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cookofthehouse

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  1. Tried one bid to get this hotel on Priceline, but such a decent price didn't give much effort past that (losing bid $56). Bewleys Hotel Dublin Airport Baskin Lane Dublin, IE, $62.00 price $12.55 tax+ Amenities: Free Internet, Airport Shuttle, Smoke Free Rooms, Fitness Center, Restaurant(s) Thanks as always.
  2. Research showed this room on Hotwire for $66. Went to Priceline, tried City North and City Center for $50 and $58. No go, came back here for the link, tried again for $62, and when that didn't go, just to be obstinate tried $64. Not going to give it to me. So took this one. Dublin City Inn 95-98 Talbot Street Dublin, IE, 1 $66.00 price $14.64 tax+ Amenities: Free Parking, Free Internet, Laundry Facilities (self-service), High-Speed Internet Access A quick Google map look shows this is or used to be a Days Inn. Thanks as always for this site.
  3. Have tickets to Paul McCartney at Safeco Field on 07/19. Just wanted an affordable hotel for the night. Bids: 2 1/2* minimum Bellevue $70 +Lake Union $75 +Pike Market $80 Bingo. $99.74 after tax. Win page shows option to add nights. We're considering it. --> Does anyone know how long this option tends to stay available? <-- Thanks for always being here, love the new options to post bid wins. Must keep all the data nice and tidy!
  4. The amenities listed are: Restaurant(s) High-Speed Internet Access So the Hotwire hotel listing here appears to be up to date. Additional info: this hotel is offering me the chance to add more rooms or days to my stay. I don't know if that's timing or their standard policy.
  5. Paul McCartney concert 11/25, Thanksgiving weekend, so I wanted to get the hotel sorted out early. I saw this 3* in the area I wanted - Downtown Entertainment. From the Hotwire list here it appeared to either be Moda or Ramada, either of which would have worked. Tried Expedia as I had a coupon, but didn't compare. Might have gone this route on a normal trip due to ease of cancellation, but there's no way I'm NOT going to the Paul concert! I looked around on Priceline purchases, then tried bidding 4* hotels (easy to rebid in Vancouver) up to $76, just in case I could score an easy upgrade. N
  6. Oakland airport Sat 08/11 to Sun 08/19, bid $10/day Economy, rejected. Standard (no bid) reservation was $13/day. For $30 total difference, I'm just going with that. Not worth the hassle of waiting to rebid for that amount of money. However, if I want to, I can cancel the standard car, yes? I mean, I know it's Priceline, but it's still just a "reservation", right? I just didn't want the price to go up the closer I got. Does that happen? Or does it nearly always go down? Hotwire was $24/day at best. And what is CarRentals.com? There's are low - same as Priceline, just not familiar. Any
  7. Thank you for the reply. I hadn't clicked around the board looking for Split Bid topics. After reading, it's pretty much what I thought. Not too many people out there with any real life examples. However, your comments got me thinking. For one, I shouldn't wait too awful long to get the hotel portion of the trip nailed down (if we manage to go at all.) The St Patrick's holiday will hit the hotels' radar, and prices will shift. And two, I should do price checking per day to get an idea of how much the price changes. I've got no problem putting in time to save money. If $5 will be saved
  8. Hello all. I have used this site many times to help plan and get budget ranges. And of course, whenever it's time to bid, I start my journey with the links here. I have a question about something I've never done: split my dates I am looking at a visit to NYC over the St Patrick's Day holiday next year. I would arrive Fri Mar 16th, and depart Wed Mar 21st (5 nights). I am concerned about the feasibility of getting a decent rate at one hotel for the whole time. Would I be better served by bidding for Fri & Sat, and then trying Sun-Wed? Would I get a better deal on the second portion by
  9. Bob, Thanks for the details. I am trying to visit DC the last weekend of March, the beginning of the cherry blossom festival, and am here scanning trying to get an idea for a hotel budget. Was it out of your realm to want to stay in Arlington or Crystal City? I've never been, and am wondering if the cheaper rates are worth a metro/bus ride in to the downtown area. Thanks, and have fun!
  10. I hate it when I get the hotel on the first bid! I always feel like I could have saved some money. However, with only one rebid zone, and my needing this booked in the next few days before I leave, I didn't want to be too cheap. Note: No 3* hotels came up for downtown Rochester on Hotwire immediately prior to my bid. The one 2.5* that showed up on Hotwire was for $88. Yes, I completely forgot to check the upfront rates on Priceline before bidding. Looking now, 3* downtown starts at $79. $15.83 tax++ brings this to $83.83. And of course, started my bid process with the PRICELINE link her
  11. Thanks for the info cwoods. What I ended up doing was getting the Larkspur Landing in Bellevue. They had 20% off if you stayed two nights. We were originally going to split our two nights between Chehalis/Olympia area (Garlic Fest) & Seattle, so I hadn't seen this discount in my first set of research. $79, FYI. Not too bad I suppose for a quick drive across the bridge. Whatareyougonnado, right? :)
  12. I bid up to $105 on 3.5 star hotels for a Seattle weekend downtown-ish (Pike & Seattle Center) using all rebid zones. I had low expectations as my research before hand on Priceline, Hotwire, and Expedia shows Seattle is PACKED that weekend. I'm surmising very few hotels are listing on Priceline, and if they are the price cut is minimal. If you don't have to go that weekend, don't bother! No deals to be had here. :) Thanks as always for this site making my research easy.
