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  1. Amenities: Boutique hotel *, oceanfront, fitness center, pool, restaurants, spa Amazing deal. regular retail rate was $458. * new amenity
  2. Rack rate $354. Got 44% off for a Luxury Collection hotel in Embassy Row. Bid up to $170--no luck. On bidding page Priceline adds an arbitrary $25 "hotel fee" to cover 2 night resort fee. So the total would be $25 higher to bidding total. If you bid--and get a no-fee hotel like the Dupont--you will pay for a resort fee you shouldn't be charged. Amenities: Pet friendly, gym, restaurant, business center
  3. This was a Express Deal with this description. Guest Rating: 8 Guest Favorite Amendities: Restaurant, Business Center, Free Internet I loved this boutique hotel and the quiet residential zone around it. Except for one bus (22 on Clark to the Loop), the public transportation is a 2-5 block walk. I will post my hotel review.
  4. On Priceline paid site JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert is downgraded to 4*. There is no 4.5* bidding in Rancho Mirage-Indian Wells-Palm Desert zone.
  5. This winning PRICELINE bid price beat the PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal for this hotel of $177. I could tell it was the same hotel because there was only one 3.5* in this zone. Lowest rack rate was $229.
  6. On PRICELINE / Travelocity list the Inlet Tower Hotel has been downgraded from 2.5* to 2*. If the 2.5* zone has any hotels, I don't know what they are. The PL/TL site has 2.5* Alaska Grand, which is a suite hotel by the railroad station.
  7. PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal. Amenities: Free Internet, Pets, Restaurant, Business Center, Fitness Center. On open PL site price $192 today. Better deal than my conference hotel next door for Omni Shoreham at $202.
  8. Please update the Priceline list for Anchorage. This hotel was downgraded from 3.5*. I bid 3* in this zone so I could avoid this hotel. There are numerous Trip Advisor and PL reviews that say it is dirty and out-dated. It is surprising that a luxury chain like Millennium would not update this hotel on the furnishings and mechanicals--or at least clean it up and get rid of the smoke smell. The other 3* hotels in this zone are great, with breakfast and free internet---Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood, Residence Inn. With the exception of the Courtyard, they are located in Midtown away from the airport. If you want to avoid the lesser hotels around the airport (Millenium and Coast International), you have two choices. On Priceline bid the Downtown zone at 3.5* and 3*. Or use Hotwire's Downtown and Midtown zones.
  9. High prices in all central LA zones. Lowest price on this hotel was $269--44% savings. Hope it's good.
  10. Amenities: Breakfast, Fitness Center, Business Center, Pool, Free Internet, Free Parking Based on research (check Hotwire for hotel+car) I thought this would be the Drury Inn & Suites. But this will be fine and has an 85% favorable rating on Hotwire.
  11. There are very low rates for 4* hotesl in downtown Chicago on Easter weekend, but I got no deals on Priceline. In 4* and 3.5* North Michigan Avenue-River North zone I bid up to $65 without success. These 4* hotels were at or under $100! Drake, Sheraton, W Lakeshore, Avenue Crowne Plaza, Whitehall, Millenium Knickerbocker. In 3.5* the Wyndham was $89. So I booked the Conrad Hilton (PL 4*-former 5*)for $105 (advance purchase) with free internet and coffee/tea. Hilton Honors members get hot breakfast if over Blue level. I've wanted to stay there and the lowest no-penalty rate was $175. Aftet I booked, I saw Hotwire rates have dropped. Several 4.5* and 4* properties in downtown zones are $76-$90 - probably James, Conrad, Omni, or Palmer House Hilton.
  12. Lowest rate $129. When hotel rates are low in Chicago, this is a common hotel to win at $55.
  13. Lowest rate on hilton web-site $259. Rejected counter-offer $106. Busy weekend - sold out hotels and high prices.
  14. Lowest price on web site $159 - $100 savings!
  15. This is Residence Inn Boardman 6 miles east of the I-76 turnpike at I-690 & U.S. 224. Lowest rate $129. When checking Youngstown, Ohio in a travel guide, e.g. AAA Tour Book, also look at suburbs of Boardman, Poland, North Lima (in Youngstown North zone) and Girard (Youngstown South).
  16. Thanks so much for your comment. I feel a lot better. This whole NW/Arboretum is new to me because I lived in Austin as a broke law student.
  17. First posted win in new Northwest zone that has split from the Arboretum zone. I wanted Arboretum for ambience, shopping, restaurants. But I avoided it because there's an undersirable cheap 3* in Arboretum (Holiday Inn). T he higher star levels (Westin & Renaissance) in Arboretum were unavailable up to $90. The new Austin North zone had good 3* hotels, but bids up to $55 failed.
  18. Wow. No or just 1 amentity listed?! Hotwire is making it tough. By working with the local hotel I was able to get Hotwire to cancel both the Holiday Inn bookings. The one I made on line (thinking it would be the Hyatt Place) and the replacement the HW telephone agent made for me (that he thought would not produce the Holiday Inn). A polite request was all it took with Holiday Inn manager, who could see we just were not a good fit for this stay. But the exeperience led me to believe that the perceived advantage of Hotwire - some clues to the hotel to reduce bidding risk--less compelling. In the end, I'm not doing PL or Hotwire in a zone that has one hotel I want to avoid - which is usually the cheapest in my experience - and often times a Holiday Inn.
  19. Add Hyatt Place Arboretum to list Amenities: Pool, Fitness Center, Business Center Same amenties as Holiday Inn NW Plaza - even though it has a restaurant.
  20. Don't bid this zone if you don't want the Holiday Inn NW Plaza. I don't and I got stuck with it despite all my research that I thought had identified all the possible 3* properties in this zone. I wanted to avoid the Holiday Inn and I thought that would be simple - it was the only 3* property in the zone that had a restaurant. The Holiday Inn has these amenties in the Hotwire system and on the telephone booking as confirmed by a supervisor: Pool, Fitness Center, Business Center, Restaurant, Laundry But Hotwire on line yesterday gave me the Holiday Inn when I selected a hotel with these amenities: Pool, Fitness Center, Business Center, Restaurant, Laundry I got the Holiday Inn when I tried to add extra nights minutes after getting the Hyatt Place (great hotel!) for the first night. Apparently the amenities showing on line are the same for these two properties. I know Hotwire selectively does not post all the amenities to keep the identity more opaque. Sometimes a Suite, Kitchen, or Laundry is omitted. But a Restaurant!? I've never seen Hotwire leave that off. That's really going a little to far on the opague booking model, I think. Don't you think Holiday Inn and Hotwire could see that they might lose some bookings from people that would want a restaurant?
  21. To me this is the worst hotel in the zone due to freeway location and outdated interiors. It's #80 in Austin on Trip Advisor so others agree. But I will just have to console myself with being back home in the best city in Texas. Signed, a very homesick Texan in Michigan
  22. When I called to add roommate name, offered two upgrades. $20 for 2bed/2 bath room in main hotel. $50 for same room on executive floor with free continental breakfast and hors d'oevres. Took the $20 upgrade because these rooms are huge and perfect for 2 women.
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