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  1. If you are driving, and have no need to go downtown, etc., I would highly recommend staying in the Toronto North-Vaughan zone. Toronto traffic is bananas these days and this zone provides much easier and quicker access to the Rexall Centre for the most part (basically up and down Jane Street). If you will be using public transit, the Toronto North-North York zone is better for TTC access to the York University campus.
  2. Rate is a bit higher than usual, because of the Mutek Festival centered at the Place des Arts, but this was the best choice in the area (5 minute walk to the festival). Easily identified from the amenities listed on the BetterBidding Hotwire list for Montreal East, which matched exactly (the Spa and children's activities differentiate it from the Hyatt). Winning bid was $164 Canadian, which BetterBidding has converted to USD (now that I know to use that feature :D ). Free Internet Pet Friendly Indoor Pool(s) Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business Center Internet Access Spa Services Children' activities Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Accessible parking
  3. After several days of checking both Hot.wire and Priceline.Express Deals, and bidding in several zones on Price.line, I finally won this hotel. Wasn't looking for anything fancy this time, but I was slightly disappointed when I won the Ramada. I was expecting the Radisson if I won in this zone, but that's the chance you take -- you never know when a new hotel will be added! Reviews are mixed, but with free parking in downtown L.A., one can't complain too much! OOPS -- wrong hotel in the title. I actually won the Ramada Los Angeles/Downtown West, but can't figure out how to change the title of my original post!
  4. Yes, it does list "in-room accessibility" as well. Didn't realize that was considered an amenity -- should be standard in any half-way decent hotel in 2015! Good deal indeed -- best rate listed anywhere else, including the hotel website, started at $325 CND, so saved over $300, plus tax, on four nights! Note my win is $247 Canadian, which is about $204 American these days (unfortunately for us Canucks)!
  5. Only 4* hotel in this zone, so I was 99.9% sure it was the hotel I wanted! With the help of the BetterBidding Hot.wire list, I was able to match the amenities as well! Free Breakfast Free Internet Fitness Center Restaurant(s) Business Center Internet Access
  6. Sorry, you are correct. I mixed up the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE lists, both of which I saw before making my decision! The PRICELINE EXPRESS amenities did not include Smoke-free, just the other three. It was the "Pets Allowed" which led me to the Westin guess! It also had an 8.0 guest rating and was a "Guest Favorite".
  7. Got this using Priceline's "Express Deals". Amenities matched those associated with the Westin on Hotwire, so I took a chance and my hunch proved correct. Actual amount listed was $113, which became $108 with Priceline's Fall 5% off deal! Similar hotel was offered on Hotwire for $134, which I suspect was also the Westin! Amenities: Pets Allowed, Smoke Free Rooms, Fitness Center, Business Center Started everything with BetterBidding's PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links, of course!
  8. Tried bidding up to $85, using both free re-bid zones, and had no luck. Then took a look at the PRICELINE Express Deals and noticed the hotel I was hoping to get for only an extra $1, so I took it! (I am actually surprised I didn't get a counter-offer around $80!) There are only 3 possibilities in Newmarket, and only one of those fit the amenity list, so I was pretty confident of the outcome. Same hotel (most likely) was $99 on HOTWIRE, and $118 CAA rate direct with the hotel, so a decent deal. Amenities were: free breakfast, free wifi, free parking, business centre, fitness centre and swimming pool. Started everything off with the BetterBidding HOTWIRE and PRICELINE links, as always!
  9. Won on the first bid! Guess I should have started lower . Never stayed here but have read mixed reviews -- great location but "tired" rooms... . Will find out next week!!
  10. Started bidding at $75. Offered a free re-bid at $88. Declined and used a free re-bid zone (West Jersey City, which only had a 2* max), split the difference ($6) and won the Hilton. CAA/AAA rate is $123, so a good deal. Was hoping for the Marriott at EWR, as we have a 6am flight, but the Hilton is less than a mile on the free 24-hour shuttle, so I'm happy! Used the BetterBidding PRICELINE link above, as alwas!
  11. First bid was $55, offered a free rebid at $67. Passed on the offer, added a free rebid zone (Bellevue) and won on my next bid of $59. Advance purchase rate on the Hyatt site is $142, so a great deal, even though there are renovations going on daily after 10 am (I'll be up and long gone by then!) Started everything by using the BetterBidding PRICELINE link, of course!
  12. Sorry, not used to dealing with amenities and PRICELINE . They were, to the best of my memory: Pool(s) Pets Allowed Restaurant Business Centre Fitness Centre Bed Choice (that one I'm sure of...)
  13. Used the PRICELINE "Express Deals" feature, as the offer included a bed choice and we absolutely needed two beds this trip. Was hoping for the Sheraton as it's a five minute to the Bell Centre, but the Omni is a great hotel too and still only about a fifteen minute walk. Best rate on the Omni site was $143, so a decent savings. Started everything with the BetterBidding PRICELINE link as always!
  14. Decided to go right to San Francisco from L.A. for the off-night on my trip. Tried the PRICELINE "Extend Your Trip" feature from my previous PRICELINE WIN at the Hyatt without success. They offered me a room for $321, Hyatt BAR was $349, so I decided to take a chance and bid instead. Unfortunately, got the Hilton this time, which means a hotel change, but it beats paying the Hyatt rate, and the Hilton looks great too! Won with 2 rebids ($125, $135, win at $141). Started everything as usual with the BetterBidding PRICELINE link, of course!
  15. TravelZoo currently has details of a $99 special at the Sofia. Click here for all the information. There are some black-out dates, but hopefully you can make it work.
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