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  2. Welcome to BetterBidding! Under $100 is going to be very limiting, but if you can stretch just a few dollars over a few more options open up. How about: 4* HOTWIRE Gramercy Park - Nomad - Flatiron for $90.00 Free Internet Pet Friendly Boutique Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant ==> best guess for this one would be the Freehand New York 4* HOTWIRE World Trade Center - Wall Street for $104.00 Free Internet Boutique Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business ==> Club Quarters Wall Street 4* HOTWIRE Midtown East for $106.00 Free Internet Pet Friendly Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet ==> Even Hotel New York Midtown East 4.5* Rockefeller Center - Bryant Park (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $109/nite with: Pets Allowed Restaurant Free Internet available Free Internet Fitness Center ==> Omni Berkshire is my best guess for this one Any of the above work for your needs? Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  3. Hello, I am looking to book a hotel room in the city (somewhere I n the middle), preferably 4-4.5 stars for under $100. Not sure which is the better site to obtain this??? Help! /:
  4. I'm seeing on PRICELINE EXPRESS (please confirm the correct dates of travel are showing on the detail page) 4.5* Dupont Circle - Woodley Park (<<<----CLICK HERE to go direct to the listing) for $80 Pets Allowed Restaurant Free Internet available Free Internet Fitness Center >>>Best guess would be the Line. The majority of the time, PRICELINE does note resort fee if there is one. You can try to argue your case, but Priceline does note that resort fees are a possibility (https://www.priceline.com/hotels/viewTaxesAndFeesPopUp.do) so they may say no Also seeing on HOTWIRE: 4.5* HOTWIRE Dupont - Embassy Row for $97.00 Free Internet Pet Friendly Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant ==> Best guess would be the Darcy 4.5* HOTWIRE Dupont North for $78.00 Free Internet Pet Friendly Fitness Restaurant Business ==> Best guess would be the Line 4.5* HOTWIRE Dupont North for $105.98 Pet Friendly Boutique Smoke Free Fitness Pool Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Golf ==> Best guess would be the Palomar Let us know what you decide or if we can be of any further assistance. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
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  6. I'm heading out in just a bit so i'll try to add more a bit later, but to get you started: July 4th - it's not going to be anything like your home town where you can bring a blanket and sit in the park... it's more likely going to be wall-to-wall people, some of who get there in the early afternoon in order to get a good spot. Depending upon your hotel room location you may have an excellent view of the large firework display that happens in Jersey City (at Liberty State Park). I'm not suggesting you head to Jersey City, but much of the Conrad faces the Hudson River and you may have a great view from inside the hotel (especially if on a higher floor). I would ask at check-in if you could have a room that might have a view of the fireworks... if you can get a good fireworks view from your room you may want to do that, if no view from your room then go with a backup plan, but realize it's going to be very crowded. Walking Tours - my favorite recommendation is to take the A or C train to High Street (first stop outside of Manhattan, in Brooklyn). Walk down the hill, bypass Grimaldi's Pizza and instead go to Julianna's (both will have a long line, you can google the history between the two, but given the long lines i like to get there just as they open so that we walk right in and don't have a long wait). Afterwards, you can continue down the hill to the water and get the kids (and yourself )dessert at the Ice Cream Factory. From there finish your cones/sundaes on the water, or walk while licking your cones, back towards the Brooklyn Bridge and walk the bridge back to Manhattan, taking in the Skyline view (and the Statue of Liberty) as you walk the bridge like a local New Yorker... just remember to stay on the correct side of the path to not get in the way of the bicyclists who often come speeding past. Economy Candy - 108 Rivington St lots of old time candy, bulk candies, novelties, etc... good prices (definitely try the dark chocolate covered graham crackers) Roosevelt Island Tram - nice way to see the city skyline all for the cost of a roundtrip subway ride Coney Island - it takes awhile to get there (figure an hour on the subway) and it might be fun if that's your thing and/or your kids like amusement park rides... to me i'm more fascinated that there is a 'real' beach just outside of Manhattan than i am enamored by the rides. I don't think many tourists necessarily make out this way as there are too many other things to do closer to (or inside of) Manhattan vs. the time it takes to get to Coney Island (but again, if beaches and/or an amusement rides are your thing, it something to consider doing) Statue of Liberty - if you want to see Lady Liberty and don't want to make a whole day out of visiting the island, the Staten Island Ferry (free) travels right past it making for a good photo opportunity. On the ride from Staten Island back to Manhattan i like to see at the front of the boat as we approach lower Manhattan. Great time to do this is to plan your trip so that you're returning back to Manhattan at dusk just as the lights of the skyline begin to illuminate, yet still bright enough outside to see things. Sailboat ride - once a summer we like to take THIS COMPANY'S saiboat ride from Chelsea Pier to the Statue and Liberty and back. Not as much a fan of their 'yacht' and 'architecture' tours, but we LOVE their sailboat rides (Adirondack or Schooner)... pull away from the dock and my stress is just left behind. However, know what this is... it is not a touristy sailboat ride pointing out the NYC sights, it's a relaxing trip with little narrative; just a great way to see the city from the water (ie- as an example, on one our trips a few years ago, we are approaching the statue of liberty and captain gets on the microphone, "if you look to your right you will see the Statue of Liberty... this concludes the sightseeing section of this trip"). ... and previously mentioned in a post above: Adrienne's Pizza Bar Questions / Comments??
