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mbstone

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  1. The Holy Grail of PL wins, the HGI Anaheim is located in the Garden Grove PL zone. It's impossible to overstate how utterly superior HGIs are to all other hotels, and this property is no exception. $12/day self parking fee, was not charged. Like all other HGIs, rooms feature HDTV, microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, desk with Herman Miller Aeron desk chair, free wired/wireless internet, good alarm clock, Neutrogena bath products, some rooms have adjustable-firmness beds. Property has restaurant for breakfast ($10), guest pantry 24H, outdoor 75F heated pool/jacuzzi/exercise room 630A-10P; guest
  2. Use Priceline, it's lots cheaper than Hotwire. Nearly every Anaheim property has a shuttle to DL. Start at $45, not $55; and try 3*. (Persons with cars should bid nearby Garden Grove first, as you would be less likely to get dinged for parking. Also in Anaheim you might get the Clarion.) Even in Garden Grove most properties have free DL shuttles.
  3. The Hilton Garden Inn: The Holy Grail of PL hotels. The ne c'est plus ultra of PL hotels. Or of any hotels. No 4* hotel comes close. $43 3* Garden Grove right out of the box. $12 for parking, but who would care.
  4. $45 Redmond 3*, nope $48 2.5* nada add Kirkland, no joy up to $50 added Bellevue
  5. As far as deposits are concerned, a hotel might take a stored value card, but they might not, and no rent-a-car company will; and some RACs only take credit cards, and some only take debit cards issued by banks.
  6. As someone who bids and stays in this area regularly, recommend you NOT bid the Anaheim zone which has too many hotels that charge for things like parking and internet access. Bid 3* Garden Grove, and then Buena Park starting at around $48-50. These areas are very near Disneyland. Your free rebid zones include Laguna Beach and Seal Beach, but you probably won't need them.
  7. I appreciate being invited/enrolled in Hotwire Express and am looking forward to any perks. Would that PL wouild launch a similar program....
  8. I wish PL would standardize the amount and type of payment required for room and car security deposits. I won a great hotel, but I had to pay $300 deposit at check-in. PL never told me. Thank goodness I had the $300. As to cars, PL has standardized at $200 credit or debit card deposit, with debit cards some RACs take some types of debit cards and reject others. Hertz welcomes my PayPal Business Debit card while Avis won't take it. Alamo requires proof of a round trip plane ticket before they will take your debit card, which is a sort of IQ test to see if you know how to purchase a refunda
  9. Mostly cut and pasted, if you've seen one Residence Inn you've seen 'em all, and it's always great to get one on PL. WARNING: THIS RESIDENCE INN REQUIRES $300 DEPOSIT AT CHECK-IN. Once again PL does not enforce a maximum deposit, so unless you know beforehand about this property you'll be in for a nasty surprise. A couple of days on the road at high-deposit properties will kill your finances very quickly and you'll spend hours trying to get the CC holds cleared. Interior corridors, elevator (could be distant from your room). 11A check-out. Free parking. Free breakfast (waffles, eggs, bacon/
  10. Always nice to get the rare and elusive 3* prize of a Residence Inn which of course offers free breakfast and full kitchens. Extra night refused. $300 deposit demanded at check-in, fortunately I was able to come up with it. Thanks for telling me, PL.
  11. Spouse has new job located at Microsoft Redmond without relocation expense or per diem and needs to live very cheaply until 1st paycheck (i.e. a PL hotel that is commutable to MS by bus). Thanks for any ideas.
  12. This is a Zonk (See my review). Bid $43 Garden Grove 3*, rejected; Added Buena Park 3*, rejected; Up to $46, added Seal Beach free rebid zone, rejected; Added Anaheim zone, accepted. Property charges $12/day for parking and also charged my CC for prepaid room charges. Just read the review. Consider Anaheim zone poisoned at 3* level as long as this property is being given out.
