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  1. Best rate on hotel web site $227. Two days before bids up to $95 failed. Decided to bid again because Hotwire today had price $117 for Palmer House. I've noticed that PL bidders have no problem anymore getting a Saturday night check-in in downtown Chicago. Yeah!
  2. Lowest price spg.com $115. This was the lowest priced 3* in zone so no surprise. Was hoping to get the several 3* hotels with free breakfast. Very odd counteroffers. System made counteroffers ($64 and $70) and rejected $60 attempts. So it goes to show you - don't accept counteroffers. Close the bid, add a free rebid zone, and try again at a lower price.
  3. Good savings from $130 hotel rate. Bid 1 day before. Hoping to get my favororite Hyatt Place in this zone, but Residence Inn is OK. Will do a review.
  4. Correction to list. Sheraton Stonebriar is still 3.5* on Travelweb (Priceline subsidiary).
  5. Plano now has 3 bidding zones. Based on the maps, these are where the hotels are located that have reported Priceline wins. Frisco-Plano North 4* Westin Stonebriar 3.5* Marriott Legacy Town Center 3* Sheraton Stonebriar 3* Hyatt Place Plano 3* Aloft Plano 3* Aloft Frisco 3* Courtyard Legacy Park Plano West 3* Courtyard Plano Parkway 2.5* Staybridge Suites Plano East None reported
  6. Amenities: Fitness Center, Pool, Restaurant, Business Center, High Speed Internet, Tennis (nearby), Spa Lowest rate Swissotel.com: $299 I have wanted to stay at this hotel for years. Thanks to this site I recognized it immediately when it popped up on HOTWIRE and grabbed it. I highly recommend HOTWIRE over PRICELINE if you have a Saturday night check-in like this time. Historically you often can't get PRICELINE rooms in Chicago with a Saturday night check-in or have to pay much more than I did.
  7. This in Waterford on Pontiac Lake Rd west of Pontiac on the road to Oakland airport. Lowest rate $114 so a 50% savings. Amenities: Breakfast, Fitness Center, Pool, Business Center, Laundry, Hi-Speed Internet, Golf There's a wide range of ratings for this newer hotel, probably based on how the rater scores the lack of a restaurant. The few reviews are nearly unanimously excellent. 3* Orbitz, Hotwire 2.5* Expedia, Hotels.com 2* Travelweb (PRICELINE partner) I forgot to use the bidding HOTWIRE link - sorry.
  8. This is a correctly rated 3* minimalist hotel on the condition, rooms, and amenities for this property that is no longer owned or mangaged by Marriott. I would not choose this hotel again due to the lhidden and remote location on Georgetown University campus next to the hospital. I don't know how anyone walking to the hotel could find it - it's only listed on a blue lengthy sing off Reservoir Road with about 8 other facilities. My conference was in the Capitol Hill zone near the Convention Center. There are no nearby restaurants, drug stores, or other shops. The only viable transportation without long walks and waits was by taxis that ranged from $12-$20 depending on the traffic. And traffic was horrible at rush hours in the narrow streets around the campus. The first night it took 45 minutes to go the three miles between the hotel and my conference. The campus bus that runs to the Dupont Circle Metro was just ahead of us in the morning and it got there in 20 minutes due to the traffic jam. The service was prompt and helpful - maintenance (for a TV channel glitch), room service, check-in desk, and bellman (who got me a cab in less than 5 minutes). The room service food was lackluster in quality but not overpriced by hotel food standards ($20 including 20% room service fee). Two employees saved guests unnecessary expenses. The room service guy refused my tip because it was already added into the bill, which was hard to tell from the check. A desk clerk told a couple who had been walked to the hotel from the Savoy to use the reservation phone in the lobby instead of getting a rate from him because the operator would give them a better rate. I didn't see a hotel restaurant or bar so I don't know how the hotel gets a 3* rating on Priceline and Hotwire lists it with a restaurant. Maybe they are counting the student center food court next door that I didn't visit. The fitness center lacks space and equipment. It's in a room on the 2d floor with 2 bikes and 2 steppers - no treadmill. There's one TV to share for all. The desk clerk told me guests can use the Yeats (sp?) Center gym on campus for $10 weekdays and free on weekends. Serious fitness freaks should go there. The bed was very comfortable with upgraded modern linens comparable to a Marriott or Sheraton hotel. I assume the King bed rooms all have an easy chair like mine. There were worn conditions noted - chips in tub and door jams and some carpet stains in the room. I didn't like the handicapped room I was assigned (Hotwire rate) because the walk from the tub to the towel rack on tile floor was too far. The sink is old-fashioned with small counter located outside the tub/toilet bath.
  9. From a hotel check-out invoice, Hotwire paid $115. That's a 25% profit.
  10. Amenities: Pool, Fitness Center, Restaurant Nearly every hotel in DC and the suburbs was sold out with the few left being $350+. There were no Priceline rooms from 3*-4* in any DC or Virginia zone for this price. So I was lucky to get any room. Trip advisor reviews are mixed and the location is not the best for my Capitol Hill conference.