  7. I believe the Express Deal below is The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan; however, there is no resort fee listed in the total. If I get The Line Hotel, will Priceline reimburse the resort fee that they charge? 4.5-Star Hotel Dupont Circle - Woodley Park Area 8/5 - 8/6 8+ Guest Rating Double Bed - Standard Room - 2 Beds Requested. $80 per night Room Subtotal: $80.00 Taxes and Fees: $26.97 Total Charges: $106.97 $80 per night Includes: Bed Choice Available Free Internet Available Free Internet Access Hotel Amenities Free Internet Available Pets Allowed Fitness Center Handicapped Rooms/Facilities Restaurant Free Internet Access
  8. Some thoughts: 4.5* Times Square - Theatre District (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $206/nite with ($207 for 2 Double Beds + Sofabed): Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Fitness Center Free Internet in public areas ==> New York Marriott Marquis... large, iconic, hotel right in the center of Times Square (not my favorite location but i understand how tourists would might want to stay here). This hotel is rarely seen so i would act sooner rather than later if this one is of interest (would also be an easy hotel to only have two guests go up to the check-in desk while the other two 'wonder' around) 4.5* Empire State Building Area (<-- CLICK HERE and confirm your dates on the landing page) for $256/nite with ($276/nite for 2 Doubles): Pets Allowed Restaurant Free Internet available Free Internet ==> Archer Hotel New York... admittedly i don't know much about the hotel itself, but it gets GREAT reviews and one of the top rated hotels in NYC; location is good with two different subway stations about 5 blocks away 4* HOTWIRE Madison Square Garden for $231.38 (search for 4adults) Free Internet Pet Friendly Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet ==> Crowne Plaza NY36 Midtown Manhattan; already mentioned above that gets excellent reviews and great location. Rooms are not that big, but typical for NYC. 4.5* HOTWIRE Rockefeller Center for $248.00 Pet Friendly Boutique Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Golf Deaf Accessible ==> Omni Berkshire... solid hotel, i like location of others above a bit better, and this would be a fine choice if the you didn't have so many other awesome hotels to choose from 4.5* HOTWIRE Rockefeller Center for $260.00 Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Blind Accessible Deaf Accessible Travel Accessible Room Accessible ==> Warwick New York... a bit 'historic' for my own tastes (i prefer newer and more modern hotels) but if this fits your style then it does have a great location and the hotel gets good reviews Thoughts on the offers above? I don't think you can really go wrong with any of these, if within budget my own choice would probably be the Archer simply because it is currently the #15 ranked hotel in NYC... but if didn't want to spend that much i would go with the less expensive Crowne Plaza HY36. Again, these are based upon my personal preferences and the types of hotels that i prefer, so if you feel that there is one above that would better meet your own style (and impress your in-laws) i think they are all excellent choices. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. (or somebody else is making the purchase please ask them to stop by the board and use the links here to begin the purchase) Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help (or any other questions regarding NYC).
