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Shea77

Hotwire Tax Recovery Charges & Fees

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3 nights @ $188.

Subtotal $564.

Tax recovery charges and fees $225.95

The $225.95 is just about 50% of the subtotal!

 

Does this seem normal?  It is for a 4.5* in Charleston SC 12/25-12/28/2015.  I was very close to purchasing until I saw that.  

 

Thank you for any input and I hope I put this in the right topic.

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I'm a member, not somebody official from the board.

 

But I looked up your dates for Charleston, SC and found on Priceline Express a 4* with this:

 

Price per night: $210
Rooms: 1
Nights: 3
Room Subtotal: $630.00
Taxes & Fees: $129.96
All prices are in U.S. Dollar. $759.96

 

Very close to your grand total, but the hotel gets more money and those taxes and fees are less.   Might be a nicer hotel?  It had an 8.0 recommendation, which is pretty reliable.   I've seen these sorts of differences in other cities.  No idea what causes them, but it never hurts to check all the sources.

 

Hotwire can be a little more generous with stars than Priceline (maybe 1/2 a star), so the HW 4.5* might be roughly the same as a PL 4*.

 

For that matter, you might consider bidding 4* via Priceline, at least up close to the level of the HW and PE deals (grand total number).

 

Have you looked at the Hotel Lists to see which hotels other members have reported getting via HW, PL and PE?  

 

Romelle

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Hi Romelle,

 

Thank you for your input.  The Hotwire hotel is most likely Charleston Place Belmond, which is exquisite!  

 

I am afraid of 4* category on Priceline because the Vendue Hotel is an option and that one has many rooms with no windows at all.  I would freak out.

 

I appreciate your advice, normally it would be possible but no windows = no way !

 

Best,

Shea

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I agree with you on the no windows.

 

I did just look at bidding Priceline.  It is possible to bid 4.5*s Downtown Charleston.  No history of anyone reporting a winning bid at that level.  The Planters Inn and the Market Pavilion are showing in the retail side, but of course there are no guarantees as to which hotel one might receive, if indeed a bid would be successful at that level.   

 

This was what a Priceline 4.5* $188 bid would cost:

 

Offer Price Per Room, Per Night: US$ 188.00
Subtotal: US$ 564.00
Taxes and Service Fees: US$ 115.02
Total Charges*: US$ 679.02

 

Almost $100 less than HW on the Taxes and Fees.   HW does seem seriously out of line.

 

Romelle

 

 

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Just to close the loop, I booked the Renaissance Charleston directly through Marriott for $193/nt.

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Thank you for closing this thread with your decision.

 

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