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  1. With 5 re-bid zones (I get 20 bids), started bidding at $150 and increased by $5 increments. When I got to $190; a counter- offer of $248 was given. Since I had plenty of re-bids remaining, continued to go up by $5 increments. Finally, my $220 bid was accepted. Room total for 2 nights: $440.00 Taxes & Fees: $76.96 The Back Bay Hotel website (best) rate: $364 Hotel is in a great location & convenient to two different T stations. :)
  2. Amenities: Smoke Free Rooms, Fitness Center, Pool, Restaurant, Business Center, Laundry Facilities (self service), High-Speed Internet Access Holiday Day Inn website best rate: $181 Close to Carnegie Mellon U.
  3. Stayed @ the Loews Lake Las Vegas (formerly Hyatt) Aug 12-14, 2007 won on PL for $96/night. The Loews was ranked by PL as 4*, not a resort. IMHO, the Loews should be ranked as a Resort as it has all the amenities of a resort: on-site restaurants, small market, 3 pools (1 kiddie pool, 1 slide pool, 1 relaxation pool), putting green, golf course, & basketball court. Plus there is a $15/night Resort Fee. This fee covers free parking (self & valet), use of the gym, pool & children activities, daily USA newspaper, but it DOES NOT include Internet access (extra $10/day). There is a computer in the lobby that you can use (free) to check-in & print out your flight boarding tix. Requested & given non-smoking 2 dbl bed room overlooking relaxation pool. Beds are comfortable w/ down comforters, fluffy towels, 2 robes provided, & nice toiletries. Room safe; coffee-maker; no refrigerator; flat screen TV. Hotel was not crowded as there were plenty of lounge chairs by the pools. Can rent kayaks, paddleboats, or electric-motor boats on the lake. The Loews is isolated in a community of model homes & golf courses; about 35-45 mins. from the strip. The Ritz Carlton & the Montelago Village is just 5 mins. away (by car) w/ a small casino, shops & restaurants. Albertson's, Food4Less, Walgreen's, & fast food restaurants are about 15 mins. away on Lake Mead Pkway. The lobby & veranda (overlooking lake w/ turtle waterfalls) are very relaxing w/ plenty of comfortable seats. All the staff are very helpful & friendly. Housekeeping makes up your room late in the day; so don't expect your room to be ready after going out for the morning. Overall, a very nice stay! :)
  4. Needed an SFO airport hotel for 1 night before my flight. I saw member babyjesus' 8/1/07 $60 win for the Hyatt Regency SFO. 8/4/07 HR web rate=$129. Via savingsbarn.com link to PL, started bidding @ $50, $55, $58 [all rejected]. $60 was accepted! > 50% savings! :) Although babyjesus' savings were greater...8/1/07 HR web rate = $229, $60 seems to be the PL going rate for the HR SFO during this time period. Have stayed here in the past & have used their airport shuttle service for early AM flights. Very happy :) w/ this win.
  5. I stayed @ this HGInn twice this summer (6/22/07-6/25/07) and (7/12/07-7/14/07) on a winning PL bid of $50/night for both stays. By coincidence, I was assigned the same room #419 on both visits (requested non-smoking 2 double beds). At first I thought this was a "Priceline" room as it was the first room next to the elevators & ice/vending machines. But this room was fine (I did not hear the elevators' "ding" or traveling up/down the shafts nor the ice dispensing). B/C this hotel is located directly across Albany airport (ALB), you will hear the airplanes taking off, but since this is a small aiport, plane traffic was non-existentant after 10pm. The only noise you will hear is from the A/C window box unit. It is controlled by a thermostat, and when it kicks on & runs, it is loud. This may bother some people, not a problem for us. It is hot & humid in the summers here & you'll need the A/C on during the day. Fortunately, it cooled down in the evenings & the A/C was not running over-night. The beds are *very* comfortable (& if you are exhausted--you'll sleep like a baby (A/C noise or not). During our 1st stay the bedding was vellux blankets, however, they have since changed the bedding (to down comforters in duvets) & changed the shower curtain & bar (to the bow-type for more room in the shower/tub); Neutragena toiletries, plenty of fluffy towels for 4. Everthing was clean & updated (not old or worn); however a few stains on the desk chair & room's club chair (oh-well). In room refrig & microwave & coffee maker (complimentary coffee, tea, hot water provided in lobby as well). Small gym & indoor swimming pool downstairs (not too crowded) & use of a business center (copy machine & 1 PC w/ high-speed access). Sometimes you have to wait in line to use the computer, but most guests are quick (logging on for airline check-in, or map direction print-outs, etc.) Did not eat @ downstairs restaurant, but there's a 24 hours pantry (for purchasing drinks, ice cream, snacks, sundries). Plenty of free parking, location is very convenient (across the street from airport) & plenty of restaurants & stores on nearby Wolfe Road. Definitely need a car to get around. Guests were mostly business travelers (weekdays) & families (weekends). A great base for visiting nearby colleges: Siena College (Loudonville), Univ of Albany, SUNY Albany, Rennsalaer Polytechnic Inst (Troy) and Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs). The front desk, housekeeping & staff are friendly & helpful. Overall, two wonderful stays, would love :) to win this hotel again.
