I’ve actually found Accor quite good at status recognition. I had a free upgrade to one of their balcony suites at Novotel Christchurch last year and just yesterday was called by Sofitel Melbourne to greet me and find out what time I will be arriving tomorrow. When I’ve had any issues with Accor properties in the last few years they have generally been addressed well. I actually value my Accor status fairly highly and am more impressed with them than with IHG with whom I used to have significant status.
Just checked in to Sofitel Melbourne – gave me a Gold Status upgrade to a 49th floor Luxury King Corner room for all nights including my complimentary night, early checkin, late checkout, a free drink for myself and my wife, some welcome chocolates – not bad for status recognition.