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  1. Amenities: Hotel Amenities Free Internet In Room Free Parking Free Breakfast Pets Allowed Indoor Swimming Pool Airport Shuttle No Smoking Rooms/Facilities Fitness Center Handicapped Rooms/Facilities Business Center Free Internet In Public Areas Free Internet Access Swimming Pool Was the cheapest deal I could get for the dates and despite the hotel being 2.5*, it's a 9+ rating, so hoping it's decent for the couple days.
  2. Saw two Buffalo Airport (BUF) hotels going for $60 and $63 in different Airport Zones (Williamsville vs. Cheektowaga). The $60 deal had a note saying I've stayed there before, which would be the Salvatore Garden, with 8+ rating. I took a chance with the $63 hotel that had a 9+ rating and it turned out to be the Aloft Buffalo Airport Hotel. The amenities are listed below. Free Internet Free Parking Airport Shuttle Fitness Center Non Smoking Pets Allowed Swimming Pool I used a 10% off coupon that I got in my email recently, but I did click on the PRICELINE link.
  3. Saw a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal for $67 CAD for a 3* in the Niagara Falls, NY (Buffalo) zone. Wingate by Wyndham was currently $73 as the visible listing price. I started bidding at $62 CAD, added the one re-bid zone, then took a risk and added another zone of an area where I didn't mind the hotels in that area (I had a feeling I would get Wingate by Wyndham, but you never know!). I ended up winning at $64 CAD/night. I figured this isn't bad for a fairly new hotel (I read it opened in 2015?) with free parking, internet, and breakfast! Clicked the PRICELINE links!
  4. Saw a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal for $88/night. I started bidding at $70 and worked my way up. Took a few tries, but eventually got Le Meridien Versailles at $85/night. Clicked on the board PRICELINE links!
  5. Missed out on a $98USD/night 4* deal last week in the same zone. This $140CAD/night win according to the website equates to about $112USD/night... not a horrible price increase for what seems to be a horrendously busy weekend...
  6. Second hotel for my split 5-night stay in Honolulu, Oahu. I got Hotel Renew in Waikiki Beach - Kuhio Beach. I was aware there's a pretty steep resort fee that came with this one, but the hotel had better ratings, looks much more updated, and at least came with what seems like a full breakfast. Ultimately, it was still cheaper than most other similarly rated hotels in Waikiki. I got the hotel for $168CAD/night while it was listed at $234CAD/night. So a decent deal, despite resort fees! Amenities: Free Internet Bed Choice Non Smoking Pets Allowed Very Good: 8+ 50 verified guest reviews P.S. I used the Better Bidding 5% coupon and clicked through the PRICELINE links! :)
  7. Decided to book a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal while the current coupon was still valid. I decided to split my 5 nights in Honolulu, Oahu between 2 hotels, the first a bit cheaper than the second (I'll report on the second one in a separate post). I got The Equus, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member in Waikiki Beach - Ala Moana for the first 3 nights. Got it for $123CAD/night on PRICELINE EXPRESS while it was advertised as $156CAD/night when browsing all hotel listings. Amenities: Free Internet Non Smoking Swimming Pool Good: 7+ 90 verified guest reviews P.S. I used the Better Bidding 5% off coupon and clicked through the board PRICELINE EXPRESS links! :)
  8. After lots of back and forth searching, I saw a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal for $170 for a 3.5* hotel in the Kahului (OGG) Airport area. The only hotel available through regular searching was the "Courtyard By Marriott Kahului Airport", so I had a feeling this is what I was bidding for. I had an extra discount from a recent PL stay, so I used that on the purchase... Not sure if the original price should be reflected in the reported win, but it was $170 - 15% ($25.50) = $144.50USD/night. When on the confirmation page, the amenities just say: Amenities: No Smoking Rooms/Facilities But on the search window that lists various hotels, this is what the amenities hover-over looks like: Free Internet Bed Choice Airport Shuttle Business Center Fitness Center Non Smoking Restaurant Swimming Pool Overall, pretty pleased with the purchase. Happy that it's a name-brand chain, reasonably priced, centrally-located (it's not beachfront, but beaches are a reasonable drive away since it's so central). Apparently it's a fairly new hotel with Costco right behind it. Parking is $10/night, but there are no listed resort fees and I'm hoping to make use of the airport shuttle and pick up the car rental the following morning (and forgo the first night of parking since I likely will want time to unwind the night before).
