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  1. To clarify: go to Transport for London to get bus info (The London Transit website has info for other buses (another bus system?) it seems). Here's the link for the 222 bus schedule: www.tfl.gov.uk/bus/route/222
  2. Yes, you are correct. It was the Holiday Inn M4/J4. As a warning to others: it turns out there are at least 4 or 5 Holiday Inns in the Heathrow area, and even the bus/shuttle drivers can get a little confused about which one you need. Have the exact address and name of the Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn M4/J4 can be reached on public transit quite easily. You'll need an Oyster Card to pay for the bus; they don't take cash; you can purchase it at (almost?) any tube station, including Heathrow underground station, in the ticket machines (you may be able to purchase it at Central Bus Station
  3. A friend recently booked this; I thought I'd report it because it shows the Holiday Inn London Heathrow (Sipson Road, West Drayton) is now considered a 4 star by Priceline. 38 pounds for one night (Jan 29, 2015); taxes/fees are 11.26 pounds. Initial bid: 34 pounds, North Heathrow 2nd bid accepted: 38 pounds (increased price), added South Heathrow area. Didn't use a perfect bidding strategy but still got a good price, other than the fact the Holiday Inn was a bit of a surprise.
  4. 4* Minneapolis - St. Paul (Downtown Minneapolis) The Westin Minneapolis $61/night for 2 nights, then added a 3rd 11/15, 11.16, then 11/17. $122 + $26, then $61 + $17. I didn't think it would accept $61, based on the previous report of a much higher rate.
  5. I had a huge amount of trouble trying to get anything downtown Boston - I ended up expanding to the airport zone for 5/25 - 5/27 and dropping to 3*. I bid up to $150 (excluding airport) and no go. See my priceline winning bid thread.
  6. Bid was $100/night. I did originally include that. This hotel is a 3*, although based on the reviews at the TripReview website, it probably should not even be this. I also did begin using the links to PRICELINE from here.
  7. It took forever to get this one. I did not want to bid less than 4*s in the airport zone because some of the 3* (no 3.5*s are listed in the list of airport zone hotels at BetterBidding). So, I alternated between bidding at 4* only and including the airport zone (lots of free rebid areas) and 3* or higher, but not including the airport zone. I went up to $150 for both kinds of bids (starting lower & building up by adding zones) and still, no success. I decided to risk a 3* in the airport zone - starting out lower. I was one bid away from my max bid for 3*s in the airport zone (because
  8. Got this one fairly easily for $105/night (once I split the 4 nights I needed into 2 separate PRICELINE bids). Started out low with 3* or above (Copley Square -Theater District would have been ideal), kept adding areas (Faneul, Boston Waterfront, [Fenway & N. Cambridge were free rebids while I was bidding as they did not have 3* or higher). I also have a 5/25 - 5/27 reservation at a different hotel in the airport zone (see separate Pricleine hotel thread); I had split the reservation in 2 because I was not succeeding at getting all 4 nights. I thought the Memorial Day weekend might be th
  9. Why do you think the first night or two will be very expensive? I thought it would be the last night or two that would be expensive. I'm willing to add the airport area if I have to to get the cheaper rate. I think $100/night will be my max (averaged across the 4 nights - I'd be willing to pay more for 1-2 nights as long as the other nights were cheaper). Thanks for the reply.
  10. I'm looking for a 3* or higher for Boston May 25 (Tues) - May 29 (Saturday) bidding advice: split into 2? (Memorial Day weekend) - preferably Copley Square, but Quincy Market, Waterfront, or Harbor Front would be ok too. Since this is the Memorial Day weekend, what is the likelihood of me getting a reasonably low price on this reservation? Would I be better off splitting the date (5/25 - 5/28? plus 5/29, or 5/25 - 5/26 plus 5/28 - 5/29)? (I know this could result in changing hotels, but that would be ok). I started bidding today, lowballing it at $70, first adding the "free" areas (without 3*
  11. I had copied down the amenities but deleted the file after comparing them to what was listed online. Do you mean the amenities hotwire gave me for the 3* hotels in Winona, or the hotel amenities?
  12. Express Suites Riverport Inn, 900 Bruski Drive, Winona, MN - this used to be a Best Western but recently has been switched to a Holiday Inn Express. Hopefully someone else will find this information useful. My account at Hotwire is giving me an error message when I click on the reservation so I'm not sure of the final price, but I think it was $138 with taxes & fees. After the reservation was made, I saw that I could have gotten $62/night with a reservation through one of the online sites (I can't remember which, but maybe Hotels.com) - so not much of a savings. I made this reservation f
  13. You're going to pay through the nose to park in downtown Minneapolis - meters are enforced in many DT areas on Sundays and until 10 pm on other days. You could park somewhere along the light rail line (further out is better for your car) and take that in (I'm not sure how close the Westin is to that line) or even, take Nicollet south and after you get south of about 40th Street, you could park in an ok neighborhood (not great - don't leave anything of value sitting in your car). Just read the signs carefully. There's a bus that goes down Nicollet that will get you back into town. (In the ar
  14. The Hilton airport (right across from the Seattle airport) is rated a 3* and in my experience, is a pretty good hotel for that level (and for the rate we got -$65; the priceline rate for the hotel was much higher, as was the lowest rate on the Hilton web page). The airport shuttle is free and was quick for us, with a great driver who was very helpful with all our luggage. He was also great about answering questions, giving helpful advice, and so on. The hotel was very nice, although the layout was not terrific: there are two different buildings with rooms, and the pool and fitness rooms are
  15. A friend got the rate of $65 for one night at the Hilton Convention Center at the SEA airport on 8/14/07 (Hilton Seattle Airport And Conference Center, Seattle Airport (SEA), 17620 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, Washington 98188-4001). They have a free shuttle from the airport (free bottled water was on board) and the driver was very friendly and helpful with luggage). Preference was for Lake Union or Bothell, but bids up to $70/night (starting in the low 40s and increasing in $3-$5 increments) weren't accepted for those areas (using DT as a "free" zone under assumption that hotels would cos
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