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  1. Best guess / comments for each: 5* - North Strip - Fashion Show Mall $115.00 ==> not certain, as the only 5* hotel i'm aware of in this zone is the Trump which does not have a casino... although when i click the offer it states "The Last Person got The Palazzo" which clearly is not in this zone... but the hotel below, which is in a different zone, also states "the last person got the Palazzo" so maybe they have the same hotel classified in two different zones? (this wouldn't be a high probability bet as they are usually pretty good about classifying hotels in the correct zone, and certainly not the same hotel in two different zones, but it's the only explanation i can come up with at the moment) 5* - North Strip - Grand Canal Shoppes $137.00 ==> Palazzo Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  2. Congratulations on your success! Looks like a nice deal for this stay, even if not the hotel you were necessarily expecting or hoping for. Hope you're already checked-in and have started to enjoy your stay. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase.
  3. Here are some options within your desired zones (or zones that are generally considered to be centrally located) and budget along with my best guess for each (confirm your dates on the landing page of any provided links): 4* Westminster - Houses of Parliament - Victoria for $116 Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Fitness Center No Smoking Rooms/Facilities ==> Park Plaza London Riverbank 4* Bloomsbury - Marble Arch - Kings Cross Station & British Museum for $123 Business Center Restaurant Free Internet No Smoking Rooms/Facilities ==> Holiday Inn Bloomsbury 4* The City - Tower Bridge - St. Pauls Cathedral for $143 Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Fitness Center No Smoking Rooms/Facilities ==> The Tower A Guoman Hotel If none f the hotels above work for your needs and you only want a 5* property, you're either going to need to raise your budget OR stay further out from the 'core' area (Chelsea, East London, Maida Vale look like they have some 5* that would be near the high end of your budget). This one is over your budget, but it does get great reviews if you're able to swing it: 5* Mayfair - Soho for $208 Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Fitness Center No Smoking Rooms/Facilities ==> Intercontinental London Park Lane would be my guess here Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes or if we can be of further help.
  4. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received a great deal at the hotel you were hoping for and this will be a 'new to you' property... it's one of my favorite in Vegas. Thank you for sharing your results and using the HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay... and good luck in Vegas!
  5. I don't have firsthand experience with either, but i would expect a lot of kids at both... they are fairly similarly reviewed, so i would probably go with the 3.5* just because the extra $7/nite seems like a small price for the extra half a star, but i would have a look at pictures of both and determine which is more your style. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes.
  6. Correct, as there could be hotels that participate in one side of their service but no the other, or if you're including dates in your search, that they have made inventory available for one side of the service but not the other. Assuming this is on the bidding side of PRICELINE, these amenities are present at every hotel in the zone at the star rating you're bidding... not the amenities for a specific hotel that you would be bidding on. In fact, at this point in the bidding process PRICELINE has not yet even checked inventory for your dates (but they can list the amenities as guaranteed since EVERY hotel in the zone at that star rating has these amenities) If budget is more important than hotel then i think you can get the Vdara for $138/nite, or your next best option would be (confirm your dates on the landing page of the provided link): 5* The Strip - Central West for $187 Pets Allowed Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool Casino Fitness Center No Smoking Rooms/Facilities ==> best guess here would be the Bellagio, and you could bring the price down a little closer to your target budget by using the link and discount in my signature Or you can try bidding on PRICELINE and hope to land one of the hotels you are hoping for while also avoiding one of the hotels you don't want. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know how you'd like to proceed (or how it goes if you take the offer above) and we'll take it from there.
