. Still, the rooms don't change because there's a pandemic raging outside, and a lot of the current safety precautions will be with us for some time to come, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the Sofitel as I found it in the middle of last month.
On Monday, we received news that a number of Heathrow hotels will soon be offering room rates that include a Covid test. The Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5 is the first hotel to offer this option and its 'Test & Rest' package is now available so, as it may not be entirely obvious how to book this rate, here's a quick guide.
Fairmont is currently running a sale in which it's offering 25% - 40% off rates at select properties in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda through 30 November 2019. In addition, select American Express cardmembers can save even more at most of these properties courtesy of an ongoing targeted offer.
Accor Hotels has launched a 'super sale' in which it's offering free breakfast and 30% off the best flexible unrestricted rate for bookings made on or before 24 May 2019. The sale applies to the majority of hotels in Accor's worldwide portfolio which includes high-end brands such as Sofitel and Fairmont as well as mid-tier brands such as Novotel and Pullman.
Accor Hotels (the group that includes Sofitel, Novotel, Raffles and Fairmont among many others) is currently offering a very good deal for Avios collectors staying at one or more of its properties through 15 July 2019.
Accor Hotels (the chain that covers brands like Sofitel and Novotel) is currently running a sale in which you can save up to 40% if you're a member of the Le Club Accorhotels loyalty program (which is free to join).
Accor Hotels has put out a release which reads "[t]his summer, the Ibis brands want to be the travel partner of millennials with the launch of their first 100% student offer" Any press release claiming to be aimed at millennials gets me annoyed very quickly but, because this may offer some genuine value to a few readers, I carried on reading - this is what the offer is all about
Accor Hotels has a promotion running which I've only just picked up on and it's one that could be of use if you're looking to book a stay in Europe. While Accor has hotels all over the world it is in Europe where the bulk of its properties are to be found (if you're visiting France it's almost impossible to avoid Accor). The "stay for three pay for two" promotion is as simple as it sounds although it's worth noting that only 2,000 out of Accor's "over 3,700 hotels" are actually participating.
The Accor Hotels worldwide "Private Sale" is now live and offering a variety of discounts and promotions depending on where you're looking to book. The deals vary from 25% to 40% and the dates for which the promotion is valid vary from region to region.
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