United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 south west family trip itinerary
  2. 2 Vegas-Arizona-Utah road Trip
  3. 3 Seattle to Los Angeles Dec 2015
  4. 4 Trip Report Report & Photos: Behind the Scenes at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
  5. 5 Trip Report Welltravbrit's Ongoing NYC Jaunt
  6. 6 California road trip - oneway or round trip
  7. 7 Trip Report Oahu November 2015 Trip Report
  8. 8 5 nights/6 days in Honolulu during Thanksgiving
  9. 9 Traveling to bend ore via hwy 5 fron SF in early January
  10. 10 Costco Chicken Salad Recalled
  11. 11 Relocating to the Deep South
  12. 12 2.5 days in New York. Are hotels the only option?
  13. 13 Security at Lucas Oil Stadium for Big Ten Championship
  14. 14 Adele saves Thanksgiving
  15. 15 wasting time around JFK
  16. 16 Bagging a bargain on Black Friday?
  17. 17 RV Roadtrip | Elkhart, IN to Middletown, NJ | Mid March 2016
  18. 18 outside adventure Las Vegas? Food too :)
  19. 19 Modern, clean Miami Airport hotel ???
  20. 20 SF Restaurant
  21. 21 Best cities with Mild winter temperatures
  22. 22 Charleston, Savannah, and Coast Itinerary <Feedback requested!>
  23. 23 Chicago-Family Reunion Ideas
  24. 24 Restaurant recomendations in the east 54th Street area, please.
  25. 25 Places to eat like a local in Los Angeles
View next 25 » Back to the top

Priceline Does Baltimore: Big Deal - or Not?

Jump to last reply

I had never used Priceline before. Having read accounts of people getting stuck with hotels that were overrated and in poor locations, I always played it safe and stayed with Hotwire. I've had very good results with them.

My travel plans call for me to be in Baltimore this May on a Saturday night. I want to stay in the Inner Harbor area, so I consulted my friends at Hotwire and they had a 3.5-star property listed for $87. Sounded good to me. Just as my finger started to click the "Buy" button, I heard the familiar voice of William Shatner whisper in my ear: "That's not really a DEAL! Go lower!" So on impulse I went over to Priceline. Captain Kirk wouldn't steer me wrong, would he?

According to Priceline the median price of a 3.5-star room for Inner Harbor is $200/night. Since PL advertises savings up to 60% off, I calculated $80 was probably rock-bottom for this deal. But as I started to type in my bid, that Familiar Voice urged me to "Go lower!" So I went with $70 and pulled the lever of PL's slot machine, fully expecting my "low-ball" bid to be rejected.

But - voila! My screen informed me that I had just purchased one night's lodging at the Sheraton Inner Harbor for $70 plus $18.01 in taxes & fees, WELL within my travel budget! Unsure of what I actually had in hand, I went to Trip Advisor for verification.

According to TA: my purchase is indeed a 3.5-star property; they rank it as #17 of 72 hotels in the Baltimore Area; and it has a Customer Satisfaction rating of 4.0 out of 5.0.
The "List Price" for these accomodations is $169/night, but with my AAA discount it could be had for $153.

So my question for Priceliners & Baltimoreans alike is: How did I do? Could I have gotten the Sheraton or similar lodgings for less? And is this a hotel in a good location?

Comments and suggestions, please.

4 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.