carpediem888

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  1. Was diverted to Dallas due to Hurricane Harvey and used the PRICELINE EXPRESS feature to book a room immediately. While a seemingly high-quality hotel, this property has seen better days. It is rated a 3.5 star but it really is not since it had tatty carpets, a malfunctioning A/C in the room, blistered sheetrock above my shower, and a non-functioning wall unit hair dryer (discovered after my morning shower). I called down to the front desk and they sent someone up with a new hair dryer in a box. So, they were responsive. I informed the front desk upon checkout 8 hours after I checked in of all of these flaws - and the clerk wrote it all down to his credit. Still, Priceline could vet this property more rigorously. I had to stay a second day in Dallas delayed by weather - but I used Priceline for a different hotel: I did NOT want to stay here again. :) Offer Price:$72.94/night Number of rooms:1 Room Number of nights:1 Night Room Subtotal:$72.94 Taxes & Fees:$16.30 Total Charged:$89.24 Amenities listed on PRICELINE EXPRESS: Airport Shuttle (Free) Business Center Free Internet In Room Free parking Indoor Pool Non-smoking Rooms Pets Allowed Restaurant Swimming Pool
  2. After bidding unsuccessfully for weeks in the inner zones (Pearl, PSU, Lloyd Center), I expanded to Beaverton and Lake Oswego-Tigard. Still unsuccessful. Today, I added the Hillsboro zone and got this far-flung property near Hillsboro Airport. Who knew there was another airport out there? :) The Portland stop is my last on an Oregon road trip so this hotel will be fine as I turn inland from the coast. And, Portland isn't that big when compared to my own sprawling city. Bidding history: 3 star Hillsboro $99 rejected Countered by Priceline at $129 - I rejected this Add: Beaverton $109: failed Add: Lake Oswego-Tigard and bid $114 - accepted Offer Price:$114.00/night Number of rooms:1 Room Number of nights:2 Nights Room Subtotal:$228.00 Taxes & Fees:$48.14
  3. Oops. Even a veteran Better Bidding user can get caught up in the moment and post the wrong set of amenities. Ha ha! The deal is still available - and here is what shows BEFORE buying. (I realize that this is what will help future users.) Pets Allowed Free Parking Business Center Restaurant Free Internet Free Breakfast Indoor or Outdoor Pool Fitness Center No Smoking Rooms/Facilities
  4. Thought I had narrowed it down to the La Quinta Inn & Suites given its list of amenities and guest rating - but was surprised at the reveal that it was this hotel. On a road trip, so I'm not expecting Eugene to be a world-class hotel city so keeping an open mind. Definitely booked through Better Bidding website and used the PRICELINE EXPRESS 5% BB discount - thanks for this! Amenities list: Business Center Complimentary breakfast Complimentary continental breakfast Fitness Center Free High Speed Internet Free Internet Free parking Indoor Pool Non-smoking Rooms Pets Allowed Pool Restaurant Swimming Pool
  5. I have been bidding for weeks - and have been targeting the Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena (which is now in the LA Central) set of zones. I had drawn a bead on Glendale with an aim to get the Hilton Glendale but my bids between $83-$85 kept getting countered at $105. No thanks to that. Burbank had two 4-star hotels: this one and the Amarano from past wins - and I did not want the Amarano with its $35+/night parking fee. Won the Burbank Airport Marriott today and happy since I've stayed there twice before. Nicely kept property, good service, and convenient to exploring the Valley and Pasadena. I'm even okay with their $21/night parking fee. Many thanks for this great website! Offer price:$85.00/night Number of rooms:1 room Number of nights:3 nights Room subtotal:$255.00 Taxes & fees:$48.54 Total charged today:$303.54 Listed Amenities from Win Page: Free Internet (in Public Area) Pet Friendly Outdoor Pool Shuttle Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible Business Center
  6. Last minute decision to head to the Hill Country for some hiking this weekend. Opted to go the Priceline Express route. Trip Advisor and Priceline reviews are in the comfortable 8+ range so we'll see how it turns out. Amenities copied below: Free Breakfast Free Internet (in Room) Free Parking Indoor Pool Non-Smoking Gym Handicap Accessible Business Center
  7. Just wanted to add my two cents: a big "thank you" to AinA for posting a detailed history of her bidding process. Very useful! And, I want to also send a "thank you" to Thereuare for running a great website!