  11. This was a great deal with the lowest hotel rate of $152. It's on the east side of the Dallas North Tollway (Dallas Parkway) at Parker Road. I am almost certain it is a match on amenities with this HOTWIRE hotel priced at $63 for same dates: 3* Plano West-Frisco Smoke free, breakfast, fitness center, business center, high-speed interent
  12. The Fairmont is still a 5*. That's the rating on the My Account confirmation page and on my published review. The 4.5* on the survey was a mistake.
  13. Remove the two Holiday Inns in Lansing from hotel list. The south hotel was sold on Dec. 2 and is now a Causeway Bay Hotel, which wants to sell to another franchise after $4 million renovations. The west hotel lost its HI franchise. This is good news. Both were outdated lousy hotels. The parent group Intercontinental plans to build new hotels in the area - one or two more Holiday Inn Express and a Hotel Indigo in East Lansing. There is also a new Staybridge in Okemos, which I hope shows up on PL bidding at 2.5* or 3*. The way to check possible PL hotels and star levels before bidding is to input your dates on PL partner, Travelweb.com. A hotel listed there is usually a PL hotel.
  14. I just got back from golf school there and was impressed by the property and its location in near north Scottsdale. The Fairways restaurant food was excellent and affordable. If you see this, could you post a full review or reply here on the room quality? We are seriously considering staying here next trip.
  15. I guess the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. I won it at a 5* last week but the Hotwire survey sent afterwards said it was a 4.5*. The amenities match except it has a spa, which only shows up on the expanded list that I can never remember how to find.
  16. Please post a review when you return. I'd like to know the room quality HOTWIRE gets you at this resort - room or villla? old or renovated? long or short walk to car?
  17. On a Phoenix trip last week (I was staying at the Fairmont in Scottsdale) I scouted out the Legacy Golf Resort for future trips because PL often has it for around $50 and the golf course is known as good for women. Also, I went to golf school as its sister property, Orange Tree Resort, in Scottsdale and really like it. I would not want to stay at the Legacy Golf Resort because of the neighborhood - particularly for a woman alone - unless you are going to do everything at the resort including meals. The surrounding area was so pitifully poor that it looked like Mexico. There's goats in the yard of the house outside the gate. My husband, a retired police officer, saw gang grafitti in the area. There are no restaurants or shopping anywhere. The only selling points are (1) a gorgeous golf course with mountain scenery; and (2) proximity to airport five minutes away. Please post a review on this site when you return because I would like to know the room and food quality.
  18. I think Hotwire has lowered the rating since I won this hotel. It showed as a 4-1/2* on the Hotwire survey I was sent after the stay. The lower rating is more accurate in my opinion.
  19. I noticed PRICELINE just added a 4* to downtown Detroit zone. I think it's the Atheneum because it shows up on the Travelweb/PL site as the only 4* downtown. It's a posh and modern hotel in the great Greektown area near restaurants, casion, and the People Mover tram.
  20. New hotel for the list. Amenities: Resort, Fitness, Business, Pool, Restaurant, High Speed Internet, Golf, Tennis The lowest rate was $259. This was a great deal. This place looks amazing. The Fairmont has a spa but no "spa" was on the amenities list. Plus the Fairmont did not show up when I used the vacation package check (hotel+car). So I had a hard time guessing it. The other 5* has same amenities and was $275 - I assume it was Camelback Inn (JW Marriott).
  21. Lowest rate on Marriott.com $179. PL rejected $50 with counteroffer $64. Added Taylor as free re-bid and bid $55. I'm looking forward to trying Sweet Lorraine's restaurant in the hotel.
  22. I helped my college daughter get a HOTWIRE room and she was thrilled with the price. The lowest rate on hotel web site was $235 - a 60% savings. This hotel was either renovated or built in 2006 (hard to tell from web site). Thanks to your research we accurately predicted the hotel before she bid. The amenities are still the same: Breakfast, Fitness Center, Business Center, High Speed Internet.
  23. The lowest price in Wyndham web site was $161. Great hotel in Streeterville now that beds have been upgraded. My bidding strategy beat the counteroffer. Started bid NMA at $70 and got counteroffer of $92. PL wouldn't accept lower bids in NMA up to $78. I started a new bid: NMA+MDW (free rebid zone) for $76. I got the Wyndham. I don't know why adding the free rebid got around the counteroffer, but it did.
  24. This Sheraton North is on LBJ Freeway (I-635W) access road near the Galleria Mall in North Dallas. In February 2008 it was changed from a Wyndam to a Sheraton with what look like a total renovation. This is a solid 3* that misses being a 4* only due to small baths, no extras in room (e.g. no bath robes), and freeway location. The freeway noise is more tolerable than most hotels. There is interior plumbing/water noise within the hotel. The big plus is free and close parking in lot in front and on side of hotel. There is also free internet in room with ethernet cable on large desk. I couldn't find any info on wireless in the hotel. The beds are comfortable Starwood beds - but not as nice as Westin. The baths have been renovated with tile, marble, granite, but are very small. You can't wit on toilet without knees touching the open door. Maid service was good and always after we left in the a.m. We didn't try the restaurants other than room service, which was prompt and fairly prices for a hotel. But the food was jsut adequate. There are no coffee shops or cheap eats in the hotel or in walking distance - the location is in the office complex across from Galleria. I would stay here again for the low $45 or a little higher. This hotel is another reason to seriously consider bidding 3* in this zone.
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