Was only bidding in this zone for 4* and up. Initial bid of $161 was rejected. Second bid of $172 was accepted after a short delay of a few minutes. I assume Priceline had to contact the hotel for some reason. Used the Better Bidding PRICELINE link.
Hotel amenities were just slightly different than posted on this board's list. For me, they were: free internet, parking, pets allowed, restaurant, business center, gym/spa (instead of "fitness center").
I was bidding for a 4-star in West Hollywood, using the non-4-star areas of LA for free re-bids. Starting with $108, I was rejected, and I raised the bid each time by $4 until $120 was accepted by the Andaz. This price seems to be a bit higher than other wins posted that are near my dates, but mine does include a Friday night. The hotel website's lowest rates are $196/night and $236 on Friday (an average savings of 42% using Priceline). Total taxes and fees added by Priceline was $81.04. I booked this the day before this post (9/15), and I did use the PRICELINE link from the BetterBidding website. This was the hotel I was hoping to get. Thanks to all the members and moderators of this message board for this valuable research tool!