Top 10 hotels of the Accordhotels group
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Accorhotel is a unique hotelier, owning and operating several well-established hotel brands. Whether you’re looking for opulent luxury or a prized city centre location, you’re bound to have booked an Accor hotel at one point. But what makes Accor so great? Read on to discover more about Accor and their best hotels.
Accorhotel, or simply Accor, is a multinational hospitality group which was founded in France in 1960. The first actual Accor-related hotel was opened in Lille in 1967 under the Novotel name, a brand which Accor still market as a midscale option. The Accor group itself was first introduced in 1983 - after the word "agreement" in French (accord). Among Accor's landmark moments include the opening of its first hotel abroad, at Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1972, and its first non-European hotel, in Cameroon in 1975.
As the largest hotel company in Europe, Accor was mostly centred around the European market until the 1980s, when it began to expand outside of Europe. It now owns and operates franchise hotels and resorts in some 100 countries around the world. It provides everything from high-end luxury resorts and historic establishments to economy hotels and airport stopovers. Among its well-known brand names include Fairmont, Sofitel, Banyan Tree, Raffles, Pullman, Swissotel, Mercure, Adagio and Ibis. It split up its operational hubs into 8 distinct regions in 2020 to better provide for local tastes and service requirements.
Raffles is one of Accorhotel’s most luxurious brands. This hotel in central Singapore is quite simply an institution. Completed in the early-1830s, this grand, colonial building became a hotel in 1878 – and was taken under the Raffles name in 1887. Today, it is the premier spot to stay in the city, loaded with antiques and old-world splendour. The hotel is renowned for its impeccable service, from its room service provided by butlers to its immaculately liveried doormen. And then there are the bars and restaurants, all of which are flawless. The famed Singapore Sling was even founded here in the hotel's Long Bar in 1915. The rooms are also well-designed and airy, and kitted out with marbled bathrooms and outdoor verandas.
Sofitel is another big-hitter for Accorhotel, and this option in Hanoi is among Vietnam’s finest hotels. Rooms are impeccably designed in fusion-colonial furnishings, with welcoming “bonjours” from hotel staff. It’s a romantic throwback to older times with a nice slice of modern Asia mixed in. Expect sophisticated interiors of polished hardwood and rich silk fabrics, and walls adorned with charming landscape oil paintings and antiques. As for the bar, it’s a breathtaking space to unwind in, complete with tempting walls of illuminated premium spirits. There’s also a pretty swimming pool complex with poolside cocktail service.
Fairmont is one of Accorhotel’s most opulent hotelier brands, and this resort on the outskirts of Marrakech is as palatial as they come. Set within 231 hectares of stunning, forest-laden grounds, there are spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains from the manicured gardens. With a golf course, spa, sports and swimming facilities, it's an all-round luxury resort with attentive staff. The hotel itself reflects the environment with arresting ochre-hued walls and delightful picture windows. The interior design is by Marilin Spataro, and it features traditional Moroccan craft ideas with a contemporary aesthetic edge. It’s a lavish and restive complex which works as your private oasis.
This trendy and contemporary Berlin hotel is the perfect example of Accorhotel’s Swissotel brand. With a premier location typical of Swissotel, the hotel is bright and lively with spacious dining and leisure facilities. Designed by the German architects Gerkhan, Marg and Partners, you’ll find contemporary German artworks across the hotel and a chic, modern atrium with splashes of red. Many of Berlin's most popular tourist sites are just moments away, including the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Tiergarten Park and the Museum of Bauhaus Design. To round things off, you’ll find arresting nighttime views from the hotel’s bar and restaurant.
Widely considered one of the top modern hotels in St Petersburg, this swanky space offers the perfect fusion of trendy fashion and old sophistication. For one, the hotel is in a truly prime location, just moments from the famed statue of Peter the Great and the Nevsky Prospect. The interior design is uniquely crafted by several Italian and Russian designers, featuring art prints and plush velvety furnishings. The facilities are also fantastic, with a vibrant rooftop bar offering spectacular cityscape scenes. It even draws in renowned international DJs on the weekend, essentially bringing the club just moments from your doorstep. There are also a sauna, steam room and swimming facilities for self-pampering, along with a modern Russian restaurant.
Accorhotel is one of the world’s most reputable and trustworthy hotelier groups. Whether you’re looking for the sophisticated heights of a Raffles or Fairmont, or the cheap and cheerful offerings of an Ibis hotel, Accor knows how to provide a service. You can choose from a wide range of Accorhotel’s very best hotels here at Voyage Privé, in some of the best cities and remote resort locations in the world. Why not treat yourself to a trendy city escape with a Sofitel booking? Or lap up the opulence of a historic Pullman hotel?