  9. Hi there! I'm getting closer to feeling ready for this trip, and wondered if you had any rec's for a walking tour app. I know Detours is now defunct, which is a shame as it seemed to be a fave with many people. I'm traveling with my kids, ages 14 and 12. (we all have phones, for better or worse...) Thanks for your thoughts!! I'm also wondering about 4th of July. Any tips for making the most of this? This is what I've been told: "the fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge, with good views around Battery Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights, & Brooklyn Promenade". I've ruled out any of the $300+ ticketed options, so I assume this just means bringing a blanket and maybe a small cooler and finding a spot to sit in a park? I was also told spending the day at Coney Island might be fun. Any suggestions or thoughts much appreciated! -- Karen
  10. Thank you for prompt response. Priceline express with bed choice is an option available for us.
  11. For both HOTWIRE and PRICELINE EXPRESS, the room rate does not include taxes/fees, but if you click through on the hotel offer to the checkout page you will see the total after taxes/fees. Also note that when there is a resort fee this may also be shown by Priceline/Hotwire as an additional line item, but you won't be charged this now, it will be charged directly at the hotel at check-out. It will look something like this: Price per Night Rooms Nights Room Subtotal (which here would be: cost of room per night X # of rooms X # of nights) Taxes/Fees Total Charges Today (sum of Room Subtotal + Taxes/Fees) Additional Mandatory Fee Total Cost (sum of Total Charges Today and Additional Mandatory Fee) NOTE: you will be charge by PRICELINE / HOTWIRE the 'Total Charges Today' amount... the 'Total Cost' amount is shown for your own budgeting purposes so you know your 'all-in' number including any mandatory resort fees Hope the above answers your question but if not just clarify any part you're still not sure about and we will explain further. Also, if you let us know if PRICELINE EXPRESS (with Bed Choice) is an option or not i will suggest which may be your best options. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  12. Thank you Thereuare and AaronJB . We are open to 4* options and will take a look at the options above. another criteria that I forgot to mention was that we will be coming from Asia and this will be our first leg so will have bulky luggages with us so place to open suitcase will be ideal. I will take a look at the above options and report back after we book.
  13. Congratulations on your success! Hope you're happy with the results and this property will work well for your plans this trip. Thank you for sharing your win with the board and helping us update this listing in the San Diego Hotwire Hotel List. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Enjoy your stay.
  14. 4-star Hotel in San Diego 6/27-6/29 (Mission Valley - Hotel Circle - Balboa Park area) for $126 Complimentary Free internet Amenities Business center Fitness center Golf nearby Pet friendly Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Smoke-free rooms It is the ......Sheraton San Diego Hotel, Mission Valley
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  16. I'm seeing on PRICELINE EXPRESS (please confirm the correct dates of travel are showing on the detail page after clicking the links below.) 4.5* Empire State Building Area (<<<----CLICK HERE to go direct to the listing) for $256 Pets Allowed Restaurant Free Internet available Free Internet >>>Best guess would be the Archer. There is a room w/2 doubles option for $276. When searching on HOTWIRE for 4 adults, I'm seeing: 4.5* HOTWIRE Times Square for $222.00 Pet Friendly Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Golf Blind Accessible Room Accessible Bathroom Accessible Roll-in Shower ==> Best guess would be the Westin TS 4.5* HOTWIRE Rockefeller Center for $260.00 Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Blind Accessible Deaf Accessible Travel Accessible Room Accessible ==> Best guess would be the Warwick 4* HOTWIRE Madison Square Garden for $231.38 Free Internet Pet Friendly Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet ==> Best guess would be the Crowne Plaza HY36 4.5* HOTWIRE Rockefeller Center for $248.00 Pet Friendly Boutique Smoke Free Fitness Restaurant Business Hi-Speed Internet Golf Deaf Accessible ==> Best guess would be the Omni Berkshire Please let us know what you decide and if you have any questions before booking. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  17. Welcome to BetterBidding! Happy to help and i'm local to the NYC area, so you're in good hands. Regarding occupancy... As you point out, with HOTWIRE you can search for up to quad occupancy and hotwire guarantees that the room will accommodate the number of guests you included in your search. All Priceline reservations are for double occupancy, after that it's at the discretion of the hotel (although in NYC, where rooms are often smaller than most other parts of the country and hotels have a high percentage of rooms with only one bed it's considered fairly risky to book for double occupancy and who up with four guests). The one caveat to this would be PRICELINE EXPRESS if you can find a hotel that offers a BED CHOICE option and one of those options is designed to accommodate the number of guests in your group. Note that technically your reservation is still only for double occupancy, although i don't know of anyone who has yet had an issue showing up with 3/4 guests when they booked a specific room type and that room is designed to accommodate the number of guests in the party. Personally i would be fine booking for double occupancy and showing up with 3/4 if the specific room type i booked was designed to accommodate that number of guests, but you have to do what is within your own (and your in-law's) comfort level. If a concern, you could further minimize any potential issues (although as per above i think think the chances of a problem are minimal) by having two guests go to check-in while the other two grab coffee at a nearby Starbucks, bodega, etc. While i don't think your budget is going to be an issue (i'm already seeing things like the Westin Times Square, Omin Berkshire, Warwick New York) i would ask if you really need a 4.5* property... or would you consider a 4 star that had good reviews? As an example, i'm often an advocate of the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan.... fairly new hotel, gets great reviews, and extremely centrally located; for your dates not much savings vs. some 4.5*, but at least knowing your thoughts about something similar to this, although only 4 star rated, would give us a sense of what to recommend. Let us know if a well reviewed 4 star hotel is also on the table as a possibility, as well as your thoughts if booking PRICELINE EXPRESS (w/ Bed Choice) is an option, and we'll take it from there to suggest your best options. