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purplelotus

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  1. Hotel stay was very good. An excellent deal. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a deal like this for the following weekend.
  2. Total cost $137.96. Listed price was $59/night for a king bed or standard room but used the Hotwire Coupon Getaway10 code for 10% discount making actual cost before taxes and fees of $53.10/night. Got a king bed. For $63 one could get a king with sofa bed, and for $65, two double beds Used BB HOTWIRE link. Am VERY pleased with the deal. I had booked this hotel on hotels.com last night for $105/nt plus tax so I'm saving over $100. Amenities listed were free breakfast, free internet, airport shuttle, fitness center, business center.. Hotwire listed the Trip Advisor rating as 4.5/5.
  3. After I posted my review, I noticed the hotel is listed as a LaQuinta Inn & Suites. It is just a plain LaQuinta -- not an Inn & Suites. If I initially wrote LQ Inn & Suites, it was an error. Sorry. In my experience the Inn & Suites hotels are newer and generally better.
  4. I forgot to comment on our stay. For the price and for just one night this was a good deal, but this hotel only deserves a 2-star rating. (I filled out the Priceline review and told them that.) We stay at a lot of 2.5 and 3-star hotels, and this hotel is NOT 2.5 star. Room was clean, reasonable size, and modern, but the hotel buildings are dumpy and old. We'd probably stay again for one night at this price, but I wouldn't want to stay there much longer. Front desk clerk was snippy when I called from the airport to get the shuttle, but that can happen anywhere. The breakfast was medio
  5. Total cost $54.97 with taxes and fees. Amenities listed were free internet, pets allowed, airport shuttle, free breakfast, swimming pool, non-smoking rooms available, and bedding (not sure what bedding means). Underneath it said bed choice available. I chose 2 double beds w/o microwave and fridge for $42. It was $47 if you wanted 2 doubles w/ microwave and fridge. King was $85. Guest rating was 7. Cheapest rate I could find elsewhere was $80 so I'm very pleased with the win. It is an old style La Quinta with exterior corridors, but we're only here one night. Before I clicked to buy t
  6. Hotel worked out well. We were very pleased given the price. This is the type of deal I used to get frequently on Priceline but can't find very often now. Could have paid a lot more for something no better or possibly worse. I asked for a room on the top floor that was away from the elevator (my usual request). The agent said fine and gave us a king bed, but then stated that if we wanted 2 queens, he'd change it. We didn't care so just kept the king. The room had been refurbished although I thought the LaQuinta decor was nicer (bigger desk and couch), but this is personal preference. The
  7. Free breakfast was also an amenity. Sorry I forgot this. Breakfast is important to me too!
  8. Total cost was $78.98. Amenities were free parking, free internet, non-smoking, bed choice, business center, fitness center, and pool. Showed a rating of 6+. Oddly enough, I did NOT get a bed choice for $30. A king bed was listed for $49 or 2 queens for $57. Priceline also offered this hotel on their non-express hotels for 2 nights for a non-refundable total cost of $89 ($10 more) with a 6.8/10 rating.. This tipped me off so I was fairly confident it was the Best Western when I bid. The best rate I could find on Best Western's website had a total cost of $136. This hotel used to be
  9. I forgot to review the hotel. It's quite nice -- comfortable bed, pleasant ambiance, good furniture, etc. . Rooms are large although it's a newer design, and they aren't as large as other Hyatt Places I've stayed at, eg, Baltimore, DC, Ft. Lauderdale, Lombard. The bed is not separate from the suite area, and it didn't have a wet bar or large sectional couch. Breakfast is good although we were there on a weekend, and the clientele was largely families and groups. Unfortunately, some parents did not supervise their children at breakfast. I did get Hyatt points for participating in the "Go
  10. The hotel was OK, but it is nowhere near a 4.5/5. I'd give it a 3/5 at best. I also would downgrade it to 2.5 stars from 3 stars. There were minor problems in the room (hair dryer not working properly, shower rod falling down, etc), the pillows were small and uncomfortable, the furniture is nicked, there's no full-length mirror, and the carpet needs updating. The breakfast was somewhat better than most LaQuintas (though that's a low standard) but not on the level of Hampton Inn or Hyatt Place. The breakfast tables weren't cleaned the first two days and barely cleaned the third day aft
  11. I got your first response/ message in my email. I responded with an email. No one responded to my email saying I wasn't computer savvy and didn't know what a "PM" is. I still don't know what a "PM" is or how to do it so if you want me to do that in the future, you need to tell me.
  12. Total cost with tax and fees was $164.85 since I had a $25 off coupon from HOTWIRE. This equates to a cost of $47/nt plus tax and no Hotwire fee. Amenities listed were free parking, free breakfast, free internet, fitness, pool, smoke-free, business center, and self-serve laundry. After I booked, my confirmation email also included golf nearby and repeated internet. I was fairly certain this was the LaQuinta before I booked for several reasons: 1) Hotwire said TripAdvisor rating was 4.5/5 so that matched (very few hotels get this high a rating) 2) Hotwire said last person who booked got th
  13. Thanks for the tip on the Priceline Coupon and Hotwire Coupons. I was unaware of them. I haven't been on this site for a long time. My Hotwire deal was still better than PRICELINE with the 5% discount coupon, but a coupon might make the difference for a future purchase. I don't miss the Chicago weather. I'll try to remember to use the links. I was vaguely aware of the bidding helper feature, but I used to by a lot of hotels so I was pretty confident about the Hyatt Place.
