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  1. Bid up from $80 to $105 before getting the Hyatt. Perfect for a pre-cruise. Total $254 for 2 rooms, 1 night. FWIW, my own view is that those having to pay $120+ are probably bidding too early for their stays this year. I was watching the Express deals which were up at $150+ until a week or so out, then fell to $120.
  2. Late notice bid - did this on the 9th. Tried $50 and then jumped to $70 and was accepted. Was hoping for the JW, and in fact this hotel is a bit disappointing. The JW is on the beachfront, and shares its site and facilities with Phuket Beach Club apartments. Then this hotel is behind the neighbouring Anantara property. You get a free buggy ride to the JW (beach access, restaurants, not pool), and the Mai Khao has its own restaurant and pool. It's not good news this property has come up. You get a massive 2 bed apartment with kitchen but that's not much help to us or to many Priceliners. There
  3. Stayed 24-27th August (sorry Blindman - too much to see but mainly too disorganised to fit that beer in). We managed our entire 11 night holiday through PL and this was undoubtedly the best deal. Our second best PL deal ever in fact. A very nice hotel - I've seen a few comments about it looking a bit shabby but thought everything was nicely up together, quiet and clean. Nice big King bed, and complimentary half-bottle of Chardonnay in the room - what's that all about? Oh and the view :) - yes it does appear all the King rooms look towards midtown, but downtown is just as spectacular. To/from
  4. A new one for the lists. Had bid up to $115 (also bidding Brewster), and struck at $125. $153 on their website, so a modest saving. Looks a nice hotel, and a good rate for Cape Cod in the summer. Used SavingsBarn as always!
  5. Thanks! Sounds like driving could be difficult, and I didn't realise how cheap a cab would be (makes the whole deal even better), so I think we'll stick the the Stamford plan. I kind of like the idea of arriving first up at Grand Central anyway.
  6. thereuare, as you're local, I wonder if you might be able to help me out with a query. At the moment, we are dropping our rental car in Stamford, CT and getting the metro to Grand Central. Is it then easy to get to the Hyatt via subway or PATH or should we just get a cab (will have 2 suitcases and a bag). Alternatively, what's it like driving to Jersey City from Conneticut. Do you know how long would it take from Stamford (we'll plan to arrive around 6/7pm, which probably isn't ideal)? I understand the Hertz in JC is in the Hyatt's lot so that would work very well. Alternatively, is there anyw
  7. Accepted first bid :) at $45. Didn't see it coming - expected the Wyndham or Radisson maybe, but this will do nicely. Via SavingsBarn.com of course. C$259 direct!
  8. Bid $75 then accepted at $85, through SavingsBarn of course. Hotwire wanted 108, website 120 so a modest saving. I was actually bidding 2* and got upgraded - had hoped for the Hampton Inn but could have got something much worse so very pleased.
  9. YEAH! It was a tester but... Accepted for all three nights at $65 (HW dropped to $96). Surely the best deal going. Bid through SavingsBarn. Thanks again!
  10. Thanks for your continuing help. Don't really fancy the Doubletree. I've made a cancelable booking at the Holiday Inn Wall Street for $144, Friday and Saturday, and will keep trying Midtown to $150. And watch out for low Hyatt JC rates if I can get the 3 nights. Any thoughts on staying Downtown at the weekend? I could switch my rez to the Crowne Plaza UN (under renovations) for $169.
  11. Bid up in $5 steps and got this hotel. Was hoping for the Sheraton Centre on a vague hope of adding the previous night (AIDS conference has most hotels sold out on 8/16) - if it was available it probably would have been over budget anyway, so we'll likely stay at the airport that night. Bid through SavingsBarn.
  12. 8/21: Bid $50, having tried $60 for 3*. Website rate $129, and I think it beats the 3*s anyway. Had seen a $52 success, so might have bid less, but a great deal.
  13. Sorry thereuare, I'd missed your comment. We driving down from Cape Cod and I was asking if, instead of (1) three nights in NJ, it would be a decent plan to (2) stop the first night in Stamford and then get the Metro to NYC and stay there for two nights. Three nights in NYC would be too expensive, but (2) would only be a litle more than (1) and might be worth it to be in the middle of NYC. Of course it's a bit of a pointless question at the moment. With the Hyatt looking unlikely, I tried (2). From Hotwire 8/24 in Stamford should be okay, but I bid up to $150 for 4* MTE & MTW 8/25-27 witho
  14. I know I'm taking a chance, but as I say I have two ways of going this trip. Hopefully I won't find both options closing at the same time. So on that basis I think it's worth seeing what happens in the next few days.
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