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  1. Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Fitness Center Free Internet in public areas
  2. Hi there, Thanks so much for your feedback and guidance as always, it is very much appreciated. FYI that I did a deeper dive last night and determined that the other 4-star properties (including Zelos) allow pets as stated amenity and Marriott Marquis does not. In addition, the other possible hotels with common amenities do not have Business Centers as amenities (Park Central does but did not align to other common amenities). So I did take a gulp of faith -- PL outrageously admitted to me in a social media DM that it sometimes does not disclose resort fees and it is tough luck for its customer if he-she gets stuck with it (unlike Hotwire which always discloses the fee). I've had the same situation pop up during NYC hotel research on Express deals, where the likely hotel(s) absolutely had $25-40/day resort fees that were not disclosed in the total Express price breakdown. In the end, Express Deals did end up being the Marriott Marquis thankfully - for $80 total more, a 4-star hotel with king bed vs. 2.5-star with double bed and no a/c as i had originally in place (The Mosser is actually a great property, well run, convenient and relatively comfy as long as private bathroom). The bad news and I apologize in advance as I religiously book via your links - I had a 10% promo code from a NYOP past stay (incredulously, some are valid only 2 days) that was expiring today and valid only on PL's app. So there was no way to link from BB to get the full discount. Promise the next times I will as I always do if bookable on the main website via your link. Thanks again and have a great day.
  3. Hi there, I'm looking at these dates and this Zone based on a $125 rate for a 4-star hotel, which is fantastic for that holiday weekend. It does not show a resort fee the payment screen. But the challenge is how Priceline selectively displays Resort Fees on its opaque express deals. I've even gotten them to admit it's a crapshoot and that they do not fully disclose it on all deals. Because technically the fine print says you're responsible for it even if they don't show it. Insanity. My challenge is this, the listing shows free internet, non-smoking, gym/spa, restaurant, business center. The percentage-off metrics align to it being the Marriott Marquis. However, Hotel Zelos - which has exorbitant resort fees - is the other possibility. Adding to the challenge is that both currently have cheapest rate with a king bed, and the express deals listing does not specify bed type (moot even if it did because of both hotels' inventory). Thoughts or anything that I am missing? I'm usually pretty analytical and can make a definitive decision. The extra $130 or more for the resort fee would really kill the value of the deal as I have a nearby decent budget hotel as a backup. Thank you in advance and of course I would book through your PRICELINE links.
  4. Pretty methodical bid win with free rebids. Originally had looked at late August and knowing how Boston is a very expensive hotel city for the most part, I was surprised to see some trends on PRICELINE EXPRESS deals for Seaport and also downtown. So just played around and tested rates around the July 4th holiday either from the weekend before or from the holiday through the following weekend. Express deals did have $95 and then 97 for this Copley 4 *, as well as 102 downtown 4 * which is clearly the Omni. Begin my bid yesterday through this website's PRICELINE link. One FYI is not to be discouraged if you prefer to do the PRICELINE EXPRESS deal and suddenly it goes away as being unavailable, hotel is likely still out there available for bidding If you bid smart. Even after the Sheraton went away on the express deals, it still showed as 100 per night when I was logged in to my Priceline account, but is otherwise booking for $236 per night period for me $91 is a no-brainer for anyone who knows downtown central Boston hotels. I've stayed at the Sheraton before and had a great experience. PS if you do rebid, it is a good idea to avoid Boston Commons Theater District zone. Plenty of sub-4* zones besides, what Boston Park Plaza Hotel has an exorbitant Resort fee to be avoided.
  5. Just a quick holiday weekend getaway.....identified that this property which is a block or so from the east end of Canal was 100% the likely property. It was $80-81 on Priceline Express Deals and $83 on Hotwire (French Quarter East zone). Was tempted to hold off and see of something more French Quarter popped up in the next week or so, but $76 for 4-star works just fine -- especially as, compared to the weekend, the likely room type was one king bed vs two queen beds. Bid in $1 increments with free rebids (started at $72, ignored $87 counteroffer) knowing that overall price with fees would be cheaper, beginning from the PRICELINE BB link. Accepted at $76. And room verified on Hilton website as being one king bed...voila!
  6. Pretty basic bid as had been looking for reasonable hotel decently located and sensed that rates might come down a bit. But just wanted to get this out of the way (I'll hold my breath on the noise and maintenance issues folks have mentioned but heard this is an OK hotel if you take it for what it is). Brians 24 (24 being 24-7 open) restaurant in lobby is killer, plus location is 1-2 block radius for most all transportation to everywhere (important for a 2-day trip). Saw rates dropping slightly - PL had a members-only retail rate of $80 plus PRICELINE EXPRESS Deals showed $74 (dropped to $71) and Hotwire was in similar range. Did free rebid (San Ysidro) to stay in 3+-star zone and was rejected at $67 last night, noticed Express Deals was $3 cheaper today, so began at $65 and accepted at $66. Maybe I could've waited it out for a nicer hotel but got it done :-). Thought I'd share (and yes, I began the bid via BB PRICELINE link as I always do).
  7. One of those situations I knew I could get reasonable flights (with expiring SWA funds) surprisingly on Memorial Day weekend Friday-Monday and took a deep gulp to see if any SF decent hotels might be possible. Usually slim or none so was pleasantly surprised and also had a promo credit to defray things a bit. Hotel is booking close to $300/night for that weekend and it's San Francisco - so no-brainer! This hotel ID was pretty obvious or close to obvious as only two 3.5-star hotels have ratings of 8-8.9. Both are great hotels (Pier 2620 is the other one) in great locations so a win-win either way. On VP searches, Marriott also came up as cheapest. Amenities: Free Internet (in Public Areas), Pet Friendly, Non-Smoking, Gym, Restaurant, Handicap Accessible, Business Center. FYI for future searches using this and seeing a hotel rated 8+ (meaning under 9): the Marriott has "Pet Friendly" amenity whereas the Pier 2620 doesn't (so I was pretty sure I'd receive the Marriott). If anyone is looking at this for Memorial Day weekend, availability at that rate included Thurs 5-25 when I checked, so definitely add days at the beginning or end and see if the price holds. Began PRICELINE booking via BB link.
