Which are the best special offers for Senior Travellers at hotels? Well there are lots of them out there, typically 5 to 20% discount on room prices, and often other perks for Seniors such as cancellation without charge. And the threshold age for hotel senior offers to kick can sometimes be as low as 50.
However these special deals for Seniors are sometimes hidden away on the hotels’ websites, so Senior Travel Expert will seek them out and explain how to access them.
Intercontinental Hotel Group
The world’s largest hotel chain, includes Intercontinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and others.
They offer some excellent discounts for Seniors (62 and over), plus other perks, throughout the world, although not all hotels offer Senior discount rates all the time.
To access these special rates, enter the IHG Reservations site. Choose where and when you wish to stay, and then under ‘Rate Preference’ select ‘Senior Discount’.
The IHG Rewards Club can provide you with free hotel stays and other perks, and is free to join. See my Top Tips for how to collect points effectively, including bonus points, and how to use them to maximum advantage.
Hilton Hotels and Resorts comprises a wide range of well known hotels including Hilton, Hampton, Doubletree, Hilton Garden Inns and Conrad Hotels.
To access the Senior rates, available for over 65s , click on the Hilton Reservations site. Then click on ‘Special Rates’ and select ‘Senior Rate’.
Best Western Hotels
Best Western claims to be the ‘World’s Largest Hotel Family’ with over 4,000 hotels in more than 100 countries branded as Best Western, Best Western Plus and Best Western Premier.
They offer 10% discount for the over 55s (over 65s in some countries) at many of their hotels throughout the world, including those in the USA, Canada, South America, Asia and Australia, but not Europe. These discounts cannot be obtained through the Best Western UK site but can be accessed by entering the Best Western Reservations site and then under ‘RATES’ selecting ‘AARP/Senior Rate’.
Their UK hotels do not give Senior discounts (hopefully this will change in the future), but some good offers on rates can be obtained through this same special link.
A future post will tell you how to make the most of their Best Western Reward points.
Marriott Hotels and Resorts
Marriott Hotels and Resorts (now referred to as Marriott Bonvoy) have more than 7,000 properties in 131 countries. They offer anything from 5 to 30% discount for Seniors (62 and over) depending on the hotel and room rate. In some cases free entry to the Executive Lounge is included.
To access these hotel senior offers, enter the Marriott site. Choose where you wish to stay by clicking on ‘Find & Reserve’ and entering a Location. Then click ‘Special rates’ and select ‘Senior Discount’.
Radisson Hotels, part of the Carlson Rezidor chain, has locations in 73 countries throughout the world. The chain includes Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotels. Many of the locations are at airports including the Radisson Blu at Stansted.
Radisson typically gives 10% discount off their standard rates for “senior citizens”, but the availability of this discounted rate depends on hotel and dates booked. “Senior citizen” appears to be anyone over 50 years old!
Access reservations by clicking on the Radisson Reservations site and under ‘Select a Rate Type’ choose ‘Senior Citizen Rate’.
Ramada Hotels and Days Inn
Ramada Hotels and Days Inn are part of the Wyndham Group, with 7,150 hotels worldwide and choices in every category from upscale to economy.
Typically they give 10% discount, but can be 15% or more, for Seniors (60 and over) from their standard flexible rates, but the availability of the discounted rates depends on hotel and dates booked.
Access reservations for all hotels in the group including Days Inn by clicking the Ramada Reservations, then under ‘Special Rates’ select ‘Senior’.
The largest hotel chain in Europe (now referred to as ALL), includes Sofitel, Mercure, Novotel, Ibis, Formule 1 and others.
Although one blog has suggested that it is worth checking with reservations for Senior discounts on a hotel-by-hotel basis, I have not been able to find any evidence that this chain provides any hotel senior offers. A pity, and out of line with most major chains. I’m following this up with Accorhotels and will keep you informed of any developments.
In the meantime, I’ll include Accorhotels here as some good rates, particularly for weekends, can be accessed by clicking on the Accorhotels and then selecting ‘Offers and Deals’.