betsybug

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  1. Amenities: Boutique hotel *, oceanfront, fitness center, pool, restaurants, spa Amazing deal. regular retail rate was $458. * new amenity
  2. Rack rate $354. Got 44% off for a Luxury Collection hotel in Embassy Row. Bid up to $170--no luck. On bidding page Priceline adds an arbitrary $25 "hotel fee" to cover 2 night resort fee. So the total would be $25 higher to bidding total. If you bid--and get a no-fee hotel like the Dupont--you will pay for a resort fee you shouldn't be charged. Amenities: Pet friendly, gym, restaurant, business center
  3. This was a Express Deal with this description. Guest Rating: 8 Guest Favorite Amendities: Restaurant, Business Center, Free Internet I loved this boutique hotel and the quiet residential zone around it. Except for one bus (22 on Clark to the Loop), the public transportation is a 2-5 block walk. I will post my hotel review.
  4. Unsucessful bids up to $75 on 4.5* and 4*. This was lowest 3.5* in zone--$100.
  5. On Priceline paid site JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert is downgraded to 4*. There is no 4.5* bidding in Rancho Mirage-Indian Wells-Palm Desert zone.
  6. This winning PRICELINE bid price beat the PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal for this hotel of $177. I could tell it was the same hotel because there was only one 3.5* in this zone. Lowest rack rate was $229.
  7. On PRICELINE / Travelocity list the Inlet Tower Hotel has been downgraded from 2.5* to 2*. If the 2.5* zone has any hotels, I don't know what they are. The PL/TL site has 2.5* Alaska Grand, which is a suite hotel by the railroad station.
  8. PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal. Amenities: Free Internet, Pets, Restaurant, Business Center, Fitness Center. On open PL site price $192 today. Better deal than my conference hotel next door for Omni Shoreham at $202.
  9. Please update the Priceline list for Anchorage. This hotel was downgraded from 3.5*. I bid 3* in this zone so I could avoid this hotel. There are numerous Trip Advisor and PL reviews that say it is dirty and out-dated. It is surprising that a luxury chain like Millennium would not update this hotel on the furnishings and mechanicals--or at least clean it up and get rid of the smoke smell. The other 3* hotels in this zone are great, with breakfast and free internet---Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood, Residence Inn. With the exception of the Courtyard, they are located in Midtown away from the airport. If you want to avoid the lesser hotels around the airport (Millenium and Coast International), you have two choices. On Priceline bid the Downtown zone at 3.5* and 3*. Or use Hotwire's Downtown and Midtown zones.
  10. High prices in all central LA zones. Lowest price on this hotel was $269--44% savings. Hope it's good.
  11. Amenities: Breakfast, Fitness Center, Business Center, Pool, Free Internet, Free Parking Based on research (check Hotwire for hotel+car) I thought this would be the Drury Inn & Suites. But this will be fine and has an 85% favorable rating on Hotwire.
  12. There are very low rates for 4* hotesl in downtown Chicago on Easter weekend, but I got no deals on Priceline. In 4* and 3.5* North Michigan Avenue-River North zone I bid up to $65 without success. These 4* hotels were at or under $100! Drake, Sheraton, W Lakeshore, Avenue Crowne Plaza, Whitehall, Millenium Knickerbocker. In 3.5* the Wyndham was $89. So I booked the Conrad Hilton (PL 4*-former 5*)for $105 (advance purchase) with free internet and coffee/tea. Hilton Honors members get hot breakfast if over Blue level. I've wanted to stay there and the lowest no-penalty rate was $175. Aftet I booked, I saw Hotwire rates have dropped. Several 4.5* and 4* properties in downtown zones are $76-$90 - probably James, Conrad, Omni, or Palmer House Hilton.
  13. Lowest rate $129. When hotel rates are low in Chicago, this is a common hotel to win at $55.
  14. Lowest rate on hilton web-site $259. Rejected counter-offer $106. Busy weekend - sold out hotels and high prices.