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  18. Thank you, that's super helpful! It seems that most disney travel bloggers think that rates will drop in the 2-4 weeks leading up to a specific date if the hotel is not at capacity. You're perspective makes a lot of sense. I think I was kind of holding out to see what might be the best deal I could get, but I feel like reading your info helps me make a better choice, or have a more balanced view of the way things work.
  19. Hi there, We are planning a trip with my in laws to NYC from Sept 5-9. To save cost we are planning to share room with two beds. Using HOTWIRE I can specify 4 adults but cannot do so in PRICELINE. IS there a chance if i book priceline i cannot select bed type? It will be our in laws first time in NYC so would like to be centrally located and easy transport access. Areas considering Midtown, Rockefeller but open to other suggestions. Budget is around 250-300 for 4.5-5 star. Any suggestions for the city is always welcome. Thank you
  20. Welcome to BetterBidding! I'll answer each question individually (if not really interested in the inner workings of hotel revenue then feel free to jump to point #2 which is more specific to your upcoming needs): ONE: When do hotels release inventory to Priceline and Hotwire? There is no set time when a hotel will release inventory to PRICELINE / HOTWIRE, as there are a LOT of things that are considered behind the scenes than 'x weeks/months until arrival date'... ultimately it all comes down to supply vs. demand. Hotels have tons of historical data that they can use in order to estimate occupancy levels well into the future. So if a hotel knows that they will have very low occupancy for a date 10+ months from now... they could release deeply discounted inventory to PRICELINE/HOTWIRE in hopes of getting those numbers higher... likewise if they have dates very far into the future where they know they will likely have high demand, then rates for these dates will be higher than usual (even long before the check-in date) and it's possible that no inventory is going to be released to the 'opaque' providers (and what inventory is released may not be discounted very much) To take this a step further.... for any given date let's assume that a hotel expects to have a 75% occupancy rate. Three months before this date the hotel expects to have 60% of their rooms booked (with the expectation that they will get the remaining 15% over the course of the next 3 months). So now it's 3 months before the dates and the hotel is only 50% booked (so they are 10% behind their expectations)... in this scenario they would release inventory to the discount hotel suppliers in order to get closer to their 60% occupancy level; once this 60% occupancy level is achieved, they may pull all remaining inventory and see how bookings come in over the next few weeks. The opposite is also true... if a hotel currently expects to be at 60% occupancy for dates into the future but is currently at 70% occupancy, then they may not release any inventory at a deeply discounted rate. Lastly, it's a common belief (although wrong, imo) that it's best to wait until the last minute because they hotels are 'desperate' and will offer their rooms at the lowest prices just to fill them. This is typically not the case for a variety of reasons: -while guests think in terms of their own benefit and that hotels are desperate to get any revenue for a room, hotels have their own view point that the guest is desperate since they are arriving in just a few days and don't yet have a place to stay -if only a few rooms left, hotels would rather keep those rooms empty and available for any last minute 'walk-in' customers who they can charge the most to. Although with the internet there are probably less walk-in bookings than 10-20+ years ago, it still happens, and these guests are more likely to pay whatever the hotel is asking rather than pack the family back into the car (with disappointed family members) and move onto the next hotel down the road to see if a better price is offered there -hotels need to plan staffing requirements based upon occupancy levels. The front desk, housekeeping, bellman, restaurants, etc, etc, all have different staffing levels based upon occupancy, so if a hotel is currently 70% booked they couldn't jump to 95% occupancy at the last minute (even if they wanted to) as the hotel would then be understaffed for the occupancy levels and it could result in a poor guest experience (which then leads to poor reviews and the hotel then has a whole host of other issues on its hands) TWO: Back to your upcoming stay above... So to confirm, you're about $15 away from the Animal Kingdom being the 'right' price which you would act upon? Would this be a desirable/acceptable property for this trip? Would the Swan or Dolphin be acceptable for this trip, as i'm seeing The Walt Disney World Dolphin for $175/nite and The Swan for $187/nite should either of these be of interest. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know the information above (re: Animal Kingdom at under $250/nite and/or if the Swan or Dolphin are acceptable) and we'll take it from there.