  8. PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal: Used the Better Bidding link to PRICELINE - and landed this well-regarded property (4.5 rating on Trip Advisor) for an overnight in Knoxville. Many thanks for this great website! Price per night = $65. Taxes/fees = $17.58 Total = $82.58 Free Breakfast Free Internet (in Room) Free Parking Outdoor Pool Spa Non-Smoking Gym Business Center
  9. Used the Better Bidding link to HOTWIRE - and used the $15 promo coupon (expired tonight). Very glad to have scored this hotel since it has really high ratings on Trip Advisor for a vacation in nature. Free parking Free breakfast Free Internet Pet friendly Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Self-service laundry Internet access Accessibility Accessible for visually impaired Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Accessible parking Roll-in shower
  10. Oops, my apology for forgetting to include the mentioned amenties by Priceline on the screen before purchase. - Pets allowed - Free parking - Free internet - Free breakfast
  11. Having made nearly 60 bids over the last month (largely 3.5 and 3-stars in this area and the South Bay: I'm not too picky), I finally threw in the towel and booked a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal. I was *this* close to winning my bid earlier this evening when they countered my $81 bid at $103. No thanks. Plus, I was already living on the edge with my visit just 3 days away. Yes, I had a fully cancelable reservation booked but still wanted to put this to bed. ;) I knew this hotel would be the one when I saw the listing since I had won it before. It is a decent place to hang one's hat for an extended weekend visit to a friend: nothing fancy. The free breakfast is pretty much a granola bar and a carton of milk but, luckily, I don't care since I'm going out for breakfast. Free parking is always a good thing. Daily housekeeping is not offered but I guess I get to pocket my budgeted tip money. Room Price: $74/night # of nights: 4 Subtotal: $296.00 Taxes and fees: $53.64 Total: $349.64
  12. After a few weeks of unsuccessful Name Your Own Price bidding, I went with a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal since it was pretty compelling. Did plenty of research on the 3-star hotels that were candidates for this deal - I'm optimistic that this hotel will be a good base for the visit. I used the PRICELINE link from this great website to help support Better Bidding, too. Room price: $66.00/night Number of rooms: 1 room Number of nights: 3 nights Room subtotal: $198.00 Taxes & fees: $45.09 Total charged: $243.09 Amenities: Free Internet (in Room) Free Parking Pet Friendly Pool Shuttle Non-Smoking Gym Handicap Accessible Business Center
  13. I've been bidding unsuccessfully for about 4 weeks for a family visit. Used the rebid strategy that Better Bidding provided (a great technique, by the way). Started with 3.5 stars and moved down to 3 star levels after exhausting some zones. Started in the $80s range until about two weeks ago then moved up to the $90s. In the last 2 weeks, I've been consistently offered a counteroffer to up my bid to $116 but I always rejected it. After seeing the 7% off coupon today, I put in a slightly higher bid since the 7% would roll it back. Success on the first try - probably could have shaved a few dollars off but I'm okay. Never stayed at the Sheraton but like Bellevue a lot.
  14. After weeks of bidding (usually once a day, until Priceline gave me 2-hour rebid options) on PRICELINE, I finally threw in the towel and went with this Hotwire deal a few minutes ago. The irony is that I matched the star level and area but Priceline wouldn't bite at my $86 bid (matching Hotwire's price). This may be proof that each of them operate independently of each other. Definitely used the Better Bidding HOTWIRE link - support these guys! Details on bid: Rate per night $86.00 Nights 3 Rooms ( 2 adults ) 1 Subtotal $258.00 Tax recovery charges + fees $70.32 Hotwire total $328.32 Amenities (copied from My Trips section): Free parking Indoor pool(s) Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Internet access
  15. After many weeks of bidding on Priceline and watching Hotwire, I figured that this was a fair deal at this juncture. I did some research after reading the Better Bidding hotel lists and figured that this would be the hidden hotel. Glad to have snagged it since they seem to have finished a renovation per their reviews on Trip Advisor. (I like to do a LOT of research. Ha ha!) As always, this is a great website! Details on bid: Rate per night $63.00 Nights 2 Rooms ( 2 adults ) 1 Subtotal $126.00 Tax recovery charges + fees $27.93 Hotwire total $153.93 Amenties (copied from confirmation page): Free parking Free breakfast Free Internet Pet friendly Indoor pool(s) Airport shuttle Smoke-free rooms Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Self-service laundry Internet access Accessibility Accessible for hearing impaired Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Accessible parking Roll-in shower