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  1. These were the amenities listed: Free High Speed Internet, Heated Pool, Fitness Center, Restaurant, Non-smoking Rooms, Free Parking, Cable/Satellite Tv, Hair Dryer, Room Service Even though this was a PRICELINE EXPRESS deal, they showed me which hotel it was because I've stayed there before. I had a Priceline Coupon, so I figured it was my best deal. Used the BetterBidding PRICELINE link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  2. I was bidding for a single room on Sunday, April 7 in the Minneapolis area. Rates are crazy because of the Final Four going on this weekend. I had bid with Priceline's Name Your Own price tool up to $130 for a 3.5* in the Eagan and Woodbury/Oakdale zones with no luck. Then I tried up to $115 for a 3.0* in the St Paul North and St Paul Northeast zones still with no luck. My fallback plan was a PRICELINE EXPRESS Deals 3.0* in the Woodbury/Oakdale zone for $116. The total came to $139.97 with taxes and fees. The hotel I got was the Holiday Inn St. Paul Northeast--Lake Elmo. The lowest rate I saw on their website was $151 plus tax. Used the Betterbidding link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  3. Amenities: Free Internet (in Room) Free Parking Indoor Pool Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible Business Center This is by far the most I've ever paid for a 3* hotel in the Minneapolis area, but I know the prices are high due to the Final Four going on this weekend. Anyhow, I had bid with Priceline's Name Your Own price tool up to $130 for a 3.5* in the Eagan and Woodbury/Oakdale zones with no luck. Then I tried up to $115 for a 3.0* in the St Paul North and St Paul Northeast zones still with no luck. I guess I'm fortunate to get this for $139.97 with taxes and fees. The lowest rate I saw on their website was $151 plus tax. Used the Betterbidding PRICELINE link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  4. This was one of my worst reservations on Hotwire. Definitely not a 3*--a 2* would be more accurate. Amenities listed were Free parking, Free breakfast, Free internet, Pet friendly, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Business center, Internet access, Golf nearby, Accessible for visually impaired, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking, Roll-in shower. Evidently it used to be a Red Lion hotel as some of the stuff in the room was branded with a Red Lion logo. I thought it seemed very much like a Super 8 inside the room. For what it's worth, I tried a single bid of $50 on Priceline's Name Your Own Price system for a 3* for the same night with no luck. Used the BetterBidding link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  5. I was bidding on a 3.5* in the MSP Airport/Mall of America zone only. I started my bid at $50. That was rejected so I added a free bid zone and increased my bid to $55 and got this hotel. (I'm pretty sure I stayed here before, and it seems like a good value.) Saw a 3.5* on Priceline Express for $58, so I saved a couple bucks. Total with taxes and fees was $68.84. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  6. I started bidding at $52 for a 3.5* (the 3.5* seems to be new within the last year) in the West Fargo Zone. Rejected, so I added a 3.0* and left my bid at $52. Rejected, so I added the Fargo/airport zone and raised my bid to $54 and got this hotel. I stayed there last year for the exact same price, so $53-54 seems to be the magic number. There were two 3.0* on Priceline Expess for $56 and $63, and I believe the $56 hotel is this Staybridge Suites. Lowest price I saw on their website was $91.94 per night with tax; the total I paid for two nights with taxes and fees was $128.06. Really enjoyed our stay there last year. I used the BetterBidding link. Thanks to all who keep this site going. BTW, am I the only one who stays in Fargo? I think four out of the last seven Priceline wins in North Dakota were me!
