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RETIRED: New Zone Boundaries, Star Levels, Name Changes?

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The Hyatt hotel was recently sold to Loews. They no longer have a casino or lounge. Maybe trying for the family business Vegas is starting to turn away from. Not sure if they will continue with priceline, I havent seen the Loews brand hotel on priceline before but anything is possible .

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The Golden Nugget in the Fremont zone has been changed from a 3* to a 4*. So, if you're looking for a 4* on the strip then don't use Fremont.

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Some changes for the Florida PL and HW list.

Henrik.

PL 2.5* Doubletree Club (Lake Buena Vista/WDW) is re-named to Orlando vista

PL 2* Clarion Universal (US/SW Orlando) now shows 2.5* (PL VP search 1/5-4/5)

PL 1* Days Inn Convention Center (US/SW Orlando) now shows 2* (PL VP search 1/5-4/5)

PL Orlando (Kissimmee zone)3* no longer offered in this zone.

PL Orlando. 3* Holiday Inn International Drive Resort (US/SW zone)now shows 2* (PL VP search 5/1-5/3)

(6515 INTERNATIONAL DR)

HW 4* Rosen Plaza Hotel (SW/CC) now shows 3.5* (HW VP search for 26-27/4)

VP now shows Golf icon.

HW 3.5* Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Orlando Universal Studios now shows 2.5* (HW VP search for 6-9/5)

(5905 KIRKMAN RD)

3* "Holiday Inn Universal" on the HW list is the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Orlando Universal Studios

HW 3.5* DoubleTree Club Orlando/Lake Buena Vista is re-named to Orlando vista

The now graded 3* Orlando Vista is allready at the list but the DoubleTree Club appears "still active" on the list. It's the same hotel.

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THANKS!!

Think i got all of the above... please have a look at let me know if i missed anything on the Orlando lists.

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The Priceline Hawaii Hotel List has been updated to reflect the new Oahu/Waikiki zone boundaries and names. Anyone familiar with the area please take a look and let us know of any hotels that you think are misclassified.

Thanks.

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Two things I found that not got changed in my previous post.

1. PL 2.5* Doubletree Club (DWV) is re-named to Orlando vista

2. HW 3* "Holiday Inn Universal" on the board list is the same hotel as the 2.5* Orlando Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Universal on the list.

Henrik.

New changes for Florida.

Orlando.

PL *Resort* Renaissance Resort (SW/US) now show 4* (PL VP 5/14-5/17)

I think this downgrade is temporary due to the ongoing construction. So the Peabody is not "alone" anymore in the 4*

PL 4* Grand Bohemian (Downtown) is now rated 3*, so the 4* zone in Orlando/Downtown zone is gone.

PL 3* International Plaza Resort and Spa (US/SW) now shows 2.5*

PL 3* Grosvenor now shows 2* (DWV) (PL VP 5/14-5/17)

PL 3* Holiday Inn Express (MCO) now shows 2.5* (PL VP 5/14-5/17)

PL 2.5* La Quinta (Winter Park) now shows 2* PL VP 5/14-5/17)

PL 2.5* Radisson Barcelo/Barcelo Orlando (SW/US) is now called Orlando Metropolitan Resort

HW 3* Radisson Barcelo (SW/CC) is now called Orlando Metropolitan Resort and shows 2.5* (HW VP 4/26-4/28)

Miami.

PL 3* Holiday Inn (University) (Coral Gables) now shows 2* (PL VP 5/15-5/17)

PL 3* Shelborne Beach Resort (South Beach) now shows 2.5* (PL VP 4/26-4/30)

PL 3*(?? possibly 2.5*) Circa 39 Hotel (Beach) now shows 2.5* (PL VP 5/15-5/17)

PL 2.5* Wave Hotel (South Beach) now shows 2* (PL VP 5/15-5/17)

PL 2.5* Holiday Inn North Golden Glades (North) now shows 2* (PL VP 5/15-5/17)

PL ?* Extended StayAmerica (Coral Gables) shows 2*

HW 3* Holiday Inn Miami Airport (believed to now be 3*, previously 2.5*)shows 3* (VP 4/24-26)

HW 3.5* Beach House Bal Harbour (Beach zone)now shows 2.5* (VP 5/10-12)

HW 4* Doubletree Hotel (Coral Gables - Coconut Grove)now shows 3* (VP 4/26-30)

VP shows: Boutique Hotel, Fitness Center, Pool, Restaurant, Business Center, High-speed Internet Access, Tennis

HW 3.5* Catalina Hotel and Beach Club (South B)now shows 3* (VP ??)

Tampa.

PL 3* Tampa Park Plaza (Airport (TPA) and Westshore)is closed.

PL 2* Homestead suite (Airport (TPA) and Westshore)now shows 1*

PL 3* Radisson (St. Petersburg - Clearwater (Clearwater)) now shows 2* (VP 4/24-26)

HW 2.5* Clarion Hotel and Conference Center (Bush Garden)

VP shows: Airport Shuttle, Fitness Center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business Center, Laundry Facilities,

High-speed Internet Access

Misc Florida.

