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  1. $129 ($165.96 with taxes and fees) Free internet, Pet friendly, Boutique hotel, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Internet access, Golf nearby
  2. $83 ($105.58 with taxes and fees) Business center Fitness center Indoor pool(s) Internet access Pet friendly Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Smoke-free rooms
  3. Omigosh! RevealHotels is a huge advance, @thereuare! I haven't traveled recently and just came back to visit the betterbidding site. Clearly you've been working hard! Congratulations on a really neat, new tool!
  4. OK, I went through with my experiment and booked a single night -- the last night of our trip -- and got the InterContinental Tokyo Bay. I'm a bit shocked by the tax which bumped up the price to $296.68. I'll have to think carefully about whether we can swing all those additional days. I agree about DC, but we're living in Melbourne right now so it would be a tad inconvenient (not to mention all the udon and sushi we'd have to forgo). Actually, if I'd thought about it before we bought our plane tickets, I'd have avoided cherry blossom season altogether. Too much competition.
  5. Would it make sense to book the 5* for our last night as an experiment?
  6. Thanks for your thoughts. I would be extremely tempted to go with the 5* if I had confidence that it was Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. I do think there's some disagreement "out there" as to whether it qualifies as 5-star, but at that rate I wouldn't be complaining.
  7. Hi thereuare, The December 2014 trip ended up being broken into 2 threads because we ended up staying part of the time in Tarrytown and part in New York City. For the Burlington stay, we did end up in our Plan B hotel, the Courtyard Marriott. I'll add a note to the thread on that right now. As for Japan, most of Tokyo, albeit not all, is booked up for the night of Sat. April 4. We have some refundable backup reservations: The nights of April 5-6 at the Park Hotel Tokyo, and a single night at a ryokan in Nikko on April 9. I would like to consolidate and stay at one hotel in Tokyo from April
  8. Sorry that I neglected to wrap this up. We did end up at our plan B hotel in Burlington -- the Courtyard Marriott. It was a splurge and a very lovely stay.
  9. Hello, We will be in Tokyo and perhaps Kyoto from April 4-11. Given the cherry blossoms blooming, it's very difficult to find rooms, but I'm trying. In Tokyo I'm in the perilous position of hoping to book one particular hotel -- the Park Hotel Tokyo - Shiodome in Minato. We are 2 adults and a teenager. Would you be so kind as to help me ID the following? Thank you in advance! 5* Tokyo - Minato April 5-9 $225 USD FULL AMENITIES: Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Internet access, Spa services 4.5* Minato $191 USD FULL AMENITIES: Free parking, Free Internet, Indoor pool
  10. Phew! I'm glad that's over with! It turned out that what appeared to be the Lexington was the Roosevelt. There's a bit of whinging about the place on Tripadvisor, and although I can't say I'm elated with the outcome, I think we'll have a great time and a great stay at the Roosevelt. The location is perfect, it's described as impeccably clean, and given the pre-holiday prices, I'd say we got a great deal. Thanks so much to the senior members for your assistance!
  11. Sorry, I think I got my zones confused. I'm trying to expand my options a bit, but see that the UES hasn't been ID'd much. If you have a chance, I'd appreciate your thoughts on the properties below. Sorry for all the flailing around. You're certainly right that I picked a tough week to visit NYC. 3.5* - MTE - $258 FULL AMENITIES: Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Internet access, Accessible for visually impaired, Accessible for hearing impaired, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible bathroom, Roll-in shower 3* - MTE - $260 (Club Quarters? The free br
  12. Hmmm, the MTC hotel was listed as 3* rather than 3.5*. Would that change your guess at all?
  13. Hello, We're getting ready to begin our journey, so I'll have to wrap up the NYC portion of our trip. Rates in NYC for 12/9-12 continue to inch up. Would you mind helping with some new IDs? 3.5* - Empire State Building - $235 FULL AMENITIES: Boutique hotel, Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access 3* - Empire State Building - $238 FULL AMENITIES: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Fitness center, Business center, Internet access 3* - MTC - $234 FULL AMENITIES: Internet access 3.5* - Soho Tribeca - $254 FULL AMENITIES: Free Internet, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Busine
  14. Thank you for the ID. It's much appreciated. I think I'll just hold off and see if anything else pops up.
  15. Hello, Happy thanksgiving to all you in the US! As it's not turkey day here in Melbourne, I'm continuing my quest for an affordable hotel in NYC. I've booked at the Comfort Inn Financial Center as a backup, but I don't think we'd be thrilled to be there. If you would, can you help me ID these 2 Hotwire hotels in NYC? Right now I'm looking at 12/9-12. Thank you! 3.5* Times Square - $210 - Belvedere or Hotel Manhattan at Times Sq.??? FULL AMENITIES: Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Accessible for visually impaired, A
  16. My quest continues! Hoping to find something in the mid-$100s in Manhattan for this time period. I'll report back.
  17. Hi Guys, I'm still toying around with my plans for 12/9-12. At this point I've decided it would be best to be in Manhattan those nights, IF I can find something within my budget. Based upon previous successful bids on the Priceline and Hotwire Calendar of Wins, I've done a little bit of bidding, so far unsuccessfully on PL. I understand that the odds are against me due to my budget constraints, so I'm trying out BackUpBooking.com. On backupbooking, if I enter "New York, NY" or "New York City," I only seem to find hotels in lower Manhattan. I'd like to what's available in all of Manhattan.
  18. Thanks for all the tips. I'll check with my traveling companion and see what she thinks. Will report back.
  19. I just made my first successful stab at a PL bid for this segment of my trip. Since the Doubletree appears to be available on hotwire for 12/9-12, I tried bidding for those dates on priceline under the assumption that I might be able to add a night later. If not, I can stay with friends. Based upon the history of wins on this site, which range from about $60-$115, I bid $60, 75, 90, and 105 for a 3.5* hotel with no luck. I guess I'll wait my 24 hours and try again.
  20. For whatever date remain in between my stays (possibly the nights of 12/12-14) I'll stay with friends.
  21. Hello, I just updated the posting with the amenities list from Hotwire. I am seeing the same 3.5* on hotwire -- presumably the doubletree -- but in the mid-$190s. It shows up if I choose 12/9-12 which might work for me, but $196 is well over my budget. So, I'm thinking of giving a 3.5* a go on priceline. The 3 wins on the hotwire hotel list for 3.5* in Tarrytown-White Plains are the Sheraton, Marriott, and Doubletree. Of those, only the Sheraton is a bit undesirable, and it's probably not too bad.
  22. Amenities list is as follows: Hotel Amenities Free parking Indoor pool(s) Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Self-service laundry Internet access Golf nearby Tennis nearby Accessibility Accessible for hearing impaired Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Accessible parking Roll-in shower
  23. Sorry, I'm doing so well today that I decided to go for a PL bid -- using the BiddingHelper.com. I had checked all the past wins in Utica and didn't see any below $70, but I should have bid lower because I got the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre for $60/night on my first try. Still, it's hard to complain about a $60 a night hotel room ... I'll post the win now to help future bidders. Thanks again for your help.
  24. Could you help ID this hotel on Hotwire? On easy view it shows at $85, but on the full view I am seeing $90. Hotwire - Utica - 12/7-8 3* FULL AMENITIES: Free parking, Free Internet, Pet friendly, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Internet access, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible bathroom
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