  13. Bids, all at 3*: Buckhead - $30 Northlake - $35 Midtown - $40 :) Northlake may look out of place, but it would have worked for our plans while in town. From what I can tell from the amenities listed on HOTWIRE compared to the hotel list on this site, this hotel is going for $48 currently on HOTWIRE. Thanks for the help here in this forum, and of course used the PRICELINE link here to start my bid. FYI, total cost $145.56
  14. I had checked HOTWIRE when I started thinking about bidding for a car on Priceline, just to get an idea for a starting bid. It was in the upper teens. So I've bid twice on PRICELINE, once for $10 and once for $13, changing my bid by a dollar up or down each time for either Economy or Mid-Size. No go. So I was checking back at HOTWIRE for hotel prices and decided to recheck cars. Surprise! I thought maybe they had cookies showing I was looking for a hotel, so they showed me an attractive price. But I opened another window using the link on this board and got the same low price. I'm so gl
  15. This is precisely the sort of help I'm looking for. My boyfriend and I have just purchased tickets to Atlanta to drive to my dad's place in South Carolina the 2nd weekend in February. However, we'd like to stay a couple of nights in Atlanta, having never been there before. So, hotel areas to bid?? We like parks and local art, sports, and eating! A suggestion for a place to lift a pint for an hour or two would be welcome as well. Not too picky on star quality. 2 1/2 probably as low as we'll go. We'll be renting a car, but is the traffic so bad that I should not bother getting one until we
  16. GMTA! :) I reviewed all the available hotels on Hotwire, and checked places like TripAdvisor and Expedia for some feedback. Lake Union seemed a viable option, and I seem to remember eating at a restaurant in that area on a previous stay. So, winning bid information, for admin to change my thread title: 3* Seattle (Lake Union) Residence Inn $60 ... 05/16-05/18 Unfortunately $60 was my first bid, which kind of irks me. Never like to see that. But the last bid posted here for Lake Union was $67 in January, so I figured with downtown filled up it wasn't a bad start. Still, a significant savi
  17. Thank you for the replies and ideas. Since posting I've gone to Hotwire to see what was out there, and I too was astonished to find almost all the hotels booked. I searched a Seattle calendar of events and couldn't find an obvious cause either. It's the weekend after Mother's Day and the weekend before Memorial Day. So strange. My friend is flying in to stay with me in Spokane. But he's never been to Seattle so we wanted to spend the weekend before driving back. Mariners on Saturday, Pike Place on Sunday, etc. So a stay somewhere near downtown would be ideal for walking about and sight-
  18. I've been bidding 3* hotels using Space Needle, Everett & N. Everett as my rebid zones. (Space Needle is okay for location for us as well.) I've been bidding up to $70/night with no luck. But with plenty of time, I wasn't feeling rushed. Then I saw Sun Devils' recent win of $75 for a Friday night the following weekend in Pike Place. Well, I can spend an extra $5 to move up a category. So I tried that today. I bid up to $80 with no luck. Does anyone know if there's something happening that weekend, or are the stars just not aligned? No change in dates is possible, I'm driving over to
  19. For what it's worth: Hotwire Areas: Midtown Central, South & East; Times Sq; Central Park 3* and up 3* Central Park - $455 3.5* Times Sq - $427 3.5* Midtown Central - $467 Nothing is coming up for Downtown/Soho anyway, so if you're feeling brave and getting close you could try using that as a rebid area. Don't blame me if you get one there though. :) There's no reliable formula for Hotwire vs Priceline is there? I've always thought of Hotwire as the ceiling for comparable area/star rating.
  20. I almost choked on my V8 reading your hoped for price. :) A link that I've found very helpful in planning trips through, to, from etc using the NYC subway Subway overlay on street
  21. I'm hoping we get in early enough (train from Connecticut) to maybe head to Brooklyn for some pizza & beer. I've never been to Brooklyn.
  22. Ahhh. I'll keep that in mind if I ever get that again. I thought it would probably take less than $22, I just didn't sit and think about it long enough. I've planned pretty much everything to do with a dozen people getting to NYC, including actually buying their plane tix for them. I'm a bit frazzled! :) Thanks!
  23. This was a new one on me. JFK - $81 +Bayside - $91 +Elmhurst - $101 Failed JFK - $99 message to increase bid by $22 without changing any other choices. I tried to bid $119, but it tsk'd me and specified $22. So I put in $121 and got the Sheraton. If the offer had been over where I thought I'd end up (was trying to stay under $140) I wouldn't have done it. But I'd never seen it, so I thought I'd try. Anyone ever been given this message, done it, and then NOT been awarded a hotel? Of course, used the PRICELINE link here. Thanks everyone.
  24. I see a lot of posts about how much, what can I get, etc. So this is just info. Looked for after thought hotel for a mom to join group travel. Wanted to keep her close, not being city savvy. Bid Chelsea, Downtown, and Empire (along with free zones) over 3 attempts up to $240, $10 tiers. No go. Midtown and north zones were not bid. Ended up purchasing Cosmopolitan hotel for $275. 3 blocks from City Hall (wedding trip). Thanks for all the help on here as always. :)
  25. I guess that's always a risk. We paid half down with the second half paid on arrival. I think it's cheaper because she actually lives there and just does this to make extra money when she's gone. And her cat stays while you're there, so you have to be willing to have a cat sleeping with you. :) I also grabbed her info from her replies and found her place of business. Follow up emails with comments about her schedule all match up with that. So I'm feeling pretty comfortable.
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