1. Desired city: London, United Kingdom 2. Desired areas: Kensington - Knightbridge - Earls Court Mayfair - Soho Notting Hill - Bayswater Bloomsbury - Marble Arch 3. Check-in date: May 23, 2006 4. Check-out date: May 27, 2006 5. Number of rooms needed: Two 6. Desired quality level of property: Four star 7. Sample rates for available four-star hotels in the areas I desire: The Selfridge: $385.70 Hilton Metropole: $330.60 Millennium Gloucester: $405.00 8. Source of the above-noted rates: Websites for the hotel chains themselves. 9. Free re-bid zones: As there would seem to be four star hotels in every zone in London, there aren't any true "free re-bidding zones". 10. Maximum amout willing to bid: $150 Bidding history to date: Twice, I have bidded $100 for a 4* including the Notting Hill and Kensington zones in my bid. Twice, I was unsuccessful. Twice, I started a new bid for a 4* in the Bloomsbury zone and bid $100. Once, I added the Notting Hill and Kensington zones and bid $115. The first time, when I bid at $115 on a re-bid, I received a counter-offer of $209. The second time, when I bid $100 in Bloomsbury only, I also received a counter-offer of $209. I guess that there's a hotel in Bloomsbury that has space, but at $209, I have to hope that it is a five-star and that my bid is being upgraded. As I thought the counter-offer was too rich, I rejected it. On both of these pervious attempts, I then started new bids for a 4* in the Mayfair zone and bid $120, which was rejected. Then, I added the other three acceptable zones and bid $130, etc. Long story short, I bid up to $162 and got nowhere. Inventory is tight. Any suggestions? My lockout is to expire momentarily.