Poland – Random Comment on Accor and Currency Mark-Ups

Interrupting my usual series of blog posts to comment on this…. Ibis Styles Siedlce charged me in pounds this morning, despite my asking for my asking for it to be charged in złoty, although I’d add that they did that by mistake and not to be annoying.

If I had wanted to pay in pounds using the ‘competitive’ rate that Accor’s card machines wanted it would have cost £105.17, whereas by paying in złoty it cost just £95.61 for the three nights stay including breakfast. That seems a substantial difference to me (my maths says 10%) and I’m pleased to say that they refunded the £105.17 after my polite grumbles (although they actually only refunded £105.16, but I can live with that despite these challenging financial times). Nice deal for Accor and their card company though for those who choose to pay in their home currency.

Right, back off to Warsaw now and normal blog service will be resumed shortly (ie, catching up from weeks ago).