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  1. I realize this post is old, but in the event someone looking for the same information find this post: -Street Parking overnight is free on most streets downtown, unless a winter parking ban is in effect. The official rule on that is "There is no parking on city streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. when 7 cm or more is forecast by Environment Canada in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow of more than 7 cm (for example, 5 to 10 cm)." If snow is forecast, best to check on the city's website to verify (Ottawa.ca). T That being said, if you park overnight on a weeknight, just be aware that there are often no-parking restrictions that kick in as early as 5:30-6:00am, so you may have to get up early and move your car. Shouldn't be an issue on a Friday or Saturday night though. -The underground garage at World Exchange Plaza is open 24/7 and is free on Saturday and Sunday. That being said, they do have "No Overnight Parking" signs at all entrances so YMMV as they have been known to issue tickets to overnighters on rare occasions.
  2. Used PRICELINE EXPRESS: Amentities listed on the booking confirmation:  Free Breakfast  Free Internet (in Room)  Pet Friendly  Indoor Pool  Non-Smoking  Gym  Handicap Accessible  Business Center Originally tried a Name Your Own Price bid at $65, was countered with a $85 offer, decided to use the Express Deals with the 10% off coupon for an effective $74 rate rather than attempting a rebid in 24 hours.
  3. Nothing much to say for this one. Nice property, not near much but only needed a place to sleep before the IndyCar race at pcono.
  4. Good deal - had the same hotel booked for $119 USD + tax ($135 USD total) with the AAA discount, got it on Priceline for $99 CAD + tax, $121.25 CAD total. Started bidding at $85 CAD in Airport and Airport West over the course of a couple weeks, I imagine the 99 CAD bid price works out somewhere around $89-90 USD. I was $1 away from giving up on bidding and sticking with my backup reservation.
  5. Started bidding in $2 increments at $40, got a win at $60. Was looking for 4* in either Downtown or Midtown, ended up getting a great deal at the Marriott (saving more than $500 compared to the lowest available price booking directly on the Marriott site!).
  6. Going through a few of my past bookings to share - this one was booked after missing a connection at CLT, so no chance to research it ahead of time. 3*, $73 rate, one night stay 1/7/2014-1/8/2014 Amentities: Free Parking Free Breakfast Free Internet Indoor pool(s) Airport Shuttle Fitness Center Pool(s) Business Center Self service laundry Kitchenette In-room accessibility
  7. The Millennium does have some nice rooms, worthy of a 3* designation - you just don't get them unless you book a "Superior Queen" or "Superior King" room on their website. Unfortunately they only brought a few floors of the hotel up to what I would consider a 3* designation. The rest of it hasn't been renovated since the hotel was lost their Four Points franchise (after originally being downgraded from a full Sheraton) This isn't even the typical "Worst room in the house for the Priceline customer" situation - you'll get one of the bad rooms if you book with any third-party agent, as they don't sell their best rooms anywhere else except their website. It's unfortunate, but there are better rooms available - I got them to move me into one last time I was there. You just need to pull teeth. I agree though, I would do my best to avoid this property. Having stayed at many of the 2.5* properties in or immediately adjacent to this zone (the Residence Inn among them), they are far better hotels than the Millennium - the only problem is you risk Priceline "upgrading" you to the Millenium by bidding for them.
  8. Looks like this property has been downgraded to a 3* by Priceline. Never stayed at a Doubletree before but this seems like a pretty good deal.
  9. 3*, $66, 5/17/12-5/18/12 Hotel Espresso on Rue Guy Amentities: Fitness Center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business Center High-Speed Internet Access
  10. I can confirm that the 3* on Hotwire with the five amentities listed (Fitness Center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business Center, High-Speed Internet Access) is most likely the Hotel Espresso. Matches up with one of my recent bookings which had it listed with those amentities as a 3*.
  11. Just to follow up - my Credit Card was charged in USD, and the numbers work out to a $40 USD/night room rate. Great deal for peak travel season, even taking in to account the $5.09 resort fee i'll have to pay when I get there.
  12. Was able to identify the property based on past reports on this website. $42 CAD a night, 12/27 - 12/30 (tried to put this in my title but I guess it was too long) Amenities were: Smoke Free, Complimentary Breakfast, Fitness, Pool, Hi-Speed Internet, Business, Laundry, Golf Happy with the price.
  13. The Sold-Out properties you noticed are probably sold out because of Canadian Thanksgiving.
  14. Bid up from 64-75 with no luck on 3.5* Started again at $45 at 3*, got the aforementioned Best Western City Centre for $45 a night, which turns out to be $18 less than HOTWIRE and $50 a night less than my reservation direct through the hotel. Thanks for your assistance. That PRICELINE box on the top right hand corner of this site really helps when doing the sign in-sign out thing :)