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  1. I just noticed 3.5* show up as an option on USW in SF and since I didn't see that on your list. I was wondering if we have seen this star level before and never identified the related properties or if this level is new for this zone?

    I am looking for a room for my mom when she visits me from 4/4 to 4/8. Based on what I am seeing I think I am starting my hunt too early. So far I have had no luck up to $95 for 4* and 3* in USW. I have a backup I can cancel (Maxwell/Frank Hotel) and will continue to look as the date comes closer.

    Thanks for these boards and the advice you provide, much appreciated.


  2. Hyatt Regency Orange County

    Check-In Date: Tue, Jul 5, 2005

    Check-Out Date: Fri, Jul 8, 2005

    Your Offer Price: $55.00

    Number of Rooms: 1

    Number of Nights: 3

    Subtotal: $165.00

    Taxes & Service Fees: $28.75

    Total Charges: $193.75

    4 Rebid areas were: Anaheim Hills, Fountain Valley, Laguna Hills - Mission Viejo, and Seal Beach - North Huntington

    Here are the rebid steps I followed:

    1. Bid $35 with Disneyland, rejected

    2. Bid $38 added Anaheim Hills, rejected

    3. Bid $40 added Fountain Valley, rejected

    4. Bid $44 added Laguna Hills, rejected, Closed Browser and returned to priceline

    5. Bid $50 with Disneyland & Seal Beach, rejected but offered to rebid same specs at $16 higher, I rejected

    6. Bid $55 added Anaheim Hills, Bid Accepted.

  3. I did book the Pacific Palisades directly with the hotel, using their toll-free number. I wanted to do that so I could put special requests (high floor, comp upgrade if avail.) on the booking. I asked her to beat their online offer for AAA and she did. She said that if during this stay I would consider joining their free Kimpton In Touch customer loyalty program that she would give me a discount. I spoke with Jessica, she was great and I got an email confirmation of my reservation with the guest preferences I requested.

  4. So just to follow up, we moved our trip to Easter weekend because of some great fares I found on Alaska for SFO-YVR. I booked a king suite room at the Pacific Palisades for 3 nights March 25-28 at the daily rate of $157 Canadian or $126 US.

    It wasn't a budget based move by any means but I just ended up going for what I wanted. I will definitly try hotwire or priceline for future trips. The knowledge I have learned on this board will help me do that much more effectively.



  5. My dates for this trip are still semi-flexible but I'm looking around the weekend of March 18th - 20th. We want to do a 3 or 4 night stay but the exact days are flexible.

    I'm still considering my options on Hotwire and Priceline but I personally prefer modern botique hotels with personality and have fallen for the Pacific Palisades. Even tho I see it's possible to get it bidding (I'm not finding it in Hotwire results but I saw a $70 report on Priceline) I'm almost willing to take it at market rate just to be sure I get it, unless anyone else has any ideas of how to get that one for certain cheaper.

  6. OK now I am finding a mystery hotel on Hotwire that I can't identify:

    Downtown Vancouver West 3.5*

    Selected amenities include: Boutique Hotel, Restaurant(s), Fitness Center, High-Speed Internet Access, Business Center.


    I understand that the pinned list is not all inclusive because offerings are frequently changing but the only 2 botique we have listed on here are: Terminal City Club Tower Hotel and Pacific Palisades Hotel which are both 4*. Are both of those hotels in Downtown Vancover West? Any idea what this 3.5* might be?


  7. Doug,

    The Crowne Plaza is still on the pinned list. It is on the first list and is the only hotel under Vancouver (Downtown Entertainment District).

    The details on here are:

    3.5* Crowne Plaza

    Amenities: Restaurant, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet, Business

    What I found on Hotwire for many date combinations is:

    Downtown Vancouver Entertainment District

    Restaurant(s), Fitness Center, High-Speed Internet Access, Business Center.

    3.5* $44/night

    Good luck with that,


  8. After doing some research and back and forth comparison between Hotwire, Priceline and here on BetterBidding I have come up with a list of possible hotels for my Vancouver stay coming up next month. I'm looking for some feedback to help me decide. My desired price range is $50-70 and all these fit into that so price isn't much of a factor. If you have any experience with these please share what you think is the best of this list for a weekend liesure trip for me and my bf.

    The candidates are:

    - Marriott Pinnacle Hotel ($50 PL)

    - Delta Vancouver Suite Hotel ($64 HW)

    - Westin Bayshore ($68 HW)

    - Crowne Plaza Hotel Georgia ($50 HW)

    Thanks in advance.

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