What star rating are you trying for? If you're trying for 4* only, the 2 hotels that typically come in in the $150 range in January are the Grand Hyatt and Barclay, both MTE. The Hilton Garden Inn, while well located, isn't in the same category. Check HOTWIRE, there seem to be plenty of hotels in the price range you're looking at, and a 4* (likely the Barclay) at $175. Generally I find that if a hotel plays on both Hotwire and Priceline, that their bottom line Priceline price is about 10% to 15% below their Hotwire fixed price. So if the Barclay is coming in at $175 on Hotwire, you might be able to get it for $155 or $160 on Priceline, but probably not $145. That's my general experience, not any hard and fast rule. Keep in mind, though, that if youi go 4*, everything will usually be extra --- breakfast most certainly, as well as internet access, and at the Barclay and Hyatt, you won't find coffee makers in the room, so room service coffee will set you back about $15 with the delivery fee. If you're looking at your overall budget, a 2.5* or 3* can be a better deal, even if its not as luxurious.