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DougWI

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  1. After seeing Alexis Inn and Suites listed here at Better bidding at 2 1/2 star, we thought we were bidding on a different hotel because Hotwire had this blind buy listed as 3 starts. I never considered checking out this hotel when doing my pre-buy research due to to it being listed as 2 1/2 stars here. Reading TripAdvisor reviews, there are many glowing reviews from very new reviewers and a few bad reviews from experienced reviewers. I fear this hotel got its rating bumped from 2 1/2 stars to 3 stars at Hotwire by posting fake reviews, but I can not prove it. Just read the glowing reviews and see if they seem real to you. Hotwire listed pricing for this hotel room as regularly $161, and this blind buy was 46% off. After going directly to the hotel website, for the full 4 nights, after all taxes and fees, we saved $1 total. So lets review, we are staying in a hotel that we feel is not really a 3 star, at a $1 total savings. I am disappointed in Hotwire. Hotel Listed was: Free Parking Free Breakfast Free Internet Airport Shuttle Smoke Free Rooms Fitness Center Business Center Cost summary 4 nights Hotwire Hot Rate Room@ $84.00/night $336.00 Tax recovery charges & fees $81.78 Subtotal $417.78 Hotwire Total $417.78
  2. Thank you. We are booked. Going to Sears tower, Blue Man Group then Medieval times. We could use a recommendation for lunch close to the sears tower.
  3. Here you go 3-star Hotel in Arlington Heights - Elk Grove Village This Hotel features the following amenities: Free Parking <amenity names only please... not descriptions> Free Breakfast <amenity names only please... not descriptions> Pet friendly Pet friendly - terms apply Fitness Center Guests have access to exercise equipment; an additional charge may apply. Business Center Guests have access to business equipment and services; an additional charge may apply. High-Speed Internet Access Guestrooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access; an extra charge may apply. Golf Nearby Property is located within walking distance or a short drive of at least one golf course; an extra charge typically applies. Accessible for the blind Braille or raised signage Accessible for the deaf TTY for telephone, visual or flashing fire alarm and vibrating alarm clock Accessible path of travel <amenity names only please... not descriptions> In-room accessibility Accessible path from the room entrance to the window, the bed and the bathroom; accessible hardware and minimal resistance to open the door; accessible temperature controls and window coverings Accessible bathroom Raised toilet, hand-held shower and grab bars at the tub and toilet Handicapped parking <amenity names only please... not descriptions> Roll-in shower Bathroom has a roll-in shower Please note that Hotwire cannot guarantee the level of services offered at a property and/or if services are operational at the time of visit. Services may be closed due to seasonality reasons and/or may be closed for renovation.
  4. Hotwire June 15 – one night Arlington Heights - Elk Grove Village area hotel 3*, Super Savings $91 other sites, $52 Amenities: Free Parking, Free Breakfast, Pet friendly, Fitness Center, Business Center $64.31 after taxes & fees Got Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Arlington Heights, IL
  5. I did not know about the Priceline Best Rate Guarantee Thank you, thank you THANK YOU!!! I am so happy. I called the number. They are going to give me a credit for $68.99, the difference plus $25/night. Plus $50 if I buy a future vacation flight / hotel package…..I’ll need to read how that works when it arrives. Can I buy you a bagel or a bunch of bagels at that favorite bagel place of yours? :) You totally made my day.
