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  1. Thanks for the follow up. I'm a big fan of AC and if its any consolation, Saturday nights in the summer, and especially the last two weeks of July and all of August have the highest rates. Your rate of $150 was excellent, you would be lucky to get this for an offshore 3*. The Showboat, like the Claridge were formerly casino hotels, and the new owners are trying to make a go of it.
  2. This is a nice Hampton Inn, but I think it is a 3* property.
  3. Aside from "what is the lowest amount per night I can expect to win through bidding" is the other question: can you accept any hotel in the shaded area of Mawhah-Ramsey-Allendale? You might score a great win but the hotel may not have a shuttle or within walking distance of your client. With HOTWIRE you can sometimes identify the property through the amenities, but there is no guarantee. There are a couple of properties available on PRICELINE EXPRESS, but these are difficult to identify. With that said, I am a fan of the Homewood Suites over the Hampton Inn.
  4. I have to say that I was not an ESA fan, but in the past couple of years, many properties have been refurbished. Granola bars, muffins, apples and coffee are offered for breakfast. They now provide shampoo and sometimes coffee for the in room coffee maker. But they still don't have an ice machine. There are four ESA's in the Secaucus area and these are typically offered in the $50-$60 area. For solo travel, it works for me.
  5. With regards to parking, all MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas (and this includes Vdara) will implement a parking charge in the Spring of 2016, you might want to contact the hotel for the exact dates. AaronJB is correct in that you could park at City Center, I have even heard of parking at Aria. The other option would be valet and when I stayed there three years ago it was free, but it's customary to tip the attendant. I'm probably one of the most ardent "no valet" types, but this actually worked out very well for my stay and it is beyond convenient. Which is helpful when you have a little one in tow.
  6. Please post an outcome to your Ft.Lauderdale trip. Have you made any successful bids through Priceline or booked a room through Hotwire that could benefit other board members?
  7. I am a fan of Vdara, the rooms are suites with a seating area separated from the bed with a room divider and include a small refrigerator and a cooking surface. The hotel is very quiet, and from the lobby, the Bellagio Conservatory is about a 5 minute walk.
  8. I'm very pleased with this winning bid for the La Quinta Inn and Suites. I looked at PRICELINE EXPRESS and it appeared as if this property was being offered for $67 due to the amenities plus there was a bed choice available and there was a reference to a Suite. Started bidding at $62 and it was accepted immediately. I have eave stayed here several times previously and it is one of my favorites because of all the freebies, parking, breakfast and HS Internet. As a bonus, there is a bus into Manhattan right in front of the hotel with frequent service. Made my bids through the PRICELINE links on the board. There are also many restaurants area. Room subtotal: $62.00 Taxes and Fees $16.23 Total charged today: $78.23
  9. rock on! The last time I visited Fallsview I received free parking with my players club card. Not sure if that's still offered or not. Do you have the winning rate in USD? With current exchange rates of $1.29, this comes to about $86 USD.
  10. This used to be an "old school" 1960's Holiday Inn with outside entrances and a courtyard in the middle. I think about 10 years ago, it changed over to a Quality Inn. The TGIFridays is still there and very convenient.
  11. Made my same day bid using the PRICELINE links on the board. The rack rate was around $99, so I'm pleased with this win. Offer Price: $51.00 Taxes and Fees: $13.94 Total Charged: $64.94
  12. I don't think there is any website that offers occupancy rates by the month, but generally speaking late August and most of September are kind of off season. It's so hot your tires might melt into the pavement though. Generally speaking, weekends are more expensive than the weekdays (Sunday-Thursday are cheaper). Holidays will increase occupancy, January up until early February is not too bad, but in Mid February through the spring it starts to get expensive. Biking is so dependent on good weather, you will have to keep an eye on the forecast, and book accordingly. I would start with the links on the board and check out several dates using Hotels.com to gauge rates. Also, the number of zones on PRICELINE and HOTWIRE are limited and you may want to stop in a town that lies outside of a zone.
  13. I didn't have a lot of time to make bids, so I used BetterBidding's WinAlert app to check pricing for both HOTWIRE and PRICELINE. I saw a 2.5 * for $46 with the following amenities: Free Parking Business Center Free Internet Free Breakfast Indoor or Outdoor Pool Fitness Center Ended up with the Best Western Plus Brampton and received a room with two queen beds. There is an indoor pool with a hot tub just off the lobby. Room Price: $46.00 Taxes & Fees: $11.48 Total: $57.48
  14. Used the links on the board to buy this Price.line Express deal. The following amenities were displayed: Wifi, Breakfast, Gym, but no rating score or much else to go on. A leap of faith was rewarded. Room Price: $48.00 Taxes & Fees: $17.60 Total: 65.60 This hotel is close to the Sheraton and the Hyatt Place and directly in the landing path for runway 31 at LaGuardia Airport. Light sleepers might want to look elsewhere. But for $48 it's a good deal given the rack rate of $125. Parking is not included, but there is a city owned lot across the street ($1.50 an hour, 8 AM - 10 PM, after 10 PM it's free) Finding a space is akin to a shopping mall at Christmas, just pull off to the side and patience will be rewarded. Just pay attention to folks walking towards their cars; I was distracted for a moment and the guy behind me pounced before I could reach for my turn signal. There is a privately operated lot nearby that charges $20. I ended up with a non smoking room with a queen bed, very small, but fine for one. Went to Picnic Garden Korean BBQ, a carnivore's delight, for dinner.