  8. Fairly methodical bid...started at $67, rebid $69 and then accepted at $70 (Pittsburgh's only 4-stars are downtown, so many many free rebid zones currently). This property showed on Hotwire (identifiable as boutique 4-star) but the Westin matched the only 4-star on Priceline Express Deals. I then tried a Priceline VP search and that displayed the Omni by far as cheapest ($260+ less than next 4-star as 3-day package). Have stayed at this hotel previously and loved it -- the Omni touch the the central location-classic feel. On proprietary hotel site, I verified this is for one queen bed -- for me, not a problem (I'll ask for king if possible) as I'm traveling solo (but this could be a problem for couples or others with specific needs). FYI if anyone else is looking to book/bid...pretty inexpensive weekend rates also as all three major sports teams (Pitt, Steelers, Pens) are away or off that weekend. I considered waiting til closer (in hopes of a promo code or dropping rates), but liked the idea of locking in this property given the almost-certainty of receiving it. Bid began via BB link for PRICELINE.
  9. Pretty identifiable (as 3.5* plus TripAdvisor rating in correlating to retail rates). So with the BB $15 off link, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't do much better (maybe a better hotel but just wanted to get this out of the way). This hotel's pricing started at $66-67 on Hotwire for a couple weeks, jumped into the mid-upper $70s, then back to the current $64. Amenities: Free Internet Pet friendly Smoke-free rooms Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Self-service Laundry Internet access Golf nearby Accessibility: Accessible for visually impaired Accessible for hearing impaired Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Accessible parking Roll-in shower Rate per night $64.00 Nights 2 Rooms ( 2 adults ) 1 Subtotal $128.00 Tax recovery charges + fees $30.23 Discount -$15.00 (thanks, Better Bidding!!!) Hotwire total $143.23
  10. Nah, Renaissance is horrible option and what I was trying to avoid (along with Hilton Anatole)...Warwick or not at all in that zone. Will probably book Hotwire downtown property instead, so there won't be additional follow up from me on this thread. I will post the Hotwire win if goes as expected. Thanks again for your help.
  11. Thanks, will do. Interesting variable is now on mobile PRICELINE shows Pool and Gym/Spa as amenities, validating Ren and eliminating Warwick.
  12. Thanks, that's what I was thinking...kind of risky. Even if an amenity is omitted, it doesn't mean you won't get a hotel that has that amenity or amenities. Trying to avoid a location that isn't easily connected to public transit and is in a decent walkable area (to-from transit)...Market Center would be a disaster but Oaklawn or downtown would be perfect. I already have Plan B for downtown, probably going to wait it out (got Sheraton last year as it got closer (within about a week of arrival)...as hoping to avoid Crowne Plaza which is cheap now on Hotwire.
  13. Super Bowl Week Thursday night (usually lots of fun events in the host city) and a way to add on to my previously booked (through Feb 2nd) stay at Club Quarters (via PRICELINE) -- both stays booked via the BB PRICELINE links. $113 rate with taxes fees hit $144 and the BB $15 off $100 promo knocked it down to $129 (equivalent of $110 if booking direct with hotel and paying applicable taxes). Hotel shows no availability except on LMT and the night before is in the mid-$400s as is being renovated from a Crowne Plaza in time for SB Week. A bit southwest of the downtown center but for this price...perfect! Also so you have it, this is a new hotel in the HOTWIRE Downtown Houston zone. Trip Advisor rating showed 4.5 stars (in Hotwire click-through page -- thsi threw me a bit) but is actually 5 stars on TA's site now. Full listed amenities are as follows: Hotel Amenities Free Internet Boutique hotel Airport shuttle Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Self-service laundry Internet access Accessibility Accessible for visually impaired Accessible for hearing impaired Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Accessible parking Roll-in shower Thanks!
  14. Howdy, a bit stumped (although hardly ever) and hoping you may have insight on this. For 4* Market Center/Love Field zone, I'm hoping to get Warwick Melrose as its on public transportation line -- and in a neighborhood with lost of restaurants and the like (other properties almost require rental car and are not among a lot of stuff.) Priceline Express deals is showing only these amenities with guest rating of 8*: Business Center Restaurant Free Internet No Smoking Rooms/Facilities The price displayed is $85 with a retail rate of $157. There are three possibilities (all have guest rating in the 8s): Warwick Melrose (retail rate $163) Renaissance Dallas hotel (retail rate $159) Hilton Anatole (retail rate $169) Also, FWIW that Pool and Fitness Facility are not stated amenities, which would lead to Warwick. But as all hotels are 8*+ and PL doesn't have to state all amenities, I'm not comfortable guessing and being wrong. Additionally, I tried a dummy VP and order of cheapest Air-hotel packages came back with Anatole (with Anatole cheapest by far - by $150+ - and then Ren and then Warwick. Thoughts? I'm really hesitant as this'd be a 2-day vaca and need to be somewhat central to be able to come-go and pit-stop fairly quickly. Otherwise I'll stay downtown (when rates drop a bit or gulp and stay at Crowne Plaza via Hotwire). Thank you in advance. (And of course any purchase or bid will be via your PRICELINE / HOTWIRE links as always.)
  15. Thanks - I was stunned to get this and as of 1132 PM ET it remains available. Btw I did begin bid from the BB link.
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