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  1. Tried entering $40, $45, and $50 and was warned by priceline that the bid had almost no chance of being accepted. The warning cleared at $55 and my first bid was accepted (so I probably bid too high). This property appears to be advertised as a PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal with the price at $67 per night, so I was able to score a price under this. I did start the bidding process on betterbidding.com through the board [url=http://www.betterbidding.com/clicks/click.php?afsrc=1&id=40]PRICELINE[/url] link so you should get the commission!
  2. I wanted this hotel. Bid $50 with Redwood City selected, 2*. Declined. Went up to $55 and added Mountain View zone. Declined. Went up to $60 and added Menlo Park zone. Accepted and I ended up with the hotel I wanted.
  3. One question about the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links... if I use the "quickquote" toolbars at the top of the page, is this equivalent? This toolbar is what I used. Just want to make sure you get your credit. :)
  4. After purchase, here is the list of amenities that appear: Amenities See description Free Parking Suite Casino Fitness Center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business Center Laundry Facilities (self-service) Golf Nearby Accessible for the blind Accessible for the deaf Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Wheelchair accessible Accessible bathroom Handicapped parking Roll-in shower
  5. Matches other zoning, star level and amenities previously reported. There is a whopping $14/day resort fee for this property, but this made the property relatively easy to identify since it matches what the hotel charges on its own site. Unfortunately, given Hotwire's whopping surcharges the savings aren't much, you really only save the actual room tax vs. booking with the hotel directly. If I didn't have HotDollars that were expiring, I would have booked directly with the hotel since I wanted this property. Here are the amenities shown before booking. It's worth noting the amenities shown aft
  6. Bid $5 for a compact at SEA for dates 12/30 through 1/2. Priceline took me to a screen that suggested a bid of $11. I re-bid at $7 unsuccessfully. Priceline then displayed a "special offers" page including an economy at $5 advertised from Payless. Normal reservation process, not pre-paid! All-in price is $41.64 for 3 days.
  7. Bid $75, was offered the opportunity to re-bid for $99. Opened another browser and bid $85 for the same dates and star level, was again offered the ability to re-bid for $99. Went back to the first browser and re-bid at $99, and got this hotel. It's the Fairfield Inn NY Manhattan/Times Square, 330 West 40th Street. Barely inside the boundaries, this really ought to be in the Times Square area. Tripadvisor review here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60763-d1390172-Reviews-Fairfield_Inn_Suites_by_Marriott_New_York_Manhattan_Times_Square-New_York_City_New_York.html And yes, I did finall
  8. Unfortunately the PRICELINE link didn't work from the Chinese computer I was using in Beijing and I didn't have time to figure out why. Bid 4* at $59 for Gong Nam area. Rejected. There are two other areas in Seoul so I added these at $69 and $79, both rejected. Swallowed hard, added 3* and raised bid to the lucky Chinese number of $88 (yes, I know this is generally a bad strategy, but nobody has ever won a 3* in Seoul so I figured Priceline might be bluffing, and $88 isn't bad for a 3* centrally located hotel on Easter weekend anyway). Ka-ching! Accepted, and upgraded to 4* - the Renaissance
  9. Wow. Getting a room on this holiday weekend was like pulling teeth. It took lots of bids... - Started with 3* at $91. Rejected. - Opened another browser window and tried 3* at $101. Rejected. - Went down to 2.5* at $101, rejected. - Went down to 2* at $101, rejected. - In my first browser window, went down to 2.5* at $110, rejected. - Went down to 2* at $115, rejected (yes, I know this is a bad strategy, but the difference between 2* and 2.5* is rarely substantive) - Changed date to the first night of stay only at $125 at 2* level, finally won. - Was offered the option to extend stay, but went
  10. Just landed the Copenhagen Marriott for $108 per night on 9/11 through 9/13. In a city where a hostel bunk costs a whopping $50 per night, it's definitely not a bad deal... - Bid $103 two days ago and ignored the counteroffer at $125. - Bid at $103 today (the lowest amount where the "based on our records, your offer has a very low chance of being accepted" text went away), got counteroffer of $118. - I ignored the counter and tried later at $108. This was accepted (additional nights were offered at the same rate). It appears that priceline may only have this one property in Copenhagen because
  11. Bid $7 for a compact, priceline declined but offered a free rebid. Rebid at $8, was declined. No free rebid, so selected Economy at $8, and that was declined. Bid $9 for midsize and was declined. Bid $9 for compact, and that was accepted. Total price $28.10 all-in from National. They won't let me add my Emerald Club number to the reservation--go figure. :)
  12. Amenities: Oceanfront, Restaurant(s), Pool(s), Fitness Center, Laundry Facilities
  13. After numerous failed attempts on priceline, Hotwire coughed up the Maui Seaside Hotel for $90. Came to about $110 with taxes/fees/etc. Not a great deal, but it beats anything else I've been able to find--given the hotel prices on Maui, I'll be camping most of this week!
  14. Don't get me wrong, the property isn't bad, but it just isn't very good for the price or for the 3* rating. And yes, I agree the location is fantastic if you want to be in the middle of the Strip. - Noise is a huge problem. The insulation is very poor and traffic outside woke me up more than once. - Security on the doors doesn't meet AAA ratings standards (no chain lock), making it easy for housekeepers to barge in at 8:45AM. And again at 11AM. - The property is old and this leads to maintenance issues notwithstanding the dated 1979 decor. For example the water was shut off for 15 minutes yest
  15. Priceline wasn't very good to me today. After bidding all the way from $22 to $35 (using two different browsers and credit cards) on 3* and 4* hotels, I finally got the "3*" Barbary Coast for $35. The total is $45.68 including Priceline's fee and tax. The Barbary Coast sells rooms on their Web site for $39 so I actually ended up paying more than I would have booking directly. It's a pretty crummy property and I'm not sure how it qualifies as a 3* in any respect whatsoever. Oh well, you win some and you lose some I suppose. I updated the hotel listing thread with this stinker of a property in L
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