  9. I just checked and see it. If it helps, I ran a search using OGG airport and it comes up at $137USD. Is Lahaina still a reasonable distance/convenient location from things to do in Maui? The Kihei accomodations seem to have a higher rating and more reviews, but the Lahaina accomodations price point is more within my budget... Thank you!
  10. I think overall, I'm just a little hesitant about condo-style accomodations as I've read some mixed reviews about people staying in condos that were not as well maintained... but if given a decent, clean condo, I'd be OK with it. Hoping to take advantage of a 10% off coupon I got in my email... I see these Priceline Express deals right now... any ideas? ($96USD/$126CDN) 3.5* Condo - North Ka'anapali - Lahaina (Honokowai) Good (7+) Rating, 40 verified guest reviews Hotel Amenities Free Parking Business Center Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool Condo Fitness Center ($136USD/$179CDN) 3* Hotel - Kihei (Kihei) Very Good (8+) Rating, 400 verified guest reviews Hotel Amenities: Free Internet Indoor or Outdoor Pool No Smoking Rooms/Facilities The 3.5* condo is right in the price range that I was hoping for, but the 3* hotel seems like a safe bet... Curious to know your thoughts? Based on the number of reviews I imagine the 3* Hotel is "Aston At The Maui Banyan". I'm having trouble deciphering the 3.5* condo, but is "Kahana Falls Resort" a condo? Thanks in advance!
  11. As requested, here is the separate thread for the second leg of the trip! I'm looking for help booking hotels for a trip to Hawaii that is taking place August 8 - August 18, 2017. Tentatively thinking of breaking the trip up as follows: Maui for Aug 8 - Aug 13. Oahu/Honolulu for Aug 13 - Aug 18. This thread is for the Oahu/Honolulu portion of the trip. The changeover date is currently flexible... I have it split down the middle (5 days and 5 days), but I'm not sure if between the two more days should be spent at one or the other? As a first-timer in Oahu, I imagine there will be enough to do within Honolulu for 5-days that I should just book all my accomodations there? Also, currently looking at Priceline Bidding for a 4*, but is 3* or 3.5* considerably better value/affordable? I know it's not entirely low season (knowing Christmas is high-high season), but prices do seem a little steeper than I was hoping for. Seeing PRICELINE EXPRESS deals for 4* for $250USD-$400USD! Would there be a possibility of getting a 4* for $150USD??? If I go with 3* instead... would I be able to get it down to $120USD and still get a decent hotel (not condo) since I'm seeing $130USD+? Thanks in advance!
  12. To be honest, I don't know too much about Maui, but first preference goes to a hotel rather than a condo accommodation. I would like to stay somewhere rather central/convenient, but being able to stay within budget is important to me. I think I would like to stay in the Kahului/Kihei/Wailea-Makena zones... but if any of the Ka'anapali zones turn up much cheaper, I would consider it (unless it's considered really far away from things to do?) I'm seeing 4* currently going for $250USD+! I think my inital hopes would be unreasonable... Would it be unreasonable to hope for a 3* hotel (not condo) within the $120USD or lower range?
  13. Hello! I'm looking for help booking hotels for a trip to Hawaii that is taking place August 8 - August 18, 2017. I'm currently looking at Maui for Aug 8 - Aug 13. Then probably Oahu/Honolulu for Aug 13 - Aug 18. The changeover date is currently flexible... I have it split down the middle (5 days and 5 days), but I'm not sure if between the two more days should be spent at one or the other? Also, currently looking at Priceline Bidding for a 4*, but is 3* or 3.5* considerably better value/affordable? I know it's not entirely low season (knowing Christmas is high-high season), but prices do seem a little steeper than I was hoping for. Thanks in advance!
  14. I saw a Priceline Express deal for $98 CAD for the date I wanted, so I bidded starting at $70-80CAD, no luck. Then $80-89CAD, no luck. Tried $80-89CAD again and then won on $89CAD. Got "Salvatore's Garden Place Hotel, An Ascend Collection Hotel". Considering a lot of comparable places in the Buffalo/Niagara region that weekend is in the $200-300 range, I'm pretty pleased with the deal, and it comes with free breakfast! :)
  15. Update: I will have to close this thread for now as travel plans regretfully fell through, but will re-open as Chicago is still on the travel bucket list!
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