Priceline Hotel: 4* San Francisco (USE) Hilton Financial District

By lwitchel,

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Hey folks -

I got a great deal NYC-OAK when UA loaded in the mistake fares a few weeks ago and made an impulsive and happy decision to go to SF for my birthday (travel dates are 10/20-23). Little did I realize that Oracle World begins October 22 and vacuums up 7000 hotel rooms.

The situation doesn't look impossible, especially this far out, but I wondered if anyone had any suggestions.

So far I've bid 4* USE to $75, 4* USW to $85, and 2.5* Civic Center to $45 (to see if I could get the Ramada as a standby) - all rejected. Several hotels are sold out the entire weekend (the JW Marriott, all the Hyatts, the Hilton SF). Other hotels have availability on 10/20-22 - the Renaissance is $189 for those dates (sold out 10/22), the Meridien is available the whole weekend for between $219 - $312 and the Kimpton Hotels run about $270/night. I'm pretty sure the Hilton Financial district is showing up on Hotwire for $107 on 10/20-22 so I should be able to get it on Priceline if I chose to split the bid. I can probably stay with a friend the last night if it came down to that, but I'd prefer a hotel room.

Should I be splitting the bid this early out or will things only get tighter? What do you think?


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Eons ago, before I knew of Priceline (or maybe before Priceline existed), I did a trip to San Francisco where I stayed in Berkeley. As I recall the trip by BART into downtown is not that bad, and Berkeley has its own intrinsic interest. I have no idea if Berkeley is a viable or relatively inexpensive zone on Priceline or Hotwire. I suppose before you try that, you might like to try the Cathedral Hill or Fisherman's Wharf zones, though.

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A quick browse of the wins on a 4* USE have been in the price range of $70 to $110. I think $75 might be too low, especially if it's going to be a busy time. Do you have a backup reservation (at a price you can stomach)? Then you could have the luxury of bidding closer to the date without worry. Otherwise, I'd consider a less convenient area, a lower star level, or upping my price for a 4* in USE/USW. In any event, I'd certainly check HOTWIRE to see what the availability/prices are in different neighbourhoods. It's usually a good indicator of what might be available on Priceline (or if you find something that you like for the price, go with Hotwire).

Best of luck.

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Given the information on Hotwire, I decided to split the bid. I bid up at $1 intervals from $68 and sure enough, got the Hilton Financial District at $74. I've made a fully cancelable reservation at the King George Hotel for the night of the 22nd - it is $119 - $136 with tax. Now, to see if I can beat that.

Check-In Date: Friday, October 20, 2006

Check-Out Date: Sunday, October 22, 2006

Hotel Name: Hilton San Francisco Financial District

750 Kearny Street

San Francisco, California 94108


Your Offer Price: $74.00

Number of Rooms: 1

Number of Nights: 2

Subtotal: $148.00

Taxes and Service Fees: $29.99

Total Charges: $177.99

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