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  1. Great result - got what i wanted so delighted with this. Thanks for your help and advice! Laura
  2. Haha - i just said the very same thing to my husband! Just about to put kids to bed then sit down to get booking. Will use your link and report back. Thanks for your advice, as ever. L
  3. Thanks for the quick reply...nothing like a bit of pressure eh?! Haven't even booked my flights yet as prices still high but think i will take a risk on this as the price is same for first week in december which is when we actually wanted to travel (hotel prices were v high so then looked at late nov), so don't want to miss out as this price for Dec is fab. With that in mind, I don't suppose there are any current hotwire discount codes doing the rounds? Thanks Laura
  4. Hi there Quick question. I know it's very early to secure a good deal on hotwire / priceline for dates at end November / early December, but I thought it would be worth taking a look now to get some guide prices. For 25-29 November, Hotwire is giving me a rate of $139/night for a 3.5 star hotel in Chelsea / Greenwich Village, which includes breakfast. The tripadvisor score is 4.5. It gives me a list of four hotels, one of which is guaranteed to be the blind hotel. When you refresh this page, the list of four hotels changes each time, with only two constants and only one of which appears to offer complimentary breakfast. The one it would appear to be is the Hyatt House New York/Chelsea, but I wondered if someone else could look at this? It seems like this would be a great price for a hotel which seems to score so well. NB this is for two adults only. Many thanks Laura
  5. Thanks for all of your help on this. Just to update you, after a bit of a delay, I bid up to the HOTWIRE price level on PRICELINE for MTE and CPS and got nothing. Therefore, I quite happily walked off with the W New York from HOTWIRE for $159/night, which for that price, at that time of the year, is a great deal in my book. Thanks again! L
  6. That's fab - thanks so much for looking into this! I've never heard of that other website Quikbook or whatever it is, so will definitely check it out as the Tudor is a good choice. I've been reading all about the current friends and family offer at Fairmont hotels and am gutted that you can only book 90 days in advance, otherwise I'd be blowing the budget and booking us into the Plaza for $220/night or whatever it's currently available for! Thanks again Laura
  7. Thanks Aaron - I'm bearing this in mind and that's why $160 or so is my cut off point. There are actually very 4* options coming up on hotwire - do you think it would pay to wait a bit longer if I'm not having much luck with priceline? I wouldn't normally book this early, but it's part of my honeymoon so just want to get it all in the bag as soon as possible really. Also, I know the hotwire hotel is most likely to be the W and am actually ok with this - when you read the reviews on TA, most of the complaints come from those who have paid high prices and have high expectations, or those complaining about the rooms being small. If I get it for $160-ish, I'm quite sure it will exceed my expectations and in any case, I'm from Europe and am used to small hotel rooms! That's the way I see it anyway. Shame about the Jumeirah - I quite fancied that...! Thanks for getting back to me so quickly anyway, will carry on and see how it goes. L
  8. Hi there Thanks for all your help on this - have bid up to $135 at the moment but am having no luck. However, I've also been taking it slowly as I've been really chicken about adding the rebid zones in case a 4* magically appears in Brooklyn etc! I have another question: I was primarily looking at MTE in the first instance but then quite fancied CPS too. The more I look at it, the more CPS seems like a no-brainer (if I can get it for the right price). The choice of 4* hotels in MTE is bigger, therefore more risk of ending up in one of the ones with mediocre reviews, whereas the two 4* hotels in CPS (Jumeirah and Le Parker Meridien) seem to have really good reviews. Am I getting confused or is it really as simple as that? Thanks Laura
  9. oops sorry - forgot to give you the budget. I'd say we'd bit up to around $160/night as there is currently a 4* MTE hotel on hotwire for around this price. Thanks again! Laura
  10. Hi there My preference is MTE 4*, as I'm happier overall with the selection of hotels there (and I've stayed in this area before), however we just want to be within walking distance of most of the main sights in Manhattan, so would consider CPS / MTW if you recommend it. Thanks Laura
  11. Thanks guys - that's as I expected. I've seen the rate in HOTWIRE so I will probably bid just about up to this point in PRICELINE and see how I get on. I'm planning to start bidding tonight, so I'm now ready for help with the bidding strategy if you're able to assist. Many thanks Laura
  12. Oops - sorry - one more question... are the minimum bids likely to be higher than average for my stay, given that it's for NYC is a popular place for shopping trips right before Christmas? Thanks Laura
  13. Thanks for your reply - that's pretty much as I thought! I would be happy with any of the hotels in MTE but need to double-check MTW. Will check back in shortly when I'm ready to bid and hopefully you can help me out with a strategy! Many thanks! Laura
  14. Hi everyone While I've used hotwire before, I'm a newbie to Priceline, although I can't wait to get started. In the next couple of days (after doing a bit more research!) I want to start bidding to win a 4* hotel in either MTE or MTW. I know it's against all the rules and stuff, but I have my eye on the Sofitel, Benjamin or Waldorf Astoria in particular. Yes, I know the Waldorf doesn't get great reviews but I like the old-fashioned splendour of it and if I get it for cheap enough on Priceline I'll be happy. Anyway, I was wondering whether you have any particular strategies / tips to maximise my chances of winning these particular hotels, since I haven't seen a lot of other wins on these properties? Of course before I start bidding I'll do lots more research to make sure I'd be happy with any of the results, but any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks Laura PS my dates are 15-19 December
  15. Many thanks for your help on this - won't be booking for another week or so (need to get flights confirmed first!) but will certainly report back. Thanks! Laura
  16. Hi all I was looking for some assistance in helping to identify a hotel on Hotwire. I've checked all of the usual routes, but can't find anything listed which matches the description. The hotel is $159 / night for a four-night stay 15-19 December 2009 and it's described as: 4-star hotel in Midtown East with Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Business Centre, Internet and Spa I've looked on the list of likely hotels and the one which looked most likely was the W New York but this now has a score through 'spa' so I wasn't sure what this meant. Any ideas / help much appreciated. Thanks Laura
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