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About soccermacmom

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  1. I used the BiddingHelper.com to scope out options, and then did a Name Your Own Price on PRICELINE. Started at $140, added two rebid zones and won this hotel at $150. I don't think this is on the Hotel List for Portland. There was a $160 PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal which is probably also this property. Nearly all 4* downtown properties were $220-350 for these dates, so while this location isn't great, it seems to be a good price.
  2. thank you, Thereuare, you are always so helpful and professional. Yes, we did check in too late to make other arrangements, and planned to leave early the next morning, so we tried to make the best of it. I have emailed Priceline, and really would just like them to pay attention to their partners and star levels. As my husband said, it's knowledge for the next round. ;-)
  3. I am not a complainer, but felt I needed to follow-up for the benefit of future Priceline users. This Extended Stay American location is not a 2-1/2* quality; our room was not even a 2*. As I showed above, the amenities promised including "non-smoking rooms and facilities." We were given a smoking room, and when we asked for a non-smoking were told that since we booked through Priceline, we had to take what they gave us and they could not move us. It smelled pretty bad. In addition, the TV did not work, the outlets in the bathroom did not work, there were NO cups provided even in the bathroom, and at 2:00 am, the refrigerator in the kitchenette defrosted and leaked water over most of the floor. We were up mopping it up with the two tiny towels provided. We did tell the desk clerk the next morning, and she was very nice but did not seem surprised by our list of problems. She reiterated that as Priceline customers, we had to take whatever they gave us. This was such an opposite experience to last week's Priceline Express experience, I had forgotten that sometimes it just doesn't work well. San Diego is a tough city to get a "deal" in, unfortunately we are there frequently to visit our kids. Thanks again for the BetterBidding service, and here's to better luck next trip!
  4. Just booked this for a one-nighter, through BetterBidding's PRICELINE link. As we just need a bed to sleep in, this will do. Amenities: Pets Allowed / Free Parking / Free Internet / Free Breakfast / No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Although listed in Priceline's Kearny-Mesa area as a 2-1/2*, on BetterBidding's hotel list, it is listed under Mission Valley East - Central San Diego as a 2*. thanks as always for the resources!
  5. I thought I'd follow up - I had a delightful stay at the Marriott Salt Lake City University Park. It's only about 4 miles from downtown. On arrival, the desk clerk couldn't have been nicer, describing the rooms available and letting me choose. She also comped me internet for the stay, which is usually a ridiculous $9.95 per day. There is a full Starbucks in the hotel which was very convenient for grabbing coffee and a breakfast sandwich in the morning. So Marriott - you did a good job on this one! thanks again, BetterBidding.
  6. Good morning - just want to report a hotel for the Priceline Express hotel list for Salt Lake City, Utah. The Marriott University Park looks to be a nice property and fairly convenient for my purposes. I began my search and bids from BetterBidding's PRICELINE link. Amenities listed: Free Internet, Free Parking, Indoor Pool, Business Center, Fitness Center, Restaurant. Priceline's transparent price is $146; a pretty good discount. I'm not a big Marriott fan, but reviews are good and I'm happy with the purchase. Thanks again for your service here; I rely on BetterBidding quite often!
  7. As a followup, The Hilton Mission Valley now charges $19 for self-parking in a very tight parking garage. Our room was lovely, and the bathroom had recently been completely redone and was beautiful. A new thoughtful touch is a reading light built into the headboard on the side where there is no nightstand or lamp. Bed and pillows were very comfortable.
  8. Needed a room quickly, so used your Priceline and Hotwire Calendar of Wins and saw a win for $75 at the Hilton Mission Valley. Got the same price on the first bid. We've stayed here before and it's a nice property; parking fees are high but it's only one night. Of course I booked through the PRICELINE button on the forum.
  9. Of course; I'm not as tuned into the HOTWIRE process as I thought! The amenities are: Free Parking Free Breakfast Pool(s) High-Speed Internet Access Accessible for the blind Accessible for the deaf Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Handicapped parking Roll-in shower I did check the forum hotel list and was pretty sure this was the hotel as it's a small area.
  10. Good morning, Wanted to report this morning's purchase through the forum HOTWIRE link -- Holiday Inn Express Encinitas - Cardiff Beach Area, for $66 plus fees. Looking forward to checking out this area, and this is a good price.
  11. I used the board's Priceline and HOTWIRE links to look at our options, and booked a room on Hotwire at the Best Western Mission Bay. Rate was $57, quite a good price. This is the first hotel I've booked with either service that shows a 100% customer recommendation rate. I'm sure it will be fine for our quick trip. Amenities: Free Parking Free Breakfast Free Internet Pool(s) Accessible for the blind Accessible for the deaf Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Handicapped parking Roll-in shower
  12. The amenities were as follows: Fitness Center Business Center High-Speed Internet Access Accessible for the blind Accessible for the deaf Free Parking Free Breakfast Free Internet Accessible path of travel Accessible bathroom Handicapped parking Roll-in shower We did not receive an accessible room, which was fine. We had a great stay.
  13. Just booked the Ventura Country Inn for 5/28/12-5/29/12 for $67, starting from the forum HOTWIRE link. Hotwire showed the usual amenities for the Country Inn (omitting the pool) and also had accessible to deaf, blind, roll-in shower etc., so I'm assuming they have a surplus of accessible rooms. We're okay with that, as the hotel is in the location we like.
  14. Accessed PRICELINE through the new BiddingHelper.com link (very cool), and bid $60 for Ventura, 2-1/2*. Didn't get the bid, but got the "bid just $18 more and we can do it" page. Normally I would never do this, but the stress level is high enough that I really wanted a room booked tonight. So, we got the Best Western Plus in Ventura for $78. Still less than retail and not a bad win. There's really no rebid zone for 2-1/2* in Ventura/Oxnard, so my usual strategy is to start bidding early enough to allow multiple rebids 24 hours apart. This time, I just didn't want the hassle.
  15. Good morning, Just booked the Ventura Country Inn and Suites on Hotwire for 10/3 - 10/5, 2011. Of course I used the forum HOTWIRE link. We like this hotel and booked it often last year through Priceline for $51 or so. When I saw it on HOTWIRE for $59 with the amenities that had been reported earlier, I decided to forgo the PRICELINE adrenaline rush and just get it quickly through HOTWIRE. Country Inn and Suites By Carlson Ventura 298 Chestnut Street, Ventura, CA, 93001 (805) 653-1434 Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast Fitness Center Business Center High-Speed Internet Access (there is a pool, interesting that they don't mention it) Thanks, BetterBidding, for the information and assistance.
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