  7. I started bidding at $75 for a 3* in Duluth. It was rejected, but said I could bid right away if I raised my bid to $99. I'm not stupid, so I added the free rebid zone of Superior and raised my bid to $85 and got this hotel. This hotel had shown up in PRICELINE EXPRESS deals (not hidden because I had stayed there previously, I think) for $89, so I saved myself a few bucks by bidding. Total with taxes was $102.87. Man, Duluth continues to be expensive! I used the Betterbidding PRICELINE link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  8. I started by using the name-your-own-price tool on PRICELINE at a $50 bid. I was bidding in the five zones that guaranteed a pool at a 3.5* hotel. I bid in $1 increments up to $59 with no luck, so I took this PRICELINE EXPRESS option at $60, which came to $75.97 with tax. Here are the amenities listed: Free Parking, Bed Choice, Business Center, Fitness Center, Non Smoking, Pets Allowed, Swimming Pool. I used the Betterbidding PRICELINE link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  9. I started bidding at $45 for a 2.5* in the Woodbury/Oakdale and South ST Paul/Inver Grove Heights zones. Added St Paul Downtown, increased bid to $49.00 without success. Dropped St Paul Downtown, added Eagan and increased my bid to $51.00 and got this hotel. I'm assuming this is the same hotel I saw on PRICELINE EXPRESS for $57.00. The cheapest price I saw on their website was $117.02 with tax; I paid $63.93 with taxes and fees. My previous experience with Extended Stay America was not positive, so I'm hoping for better results this time. I used the Better Bidding PRICELINE link. Thanks to all who keep this site going!
  10. I tried Name Your Own Price in Detroit Lakes first--started bidding at $60 on a 3*, but was rejected all the way up to $100. Then I started over at $60 on a 2.5*, and was rejected all the way up to $90. Priceline Express had a 2.5* at $103 and a 3* at $107, but (being the cheapskate that I am) I opted for the 2.5* at $68 and got this hotel. Amenities listed were Free Internet, Free Parking, Free Breakfast, Bed Choice, Non Smoking, Pets Allowed. However, I was never allowed to pick my bed choice. The cheapest rate I saw on their website was $85 +tax. I was certainly bidding at the last minute as well. I'm a little worried about the beds--the only room I see on their website with two beds is a suite at $150, so we'll see what happens. Used the BetterBidding PRICELINE link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  11. AFTER I booked this hotel through Hotwire, the following amenities were shown on the hotel information/receipt: Accessible for visually impaired, Accessible for hearing impaired, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking, Roll-in shower These items did not show up before I booked.
  12. I tried to bid on Priceline for a 3.5* in all 3 Eau Claire zones but was rejected up to $62. There was also a 3* shown on Priceline Express for $62, but I took this Hotwire option for $66 because it offered free breakfast and I was able to select my bed choice. The room rate shown on the hotel's website was $95.96, but it also showed taxes and fees of $40.01! The total Hotwire rate for this room was $81.50 with taxes/fees. Amenities shown were Free parking, Free breakfast, Free Internet, Pet friendly, Indoor pool(s), Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access Used the BetterBidding HOTWIRE link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.
  13. Yeah, I went back and check my other confirmation emails and saw that they all said the same thing. I'm not sure why it seemed out of place-- I know that it's Priceline's policy, but I didn't remember seeing it before. Probably because this is the time when I do plan to put 4 people in the room!
  14. I was bidding on a 3* in the West Fargo and Moorhead zones of Fargo. I had bids rejected at $50, $51, $57, $58, and finally got this hotel at $60 bidding on the West Fargo zone only. I also saw a 3* on PRICELINE EXPRESS for $63.00. The total with taxes/fees for two rooms was $141.92. The cheapest rate I saw on their website was $77.35 before tax. I couldn't find the rate with tax--the website was very confusing, I was glad I didn't have to make the reservation that way. One thing concerns me--on the confirmation from PRICELINE it says 'room sleeps up to two adults' and 'hotel may charge extra for additional guests'. I don't ever remember seeing that on a Priceline reservation before, and I've never been charged extra for kids before. Has anyone experienced this? Thanks to all who keep this site going. I used the BetterBidding PRICELINE link.
  15. I was bidding on 9 Minneapolis/St Paul zones for a 3-star hotel. I started bidding at $45, and using my free rebids increased my bids in $3 increments until I got this hotel at $54. The total with taxes and fees is $67.68 for one night. The cheapest rate I saw on their website was $84.84 with tax. I'm not a huge fan of this hotel, but I'm sure it'll work fine for the one night that we're there. I believe it has a hot tub, but not a full pool. I used the Betterbidding PRICELINE link. Thanks to all who keep this site going.