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  1. Booked this stay via PRICELINE's Express Deal, it shows a customer satisfaction rating of 8. This is a non smoking property and it has an indoor pool. It's about a 15 minute trip to the casinos in the marina area. I used the new BiddingHelper.com app to make this booking. Guaranteed Amenities: Free Breakfast Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool Free Parking Business Center Fitness Center
  2. Greetings, sounds like a good deal in a great location, can you please confirm the amenities, this can be found under the "my account" tab.
  3. You don't want to stay in York, too far. I would check HOTWIRE for 2 adults and 2 children in the East zone, just realize your dates include a Friday night stay, which is in higher demand than a midweek stay. Hotels west of the river can be a 20-25 minute drive to Hershey. If you are looking for tickets, you might want to buy them at a Giant Food Store, here is a link. http://www.hersheypark.com/tickets/discounts/index.php You will save $15 on an adult ticket, but only $2 on a junior or senior ticket. But the big benefit is walking right in and bypassing the big line of folks who are buying tickets. In the past, Hershey would admit ticket holders the evening before the day of your admission, after 7:00 pm. The park is cooler and the lines are shorter, so if your hotel is nearby, you can get in several rides. The downside is getting the tired kiddies up in the morning to do it again. Don't forget to take the chocolate tour, its kind of fun, and it will be air conditioned and at the conclusion, you can visit the store and get a chocolate fix. Good luck!
  4. A few blocks away is Dandelion, a better option than Elephant & Castle in the lobby.
  5. For a four night trip to NYC in early August, which is typically "off season", why, yes, it seems unusual and it piqued my interest. With all that Manhattan has to offer, most folks really don't spend much time in this area. Your backup is not a 5* and as cited by thereuare, there may be better options nearby. I've stayed at the Marriott Marquis, its a nice hotel right on Times Square, but at $400, my personal preference would be to stay in an adjacent zone in similar or better accommodations for $200-250 and have a better meal with the savings. For example, last year in late July I stayed at the 4* Sheraton for about $120, it was a short walk to Times Square and I used the savings to buy two tickets to Wicked.....well lets say the savings made a significant contribution. Best of luck, this is a great board for getting the best value in travel. Wouldn't it be awesome to get this trip for $1k and walk a few blocks to TS?
  6. You get more bees with honey than with vinegar. There are many tire kickers posting topics for trips, and this one turned my head. Occupancy levels in August are low and rates are very favorable, this seems a little high upon first glance. PS, you might want to copy, paste then edit the amenities, it makes it easier to read and render an opinion for your $2000 trip.
  7. Greetings! I recently won the 4* Chelsea through PRICELINE. Upon check in, I reminded the clerk that my reservation was for the Luxe tower and he confirmed. The Annex is an older "motel" style building and it is a lower star rating. We received a great room, I think it was on the 15 th floor, with a view of the condo tower across the street, and a limited view of the ocean. As you can imagine, the summer is high season for any hotel along the Jersey Shore, although Sunday night stays are typically lower occupancy. There are several Days Inns in Atlantic City, so I can't comment on your specific property, but you may want to continue bidding or monitor HOTWIRE as your travel dates approach. I would also check out PRICELINE Express deals. There is a 5% off promotion through a link on the board or on thereyouare's signature. I would recommend checking out the Landshark Bar and Grill in front of Resorts, its a new open air beachfront bar with a great view of the ocean.
  8. mjoe, well said, these are my sentiments exactly. I have saved thousands over the years and its made possible by the previous posts of others, and of course, the betterbidding platform to do so.
  9. Greetings, you may want to consider the Malvern Exton zone as well for close proximity to Immaculata. Good Luck!
  10. Greetings, I believe you will have to increase your hotel budget for this trip. A suburb close to Phladelphia would be the Cherry Hill, NJ area, however you will still be as much as 30 minutes away with traffic. I would suggest that you check the Old City zone in Philadelphia, I am a fan of the Holiday Inn or the Sheraton as they are well located to the Historic area of the City and you could walk to the sights and just park your car. Center City East is also a good location as well. You will have to pay for parking with just about every Philadelphia hotel with the possible exception of those in the City Line zone. The Philadelphia Parking Authority owns and operates several lots and parking decks in the city, just google this agency and you will see if there is a lot close to your hotel. If you are a fan of Art, the Philadelphia Art Museum would take up an afternoon and the newly located Barnes Foundation has an impressive collection of works that you won't see anywhere else in the world.
