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MrCodeDude

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  1. Amenities: Free Internet Free Parking Indoor Pool Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible
  2. Amenities: Free Internet Free Parking Pet Friendly Outdoor Pool Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible
  3. Amenities: Free Internet Indoor Pool Spa Shuttle Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible Great hotel, exceptional staff/service, conveniently located above subway line.
  4. Amenities: Free Internet Pet Friendly Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible Final weekend of Oktoberfest, so rates were high. Booked a similar hotel in 2017 for ~$114/nt:
  5. Amenities: Free Internet Free Parking Pet Friendly Outdoor Pool Spa Shuttle Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Casino Handicap Accessible
  6. Amenities: Free Internet Pet Friendly Outdoor Pool Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible Hotel had a daily HH at the bar that included a free drink per guest, which was a nice amenity.
  7. Amenities: Free Internet Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible
  8. Hotel was fantastic. Very satisfied with the stay. They even honored my Marriott Gold status, which is rare with third-party stays.
  9. PRICELINE EXPRESS showed a $94/nt rate for a Frankfurt Airport hotel that I was pretty confident was the Sheraton Airport hotel. Rolled the dice on NYOP: $70 - rejected (added Darmstadt) $75 - rejected (added Frankfurt Messe) $80 - rejected (added Frankfurt West) $85 - rejected (added Frankfurt North) $87 - accepted The Sheraton is attached to the airport, but the Steigenberger is only across the street and has a free shuttle. Was it worth the $21 for the added inconvenience? Probably not, but we'll still get to the airport unnecessarily early that it won't matter.
  10. Saw a 5-star in Checkpoint Charlie which I'm pretty sure was the Hilton Berlin for $154/nt on PRICELINE EXPRESS. Decided to bid to see if I could save a little money. First bid: Checkpoint Charlie - $125 - got a counter for $154/nt Second bid: Added Bradenburg Gate - $130 - accepted at the Berlin Marriott Not the hotel I thought I'd get, but happy none-the-less.
  11. It seems like Priceline Express beats Hotwire on every hotel. PRICELINE EXPRESS has Titanic Gendarmenmarkt Berlin for $139/nt (compared to $153 on HW), Eurostars Berlin for $150/nt (compared to $160 on HW), along with a 5-star in Kurfuerstendamm - Savignyplatz for $112/nt which is either the Swissotel or the Sofitel.
  12. Looking for two rooms from Thursday, Sept 28 through Sunday, Oct 1. I see the following seven 5-star HotRate hotels: Checkpoint Charlie - Gendarmenmarkt - Potsdamer Platz - $153 95% recommended Amenities: Pet friendly, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Spa services my guess: Titanic Gendarmenmarkt Berlin - $159 City Center - Tiergarten - Berlin Zoo - $194 100% recommended Amenities: Free Internet, Indoor pool(s), Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Spa services, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking, Roll-in shower my guess: Pullman Berlin Schwizerhof - $206 Kurfuerstendamm - Savignyplatz - $126 80% recommended Amenities: Free Internet, Pet friendly, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Internet access, Spa services, Children's activities my guess: Steigenberger Hotel Berlin - $153 Hauptbahnhof/Central Station - Moabit - $132 100% recommended Amenities: Free Internet, Pet friendly, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Spa services, Children's activities my guess: Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt - $161 Brandenburg Gate - Parliament - $160 75% recommended Amenities: Free Internet, Indoor pool(s), Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Self-service laundry, Internet access, Spa services, Children's activities, Accessible path of travel, Wheelchair accessible, Accessible parking my guess: Eurostars Berlin - $173 Kurfuerstendamm - Savignyplatz - $142 65% recommended Amenities: Free Internet, Pet friendly, Indoor pool(s), Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Golf nearby, Spa services, Children's activities my guess: Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin - $161 Mitte - Museum Island - $192 70% recommended Amenities: Free Internet, Pet friendly, Boutique hotel, Indoor pool(s), Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Spa services, Accessible for hearing impaired, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Roll-in shower my guess: Radisson Blu Hotel - $216 Doesn't look like any deep discounts here. :(
  13. Yes, this is a win in Frankfurt. You said Munich in your response, which tripped me up, but I think it was a mistake on your part.
  14. The 65% recommendation rating spooked me, so I ended up bidding on The Modern Honolulu on PL and got it for $167/nt: Knew this was the only 5-star (really 4.5-star) hotel in the area for PRICELINE, so started bidding at $125. Immediately received a counter offer of $192. Bid ~$10 increments until it was finally accepted at $167/nt. PRICELINE EXPRESS had it for $173/nt, but now it's up to $200/nt. No resort fees, very happy with the deal!
  15. Thank you for the quick reply! The 65% recommendation does concern me, because Hotwire says the Hilton Hawaiian Village is recommended by 86% of guests. But I cannot find another 4-star property in the area and the only others listed on travel sites are the two other Hilton Vacation properties. Maybe the 65% recommendation is representative of more recent reviews (e.g. past 6 months) than the entire history of the hotel? Still checking out other zones, but will update when I decide when/what to book.