  6. New York City - Sat, Jul 27, 2013 - Mon, Jul 29, 2013 - 1 Room Goal – Midtown 3* and save money via Priceline Notes on express deals (helps me determine bid range) Priceline 3* time square 159, and Midtown West 170 Hotwire 3* Empire state building 153 TS 3* 140 - Rejected TS + MTW 3* 144 - Rejected TS + MTW + MSG 3* 146 – Rejected TS + MTW + MSG + HK 3* 147 – Rejected TS + MTW + MSG + HK + Chelsea Area 3* 148 – Rejected TS + MTW + MSG + HK + Chelsea Area + ESB 3* - 149 – Rejected TS + MTW + MSG + HK + Chelsea Area + ESB + MTE 3* - 150 – Got it Got MTE Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel New York City – Pricing is saying this is a 4* hotel? I bid 3* but got 4* Doubletree By Hilton Metropolitan New York 569 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10022 Just FYI…..after having success with Priceline at $150 I went directly to the Doubletree advance purchase website. Using the advanced purchased plan, here is what I found: Room: 1 QUEEN BED - NON SMOKING DATE Price per night TAX TOTAL (USD) 27 Jul 2013 159.00 26.97 185.97 28 Jul 2013 *119.00 21.07 140.07 Room Subtotal: 326.03 The problem I am having is after I do everything I can imagine is correct and make my bid I did not blindly assume it was a good deal, I went and checked if it was a good deal. It was not a good deal. I got ripped off. So my total for two nights booking directly with them would have been $278+tax vs I paid $300+tax via priceline. My bad….I got ripped off by priceline.
  7. Thereuare, Thank you for your help, education, sharing of knowledge and patience. :) This process was educational for me, even if it did cost me Money time and money.
  8. Cause if I go with Priceline maybe Kaley Cuoco from Priceline will be our chamber maid? Seriously I have failed so at PRICELINE so many times, never winning once, I need to prove to myself its possible Priceline Offered express deal 3* lower east side 163 Free breakfast…– goal is to do better than this… Lower East Side $140 3* Rejected Lower East Side + TS $145 3* Rejected Lower East Side + TS + MTW $149 3* Rejected NOTE – When I started this process Hotwire had a Downtown 3* at $149. This deal no longer exists. So I cost myself this deal by trying, and trying, and trying Priceline Lower East Side + TS + MTW +MSG $154 3* Accepted Got: Your Hotel Deal is in the Bag! Congratulations. We just booked your stay at the Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel for just $154 a night. See your complete hotel itinerary below. I went to the hotel website and confirmed the room does come with free breakfast so I think it’s the same hotel as the one offered at 163 above. Likley doing all my Priceline bidding cost me $5/night by missing out on the previous Hotwire offer. Offer Price: avg. per room, per night $154.00 Rooms: 1 Nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $308.00 Taxes & Fees: $71.80 Total Charged to Card: $379.80 Please add to your hotel list: New York - New York - Lower East Side - 3* via Priceline Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel
  9. Just tried to beat a dead horse…….trying Priceline… TS 4* 170 Rejected TS 3 1/3* 160 Rejected CPS/MTW 172 4* Rejected TS, MTW 3.5* 165 Rejected MSG, TS, MTW 3.5* 169 Rejected Chelsea Area, Empire State Building Area, Hell's Kitchen 3.5* 165 Rejected TS+ MTW 4* 179 – Rejected TS+ MTW 4*(+Harlem rebid zone) 183 – Rejected TS+ MTW 4*(+Harlem + Long island city rebid zone) 186 – Rejected TS, MTW, HK 3.5* 175 – Rejected TS, MTW, HK, MSG 3.5* 179 – Rejected Please not that last bid…..$179 for 3.5* and Hotwire has $181 for 3.5* in Tim Square – Rejected Hotwire is 181 for 3.5* TS Now lower / Downtown area...3.5* Downtown - Financial District, SoHo – Tribeca 3.5* $140 - Rejected Downtown - Financial District, SoHo – Tribeca, Lower East Side 3.5* $150 - Rejected Downtown - Financial District, SoHo – Tribeca, Lower East Side, MTE 3.5* $155 (hoping I don’t get the Hudson) Rejected - Rejected
  10. I’m asking for your suggestions….am I better off trying some 3.5* to 4* in the Downtown / SoHo / Lower East side area? Or am I better off trying some 3* bids around TS, MTW, Madison Square Garden area? Are there 3* rebid zones? I’m hoping to avoid extremely small rooms (Hudson) very long walks to subway (10 minutes or over) and any unpleasant surprises you may be aware of in these areas. Right now HOTWIRE has a 4* MSG/Hells Kitchen at $179. Keep in mind my Priceline $170 bid for this area was rejected. Of course we do not know what price would have been accepted but this just is validating to me that my maximum bids are reasonable. I mean $9 more and I can skip all the bidding and just get it. I am trying to give PRICELINE every chance here. Really trying hard. HOTWIRE also has a 3* Downtown at $149. Keep in mind some of the things on our list of things to do include walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and taking the guided Memorial tour so we will be in this area for these things. What are the issues / concerns when bidding 3*? Again, thank you for all your help.
