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  1. This is a great new property located just off of I-285. We had been assigned a double bed room but got the king we wanted with no problem. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. No problems with noise or bad smells. Everything worked. Nice flat screen, mini frig, coffee pot and microwave. The room was a good size with a long counter to use as a desk/work area. Nice office chair and a day bed type seat at the end of the bed. No problems with the HVAC unit. Good work out room and clean outdoor pool. Plenty of free parking. The breakfast was a little spare, but we didn't starve. There were make your own waffles and lots of other carbs. They did have good OJ and fresh fruit. We would recommend this property for families and couples. They also allow pets. There are several chain restaurants close by, also a Publix for forgotten items. The staff was friendly and professional.
  2. No luck bidding on Priceline for over 2 months. Bids up to $140/$150 on Copley, Financial, Aquarium and Beacon Hill for 4*. Also, bid up to $130 on 3* in Copley and Beacon Hill. Last bid was today, right after I saw this 4* pop up on Hotwire. Priceline showed me no love at $140, so I used your HOTWIRE link (as always) and booked. Here are the details: Rate per night $145.00 Taxes/fees $120.12 Total $845.12 Here are the amenities shown: Boutique Hotel Smoke Free Rooms Fitness Center Restaurant(s) High-Speed Internet Access This hotel gets great reviews and is exactly the area we wanted for our first trip to Boston. Thanks BetterBidding!
  3. Started the bidding at $40. Got a counter offer for $48. Added 1 of the 2 free rebid zones and raised the bid to $42. This is a nice and new facility and was exactly what I was expecting. Hotwire has what I believe is this property for $58. Offer $42.00 Tax $13.86 Total $55.86 As always, I started my bidding with your PRICELINE link. Thanks for the great service this site provides.
  4. Bid $45 and $50 yesterday with no success. I did get a counter offer of $13 on my first bid of $45. Today I hit on my first bid of $52. The lowest rate I found for this property was $99. This is a new property for your list. Used your PRICELINE link to start my bidding. Thanks for the great service your board provides. Courtyard by Marriott 1000 W I-65 Service Road South Mobile, AL36609 251-344-5200 Offer $52.00 Tax $14.90 Total $66.90 Reviews for this property are a little mixed but it is the property I expected. Mobile is not the greatest for Priceline. I visit frequently and bid each time for a 3* or 4*. In the last 4 years this is the first time I have gotten a 3* in this zone. I have bid several times for a 4* in the Downtown area and have never gotten one. When I get to 65% of the average price for a 3* or 4* I stop bidding and just look for a good prepay. This is my first PRICELINE success in Mobile since I received the La Quinta (a 2*) in this zone a few years back. That was not an experience I would like to repeat.
  5. Started bidding several days ago with $12. Went up a dollar each day. Bonus cash was expiring 7/31 so I wanted to try to take advantage of it. Have been a Priceline user since 2002 but this is my first time to receive bonus cash I could actually use. Bid each day for each size car, except compact and economy. Finally hit today. As always, used your PRICELINE link to start each bid. Here are the particulars: Bonus Cash Each Day $7.00 Offer $18.00 Offer With Bonus $25.00 Subtotal $90.00 Taxes and Fees $46.69 Total Charges $136.89 Lowest Published Price $275.57 Total Savings $138.88 (You saved 50%) Thanks!
  6. As always, started the bid with your PRICELINE link. I have been bidding this for about 2 weeks, starting at $60 and going up to $105. I was targeting Buckhead and Downtown. Today I hit at $100. Surprisingly the Marriott's rate is $359, higher than the other 4*s that we have previously gotten in this zone. This is a perfect location for us. Here are the particulars: Offer $100 Tax $22.57 Total $122.57 This is Labor Day weekend with a Saturday check-in. I had also been bidding 2.5* in the Buckhead zone, up to $60, with no success, for this same date. Very happy that I snagged a 4*.
  7. Another update on this hotel. Since our last visit there has been a complete interior remodel. Great new beds, carpet, furniture, the works. No refrigerator/microwave in the room we got this time. Improved breakfast with an grab and go option that is available earlier than the regular breakfast hours. A really great 2* facility.
  8. Started with the HOTWIRE link on this site. Got the hotel I thought this might be. Icons were: Breakfast Fitness Pool Business Internet Room Charge $49.00 Tax/recovery $12.83 Total $61.83 This is a Sunday night stay. The retail on the Hyatt Place site is $85.00.
  9. I have been bidding this, off and on, for about a month. Started low and bid up to $49 with no success. There are no sure free rebids at 2*, since I wanted a particular area. Yesterday, I bid $50 with no success. Hit today with $51. This is the most I have had to pay in this area and I have bid in the zone many times over the past 4 years. We have stayed at this Fairfield Inn before and are happy with our win. The lowest rate I found was $109 for this property. Rates in general were not high for the properties we have gotten before. Used the PRICELINE links on your site. Thanks!
  10. A new hotel for your list: La Quinta Inn Panama City 1030 East 23rd Street Panama City, FL 32405 850-914-0022 Had bid previously to $45. Lowest rate I found was $89 for this property, so not a big savings. I am familiar with this property and am pleased with the win. Reviews are very positive. Over the years, I have bid many times in this zone and not been successful, until this time. Started the bid at SavingsBarn.com. Thanks!
  11. I have been bidding this every few days for about a week. Had previously bid up to $80 with no success. Today my first bid of $65 was successful. Here are the details: Hotel Name: Crown Plaza Knoxville 401 Summit Hill Drive Knoxville, TN 37902 Offer: $65.00 Rooms 3 Nights 2 Sub $390.00 Tax $ 78.72 Total $468.72 Used the SavingBarn.com link to start my bidding. Thanks for the wealth of information this site makes available.
  12. We stayed here in July 2007 on a bid of $40. Both of our rooms were good. The front desk honored our request for 2 non-smoking rooms with 2 beds each and even gave us connecting rooms. There were no problems with maintenance or housekeeping. The valet was super fast. All of the staff were friendly and professional. This hotel is rated 2.5* but compares with a solid 3*. It also has free highspeed wireless internet. We did not try the restaurant. The location is great for Buckhead. It is very close to the Marta Buckhead station. There was no problem with noise and the HVAC worked great on a very hot day. The bath was large, the sink is outside so 2 people can get ready at the same time. Lighting was good. The beds were very comfortable and all of the linens were of good quality. We would be very happy to get this hotel again for such a good price.
  13. First bid yesterday $55 rejected with counter offer of $15, added free re-bid and increased to $56 which was also rejected with a $17 counter offer. Last bid for yesterday of $57 was rejected with no counter. Today I started at $58, rejected with no counter offer. Second bid of $59 was accepted. Lowest rate I found was a prepaid $142. This is a super savings for a holiday weekend. We are very pleased! As we always try to do, we started the bid with the SavingsBarn.com site. Offer $59.00 Subtotal $236.00 Tax/Fee $37.74 Total $273.74
  14. We last stayed in the Birmingham Sheraton in June of 2007. Our rooms were in the Atrium and were clean and comfortable. No maintenance or housekeeping problems. This is a solid 3*, if you get one of the renovated rooms. Be sure to ask for one. We never eat at the hotel, so can not comment on the restaurants. This is a big convention hotel and they are usually busy. We always use valet parking and have never had a problem. This is a good location for most anything in Birmingham as it is next to a major interstate. It can be a little impersonal but that is just due to its size. We always find the staff to be pleasant and professional. Not much to do in the immediate area but it is hard to complain for $50 a night!