  6. Stayed here during July 1-4, 2007 (holiday). Got our King casita room on PL for $60/night (a little savings on the hotel's current Summer Splash special for rooms starting @ $89/night). Front desk check-in did not mention Priceline, but our check-in envelope contained a card that showed our assigned room number & also stated that room was pre-paid through Priceline. At check-out, the clerk mentioned that the resort was only 20% occupied during this Fourth of July holiday. He mentioned that our stay was pre-paid by Priceline & that we are being charged the $25 per night Resort Fee (ouch!). Supposedly, the Resort Fee covers: - daily newspaper (we didn't get a paper on our check-out day :) ) - high-speed Internet access - free use of tennis courts & fitness center - free parking IMHO, the Resort Fee is a bit high considering many hotels these days usually include all the above in the room price. If you want to use the sauna or jacuzzi spa you have to pay a fee even if you don't use the spa services. The La Quinta is a really classy place in the old "Hollywood" style, classic California Mission/Adobe architecture w/ lots of Mexican tiles & pavers. Beautiful lawns & flower beds w/ lots of fruit trees & water fountains. Very peaceful & relaxed atmosphere. Rooms (casitas) are arranged in clusters around a small pool (about 30 pools on this property). There is a large pool w/ cabanas (for rent) next to the tennis courts & fitness center. Since the resort was not full, it was considerably quiet (not crowded; plenty of lounge chairs) during our stay. However, there were lots of families here. Some noisy kids, some well-behaved kids. Fortunately, our neighbors & pool was very quiet. Our king casitas was very large w/ fireplace, small refrig w/ ice maker, two sinks in bathroom w/ shower-tub combo. It was 100-120 degrees during our stay & our central A/C worked very well. Bed was so comfortable; nice & firm w/ down pillows & comforter, good quality linens & fluffy towels. Did not eat @ on site restaurants, as there are plenty of restaurants nearby. Very convenient to gas stations, Vons/Albertsons/Trader Joes, Walgreens, Target, etc. The resort itself is about 30 mins from Palm Springs (downtown Palm Canyon Drive) & the PS Aerial Tram. It's about 45 mins to the Desert Hills outlet mall in Cabazon. The housekeeping & grounds staff were friendly & hard-working. All in all, this is a great resort w/ a lot of charm. Just don't expect it to be a fancy modern bustling resort w/ all the latest ammenities. Very happy :) to stay here again.
  7. Just returned from our stay (July 1 - July 4, 2007) @ the La Quinta Resort & Club. Yes, they did charge us the $25 per night Resort Fee, even though we did not have any other charges to our room bill.
  8. Have been bidding for months to get some kind of resort in Las Vegas. Failed (w/ bids up to $150) to get any Resort (too much over my $120 budget). Was hoping to get the JW Marriott in Summerlin--but no luck. I decided to go for the only reported hotel in Henderson, the Loews Lake Las Vegas (as it used to be a Hyatt Resort). Not sure why it's not rated by PL as a Resort, but is rated 4*. Very happy :) to get this win! Lowest web rate = $119 As always, Savingsbarn link to PL using this strategy: Bid Henderson 4* $65 [rejected] Add LAS airport bid $75 [rejected] New bid Henderson + Nellis $80 [rejected] Add LAS airport bid $85 [rejected, but counter-offered to add $22 more to my bid] New bid Henderson + Summerlin $91 [rejected] Add LAS airport bid $96 [ACCEPTED!] The last (accepted) bid seems to follow the "formula" of adding half the counter-offer ($85+$11=$96) Thank you, thereuare, for all your help on Resort bidding.
  9. Used SavingsBarn link to PLine to bid for a Resort in Palm Springs. Won the La Quinta Resort and Club (located in La Quinta, CA). Web rate = $89; not too keen on the $25/day Resort Fee; but it is expected that all Resorts in Palm Springs charge some kind of Resort Fee. Used this bidding strategy: Rancho Mirage/Indian Wells/Palm Desert zone Resort *: $50 [rejected] Add Indio: $55 [rejected] New bid: RM/IW/PD and Palm Springs zones Resort *: $60 [ACCEPTED!] La Quinta Resort And Club Rancho Mirage-Indian Wells-Palm Desert 49-499 Eisenhower Drive La Quinta, California 92253 Offer Price: $60.00 Subtotal: $180.00 Taxes & Service Fees: $31.28 Total Charges*: $211.28
  10. Started bidding on PL using the SavingsBarn.com link w/ this strategy: Summerlin: $90 <rejected> Add Conv Ctr: $95 <rejected> Add Fremont: $100 <rejected> Add Henderson: $105 <rejected> Add Airport: $110 <rejected> Add Nellis: $115 <rejected> Add W of Strip: $120 <rejected> No luck, no counter-offers. :) Luckily, I still have plenty of time for bidding; will try again. Patience is a Virtue. Or maybe increase my budget (closer to travel date)? Will also monitor the (Resort) JW Marriott's web price (to see if it goes up or down). Thanks so much for your help!