  11. 3.5* up to 150 ....... Chelsea Area, Empire State Building Area, Hell's Kitchen, Madison Square Garden - Convention Area3.5* 140 – rejected Chelsea Area, Empire State Building Area, Hell's Kitchen, Madison Square Garden - Convention Area + Time Square 3.5* 145 – rejected Chelsea Area, Empire State Building Area, Hell's Kitchen, Madison Square Garden - Convention Area + Time Square + Mid Town West 3.5* 150 - rejected
  12. Hells Kitchen ESB 4* 160 – rejected Hells Kitchen ESB 4*+ (Morningside heights Harlem as rebid zone)165 – rejected Chelsea Area 4* 160 – rejected Chelsea Area 4*+ (Morningside heights Harlem as rebid zone)165 – rejected Central Park South, Chelsea Area, Empire State Building Area, Madison Square Garden - Convention Area Midtown West, Times Square - Theatre District 4* 165 - rejected Central Park South, Chelsea Area, Empire State Building Area, Hell's Kitchen, Madison Square Garden - Convention Area, Midtown West, Times Square - Theatre District 4* 168 – rejected Central Park South, Chelsea Area, Empire State Building Area, Hell's Kitchen, Madison Square Garden - Convention Area, Midtown West, Times Square - Theatre District 4* + MTE 170 - rejected
  13. On my own – included using your PRICELINE link and closing the browser several times Then... Central Park South 4* at 160 – rejected Central Park South 4* + (Morningside heights Harlem as rebid zone) 4* 165 – rejected Central Park South 4*+ (Morningside heights Harlem + Long Island City as rebid zone) 4* 170 – rejected Then… MTE 4* at 160 – rejected MTE 4* + (Morningside heights Harlem as rebid zone) 4* 165 – rejected MTE 4*+ (Morningside heights Harlem + Long Island City as rebid zone) 4* 170 – rejected Then... Madison Square Garden 4* at 150 – rejected Madison Square Garden 4* + Time Square at 155 - rejected Madison Square Garden + Time Square + Morningside heights Harlem as rebid zone 4* 160 – rejected Madison Square Garden + Time Square+ (Morningside heights Harlem + Long Island City as rebid zone) 4* 165 - rejected I think after 24 hours I will go back to 3.5* and try Select 3.5* MTW... Bid $145, if rejected close browser and use this link to re-access PRICELINE... Select 3.5* TS... Bid $145, if rejected add TS... Bid $148 if rejected I think I will ask you what you think of some other areas like Chelsea Area, Empire State Building, Hells Kitchen, Madison Square Garden. Why is queensboro bridge grayed out? Any bad things to avoid?
  14. Thank you. I did these three and rejected each time. Then.......On my own – included using your PRICELINE link and closing the browser several times MTW 4* at 160 - rejected Time Square 4* at 170 - rejected MTW + (Morningside heights Harlem as rebid zone) 4* 165 - rejected MTW + (Morningside heights Harlem + Long Island City as rebid zone) 4* 170 - rejected MTW + Morningside heights Harlem + Long Island City + Time Square 4* 175 - rejected
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