PL 3* Hilton Palm Beach Oceanfront Resort (Palm Beach). Is not Hilton anylonger. Have not found any info on new name.

PL 2* Homestead Studio Suites (Boca Raton - Deerfield Beach) now shows 1* (VP 4/10-12)

PL 3* Holiday Inn (Cocoa Beach - Merritt Island)now shows 2* (VP 4/10-12)

HW Fort Lauderdale, got a new sub zone called "Lauderdale-By-The Sea" It's 3-4 miles north of the Fort Lauderdale beach area on A1A. Mostley mom and pops and lower rating places in that zone. It's a nice and quiet area.

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FYI - Burbank Hilton Name/Chain Change To Marriott

"As reported in the December 15, 2006, Burbank Leader, the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center has changed ownership and has become affiliated with the Marriott hotel chain. The new name of the hotel is the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center."

Google searches will bring up this hotel under both chain names. Note that there is also a Courtyard By Marriott about 2 miles away. Marriott searches will sometimes bring up one and not the other.

Check the address: 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505-1019

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Looking to see how far I can make 4.95 days of vacation go...

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Searching HOTWIRE, 5/19-5/20 in AUSTIN, all zones...

Getting:

3.5* South Austin - Airport Area -- $94

Amenities: Shuttle, fitness, Pool, Restaurant, Business, Hi-Speed Internet

BEST VALUE

Looks strikingly similar to the Hilton as listed on this site, except it's shown here as 3*

Any thoughts? Will let you know if I decide to go for it, but will probably play the Priceline game first...

Also:

3* South Austin - Airport Area -- $91

Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast, Pool, Fitness, Kitchenette, Tennis, Business, Laundry

Appears to be the Hawthorn Suites...

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The former Seattle Summerfield Suites name change to Pike Place Suites has already been reported. However, it wasn't known if the property still participates with Hotwire. Looking at the Hotwire vacation packages, I see the following for Pike Places Suites:

3*

Complimentary Breakfast, Fitness Center, Pool(s), Laundry Facilities, High-speed Internet Access

I think this is pretty similar to before.

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In the PL Harrisburg - York (Harrisburg) zone, the "3* Harrisburg Hershey Wyndham" is now a Sheraton. I posted a winning bid for this hotel on 4/28/07. Thank you for a great site!

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New changes for Florida list.

Fort Lauderdale (Beach)

HW 3* Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel now shows 3.5* (VP 6/12-14) Showed condo before upgrade

VP shows: Suite, Near Beach, Fitness Center, Pool, Restaurant, Business Center, High-speed Internet Access, Kitchenette.

HW 3* Holiday Inn Ft. Lauderdale Sea N Beach now shows 2.5* and should be moved to the newer "Lauderdale-By-The Sea zone" and is now called Holiday Inn Lauderdale by The Sea. (VP 6/12-14)

HW 3.5* Hyatt Pier 66 now shows 4* (VP 6/12-14)

VP shows: Fitness Center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business Center, High-speed Internet Access, Tennis Nearby, Spa Services.

Fort lauderdale (Airport)

HW 2* La Quinta Inn now shows 2.5* (VP 6/12-14)

Miami (Coral Gables - Coconut Grove)

HW 4* Doubletree Hotel now shows 3.5* (VP 7/23-25)

Orlando (DWV)

HW 2* Grosvenor now shows 2.5* (VP 11/25-27) Resort icon is gone.

VP shows: Fitness Center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business Center, Laundry Facilities, Tennis Nearby, Children's Activity

Orlando (Airport)

HW 3.5* Crowne Plaza now shows 3* (VP 11/25-27)

Orlando (Altamonte Springs)

PL 3* Holiday Inn now shows 2.5*

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the 3* Somerset-Brunswick (Somerset-Piscataway-South Plainfield) Marriott is now the 3*Somerset Plaza At Garden State Expo Center. I wonder what will happen to the concierge level with the smoked salmon and bagels for breakfast?

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Priceline used to have a category for Paris that was above the standard 4*, but not called 5* (I can't remember the exact name). However, it appears that Priceline now offers bidding at 2*, 3*, and 4* levels only, and no longer includes that extra level above. So hotels like Hotel Scribe and the Intercontinental Grand that used to be in this category would presumably be encompassed in the "regular" 4* bidding now.

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Thanks for making everyone aware.

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Priceline used to have a category for Paris that was above the standard 4*, but not called 5* (I can't remember the exact name). However, it appears that Priceline now offers bidding at 2*, 3*, and 4* levels only, and no longer includes that extra level above. So hotels like Hotel Scribe and the Intercontinental Grand that used to be in this category would presumably be encompassed in the "regular" 4* bidding now.

Priceline used to call the category simply 'Four* plus' That is interesting that they eliminated it and do not have a 5* category since Paris certainly has many high quality hotels.

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Please note this change:

The former Tremont Wyndam is now a Marriot Courtyard might come up as a 2.5* or 3* on HW or PL. Has anyone seen this yet?

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Per the Hotwire Vacation package for Aug 7-9, the amenities of the 3.5 Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco are now:

Fitness

Restaurant

Business

Hi-Speed Internet

Spa

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