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  1. First try successful. Room subtotal:$101.00 Taxes & fees:$23.93 Total charged today:$124.93
  2. I started out looking for something in Manhattan, bidding $101 for a 4-star. I was appalled that, in addition to the usual "taxes and fees," they tacked on $28 for a "hotel fee," which I'd never seen before. I decided to go ahead anyway, but my offer was rejected and they counter-offered with $155 (not counting taxes, fees, and more fees, of course). I turned it down. Today I tried again, trying $111 for a 4.5 star in Manhattan. I got the same "hotel fee," this time of $30, and my offer was rejected. Then I tried Jersey City/Hoboken, first with an offer of $101 for a 4.5 star property. No hotel fee, but it was rejected with a counter-offer of $126. I turned it down and bid $111 for 4-star, and this was accepted. Room subtotal:$111.00 Taxes & fees:$26.15 Total charged today:$137.15 What is this "hotel fee,' anyway? The last time I used Priceline's name-your-own price, in December, I booked a 3-night stay in Charleston, SC, and there was no such thing. Is this an attempt to extract the last penny from people staying in the most expensive areas?
  3. Tried first for Saturday the 17th through Tuesday the 20th, but came up empty. So we switched to Sunday the 18th through Wed. the 21st. Bid for 4.5* at $91 rejected. Bid for 4* at $92 accepted. Room subtotal (3 nights): $276 Taxes & fees: $58.38 Total: $334.38 Bid through Better Bidding.PRICELINE link.
  4. Room subtotal:$56.00 Taxes & fees:$13.10 Total charged today:$69.10 Amenities: Free Internet in room, free parking, shuttle, spa, outdoor pool, gym, restaurant, business center. Bid through the Better Bidding PRICELINE links.
  5. I started at $100 for Strip South, then $105 for Strip South + North, then $110 for Strip South, North, and Vicinity East. All bids were for 5* hotels. Room Subtotal: $110.00 Taxes & Fees: $ 22.26 Total: $132.26
  6. This was a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal. I tried yesterday by bidding, but various bids of $120-$155 for a 4* or better hotel yielded nothing. We're also going to need a room for the night of Sept. 22, but since that's a Sunday, I expect we'll get something more glam for a similar price. B) Price: $105.00 Taxes & Fees: 22.61 Priceline Hotel Coupon: -$10.50 Total: $117.11
  7. Bid first a few days ago, looking for a 4* at $100. Rejected. Then tried 3 1/2* at $105. Rejected. Just bid $110 for a 3 1/2*. Accepted. Offer price: $110 Number of rooms: 1 Number of nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $220.00 Taxes & Fees: $43.62 Total Charges: $263.62 I lived in Hoboken in the '90s, so this visit will give me a chance to see how it's changed! Bid through BB.
  8. Started yesterday by bidding $70 for a 3* (I was fuddled and forgot to start with 4* :) ). Bid rejected, but with a note saying that I could get a room for $90. I skipped that and re-bid, beginning with 4* (how they let me do this, I don't know) at $75. That was rejected. I tried $80 for a 3 1/2*, also rejected. Today I bid $85 for a 4* and won. :) Room Cost (avg. per room, per night): $85.00 (USD) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $170.00 (USD) Taxes and Fees: $35.58 (USD) Total Room Cost: $205.58 (USD) Bid through BB PRICELINE link.
  9. 1st bid: $85 for 4*, rejected 2nd bid: $91 for 3.5*, rejected 3rd bid: $95 for 3*, accepted Doubletree Hotel Jersey City Newark (Jersey City) 455 Washington Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07310 201-499-2400 Check-In: Friday, September 17, 2010-03:00 PM Check-Out: Sunday, September 19, 2010-12:00 PM Room Cost (avg. per room, per night): $95.00 (USD) Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 2 Room Subtotal: $190.00 (USD) Taxes and Fees: $38.88 (USD) Total Room Cost: $228.88 (USD) Bid through BB PRICELINE link
  10. First try Monday: started at $75 for a 4*, rejected. Tried $80 for a 3.5*, also rejected. This morning, started at $80 for a 4*. Got a message that I could get a reservation if I increased my bid by $22. I rejected that. Then bid $85 for a 3.5*, and won. I was "upgraded" to the 4* Westin. :) I've never been there before--I understand it's new. I usually get the Hyatt. Used the Better Bidding Priceline link.
  11. Got this on the first try. :) Your Offer Price Per Room, Per Night: $80.00 Subtotal: $160.00 Taxes & Service Fees: $33.57 Total Charges*: $193.57 When I came here to post, I was intrigued to see that there's a new hotel in town: the Westin. Where exactly is it? At four stars, is it appreciably nicer than the Hyatt? It's also interesting to see that a new W Hotel is opening in Hoboken, where I used to live. I've heard wonderful things about this chain. Next time, maybe I'll try for it.
  12. Your Offer Price: $75.00 Number of Rooms: 1 Number of Nights: 3 Subtotal: $225.00 Taxes and Service Fees: $45.25 Total Charges*: $270.25 Got this on my first try. :) Maybe I should have bid lower. :)
  13. On first bid: 1 night (Sat., March 16): $81 Taxes & Service Fees: $20.92 Total Charges: $101.92
  14. Started with a bid of $81 for a 3*, was hoping for the Hyatt. Bid rejected, with a counter-offer of $103. Turned it down and re-bid at $82 for a 2.5*. Got the Marriott. Your Offer Price Per Room, Per Night: $82.00 Subtotal: $164.00 Taxes & Service Fees: $35.74 Total Charges*: $199.74 I've stayed here before. Not luxe, but fine for me. It's right next to the PATH train, very convenient.
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