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  1. I was only charged for the return on the shuttle. Apparently it is free to the hotel. So a total of 5 Euro. Details in the hotel review. Yes, grand trip. This was the last night before returning. Romelle
  2. While I admit I'd been hoping for one of the hotels right at the airport, this Priceline Express deal turned out well for me. After wandering the MUC airport for a bit, I had sense enough to ask the Information desk. For shuttle service to the Sheraton I was directed (and pointed) in English "outside to area 6". Right out the door I spotted a big number "6" easily. Several different shuttles stopped there, but there was posted information that the Sheraton would be served by a shuttle also serving an NH and a Holiday Inn. Every 1/2 hour. The shuttle arriving was also clearly marked to this effect. I'd been told the shuttle fee was 5 Euro. I could see a public bus #512 about 100 feet away, but was curious as to just how the shuttle worked so waited for that. The driver had me sign my name and check which hotel on a clipboard. I offered the 5 Euro, but he didn't accept it. The smooth ride was about 20 minutes, but through a pretty spring green countryside dotted with yellows, whites, pinks and lavenders of blooming trees, flowers, shrubs and crops. The hotel check-in process was friendly, smooth and quick. In comfortable English. Just a comment that I was prepaid. I did forget to ask about internet, but a quick trip back later got me the necessary access code and password. Internet worked well. The room was spacious, spotlessly clean and nicely furnished. Additional table and two easy chairs as well as a desk and big dresser. A bathtub and very nice toiletries. The queen bed was soft (my preference) with 4 big pillows. The room very quiet. Attractive warm gold, brown and similar color scheme. A view from the 3rd floor window over clay roof tops to green fields and blooming apple trees. Outside the hotel was a nice seating area called a beer garden. Next morning at checkout, I asked about the shuttle. I was told it would cost the 5 Euro. I paid up and was given a little plastic card to give to the driver. I was never actually charged for the ride to the hotel. The every 1/2 hour (on the hour and the half) shuttle showed up exactly on time. The public bus #512 was, according to www.rome2rio.com, 79' away but I was weary after a busy 3 week trip and didn't opt to check it out. I didn't explore around the area. It looked like it might be in a small village, and there may have been some shops and restaurants. This was a lovely hotel and I spend a comfortable and pleasant evening and night.
  3. I'm posting a review in the Hotel Reviews area. I was happy with this hotel.
  4. 3 rooms 4 nights In June

    With my look at the Priceline Express deals, I just used the zones of the very 1st post. I should have read the later posts more carefully and used the zones that were ultimately decided upon. Sorry. Romelle
  5. 3 rooms 4 nights In June

    If you use BiddingHelper.com (top left) and look at 4* PRICELINE EXPRESS offers for your dates (3 rooms), MSG is $159, MTW is $161 and TS is $ 165. I'm surprised your bidding wasn't successful. But maybe you'd consider just taking one of the PE offers? Romelle
  6. 3 rooms 4 nights In June

