MJRBIM

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  1. Almost impossible to find UK rooms that will take 2-Adults and 2-Kids in ONE Room...so happy to get this deal via Hot.wire. LONDON UK 3.5* City of London - Towerbridge - St. Pauls Cathedral area Holiday Inn Express London City Rate per night : CAD $192.68 Nights : 4 Rooms ( 2 adults , 2 children) : 1 *Hotwire Rate Includes Breakfast Subtotal : CAD $770.71 Tax recovery charges + fees : CAD $198.97 Hotwire total : CAD $969.68 Rack-Rate on the Holday Inn site was Estimated Total Price : £ 766.00 GBP / CAD $1,437.16 - so this saved me CAD $467.48
  2. Crowne Plaza Hotel Ottawa is now the Delta Ottawa City Centre
  3. The G20 meetings are being hosted in Downtown Toronto this summer (June 26 - 27, 2010) http://g20.gc.ca/ There is going to be a large security "bubble" set-up starting a few days before, with many of the major Downtown Toronto hotels in the high-security zone. Best advice is to avoid downtown zones around June 26 and 27, 2010 (probably more like June 23 - 29). You might also want to cross-post / flag this on the Hotwire forum.
  4. Tried $65 (US) for 3.5* and 3* in the DOWNTOWN OTTAWA zone - but no luck. Added HULL zone and got the Holiday Inn. Check-In Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Check-Out Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 Hotel Name: Holiday Inn Plaza La Chaudiere, Gatineau-Ottawa 2 Montcalm Street Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4B4 819-778-3880 Your Offer Price: $65.00 (US dollars) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 2 Subtotal: $130.00 (US dollars) Taxes and Fees: $26.42 (US dollars) Total Charges: $156.42 (US dollars) Rack Rate at the Westin site is $124 (CDN) / $122.63 (US) plus taxes - so this is a 45% + savings!
  5. As of November 1, 2009 - the Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley has left the chain. It's now called the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites... http://www.torontodonvalleyhotel.com/ Not sure how this will effect PriceLine or Hotwire star-ratings or prices.
  6. IMPORTANT - the Downtown Toronto zone has been split North / South along Queen Street into two (2) zones. The South Zone is the Banking and Entertainment / Theatre district. The North Zone is mostly the Bloor / Yorkville shopping district. Good news is that it gives you two-bids for the Downtown area....the bad news is that it will take some getting used to after years of a single-zone for Downtown Toronto.
  7. Hotwire was showing an Ottawa Downtown 4* at $85 (US) for this date, so I thought I would try Priceline since there are so many free-rebid options in Ottawa now at the 3.5* and 4* level. Accepted on first bid at $70 (US) - will start lower for future dates.... The Westin Ottawa 11 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9H4 613-560-7000 Check-In Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009 Check-Out Date: Friday, July 3, 2009 Your Offer Price: $70.00 (US dollars) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 1 Subtotal: $70.00 (US dollars) Taxes and Service Fees: $17.67 (US dollars) Total Charges: $87.67 (US dollars) Rack Rate at the Westin site is $209 (CDN) / $182 (US) plus taxes - so this is a 60% + saving! Hopefully, these lower prices will stick around while Parliament is away for the summer.
  8. Started with a $50 bid for 3.5* (in order to avoid the 3 * Holiday Inn Midtown) = rejected with a $14 counter-offer. Chose to do a free-re-bid by adding Brampton zone for 3.5* at $55 = ACCEPTED at Delta Chelsea. Delta Chelsea 33 Gerrard Street West Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4 Check-In Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009 Check-Out Date: Sunday, May 10, 2009 Your Offer Price: $55.00 (US dollars) Number of Rooms: 2 Number of Nights: 1 Subtotal: $110.00 (US dollars) Taxes and Service Fees: $22.96 (US dollars) Total Charges: $132.96 (US dollars) Rack Rate at the Delta Chelsea site is $129 (CDN) / $111 (US) plus taxes - so this is a 50% saving!
  9. Crowne Plaza Ottawa now showing as a 3.5* in my PL History. It has been bumped with the ratings changes.
  10. Hotel Indigo Ottawa Downtown City Centre now showing as a 3* in my PL History. It has been bumped with the ratings changes.
  11. What is the primary differentiator between 2.5* and 3* under the new PL Levels....? Do you have any evidence of old 2* hotels becoming 2.5* under the new PL Levels....? Also wondering how this will effect the FREE RE-BID strategy, since there is now an extra rating level to choose within a zone. I am going to review my old bids on PL - to see what has changed ratings in my usual zones.
  12. New hotel in Ottawa...I will post a review after my stay. ====================== Check-In Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Check-Out Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 ====================== Hotel Name: Hotel Indigo Ottawa Downtown City Centre 123 Metcalfe Street Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5L9 613-231-6555 Your Offer Price: $60.00 (US dollars) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 1 Subtotal: $60.00 (US dollars) Taxes and Service Fees: $15.67 (US dollars) Total Charges: $75.67 (US dollars) ====================== Best rate on the hotel website is $169 CDN - so this is a $100+ savings!
  13. Hotel Name: ========== Extended Stay Deluxe Ottawa - Downtown 141 Cooper Street Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0E8 613-236-7500 Check-In Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 Check-Out Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008 Your Offer Price: $47.00 (US dollars) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 2 Subtotal: $94.00 (US dollars) Taxes and Service Fees: $20.99 (US dollars) Total Charges: $114.99 (US dollars) ========== The 2.5* Courtyard and others have been creeping-up in PL prices, so I wanted to see what I could get in the 2* range. There's no pool at the "Extended Stay Deluxe" - but all the rooms have been recently reno'ed and with a rack-rate of $159.99 per night, this is a 70% saving...! Great deal!