  7. Best guess / comments for each: 3* Disney - Lake Buena Vista for $74.00 Free Parking Complimentary Breakfast Free Internet Pet Friendly Smoke Free Fitness Pool Business Laundry Hi-Speed Internet Golf Tennis Kitchenette Blind Accessible Room Accessible Bathroom Accessible Handicapped Parking ==> no guess 3.5* Disney - Lake Buena Vista for $74.00 Free Parking Complimentary Breakfast Free Internet Suite Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Business Laundry Hi-Speed Internet Golf Tennis Blind Accessible Deaf Accessible Travel Accessible Room Accessible Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Accessible Handicapped Parking Roll-in Shower ==> Buena Vista Suites 3.5* Disney Springs for $78.00 Free Internet Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Laundry Hi-Speed Internet Golf Blind Accessible Deaf Accessible Travel Accessible Room Accessible Bathroom Accessible Handicapped Parking Roll-in Shower ==> Holiday Inn Orlando - Disney Springs (or a secondary, but less likely guess, of the Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas) Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  8. The objective is to get HOTWIRE to make the replacement for you... it may take a bit of effort, but they should have to 'add' something to the reservation in order to make you 'whole', as you purchased a 5 star hotel and their current offer is for a 4 star property; they can't make that swap without some additional form of compensation. This doesn't mean that they are going to give you the top floor suite at Caesar's Palace, but you should be able to do better than a swap for the Westgate without any additional form of compensation. Based upon what you have told us thus far, i would look for either of the following: 1) indicate that you booked a 5* hotel and that is what you are expecting. As there are no other 5* hotels in the Summerlin zone you are willing to have them re-book you at the Trump at no additional cost to you (tell them that you will actually take any 5* hotel, but you assume the Trump is the least expensive, and you are trying to work with them given you understand the difficult situation that they are in) 2) if you're willing to change hotels another option would be to see if the Red Rock Resort will honor the reservation for the second nite (the nite they still have availability) and for the first nite you're willing to accept the Westate in exchange for $50 Hot Dollars as you would like the first nite to be free which is standard industry practice for when a customer is 'walked' (assuming you will use HOTWIRE again in the future and could use this version of their 'gift card') 3) take the Westgate replacement but ask for $100 Hot Dollars in exchange for accepting the lower star rated hotel I would consider these 3 scenarios to see if any (or all) of them are acceptable to you and rank them in your preference order. I would then call HOTWIRE and tell them you understand that they are in a difficult situation since they can't force anyone to give you the room that you have already booked, but that you booked a 5* hotel that you're not going to accept a 4* replacement two months after your purchase and with just a month before your arrival, as you have already made other plans based upon the location of the original hotel booked. I would then tell that that you're willing to accept (insert your first choice here) and see how it goes. Be firm in your stance, but don't ever resolve to screaming, yelling, or getting irrational, as that won't get you anywhere. Oh yeah, and as soon as you call ask to speak to a supervisor (and if you're asked what it's about, just tell them that HOTWIRE is canceling your reservation and trying to replace it with a lower rated hotel and that you would like to speak to a supervisor about it)... the initial contact personnel at the call center will not likely have the authority to handle this situation, so save yourself the trouble of having to explain it twice. Good luck and let us know how you make out... remember that HOTWIRE wants to sell you a hotel room and having the hotel not honor the booking is not their ideal situation either; be calm and rational, and i'm sure you'll reach some sort of amicable solution.
  9. Thanks for the additional info. I believe the amenities in my post are likely the full list that were shown prior to your purchase. Please try to make note of the pre-purchase amenities as this is what others will be using in trying to guess the property before their own purchases. Have a great stay.
  10. Congratulations on your success and thank you for sharing your win with the board. To confirm, this was a PRICELINE EXPRESS or a NYOP bidding purchase? If PRICELINE EXPRESS, were the amenities perhaps: Free Parking Business Center Free Internet Free Breakfast Indoor or Outdoor Pool Fitness Center No Smoking Rooms/Facilities For PRICELINE EXPRESS please try to note the amenities shown before your purchase, since they are different than the amenities that are shown after your purchase. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Enjoy your stay.
