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  1. Unfortunately, there are a bunch of Hotels that could be called 2* in the area. Many more are probably listed as 2* but are really 1 or 1.5* along the Freeway heading South you have the Quality Inn, it has a restaurant. Then there is the Ramada Ltd. Denny's next door. Then a Days Inn with Carl's Jr. Next door. Riverpark is next but it is listed as 3*. Then a Motel 6, a Howard Johnson. and La Quinta. Across the Starr Pass is yet another Motel 6 and a Super 8. Heading Northbound there is an Inn Suites at 6th Ave. Away from the Freeway, I really cannot think of a 2* (or anything remotel
  2. Could not find anything really good for Anchorage for the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day. Hotwire just had a few 2* at about $100. So tried the old "Tried and True" method of bidding Priceline at 40% of Best Available Rate. Came out at $90. Got it for both nights at the Sheraton Anchorage. Much better than the Econo Lodge at $95 on Expedia. But still wondering if I could have gotten it cheaper?? Oh. Well. I still consider it a deal for Anchorage.
  3. Going to Detroit for wife's 30th HS Reunion. Got the Westin on a AAA rate of $89 for Aug 4-6. She wanted to stay longer. Westin said the best rate they could find was $219. Website came up with $189 on AAA rate. Hotwire said $86 (Westin is only Hotwire 4* in Southfield) Tried Priceline at $70 and got it on the first try. Decent price for any Westin. Though I feel that since I got it on the first try, I may have overbid. But if I did, I doubt it was more than $5 overbid. Now have to convince Westin to connect the two reservations so I don't have to check out then back in. :)
  4. If I may step in with a suggestion. Since it is a College Trip, you might want to check with the Kellogg Convention Center and Hotel at Galluadet University. The Hotel has fairly reasonable prices and may even have cheaper rates for a student Trip. Althoug I have heard that the University is in a less than desirable part of town, it does have decent security and a shuttle to Union Station. I was considering their hotel but it really wasn't the right choice for my trip.
  5. After two weeks of bidding was able to finally get a decent price for a Hotel for Book Expo America. Started at about $80 for CC/Cap about a week ago. Last night started at $110 for 4* CC/Cap denied. tried $120 for 4* and 3* not expecting to get it but success. Check-In Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Check-Out Date: Monday, May 22, 2006 Priceline Hotel Request Number: 299-731-241-02 Priceline Customer Service Number: 1-800-657-9168 Hotel Name: L'enfant Plaza Hotel 480 Lenfant Plaza, Sw Washington, District Of Columbia 20024 202-484-1000 Your Offer Price: $120.00 Number of
  6. Stayed here on two successive 3day Priceline bids of $94/night from Feb 17-23, 2004. This was my true expectation of what a 4* hotel should be. The Melia White House is located 100 yards north of the Great Portland Street Tube Stop. However, getting to Great Portland involves changing at another station to get on the Circle Line Tube. However, two blocks west is the Regent Park Tube Stop which is on the Bakerloo line which will take you quickly to Oxford Circus, Picadilly, and Westminster. Two blocks east is Warren Street which also connects to "downtown". The Hotel itself is in a fairly qu
  7. We stayed here on Feb 23 after staying at the Melia White House for 6 days. My first view of the exterior gave the impression of a Russian Apartment Building. Although the interior was pleasant enough. The front desk staff were nice and helpful. The location was very good for Kensington. We were given room 521 with two twin beds that were adequate for the single night stay. Although the comforter was kind of small for the bed, it did provide warmth, since it did not appear that the window heating unit was working (It was about 25F outside) I had been warned that the tube noise would be
  8. Finally got my last day of my trip. Could not swing the White House and was considering using points at either Sheraton Belgravia or Sheraton Heathrow. Tried one last time and figured that what the heck, try Kensington. Got it on the first try for $75 Although historically the Copthorne Tara has had a few negative reviews on TOBB and on Trip Advisor, lately seems to be much better.
  9. Well, I was not having luck with 2-20 to 2-24. From what I had seen on other sites, the problem was that School Break in the UK is 2-23 for about a week. So I tried to break the trip up even more. Figured another 3day and then maybe the last night at the Airport. Started with Westminster at $87, Added Bloomsbury at $90 and then added the Southwark Free Bid since there are no 4* in Soutwark at $94 which is what I got the White House for 2-14/20. And got the White House AGAIN at $94. Now I just have to get the last day. Since I now have the White House for two consecutive 3 day stays,
  10. I split the bid by looking at business vs. weekend. Since I was trying for 7 days Tuesday to Tuesday, I figured the first half should end with a Friday Checkout for the Bloomsbury area, since it is usually considered more of a weekend (at least according to the rates shown on most booking sites) Figured the second half would be the weekend at one of the more common business areas that would have more openings on the weekend (and maybe stretch to include Monday night.) So far have had no luck on the second half, but may try the City for potential Weekend bid.
  11. After trying for a 7 day stay from 2-17/24 with no luck in Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Westminster, SouthBank, and London Bridge up to $105, for the last two weeks, I decided to split the stay and see if two stays would help. Got the Melia White House for $94 for 2-17/20. With a little guidance from the board (Thanks for the info WillTravel about looking at "spot on" UK Pounds) I realized that a previous Holiday Inn Regents Park Deal at $52.50 might catch a Priceline bid. First tried $89. (=50GBP) second was the $94 and worked. Now to get the second half covered.
  12. To the OP, you can register at Priceline UK. On a similar note, looking at a board similar to TOBB but for PricelineUK, I was wondering if any US people have had luck registering on Priceline UK and Priceline HK. Like this board, it seems as though some good hotels come up on Priceline UK that don't show up on Priceline US. I was also wondering if there is an advantage to Priceline UK and bidding in Pounds rather than using Priceline US and bidding in Dollars. I am finding the moderator on Better Bidding is a mich nicer moderator than the one on TOBB. Keep up the good work.
  13. Following in Thereuares steps to "go Local" here are some suggestions for Tucson, Arizona. Don't fight the crouwds at Mi Nidito. The most popular Mexican restaurant in South Tucson is Mi Nidito. It usually requires a wait of between 15 minutes and one hour. However, if you walk south 1/2 block you will find an equally good Mexican Restaurant calle El Dorado. We have never been disappointed with the food and our guest like it as well. It DOES have a Cantina like feel (including a bar with a pool table that is part of the restaurant.) Or you can go east two blocks and south about foru block
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