  21. I'm hoping to find a deluxe Disney property hotel for 7/20-24 for 2 adults with rates of $250 or less/night. Since there seems to be a slump in Disney travel prior the big August release, I was hoping to start seeing availability pop up. So far, the only thing I'm seeing on Hotwire or Priceline is Animal Kingdom for $260/night. I've been using the tools on biddinghelper.com- Priceline express and Hotwire easy view. Any thoughts on when additional options might show up on Priceline or Hotwire? Is there any method to when new hotels are added to the listings? Thanks for your help!
  22. Note that things like 'Free Breakfast' and 'Room Service' are usually not amenities that are offered at the same hotels... free breakfast is offered more at 'mid-range' hotels (2.5*-3.5*) where has room service is typically offered at 4* and higher rated properties (yes, you may find some 3*/3.5* hotels that offer room service, but more often than not they won't offer free breakfast if they are trying to present themselves as a 'full service' hotel). What about Hyatt Place Colorado Springs/Garden Of The Gods for $158/nite or Colorado Springs Marriott for $215/nite (which would come down to about $205/nite after our Priceline Coupon)... or you could book one that you mentioned above, Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn on sale for $156/nite, well within your stated budget and one that you mention you would be happy with. (you do have somewhat specific needs, so you may even want to consider booking this one at $178/nite that is refundable up until the day before your stay, this way if nothing comes along between now and then, you at least have something that works for your needs and budget... should something 'better' appear on PRICELINE / HOTWIRE then you simply book that and cancel the refundable reservations) Any of these work for your needs? Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.
  23. Congratulations on your success! Glad to see you received the hotel you were hoping for and that you're happy with the results. Thank you for sharing your win with the board. Please click the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases. Enjoy your stay.
  24. Parameters: about $180/night max, but some flexibility in that umber for a really nice hotel. Really would like a place where we can get a full breakfast within the hotel (buffet is ideal, free would be nice). Would like free parking. free internet, no smoking room, 2 beds, room service availability would be nice. The Antlers (Wyndam) has some horrifying reviews on Yelp.. I was looking at: DRURY INN & SUITES COLORADO SPRINGS, Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn Thanks!
  25. successfully booked 4* HOTWIRE Gatlinburg Southwest for $200.00, Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Thanks
  26. Focusing on 7/13-17 only (not seeing this when looking at 7/13-18, unfortunately), I'm seeing on PRICELINE EXPRESS: 3.5* Colorado Springs South (<<<---CLICK HERE to go direct to the listing; please confirm that the correct dates 7/13-17 are showing on the detail page) for $147 Pets Allowed Restaurant Indoor Swimming Pool Free Internet available Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool Fitness Center >>>Best guess would the Antlers, a Wyndham Hotel. While splitting the stay isn't optimal, thought I'd offer this suggestion as this is a centrally located hotel showing for this portion of your stay only. Please let us know if you have any questions; definitely let us know more about what you are looking for and we would be happy to offer suggestions tailored to what you are seeking. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
  27. Thank you for closing this thread with your decision. Please remember to follow-up your threads with your wins/decisions as you make them (even if you don't ultimately use PRICELINE / HOTWIRE, cancel the trip, book direct, etc) as this help keep the board better organized and more useful for everyone... as well as being a courtesy to anyone who took the time to help with your travel plans. Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases. Hope you had a good trip.
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