  11. Welcome to BetterBidding! You can't use the 'retail' side of PRICELINE to determine what you will necessarily get when bidding, as each uses a different universe of hotels and there may be some properties that participate with one side of their service but not the other. When bidding you need to be willing to accept any hotel in the zone at the star rating (or higher) that you bid... if you're looking to be able to take a guess as to which hotel it is that you may likely receive, or know a bit more about the property before you make your purchase (such as amenities, reviews, etc) then you will need to use PRICELINE EXPRESS or HOTWIRE, both of which usually cost slightly more then if you had successfully bid on a hotel. Based upon the above, what is more important to you for this trip... the absolute lowest price OR knowing more and taking a guess as to the hotel you may receive? Also, is the Central West zone the only one that you're wiling to accept for this trip? What is your maximum budget (per nite before fees/tax) for this stay? Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know the information above and we'll take it from there.
  12. Welcome to BetterBidding! I believe there are likely more amenities then what you have posted above as HOTWIRE has a new interface that does not show the complete set of amenities unless you search using the EASY VIEW TAB of our BiddingHelper.com tool. (always use this method for your searches/purchases to ensure you're seeing the complete amenity set and for an easy comparison of PRICELINE vs. HOTWIRE, as well as to use our new IS THIS A GOOD PRICE feature). If you repeat your search using our BiddingHelper.com tool... use the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW tab and then click the GREEN BUTTON next to each of these listings, do you see more amenities (including any accessible amenities) then what you have listed above? Please confirm the full amenity set for each property and we will have a look. Are you willing to book your August trip at this point in time? Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  13. We're glad to hear that the information on the board has been helpful to you in the past, but with 'many great deals' we would expect more reported wins to the board than just the one San Juan hotel purchase in the 5 years since you have been a member here. It would be appreciated if you started to share your wins so that others can benefit from the information, just as you are hoping to (and have) gained insight from those who have posted before you. As for your trip above, it could be something as simple as the end of the cherry blossom season that is driving up rates, although i do see a film festival taking place during this timeframe as well. The closest i can find to your budget is the following HOTWIRE offer: 3.5* White House for $154.00 Free Internet Pet Friendly Smoke Free Restaurant Hi-Speed Internet Bathroom Accessible ==> i don't know what property this is, but i suspect that it's somewhat new to the HOTWIRE system as there are only 5 reviews of it so far (although positive that all 5 would recommend the property)... on further inspection this may be the Hotel Hive, which if it is of any interest, you may be better to book this refundable rate for just a few dollars more, as this way you at least know you have something centrally located and near your maximum budget, but the flexibility to cancel should something better come along in the weeks ahread. Have you considered staying outside of 'downtown' and commuting into the city from the outlying area? Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  14. Congratulations on your success! Looks like a very nice deal and some BIG savings! Hope you're happy with the outcome and looking forward to your arrival. Thank you for sharing your win and using the PRICELINE links on the board to begin your purchase. Enjoy your stay.
  15. Thanks for the above information... do you happen to see any 'accessible' amenities (such as Travel Accessible, Room Accessible, Bathroom Accessible, Handicapped Parking, etc) also associated with this property (they may be listed under the amenities you already listed but not have an icon next to them like the others) In regards to your situation above, it's difficult to know how is really at fault... HOTWIRE submitting the reservation incorrectly or the hotel cancelling the reservation. I just now directly checked the Red Rock Casino's own website and they are indeed sold-out for the nite of 4/28, so i suspect that the hotel may be the one that is not honoring the previously booked reservation. Regardless of where the blame lies, let's try to figure out what you should do going forward... So with this hotel not currently being available thru any source, what is it that you ideally want from the situation: -force the hotel to honor the reservation (this would be the best case scenario, but little you can do to make it happen) -have the reservation honored for a different set of dates (if you can change your plans a week earlier/later) -have the hotel honor the reservation for the last 2 nites of your stay and you book someplace different for the first nite -find an equivalent hotel that will replace your existing 3 nite reservation (issue here is that i don't believe there are any other 5* properties in this zone) -stay at a 5* hotel in a different zone? (ie- the Strip?) -refund the reservation and you make some other plans on your own? -some other option not listed above? Let us know how you would ideally like to see this issue resolved and we'll advise accordingly. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.