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  1. (Booked 8/21/15) Stay now completed. Needed two rooms. Bid $90 per room. Started at 4* and bid $65. Added areas knowing that only Downtown and Ohio State areas had 4* hotels and based upon my research into those 5-6 hotels in those 2 areas, any of them would have been adequate for our purposes of seeing a concert and hitting the Columbus Zoo for a daddy/daughter weekend. Added $5 per increment until won at $90. Likely would have gotten a bit better deal had I waited closer to our stay, but my friend was adamant that we had bookings early, since there was a Taylor Swift concert the night
  2. Not the Westin. I've been researching this 4* on Hotwire too for an upcoming trip. The Westin Downtown German Village is in a historic 1896 building and there is NO indoor pool.
  3. $50 + $14.63 taxes and fees = $64.63 Great deal on a great hotel. Large rooms, nice indoor pool, free parking and free internet. Love when we get the Marriott Pgh Airport. Pretty much the goal of my bidding most Pittsburgh trips. We've even been upgraded to a suite a few times, when we had trouble checking in.
  4. Bid initially for one night to do New Years Eve First Night in Alexandria. Enjoyed our stay and wanted to relax new years day, so added a night using the Priceline offer, same terms. $53 bid $12.39 tax and fees $65.39 total. Oldest Marriot in the system according to their literature on site. Large property. Awesome views from the top floor. We went up to walk around. It's conference and meeting rooms up there but they weren't in use and we wandered around a bit. (Bellman told us it was great up there, go up and look around). I got some great photos of the Arlington area, Potomac and
  5. $54/night 2 nights, $108 tax and fees, $24.02 Total $132.02 for a two night stay. Nice property, BEAUTIFUL pool, recently redone. Have stayed there before but before pool remodel. Lovely LED and color changing lighting and the best view you're going to find from a rooftop hotel pool in Arlington, over the Pentagon and can see the Washington Monument and DC from the pools. We were very disappointed that the revolving restaurant was closed though, and only opening up for the New Years Eve festivities. Major problems with their internet the days we were there as well. WiFi and parking a
  6. Bid $60 Taxes and fees $17.75 $77.75 total. Nice property, walking distance to everything in the inner harbor,. nice indoor pool, large rooms, connecting parking garage but not free parking. $15 day. Across the street from fire station. We were on the 4th floor. Fairly quiet though and never had any fire station alarms waking us up. Dry sauna after pool was nice. Large gym. Be advised, they charged my card for the full room price, despite being a pre-paid Priceline room. Took 5 days to get the refund back on my card, and they weren't all that forthcoming with whether or not they wer
  7. Bid $55 Tax and fees $13.41 Total $68.41 This is the former Sheraton 4 Points. The Crown Plaza PIT airport is now Sheraton. Very nice older property. Well kept and updated. Outdoor pool though, so wasn't perfect for my trip with my daughter. But we were in to do other things (Aviary/Zoo), so she had to deal without a pool. Very nice bar and restaurant on property. Free parking, free internet, airport shuttles, etc. In the middle of everything but somewhat secluded location overlooking Airport Expressway. I heard this was originally THE Sheraton until the expressway project cut i
  8. $55.00 bid $13.16 tax and fees $68.16. total. Bid on May 21, 2015. I need to start waiting until the last day before I travel I guess when I strike out at higher star levels. The Extended Stay was ok. Large rooms, but Spartan. They don't even leave plates or any utensils or glasses in the rooms anymore, you have to get them from the front desk. It served it's purpose, but not a great hotel. I struck out across the board, selecting ALL areas at 4*, 3.5*, 3*, 2.5* at $50 and $55. Had to go down to 2* to get a room. I had tried up to $65 at 4*. 3.5* and 3*. Must have been a lot going
  9. Bid: $55 Tax and fees: $14.17 Ttl: $69.17 Looking for a stopover with pool travelling with family/kids. Bid $50, 3.5*, BWI airport, bid failed. Was at a truck stop and didn't want to fool around much, in route to Chincoteague for a Sunday check in, so added Fort Meade-Jessup and Columbia South-Jessup, both of which were close to our route, and it was a monsoon outside. Also brought down to 3*, as a survey of available hotels in those areas suggested we would get a pool at 3*. Bid $55. and won the HI. Nice outdoor pool. Large facility. Walking distance to some shops across the street i
  10. Bid: 63 Tax and Fees: $14.61 Total: $77.61 Needed a room, preferably with pool because travelling with my 7 year old for Pirates games and a pop star concert. So started bidding at 3.5* airport, bid $50, failed. Added downtown area (knowing I wouldn't get it, but still shooting for airport, and if I get downtown, so be it, I'll just pay to park and have a nice hotel), bid $55 failed. Added North Shore (again knowing wouldn't get, especially with concert and a game, but if I got it, excellent, going to concert and games), bid $60, failed, but priceline countered at, I think, $74. Dec
  11. Started at 4* downtown, $65 bid, add 3.5* North Short $65 bid, reject; add Pgh South, $60 bid, reject, add Greentree, $55 bid, reject; Add Pgh Airport (my standby if I don't want to keep adding/changing bids), bid $50, win. May have been able to go a little cheaper and get the Marriott, but not sure, and I've never gotten it below $45, so I'm happy with the win. I like the place and get it a lot. My bidding is usually tailored to win specific hotels without a lot of effort. Extended a night backwards to a Friday check in instead of Saturday check in after winning.
  12. Are you sure the Crowne was listed as a 3.5*. It has always been a 3* in the past, and past wins I've had. This is critical to me as I travel with my kids a lot and the other 3.5*'s at the Airport are the Hyatt and Marriott full service hotels, and they have indoor pools, while the Crowne does not. Thanks for clarifying.
  13. Decent no frills HI, exercise room. No pool. Right across street from Civic Center, 1 block to river. Nice, basic rooms, average sized, comfortable bedding. Hotel just had renovations to update. One of best free continental+ breakfasts you'll find anywhere. $64.82 ttl after PL fees and tax. HI Express is a FREQUENT player on PL and you have a very good chance of getting it in the 2.5 star category. As is Best Western. Ramada is now as well, which is the former HI Charleston House. It could be a nice hotel, and upgrades are on the way, but some of the rooms are rather dated. You can g
  14. I always start at the 3* level, and at $60 you have a good chance of getting the Marriott or the Embassy Suites. Both are nice hotels, best Charleston has to offer, and especially good chances on the weekdays. Plus, I have had my best luck grabbing the Embassy, my preferred hotel (BEST, over Marriott, in CRW IMO), at the last minute. I've actually pulled into the parking lot at Embassy, pulled out my computer or iphone, and bid $50-55 in the parking lot, and gotten the Embassy. I don't think Best Western is too bad, the breakfast has been decent, but I wouldn't bid $61 on it. You would hav
  15. A lot going on in Pgh this weekend, struck out at all star levels in all areas until going down to 2*, then got stuck out in Monroeville. Wasn't a bad stay, all in all, but ESA rooms, while spacious, are spartan, beds not real comfortable, and thankfully I was alone and just needed a place to crash for the night. The upside is there are a few very nice bar/restaurants down the street with pretty bartenders. Look for ample neon signs out front to the east of the hotel, across from Wendy's, for a nice place for a drink and dinner. Skip Primani Bros next door unless you really dig french frie
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