  13. If you get this hotel on PL, you have been Zonked. (Lesson learned, bid the Garden Grove or Buena Park zones instead). First of all, the "resort" in the hotel's name isn't because the property is a resort, they are referring to the nearby Anaheim Resort Whose Name We Can't Say Because It's Trademarked. Not only is this hotel not a resort, it's not what you would think of as a 3* hotel. A 2.5* hotel? Lower. A 2* hotel? Lower. While the amenities offered here are the basis for the 3* rating on PL, the room, and the entire hotel, exudes filthiness and creepy-crawliness. I was afraid to
  14. Welcome to BB. Did you start bidding at $95? Why? From all appearances this is an extreme overbid. What is the web site rate for this property, and what made you decide to bid $95?
  15. There's not much difference between the 3.5* and 4* hotels in the Disneyland area, and for that matter the Orange and Garden Grove 3.5* properties aren't very far at all from DL. It's the easiest and cheapest PL bidding in the U.S. If you have to bid $50 or more you wuz robbed. The only difference in the 4* properties is you'll have to pay for parking.
  16. 3.5* $43, shooting for the Anaheim CP, rejected. Added 3* Buena Park, success! Last time I got this amazing property on PL my bid was $47. After free cooked breakfast for 2 and free booze, it's almost a free stay.
  17. AFAIK this is the first Ayres property that has come up on PL. You lucked out, I imagine they don't charge for parking or internet like the DT across the street. Please post a review.
  18. While I don't mean to make light of your finances, Anaheim usually has ample quantities of unsold 3* and 4* rooms, and $10-$15 more would certainly have garnered you one of 'em. For example my $43 2.5* bid was upgraded to the 3.5* Crowne Plaza. (While the CP charges a $12 resort fee including internet, most others don't.) Most Anaheim hotels also have a free DL shuttle. I never bid below 2.5* on PL in any locality in which a 2.5* or better property is offered.
  19. If you think hotels are ridiculous with debit cards, try rent-a-car companies. Often a PL rental will be with Alamo, which requires proof of a round-trip air ticket in order to use a debit card. This is essentially a test of whether you have the intelligence to buy a refundable airline ticket. Another time I wound up at Avis, which had a hissy fit because I dared to use a PayPal Business Debit card instead of a bank debit card. I managed to get most of my PL money refunded, then I walked across the hall and rented from Hertz #1 Gold, where my PayPal debit card is on file and where my car w
  20. Anaheim Crowne Plaza check-in: "Are you a member of Priority Club?" "Sure, but remember I reserved with Priceline, you don't give points on Priceline stays." "Yes, but if you give us your member number we'll still give you a 2 PM checkout (and some other amenities that went right by me because I was so surprised)."
  21. Started at $47 for 3* Buena Park (wanted the Radisson). Counteroffer at $62. Added Seal Beach-Huntington Beach at $50. Rejected. Added 2 1/2* and Disneyland-Garden Grove at $43, accepted.
  22. Rated 3* by PL, obtained on a weekday for $47, this is one of the very few properties I'd pay rack rate to stay at, and if you know me you know that's really saying something. 3 story brand new (or newly renovated) property with exterior corridors and elevators. Beautifully landscaped grounds. Free parking, free Internet. Free breakfast buffet 630A-11A. Free LA Times. Room service 11A-9P. Restaurant 7A-10P. Game rooms with arcades, big TV, billiards. Full bar 7A-10P -- for the love of God, FREE BEER AND WELL DRINKS during happy hour 530P-730P. Coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, 2 H
  23. Room Cost (avg. per room, per night): $47.00 (USD) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $94.00 (USD) Taxes and Fees: $21.12 (USD) Total Room Cost: $115.12 3* in Buena Park I was expecting the Courtyard (meh) or Holiday Inn (meh -). What a pleasant surprise. Be sure to read my hotel review as soon as I complete it.
  24. Used to be the notorious Furama. Please post a hotel review.
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