Maleficent

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About Maleficent

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  1. Hi there! Used the revealhotels.com website (thanks for this, fantastic!). By chance the website revealed that one of the listings was an excellent chance of being Mystic Dunes. It is perfect for us as we're there for a week already with our friends as part of a time share so it'll be great not having to move property. Albeit we'll likely have to move rooms but that's no problem. Amenities: Resort, Condo, Free parking, Free internet, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Internet access, Golf nearby, Tennis nearby, Kitchenette Absolute steal of a rate too. Thanks very much.
  2. Good afternoon, A nice win for me with the relatively high prices I was seeing in the DC area for my stay. I have friends staying in Dupont Circle so this limited me in my bidding etc. Amenities: Pet friendly, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Golf nearby, Spa services I used your HOTWIRE link along with a $30 coupon so total stay excluding resort fees was $268.56. Resort fees per night for this property are $21.10 should you be interested.
  3. Hi there, PRICELINE links used for all searches/rebids. Following strategy was used: Dates: 4/25 to 4/26 LHR North/South $48 Declined - Rebid offer if I bid $58 LHR North/South/Northeast $50 Declined - Same rebid offer of $58 LHR North/South/Northeast/South Ruislip $53 - Accepted. Eager to try out these Doubletree cookies everyone goes on about!
  4. Hi, A win report for you. Been bidding for the past week trying to get somewhere more central but the prices were just not worth it. Pretty pleased with this win which was won with the following strategy: Docklands $90 Declined Offered a counter at $122 Docklands, Regents Park, Bloomsbury $100 Declined Docklands, Regents Park, Soho $106 Declined Offered a counter at $122 Docklands, Regents Park, Westminster $112 - Win Breakdown: Room Cost (avg. per room, per night): $112.00 (USD) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Guests Per Room: 2 Number of Nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $224.00 (USD) Taxes and Fees: $54.48 (USD) Total Charged to Card: $278.48 (USD) (All prices are in US dollars) PRICELINE links were used for each search.
  5. I think this is a match for the Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa as I just won this hotel on Hotwire for my dates (5/3 - 13/3) with similar amenities.
  6. Finally have an update for you and, thankfully, a win! An update for your Hotwire list as I won the Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa in I Drive S/SeaWorld which is now a 4* up from 3.5*. The following amenities were present: Resort Free Parking Studio Daily Housekeeping Children's Activity Program Fitness Center Pool(s) 24-hour Front Desk Laundry Facilities (self-service) Tennis Nearby Spa Services Kitchenette Rate breakdown (please also note that Hotwire quotes a $10/day resort fee): Hotel Rate per night: $69.00 Nights: 8 Rooms: 1 Tax recovery charges & fees: $78.15 Subtotal: $630.15 Trip total: $630.15 I used your links for all my searches on PRICELINE and on HOTWIRE. Interestingly, I bid up to $70 on Priceline in SeaWorld and LBV with free rebid zones and got zip. Mixed reviews but recently they have on the whole been good so I'm looking forward to it and the price is excellent given comparable rack rates. M
  7. PRICELINE doesn't work that way. You must be willing to accept anything within that star range or above. Hotwire will give you a better idea of what you'll receive but even that isn't bulletproof. Only bid if you're prepared to accept what they give you!
  8. Oh dear, it didn't show me the approval rating. Thanks for letting me know of that little gem! And yes, that was the list after clicking all amenities. Think I'll give this one a miss and perhaps try to bid on PRICELINE. Thanks very much for your help, Aaron. I'll update this thread with what I decide to do. Should be tonight or tomorrow.
  9. Hi all, Looking to use Hotwire for something approaching last minute for the dates above. I've got a 3* with the following facilities, in the I Drive South/SeaWorld area: Free Parking Free Breakfast Free Internet Suite Fitness Center Pool(s) Business Center High-Speed Internet Access Kitchenette I'm struggling to find a match. HOTWIRE advises that TA gives it 3.5/5. I've used your links to search and I will of course use it if I go ahead, however does anyone have any ideas? It also charges a resort fee of $4.95/day. M
  10. Hello all, After exhausting my bids for a 4* for this weekend I dropped down to 3*. I'm weary of 3* in London so kept my bidding to Regent's Park, The City and Docklands. Started off at 80, rebid 85 and rebid 90. I see another member got the exact same deal! Really happy about my win, was starting to worry haha. The price breakdown is as follows: Room Cost (avg. per room, per night): $90.00 (USD) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Guests Per Room: 2 Number of Nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $180.00 (USD) Taxes and Fees: $44.80 (USD) Total Room Cost: $224.80 (USD) A massive saving over the rack rate. I used the PRICELINE links for all of my bids/rebids. Thanks, M
  11. Thanks very much for the advice, AaronJB. Hopefully if the weather isn't too cold I'll take a walk up as I think it's a great way to explore. Thanks again to both of you for all your advice, now it's just on to enjoying the sights. Happy holidays to you both.
  12. Many thanks for all your advice! While the suite was lovely and had great reviews I felt it would be a bit wasted on me. I've just won the Hotel Felix for $62 and whilst it's a mixed bag review wise most complaints are about room size. Being from the UK I'm used to our small hotels anyway! The breakdown is as follows: Room Cost (avg. per room, per night): $62.00 (USD) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Guests Per Room: 2 Number of Nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $124.00 (USD) Taxes and Fees: $27.30 (USD) Total Room Cost: $151.30 (USD) I saw from AaronJB that there's a whole foods nearby which will be good for snacks etc. Can I use your advice some more and ask the best way to get from ORD and perhaps some nice restaurants you recommend? I'll be on my own so don't have to impress anyone, just some good pizza would be awesome! Thanks again and I also used the PRICELINE links for all rebids.
  13. I'd like to pay a max of $80/night for the Chicago stay as it seems to be quite a bit cheaper than Boston. While a 4.5* would be lovely I will be out of the hotel for most of the day so a 4* will suffice nicely. I also don't mind bidding with Priceline, the lowest possible price means I have more to spend on shopping etc. Should I stick to the North River zones or should the Millenium Loop be considered too? I don't mind getting the subway etc but not too sure how late they run at night etc. Any advice would be great.
  14. Hi there, Similarly to my Boston stay this will be my first time in Chicago and I'm eager to pack in as much as I can. I'd also like to possibly hit the bars at night and Aaron has suggested I stay north of the river. That's absolutely fine with me. I'm looking for a 4* the same as Boston and my stay dates will be 12/12 - 12/14. Do you have any suggestions on what to start off on and perhaps any other areas worth bidding for? Many thanks in advance! I will of course use the Priceline/HOTWIRE links.
  15. Hi again! Sorry for the sustained silence but I have not forgotten, was just taking my time bidding. I am happy to report that I got a win at $99 for the 4* Onyx. The reviews seem extremely positive and the photos looks great, I am absolutely thrilled. Many thanks for all your help, I'm now off to try the Chicago stay! I used the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links for all my searches and bids. The breakdown is as follows: Room Cost (avg. per room, per night): $99.00 (USD) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Guests Per Room: 2 Number of Nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $198.00 (USD) Taxes and Fees: $38.42 (USD) Total Room Cost: $236.42 (USD)