    If you post back here just what you think the rebid zones are for your situation, somebody will double check them for you. Then, just when you are about to bid, re-check them yourself. And if you are still leery, you can do what I do when I'm working on a longer complicated set of bids and concerned thatrebid zones might change while I'm working. I open a second screen on my computer and check them yet again a couple times during the biddingprocess. Romelle
  7. While working on a Hotel in Rome, Priceline gave me these three PRICELINE EXPRESS Deals Revealed: 3* Corot $55 Coliseum - Termini Station Area $55 Pets allowed Airport Shuttle Free Internet 4* Antico Palazzo Rospigliosi $75 Coliseum - Termini Station Area Pets allowed Restaurant Free Internet Bed Choice 4* Hotel Metropolis $86 (no bed choice) Vatican City Area 7.3/10 Restaurant Free Internet They might be useful additions to the Hotel Lists.
  8. 3* Locanda Poste Vecie San Polo 1612 Venice, IT 30125 FULL AMENITIES: Free Internet, Smoke-free rooms, Internet access $99 90% recommended $99.00 per nightx 3 nightsx 1 room 2 twin beds $297.00 Tax recoverycharges + fees $56.21 Hotwire totaldue today (USD) $353.21 Thank you for your help! It was one of your 4 possibilities. I'd checked each, and they also say they have air conditioning and free breakfast. I went with the smoke-free one. Venice hotels always remind me of the phrase "faded glory". They are delightful and unique. Now - on to Rome. Romelle
  9. Venice Hotwire hotels - July 11-14, 2 people #1 San Marco - Dorsoduro 3 1/2* $99 80% recommended FULL AMENITIES: Free Internet, Airport shuttle, Smoke-free rooms, Restaurant(s), Internet access #2 San Polo - Santa Croce 3* $99 90% recommended FULL AMENITIES: Free Internet, Smoke-free rooms, Internet access #3 San Polo - Santa Croce 3* $109 90% recommended FULL AMENITIES: Free Internet, Internet access #4 Cannaregio 4* $115 90% recommended FULL AMENITIES: Restaurant(s), Business center, Internet access I'm planning to take a 16-year-old grandson to Italy this summer. I would really appreciate some identification help. It looks like Hotwire has renamed and probably re-drawn boundaries for Venice. Thank you!
  10. I hope that in addition to your complaint directly to HOTWIRE you also filled out their actual review? That process can help change Hotwire's ratings and give future bidders a warning as to what they may encounter.
  11. Again, as a member not a board official, I can really recommend that MAPS and HOTELS.com tool. Thereuare put links in several of his posts and it also can be accessed via "Research Tools" up in the header. When one puts in a central point (city name or even address), a radius (so many miles out) and dates, it returns a map marked with all hotels within that radius. Then one can filter by star level, price and other things. By clicking on a specific hotel, lots more detail is supplied. One of my favorites is "Walk Score" which rates a hotel based on being able to walk to interesting and good things - restaurants, coffee shops, etc. It does take a little fiddling to get comfortable with it, but I'm sure you will purely love it then.
  12. I'm a member, not a board official, but I can personally vouch for the fact that one can get as-yet-unreported hotels. It has happened to me quite a fewtimes over the years. Pleasant surprises, but surprises nonetheless. Those lists are only as good as member reporting. In fact, if you happen to have details on any of your previous "seasoned veteran"Priceline wins .... ? Every scrap of info is appreciated by the next bidders. Romelle
  13. FYI - you now can bid every 2 hours. And you could work two streams at once every 2 hours, the 2* and the 2.5*, if you started with the 2.5*. For your second bid, you can do the 2*, lowering the dollar amount appropriately. A hypothetical example: Hour 0 2.5* - $50 2* - $40 Hour 2 2.5* - $55 2* - $45 Etc. Just make sure you start a full 2 hoursfrom the LAST thing you did. I drink wine too. Earned the hard way sometimes. Romelle
  14. mayfair, london UK 5 star hotel

    Your bidding strategy for a London 5* will involve the use of "free rebid" zones. Are you familiar with/comfortable with the concept? There currently are 14 free rebid zones available for London 5* bidding. It is a good idea to post back here the list you believe is right, and somebody will double check them for you. Romelle
  15. I'm a long time member, not a board official, but I hope you reconsider going elsewhere. You mentioned "last person got" in your first post. No, that is not a good predictor of what you might get. Just something Hotwire posts that is bestignored. HOWEVER, if you go through that EASY VIEW TAB on Biddinghelper and pick up the full amenities, the "educated guess" you get from the experts here is an excellent predictor of what you might get. The policy about having people close out prior requests with fuller information is very firm for good reasons. The information provided by the users of PRICELINE EXPRESS and HOTWIRE is part of the data base that allows the above "educated guesses" to be so accurate. It also goes into the Calendar of Wins and provides information for other bidders. And even if one didn't go through those venues, the end of the story can be helpful for other members here. I once struggled with Key West bidding for a long time. Very expensive dates. Eventually gave up and stumbled upon a rather odd property after an extensive searchelsewhere on the web. I posted that property to save the next person here from my web search. Posting both the goods and bads about the property so they wouldn't have to take the risk I had taken. If you are having trouble using one of the tools, you'll find the moderators here extremely patient with talking you through the process. Some of the tools are admittedly a little tricky, but that is because they are so powerful when you get the hang of them. Nice - wonderful place for a visit. Don't miss the very colorful local farmer's market, for both strolling and eating. And if you want to go further afield, public buses run all along the boardwalk and in either directiontake you to a number of small towns/cities. It has been a while since I was there, but the fare was just one Euro. Trains are good also, with Monaco being just a nice scenic ride away. When you first posted, I looked at the Nice map to see where the hotels were situated. The single Priceline zone is admittedly long, but it is spread all along the water and for most hotels one would just have a nice stroll along the promenade. I did see a Novotel up the hill that would be a possibility though. HOTWIRE has 4 separate zones that would let you have a little more control over where you landed. Romelle