  11. Made a same day bid and tried to snag a deal, for once I was hoping for the Extended Stay, but somehow ended up with the Econo Lodge. My stay was ok, but this is a 1* property. The room was ok, just a little run down and some of the rooms are being renovated, one at a time. Wifi was free as was the continental breakfast. Because today was National Donut Day, I had to partake. Offer Price: $65.00 Taxes & Fees: $17.74 Total: $82.74 I am using the Priceline Win Alerts app for iPad and just love how it speeds me through the bidding process and lets me simultaneously check HOTWIRE and Hotels.com. My previous rejected bid in this zone was $59.
  12. I used the Better Bidding WinAlerts app to check pricing on HOTWIRE and also PRICELINE Express. I saw a 4* for $91 on PRICELINE EXPRESS with a free Internet amenity, so I opened up my bid at $81. I had a little bidders remorse as my bid was accepted right away, but there is no looking back. The casino rate at the Tropicana was $142 and at the Golden Nugget, $149. Room Cost: $81.00 Taxes and Fees: $21.47 Total: $102.47 At check in, I reminded the clerk my reservation was for the Chelsea, not the Annex and we were given an early check in. Overall, the room is great and I am pleased with my bid compared with rates for comparable properties for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. The Chelsea is really trying to be uber hip with a lounge, oceanfront restaurant and pool on the 5th floor that is open until 3 am and another restaurant/lounge in the Annex. I am comfortable, but I feel a bit mature for its target demographic, though. If you are a light sleeper, get a room on a higher floor on weekends. I would absolutely stay here again, just walk out through the valet parking area and cross the street to get to the Tropicana.
  13. I guess I use the resources of BetterBidding a bit differently. I always thought the purpose of this board is to research the winning PRICELINE bids and HOTWIRE posts made by other board members, make a winning bid or purchase, and report the results. By doing this, I feel I am helping others who may be seeking similar accommodations, like returning a favor.
  14. Do you have any wins to report so as to help other board members?
  15. Welcome! I have 9 years of priceline biding and hundreds of wins, however my best win was over 20 years ago when I married my wife! My advice is proceed at your own risk. All of the reported wins for this zone can be found on BetterBidding's hotel lists. You can expect to get any hotel on this list and possibly a new one that has yet to be reported. Upon check in, you will be assigned any standard room, if they are sold out, upgrades will be very difficult. If the hotel is not fully occupied, it is up to the discretion and mood of the desk clerk, he is your best friend and a smile, hello, and positive attitude go a long way. Maybe a mention of this trip being a special occasion could soften the hard heart of a lowly front desk clerk. I use PRICELINE to save money on business trips so the bar is set pretty low. When I travel with my spouse and children, my past history has set the bar much higher so I don't want to take a risk. Bottom line, check the hotel lists, you cannot select your hotel, only the zone, dates, star level, and maximum price.
  16. This zone has been difficult to get a bargain, no more $43 Hyatt wins in the adjacent Hauppauge zone. At any rate, made my same day bid using BetterBidding's new BiddingHelper app on my iPad. This app is a major time saver as it allows me to simultaneously check current pricing on HOTWIRE, PRICELINE and Hotels.com and enter my dates and destination only once. Offer Price: $62.00 Taxes & Fees: $16.49 Total: $78.49 The rack rate was $99, a decent discount, but it meant I had to chose my dining options more wisely. :lol: This Ramada has had several names in the past, Crowne Plaza, Radisson and others. There was a refurbish prior to becoming a Radisson, and the property is still in great shape, this is not a typical worn out Ramada. Rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable, free wifi and a restaurant on premises. I would not hesitate to stay here again. For any iPad, iPhone or android user, the BiddingHelper app is really a must have.
