Priceline Hotel: 3* Las Vegas (Strip) Barbary Coast

By TProphet,

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Priceline wasn't very good to me today. After bidding all the way from $22 to $35 (using two different browsers and credit cards) on 3* and 4* hotels, I finally got the "3*" Barbary Coast for $35. The total is $45.68 including Priceline's fee and tax.

The Barbary Coast sells rooms on their Web site for $39 so I actually ended up paying more than I would have booking directly. It's a pretty crummy property and I'm not sure how it qualifies as a 3* in any respect whatsoever.

Oh well, you win some and you lose some I suppose. I updated the hotel listing thread with this stinker of a property in Las Vegas.

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With the above said, the Barbary Coast is not a bad property... i know it doesn't look like much, and it's not a mega-resort, but it actually gets decent reviews from those that stay there. The big downside to the property is that there is no pool, but that shouldn't be too much of an issue this time of year.

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a colleague stayed here twice and had no problems, this guy is very picky. The Barbary Coast also has a great location as well. Besides the Boardwalk, its one of the few strip casinos that offered $5 blackjack :)

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Don't get me wrong, the property isn't bad, but it just isn't very good for the price or for the 3* rating. And yes, I agree the location is fantastic if you want to be in the middle of the Strip.

- Noise is a huge problem. The insulation is very poor and traffic outside woke me up more than once.

- Security on the doors doesn't meet AAA ratings standards (no chain lock), making it easy for housekeepers to barge in at 8:45AM. And again at 11AM.

- The property is old and this leads to maintenance issues notwithstanding the dated 1979 decor. For example the water was shut off for 15 minutes yesterday.

- High-speed Internet costs $11 per day. This is roughly 1/3 of the room rate. Fortunately Caesar's Palace nearby has an unsecured access point that allows outbound RDP and SSH connections, so I was able to get online through my home machine (if you don't have Windows XP Professional yet, this is a great reason to upgrade!).

The New Frontier doesn't have most of these problems and is rated 2.5* so the 3* rating just doesn't make much sense to me. I learned my lesson, though, and won't use Priceline in Las Vegas again unless I'm bidding on an off-Strip property on a peak day (they have some great deals on Extended Stay properties during the weekends).

Incidentally, Priceline paid $34.88 for the room, plus 9% sales tax ($38.02 total). The "taxes and fees" added up to $10.68, making $7.54 Priceline's take on the deal. I paid $2.09 more through priceline than I would have paid booking directly.

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