  14. Total price was $173.74 since I had a $15 off Hotwire Coupon (purchase over $100). Taxes are VERY high in Bedford Park (17.5%) so I calculated the real cost is about $74/night and no fee for Hotwire. The post said the rate was discounted from $117, but the cheapest rate I could find on the web was an advance purchase for $119. I also checked PRICELINE EXPRESS, and I'm almost positive they had the same hotel for $73/night (total cost of $184.96) which was a tad cheaper if one didn't have a Hotwire coupon. I didn't have a coupon for Priceline. Priceline did list a price of $119. I'm a for
  15. Great stay -- and they even gave us free breakfast coupons since we're gold!
  16. Just won this. Total cost $158.14. Am very pleased since I had booked this hotel with a AAA rate at a total cost of $284 so saving $126. Won't get my free breakfast from Hilton Gold status or points, but even if we pay for breakfast, we're still way ahead. Was pretty sure it was the Hilton Garden Inn since amenities matched precisely with ones listed here (only minor difference was wording of "internet access" vs. "hi-speed internet") and undiscounted rate of $139 matched the one on Hotels.com. Hotel had 95% approval rating and 4.5/5 rating also. Boutique, Restaurant, Pool, Indoor
  17. I bought this hotel for a friend on PRICELINE EXPRESS. Total cost was $206.25. She wanted 2 double beds. A king bed was $1 cheaper ($56). Amenities were pool, pets, fitness center, free parking, free internet, free breakfast, and business center. Had guest rating of 8+. Described as "guest favorite". Since I did the transaction, I used the BB [url=http://www.betterbidding.com/clicks/click.php?afsrc=1&id=40]PRICELINE[/url] link. Hotel was $115 AAA rate was 2 doubles on LaQuinta website, $106 for king so this was about half-price.
  18. My friend won this hotel a couple of weeks ago and told me about it so I'm posting it since it's new to the BB list. Total cost was $225.53. I don't know the amenities (and don't plan to ask him).
  19. If you are thinking of the Extended Stay Greenspoint, it does not have a shuttle, and it is very far from the airport. Please read my post because I think the TripAdvisor rating of 4.5/5 is too high. Other ratings are lower. I've detailed them in my post as well as why I think the TripAdvisor rating is high. The LaQuinta Inn & Suites is very nice and close to the airport.
  20. Thanks for your insight. I, too, use Priceline more than Hotwire. I think their ratings are more accurate, and from reading other posts on this board, I think most contributors would agree. I didn't know that a lot of those TripAdvisor reviewers were single posts. That now confirms my theory that the rating is biased on the upside. It's also something else to check in the future. I did a little more research on this hotel; Orbitz, like Priceline, only gives it 2 stars. There was only one review on Orbitz, and that person gave it a 1/5! Travelocity does give it 2.5 stars with 4/5
  21. I have stayed at this hotel many times. You got an excellent deal. I've never won it on Hotwire or Priceline. AAA rates are often quite reasonable mid-week., and I try to stay when LaQunita is offering some bonus points in its frequent stay program. Rooms are spacious. The hotel is maybe 7 years old so still in fairly good shape. Front desk personnel and management not the best. Hard to get problems corrected; I remember flies flying all around the breakfast area once.. The hotel is not close to the town center or cruise port or any restaurants, I think there's a snack shop i
  22. Here's an update: 1. Thanks for your comments on the Extended Stay in Secaucus. We have stayed in Secaucus many times (50% of the price of New York even including the cost of the bus ride in) , and I have seen that hotel. My recollection is it is only rated 2 stars so I was able to avoid it if I bid 2.5-3 stars. I wouldn't have stayed there although it is right on the bus route so an excellent location. And my husband does have different (lower) standards although it must be clean, and the last few Extended Stays we stayed at were not. I live within about 3 miles (different directions
  23. Getting there late and leaving early doesn't solve the problems with the breakfast, the distance from the airport, no shuttle, or the queen bed. Besides I have time to kill which I planned to spend at the hotel since I don't like to drive in rush hour. Offhand, do you know which Extended Stays people liked? I'm curious. I'll read the posts if you tell me which ones they are. I used to stay at the chain about 5-10 years ago, but then gave up on it after several bad experiences. And I still think it is sneaky of Hotwire to do that, and I'll probably give them less business because
  24. Total cost: $70.95. Amenities: free parking, free internet, free breakfast, fitness, pet friendly, pool , self-service laundry Showed TripAdvisor rating of 4.5/5 but no customer rating Won this hotel yesterday. I think it is a new hotel. Am not happy -- and I'm understating my emotions. When I went to book the hotel, a pop-up came up that said the last person who booked got the "LaQunita Inn& Suites". This has happened to me before, and I got the hotel in the pop-up. That is the hotel I wanted since it is nice and very close to the airport. I've stayed there before. E
  25. Hotel was about what I expected -- mediocre. Hotel is probably 20-30 years old, and it shows. The best thing was the bed which was new and comfortable. The worst things were the drab decor (shades of tans and browns with nary a color) and the plumbing. We had trouble with our toilet flushing, and the shower knob was loose. Both were fixed to the extent possible given the age of the plumbing (not completely). Breakfast was acceptable, and the woman attendant was very responsive and friendly. I prefer Hampton Inn, Country Inn & Suites or LaQuinta Inn & Suites at this level.
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