  16. Star Rating: 4+ City and Zone: Waikiki Marina - Ala Moana Travel Dates: Sept 7 - 9, 2017 I'm seeing two 4-star Hotwire Hot Rate hotels for these dates: $174/nt, full amenities (pulled from Bidding Helper): Resort, Beachfront hotel, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Golf nearby, Spa services, Children's activities, Accessible for visually impaired, Accessible for hearing impaired, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking, Roll-in shower $199/nt, full amenities: Boutique hotel, Near beach, Oceanfront hotel, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Internet access, Accessible for visually impaired, Accessible for hearing impaired, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking, Roll-in shower The only two 4-star hotels in Ala Moana listed in the Oahu Hotwire Hotel List are the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Prince Waikiki. The $199/nt option is listed as a "New-to-Hotwire Hotel," with 80% Hotwire recommendation rate across 72 reviews, and 4.5-stars on TripAdvisor with 101-300 reviews. This makes me think it's The Prince, but on Hotwire, the Prince is listed as having 3000+ reviews? The Prince does have a $31.41/nt resort fee which matches the Hotwire listing. The $174/nt option is more confusing, because Hotwire says it only has 5 Hotwire reviews and is 65% recommended. Yet if the $199/nt option is The Prince, the only 4-star resorts in the Ala Moana area are Hilton properties, the Hawaiian Village with 10000+ Hotwire reviews. The Hilton Hawaiian Village (and the sister Grand Waikikian and Grand Islander) all have $35/nt resort fees, not $31.42. Am I missing something? Should I only go off amenity list and TripAdvisor rating/review counts?
  17. Tried bidding 5-stars up to $230 on PL in the Munich City Center, didn't get anything. Blown away that this hotel was being offered for $114/night as everything else nearby was easily 2x. Even with having to get four rooms, still ended up cheaper than an apartment rental. Amenities: Free Internet, Bed Choice, Fitness Center, Non Smoking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant
  18. $197/night, listed rack rate is $340 (42% off). 90% recommended. Amenities: Free Internet, Pet friendly, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Internet access Accessibility: Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible parking
  19. Didn't even bother bidding, was concerned why this 3.5-star hotel in downtown PDX was $50 less than similar Express deals, but I'm not complaining. Amenities: Business Center, Restaurant, Free Internet, Fitness Center, No Smoking Rooms/Facilities
  20. I don't know what's going on that weekend, but hotels are filling up and rates are rising, that I pulled the trigger. Ultimately used Hyatt points + rewards to book the Hyatt Centric French Quarter for Friday/Saturday nights, then used Priceline's Name-Your-Own-Price to book the Crowne Plaza French Quarter for $73/nt + fees on Thursday: http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?showtopic=219199 Hyatt reservation can be canceled up to 72-hours before stay, so I'll monitor HOTWIRE/PRICELINE the week of to see if there are any significant drops.
  21. PL had their nightly rate as $98, PRICELINE EXPRESS had a 4-star for $78 (probably this same location) Bid $61, $67, $71, $73 I've never been a fan of Crowne Plaza (or, really, any non-Intercontinental IHG property) and this hotel looks to be more of the same from the TripAdvisor reviews.
  22. Booked this on accident, was able to call Priceline + Hyatt and they were nice enough to cancel this reservation with no penalty. Figured I'd still share the win :) 4-star, accidentally checked "Downtown New Orleans" (the Hyatt Regency's location is the reason why I think the "Downtown" zone isn't worthwhile). Bid progression was: $61, $67, $71, $73 With taxes, it was $91.88.
  23. $147 hotel - Free Internet, Boutique hotel, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Internet access, Golf nearby, Spa services, Children's activities $145 hotel - Pet friendly, Boutique hotel, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Internet access, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible bathroom, Roll-in shower Bolded their differences. Omni Royal Crescent would be perfect. Would you recommend waiting to see if prices drop or buying now? (I'll still PL Name-My-Own-Price for the French Quarter up to $145 before going with a PRICELINE EXPRESS or Hotwire deal, though). Downtown New Orleans for PL scares me because it's a big zone that extends pretty far north to include that Hyatt near the Superdome.
  24. Did Hotwire introduce a new New Orleans zone recently? I didn't see a Central Business District part of the hotel list. I'm seeing two hotels in the CBD for my dates and star rating: 4-star Hotel in Central Business District area - $147/nt (usually $200) 80% Recommended (Good) Amenities: Complimentary free internet, Boutique hotel, Children's activities, Fitness center, Golf nearby, Smoke-free rooms, Spa services 4-star Boutique Hotel in Central Business District area - $145/nt 85% Recommended (Great) Amenities: Boutique hotel, fitness center, internet access, pet friendly, restaurant(s), smoke-free rooms It seems like one could be the International House? Maybe the other is the Intercontinental? Also, would you recommend waiting to see if prices drop? I know my dates are during the middle of Mardi Gras, but do New Orleans prices trend down the closer to arrival dates?
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