  11. I would like to get a Resort (e.g. the JW Marriott in Summerlin, as this is the only zone that currently offers Resort). Did not see too many posted wins for Resorts (as most people desire to stay on/near the strip). I need 2 rooms & the JW Marriott web rate = $194/night (for 8/12 to 8/14). - How much would it take to win a Resort? - Would Resort bidding be influenced by the finicky pricing of the strip hotels? - My max budget is $120/night, possible? - May be too early to bid for Resort? I also checked Hotwire & no resorts are offered for my dates. Any comments/feedback is very much appreciated. :) Thank you!
  12. Dear humble, I have no clue what the probability of getting the Hilton Suites b/c it's up to PL to make the hotel assignments. There is nothing you can do to influence which hotel you will get. There are many 3* hotels in the Disneyland zone, so I could have gotten any one of them. Good Luck!
  13. Here's my review of the Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange. Stayed here for 3 nights, Apr 9-12, 2007 (won PL bid $45/day). Arrived @ 3pm & was given a N/S 2 Dbl bed room (as requested) on 3rd floor by the elevator. Check-in clerk mentioned stay was pre-paid via PL. I consider this a "priceline" room as the hotel was not full during our stay & it would've been nice to be given a room w/ a better location. Our room was facing the freeway, but with the windows & balcony sliding door closed, we could not hear the freeway noise. However, we could hear the elevators' occasional "ding" as well as the "moaning" of the glass elevators traveling through the shafts. Since Disneyland was opened 8am-12midnight (CA Adventure 10am-10pm), we were out the entire days & were too tired to be bothered by this noise during sleep. Our suite consisted of a separate living room with pull-out double sofa bed, a club chair, a table w/ 4 chairs, a kitchenette (microwave, mini-frig, wet-bar sink, coffee maker). The bedroom had 2 dbl beds w/ down bedding. Extra bedding (down pillow + vellux blanket + sheets) for sofa bed stored in closet. Access to the bathroom can be reached from both the living room & bed room. Plenty of storage (closet & dresser). 2 TVs (one in each room). Plenty of free parking in the hotel parking lot. Room & bathroom (separate tub + shower stall) was updated, clean, towels large/fluffy. A/C worked fine & was quiet. We had trouble with a very slow shower drain; water pooled @ the bottom of pan, potential over-flow. Informed front desk on day 1, but when we returned (very late) from DL, the drain had not been cleared :) . Informed front desk again on day 2, drain was fixed when we returned late. Did not use the pools (a bit too cool this April spring week), but a few kids were in the outdoor pool. Swim towels are provided next to pool. No one was using the indoor (heated) pool or hot spa (both kind of small). Used gym (kind of small), not crowded, we were the only ones there. Did not eat @ hotel. We went to The Block (a shopping mall/restaurants) just a few blocks away & plenty of restaurants near the park. We did not use the shuttle, we drove to the park every day (~ 15 mins away via surface streets or via freeway depending on traffic + lights). You cannot walk back to the hotel from the park (a car/shuttle is necessary). Very nice :) stay, we would definitely stay here again if won on PL!
  14. Stayed 2 nights (3/16/07 - 3/18/07). All rooms at the Marriott properties are now all Non-Smoking (woo-hoo!). We were given a King suite on the first floor facing the freeway, amazingly quiet (as long as your windows are closed). The living room sofa-bed opens into a twin size only. Comfortable king bed w/ down blanket. Extra bedding supplied in closet for sofa-bed. Room/kitchen/bathroom all very clean. Housekeeping came late in the aftenoon. Didn't get to use the pool, was closed for maintanence. Included hot breakfast buffet was terrific, plentiful & attendant constantly replenishing breakfast items. Very convenient location next to freeway (680), BART station, and very close to Stoneridge Mall (w/ restaurants). A car is still needed (not w/in walking distance). Overall, very nice stay.
  15. Got this win by using the following bidding strategy: - Disneyland area 3*: $40 <rejected> - Add Anaheim Hills: $42 <rejected> - New bid, Disneyland + Laguna Hills: $43 <rejected> - Add Anaheim Hills: $45 <ACCEPTED!> Very happy :) to receive the Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange @ these savings! (Hotel Web rate= $161.00) It has a separate bedroom (from living room), plus a kitchenette (refrig + microwave oven), plus FREE PARKING! I continue to use the SavingsBarn link to PL. Many thanks to this website!
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