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  1. Hi - part of the problem is that your dates are sandwiched between two conventions - a veternarian's meeting at the front and a spa tradeshow on the other end. Neither meeting is a huge one like Comic-Con, however, because the meetings are at the Convention Center, downtown zone hotels become harder to get (since the convention people want to be walking distance to the Convention Center).
  2. Overall cost is a few cents over USD 85 after tax/PL service charge Earlier bids of USD 70 and USD 72 were not accepted. From reading reviews on different boards, the hotel seems to be in good physical shape. The main notes of concern are limited food options and (most importantly) the compromised airport shuttle situation on weekends - they run a shuttle from 06:00 to 22:00 on weekdays. however on weekends. they have some kind of "on-call" shuttle which implies that it is one ride only to be picked up and one ride when departing. In other words, if you want to go back to the airport to catch the train into the center city, you would have to pay a taxi fare of about
  3. This is a semi-educated guess: The 6:00 pm check-in time is there because the hotel is across the street from the Messe (very big convention center & exhibition grounds). When there is a big event (book fair, auto show) the hotel is packed and a 6:00pm check-in time gives them maximum flexibility to get the rooms ready for incoming guests. On days when there is no big show or convention, they are happy to give you your room much earlier.
  4. Not only is it Super Bowl AND Pro Bowl week, the NFL is establishing its headquarters on Ft. Lauderdale Beach for both events (Commissioner Goodell will be at the Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach, which is also where one of the two media centers will be). Between league officials, invited guests and members of the media, I think that FLL Beach is the worst place to try to stay that particular week.
  5. Keep in mind that Jan. 29th is just a few days before the Super Bowl (and the Pro Bowl as well) - this may account for those high prices.
  6. There is a big medical conference (immunologists) starting up in Berlin on the weekend before September 13th, so that may be tying up rooms at the latter end of the OP's desired date range (this may explain that $370 rate).
  7. I would also consider contacting the hotel(s) involved and trying to negotiate date changes directly with them. I hapened to be on the American Airlines website page for travel notices this morning, and noted that they (AA) is allowing some date changes for people affected by the Mexico/Czech Republic change. So this shows that at least one company is sensitive to the abrupt nature of this change, and is showing a little flexibility.
  8. Lots of re-bidding zones for 3.5* in Portland, so I was able to start low and increment upwards. The Sheraton seems to be the 'default' 3.5* property at the airport. I wanted it, as I have an early flight the next morning and didn't want any hassles with the shuttle in the morning (the Sheraton has a 24-hour on-demand shuttle). The total cost with taxes and PL fee came to just under $64 - the lowest rate at SPG.com was $159 :) :) In order to wish the Lakers good luck in the NBA Finals, I began my bidding by entering the PRICELINE site via the good-karma Better Bidding link.
  9. Using recent bid data, I figured that $47 was a good "strike point". First Bid: $45 in LAX zone - rejected Added Lawndale zone, Second Bid at $47 - ACCEPTED at Crowne Plaza Even with having to pay ~$10 for the internet access, it's still a substantial savings from the $159 best rate at crowneplaza.com :) As usual, I began my bid at the world-famous Better Bidding PRICELINE link :)
  10. Just needed a quickie overnight at the airport. BetterBidding seemed to suggest that $40 was the 'strike point'. My lowball bid of $38 was rejected - added North Everett zone and re-bid at $40, with success. Total charges with tax and fee were $53 plus a few pennies. Low rate at the hotel's website was $139 plus tax. As always, I was happy to use the famous BetterBiding PRICELINE link to start my bid - happy to do my part to support BB! :)
  11. The lowest I've ever gotten the Omni for in past years was $93 plus tax & fee, so I was pleasantly surprised to see reported successful bids at $73 and $75. I like the Omni best of the 4* properties because of the nice rooms, the free HSIA, the proximity to the Trolley and the morning coffee. I started at $73, and was successful on the first attempt. :) Total with taxes and fee was $90 plus change. Lowest rate on omnihotels.com was $269 :) As always, I was happy to use the BB's famous PRICELINE link to start my bid - every little bit helps, right?
  12. I live in the area, but needed a room for post-NYE-party sleeping without joining in the "Amateur Hour" cavalcade of drunks on the road (and risking a DUI). First bid of $48 was accepted - total was just over $61, once tax and Priceline fee was included. Considering that the lowest bookable rate on Marriott.com was $189 plus tax, I'd say that PL (and BetterBidding) :) did me well! As usual, I used the BetterBidding PRICELINE link to start my bid - happy to do so.
  13. I forgot to mention that, because the Hyatt Regency uses T-Mobile HotSpot as its internet provider, and because I already have a T-Mo HotSpot subscription, I'll be able to save another ten bucks on high-speed internet access!
  14. Need was for a quick overnight layover at the airport. Business travel must be at a low point, as most ORD-area rated seem lower than usual. First bid attempt @ $45 was accepted. Total with tax + PL fee was $59.04 Best rate at Hyatt.com was $139 + tax. Savings are somewhere in the neighbohood of $90 - not too shabby :) I did my part to keep Better Bidding going by getting to Priceline via BB's easy-to-use PRICELINE link.
  15. I live in the FLL area and in fact stayed at this hotel on New Years Eve (so that I didn't have to drive after a party). At that time I got the hotel, it was very clearly listed as a 3* (upgraded from my original 2.5* bid). The room was fine - spotlessly clean with no hint of mustiness (and I'm sensitive to that). I will note that my room (a corner room) did not have the flat-panel televisions, so I don't know if that room received the updraded TVs later of if some rooms just didn't receive them. It definitely had the new Marriott bedding, which is outstanding. I'm guessing that there is a reason for this hotel's increasing and agressive use of Priceline - not only is this the low season for hotels in this area, this particular hotel is very much a business oriented hotel (it is near the world HQ of the Citrix Corp. and also next to regional offices of Microsoft and Sprint). With the economic slowdown, it's probable that business travel is markedly down, causing them to scramble to fill more of their rooms. One nice thing about this hotel is that, rare for a full-service major-chain property, high-speed internet access is free.
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