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  1. My stay is complete. I LOVED this hotel! It is lovely in every way. In all my contact with the staff, they were very helpful. The decor was amazing. The lighting and plumbing fixtures looked like they came from a design studio, and the artwork was fascinating. The bed was comfortable. I loved having a mini-fridge (which is not that common in luxury properties). And as noted above, the wifi was indeed free to Marriott frequent guest members. (They asked me for my member number at check-in.)
  2. Seems like a great deal. I suspect this is the same four-star hotel available in an PRICELINE EXPRESS Deal for this area for $75. Amenities for this hotel include: Free Internet (in Public Area) Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible Business Center It doesn't say free in-room wifi, but this discussion notes that while it's normally $13/day (ouch!), they provide it free to Marriott frequent guest members, even if the reservation was obtained through third parties like Priceline.
  3. I promised to post a review after my stay, so here it is. There was one problem with my stay here, but it was a HUGE one. At most hotels, when guests check out of their rooms, the rooms become available to newly-arriving guests as soon as they are cleaned by housekeeping. If you arrive sooner than the stated check-in time, most hotels let you check in, as long as a room of the type you reserved is available; occasionally such a room is not available, but usually they do. That's NOT what the Millennium does. At the Millennium, check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and they will
  4. I had been doing research and was quite sure that I would get the Millennium, and I was right. I was actually trying to avoid the Millennium, because reviews are mixed (e.g. 2.5 on TripAdvisor). If you bid on Priceline, their 3* and up categories all guarantee user ratings of 8 or higher, and I knew this was not true of the Millennium, so I tried bidding there. But my highest Priceline bid of $94/night for a 3* downtown hotel was declined, so clearly it would cost a lot more to get a hotel there. (Note, Priceline also has a 3* PRICELINE EXPRESS deal for $83/night that doesn't say anything
  5. I've completed my stay. This hotel was excellent in every way. The room was clean and spacious, and the bed and pillows were very comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. Features like the breakfast and room amenities (refrigerator, microwave) were better than usual for a budget chain. The speed/bandwidth of the free wifi was quite good, and was never a problem. Soundproofing of the rooms was excellent. This is a small property (around 20 rooms) with a sense of intimacy, which is very pleasant. Tips: 1. I don't think there is an elevator, so those with less mobility should
  6. The OP mentions any zones in the title. And I hadn't previously noticed the dates, April 1-3. The prices for those dates are higher than the dates I had tried, probably because they're a weekend and I had tried weekday dates. The lowest prices shown on PRICELINE for 3.5* or more on April 1-3 are $184 for a traditional reservation, and $201 in PRICELINE EXPRESS deals; the lowest price on HOTWIRE is $178 for an opaque reservation and $174 for a traditional reservation. Based on that, my guess is that the best you're going to do by bidding on Priceline is probably in the $150-170 range. But
  7. A couple of thoughts cross my mind. I use the traditional (non-opaque) room rates and the PRICELINE EXPRESS Deals rates to estimate prices. For example, I entered arbitrary dates of 4/12-15 to see what rates are for 3.5- and 4-star Priceline Express Deals. The lowest rate for those star levels was $134; for traditional reservations, $136. If I were guessing, I would guess $110 is possible. The other thought that crosses my mind is, why not just try it? IMHO the biggest mistake people make with Priceline is starting their bidding too high, instead of starting very lo
  8. So that was my winning bid, $58 for 2* in this zone north of San Diego. The only amenity shown before the bid was 7+ Priceline user reviews. After I won my bid, amenities shown with the winning bid were: Free Breakfast Free Internet (in Room) Free Parking Pet Friendly Outdoor Pool Non-Smoking Note, Priceline's Express Deals show a 2* hotel in this zone - almost certainly the same hotel - for $70. I was checking this every day, and on one day only, the price on Express Deals was $57, but it went back to $70 the next day. I had
  9. I just submitted a Priceline "name your own price" hotel bid which was rejected. I thought I would then have to wait 24 hours to rebid, unless I want to change my areas, star level, or dates, other than rare occasions when the website tells you you can bid again right away. But I tried it again anyway, and below is the message it displayed. It seems that it will allow me to rebid after only two hours. Is this a new policy by PRICELINE, to have a two-hour delay instead of 24 hours? Or does the time frame vary with some unknown parameters? It sure sounds like it's no longer always 24 hours
  10. The price was $56 (mentioned in the first line of my writeup), the hotel is in Priceline's Valley Forge area (not the Valley Forge North area), and the reservation is for the evening of August 5, 2015, which is a Wednesday night. This site (i.e. betterbidding.com ) has a standard way in which winning bids are entered, and so all this information is displayed in a standard format. If you look at the title of this discussion topic, either at the top of the page when viewing it or when viewing the list of topic titles on the Priceline-Pennsylvania forum, you'll see it's called "2.5* Philadelph
  11. Okay, I'm done now. I bought a 2.5* room in the Valley Forge area for $56 on PRICELINE EXPRESS. Here are my Priceline bids which were declined: $57 for 3.5* in Valley Forge$52 for 2* in Plymouth Meeting$51 for 2* in Valley Forge North$41 for 2* in HorshamI posted all the details about my hotel purchase in this topic. Thanks again to everyone for the advice!
  12. This $56 listing on PRICELINE EXPRESS has been shown as low as $54 a couple of weeks ago; this week it has been listed for $56, $58, and $59. You might be able to get this hotel for less money using the name-your-price feature on Price.line for a 2.5* hotel in this area; I was reluctant to do so because 2.5* in Valley Forge didn't show either free parking or a 7+ user rating as a guaranteed amenity. The Comfort Inn Valley Forge National Park has a 7.5 user rating on Priceline and a 3.5 overall on TripAdvisor, where recent user reviews are very favorable. Based on the star rating, ameniti
  13. Thanks. I'm in the same boat and I may consider Horsham, even though it's out of my way (I'm headed west from there). I'm up to $49 bids getting declined on 2* in PM/Conshohocken. You mentioned staying at the Days Inn and ESA when bidding on 2* rooms in Horsham. Do they charge extra for parking? I see Priceline doesn't specify free parking when bidding for 2* hotels in that area. They also have a 2* in Horsham for $53 through Priceline Express but again it doesn't specify free parking.
  14. I'm in a very similar situation, trying to bid on a hotel in this area (or nearby Valley Forge) in August. I too am willing to accept a 2* hotel if it gets good user reviews. And I recognize that some hotels in this area are charging for parking, which is very unusual for a suburban area - and paying $20 more for parking turns a bargain-priced room into maybe not such a great deal. It's interesting, in the Plymouth Meeting area, Priceline name-your-price bids for 2* and 1* come with free parking, but 2.5* and up don't show that. So if you're not willing to pay extra for parking (and I'm n
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