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  1. For someone taking BART from the Airport the Marriott is one of the most convenient hotels you could have won. It's just a block from the Powell Street BART station. Good that you won't have a car as the Marriott's parking charge is now $50/night! :) Good luck with the two beds.
  2. You can't presume ANYTHING from the dollar number that turns off Priceline's "small chance of acceptance" message. I've had several bids accepted after Priceline warned that my bid had "almost no chance of acceptance". OTOH, I've been rejected to $70 after the "small chance" message disappeared at $45. I base my bids on hotel rates for my travel dates and what other bidders are paying for dates with similar rates. I ignore any messages from Priceline aimed at trying to get me to bid higher.
  3. I wouldn't risk a Hotwire 1* on Nob Hill. I think you're taking the right approach----reading reviews and booking a room with two beds conventionally. I'm not familiar with the Grant Plaza or Halcyon, so can't comment.
  4. Since you have such a clear preference for two beds I don't think you should use Priceline for this. Too much chance of getting a room with one bed, especially Downtown, which is where most tourists prefer to stay. Look at Hotwire. Even if your party is is only two, enter your party as "3 adults". Hotwire will only show you options with two beds then. Do you see anything interesting on Hotwire for your dates?
  5. For these dates Hotwire's vacation packages don't include any 2*'s in the Greater Downtown zone. My best guess is this will be the Days Inn City Center at 1414 SW 6th Ave, which has a pool and restaurant. No guarantee, of course.
  6. I'm consistently able to win a 2.5* in South Natomas for $46 on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights, but never for Mon-Thurs. I've bid up to $55 for weekdays in South Natomas without success. Rejected bids for this Friday/Saturday stay: $60/2.5* University $42/2.5* Rancho Cordova $45/2.5* South Natomas I bid through the SavingsBarn.
  7. Title says Hilton Financial and post says Westin St Francis. Which one did you win?
  8. Some nights, not all, you can win a 4* in USW for slightly less than the Beresford's $87. Would you rather bid up to the Beresford's price for a 4* or pay less for a 3* or Boutique? If you're okay with a Boutique in USW then you should be okay with a 3* as well. The Rex is the 3* that's been reported on Priceline and the Rex is more or less a Boutique. Read the Rex reviews and if it seems acceptable to you then I suggest bidding 3*. If a Boutique has a lower rate than the 3* your bid will be upgraded. Some new 3* hotel other than the Rex could come up, of course, but I don't really see much potential for a disaster, especially as this is just for one night.
  9. If your goal is to be near Union Square then you should just bid USW or use Hotwire. Any hotel in USW will be walking distance to Union Square. Whether you bid 4* or Boutique in USE you could win a hotel near the Embarcadero.
  10. You know, I'm thinking that Ramada in Bell Gardens might work out just fine. :)
  11. Universal Studios and SeaWorld are 130 miles apart. Finding a hotel less than 20 miles from both is a pretty tall order! :)
  12. Are you still planning on visiting Disneyland, as you mentioned at the start? If so why aren't you looking at hotels in Anaheim? Most Anaheim hotels have free parking (not all) and primarily rooms with two beds. Woodland Hills isn't near any of the attractions you mentioned wanting to see. It's at least an hour drive from Disney. The Hilton is the hotel people usually win in Woodland Hills. It's a business oriented hotel with expensive pay parking, an expensive restaurant, plus high likelihood of winning a room with one bed.
  13. Century City is in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills zone.
  14. coast, You'll enjoy Hollywood or West Hollywood more than Downtown or the Airport. You'll still pay to park Downtown or the Airport. You can find driving distances on Mapquest. Traffic is bad everywhere. My suggestion: Keep working on smaller pieces, trying to win any nights you can in Hollywood or WH for $90 or less. Next step: Still bidding for Sunday and Monday only, bid $75 for a 3* in Hollywood. If rejected add WH/BH and bid $90.
  15. I'm sorry I don't have time to answer all your questions now. I think the five night stay is probably the problem. You need to break this up. I suggest you bid $90 for a 3* in Beverly Hills/WeHo for just your last two nights, Sunday and Monday. You don't need to wait 24 hours to do that because you're bidding for a new set of dates. Post whether that works and we can talk about the other three nights after. You'll feel much better about this if you get a couple nights settled now.
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