A few things:1. Priceline does not recognize a "downtown waterfront area". What it calls simply "Portland" is the entire city including both sides of 295 and the hotels by PWM. Your first 'strategy' is to read Priceline and know what its regions are for Portland. 2. You won't get any hotels near the waterfront. That means no Hilton Garden Inn in the Old Port and no Regency. 3. The three 3* star hotels with whom PL has an affiliation are the Eastland Hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Airport and the Clarion. If you get the Clarion or the Hilton Garden Inn Airport, you will need a car. You will be on the other of 295 and in need of a car. If you get the Eastland, you will be in the center of town but not on the waterfront. You'll be on the top of Congress Street within a stone's throw of the Portland Museum of Art. You can walk to/from the waterfront but expect it to take 15-20 minutes. The walk back to the hotel will be directly up hill. Another strategy? You have one free rebid and that's it. That's the Saco area. When are you going?