  17. Used betterbiddidng's priceline bidding helper app to check out rates with HOTWIRE, Hotels.com, and PRICELINE in the area. Edison seems to be the low price leader in this area so I bid $42 then rebid $40 for a 2*, success! Room Cost: $40.00 Taxes and Fees: $13.41 Total: $53.41 I really like this BiddingHelper.com app because I only have to enter my information once and I can check rates for all three travel sites. It even has a cool feature to let you use your current location so you don't have to type in the city and state you want to bid. The rack rate was $105, so I am pleased with the win.
  18. Booking.com is owned by PRICELINE. Here is a quote from their scope of service: Through the website we (Booking.com B.V. and its affiliate (distribution) partners) provide an online platform through which all types of temporary accommodations (for example, hotels, motels, hostels and bed & breakfasts), can advertise their rooms for reservation, and through which visitors to the website can make such reservations. By making a reservation through Booking.com, you enter into a direct (legally binding) contractual relationship with the accommodation provider at which you book. From the point at which you make your reservation, we act solely as an intermediary between you and the provider, transmitting the details of your reservation to the relevant accommodation provider and sending you a confirmation email for and on behalf of the accommodation provider. When rendering our services, the information that we disclose is based on the information provided to us by accommodation providers. As such, the accommodation providers are given access to an extranet through which they are fully responsible for updating all rates, availability and other information which is displayed on our website. Although we will use reasonable skill and care in performing our services we will not verify if, and cannot guarantee that, all information is accurate, complete or correct, nor can we be held responsible for any errors (including manifest and typographical errors), any interruptions (whether due to any (temporary and/or partial) breakdown, repair, upgrade or maintenance of our website or otherwise), inaccurate, misleading or untrue information or non-delivery of information. Each accommodation provider remains responsible at all times for the accuracy, completeness and correctness of the (descriptive) information (including the rates and availability) displayed on our website. Our website does not constitute and should not be regarded as a recommendation or endorsement of the quality, service level, qualification or (star) rating of any accommodations made available. I would call the general manager of the hotel and demand they honor the $99 rate as it appears they made the mistake. The revenue manager made a boo boo when loading prices into the Booking.com site. They made the mistake, they should deal with it.
  19. Yes, I have had difficulty in Hauppauge so I have been bidding in the MacArthur zone, a little further from where I want to be, but its about $65 for a 3*. The LaQuinta is fairly new and a nice property, I would stay again.
  20. Yes, Miami has a good public transportation system, you have to decide whether to spend your valuable vacation time on a bus or on the beach. If you bid on PRICELINE, you must accept any hotel in the zone of your choice, and you may end up with a hotel that is not close to public transportation. If you bid in Miami Beach, you won't need a car and you can walk to the beach. But, you won't get a hotel for $50. Did you buy your airfare yet? This must be a big expense compared to the cost of a hotel. If you really want to save money, there are great cruise deals available thanks to the recent problems with Celebrity Cruise Lines.
  21. I just checked the new format for the hotel listss, its a major improvement, especially when looking for a Hotwire hotel in a zone with many properties listed. Betterbidding just keeps getting better
  22. Another difficult bidding session in the Hauppauge zone, unfortunately there is not much recent history in Suffolk County. At any rate, I made a bid for a 3.5* in Hauppauge at $54 and received a counteroffer at $73. Made a few more bids up to $58 in this zone and received the same counteroffer. I saw a 2.5* in PL's Express Deals for $69 and thought it might be the LaQuinta, so I bid $58 and again at $62 with success. Room Cost $62.00 Taxes and Fees: $16.49 Total : $78.49 I downloaded the new BetterBidding Win Alerts app onto my iPad and made my bids through BiddingHelper.com. This let me quickly check both HOTWIRE and Hotels.com listings along with PRICELINE screens. This saves me a lot of time as all three are on one screen. A great must have app for any traveller, the free tools on this board are impressive. The rack rate was $125 plus tax, so I am pleased with the result.
  23. Just downloaded the app, I can now use BiddingHelper.com and quickly check HOTWIRE, PRICELINE and Hotels.com simultaneously, pretty awesome! Great work, this board just keeps getting better.
  24. Greetings and congratulations on your win, this is a nice hotel in spite of a few negative reviews. Members of Club Gouverneur get a free continental breakfast each day and you can sign up for free online.
  25. Greetings Mel, great stuff, but could you post this "win" as it could help others on the board?
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