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Chicago Hotel for 9/2-9/3: Help With Priceline & Hotwire -- Or Another Website?

Chicago Hotel for 9/2-9/3: Help With Priceline & Hotwire -- Or Another Website?

Aug 25th, 2006, 01:44 PM
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Ok, I'm thinking that the $106 + taxes on Hotwire is actually the Hilton Towers on 720 S. Michigan. The reason is that the TripAdvisor review gives 3 filled circles out of 5 (and Palmer House gets 4 at the moment).

Is this worth it?

I'm thinking of waiting. Maybe not a good strategy.

Or maybe just pay the $141 + taxes for what I think is Swissotel on Hotwire, if people think Hilton Towers is horrible.

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Aug 25th, 2006, 04:47 PM
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I'm only one person, and I posted about the Hilton before, but I really don't think it's horrible. I would prefer not to stay there, simply because of the location. But, depending on what you want to do, it might be perfect! Are you hitting any museums or Grant and Millennium Parks? Shopping in the Loop? Or hitting something on the north side of the city (easy access to the red line from the Hilton)?

Me, I'm a bit cheap generally when it comes to hotels, so I probably wouldn't spend the extra $40 or so for the Swissotel. But, since it's just one night it isn't so bad of an increase.

If you do stay at the Hilton, pop into the main ballroom. It's an amazingly beautiful room!

The rooms and people at the Hilton were perfectly pleasant. You've also got good access from there to the south loop/Printers' Row area if you want to check out a new neighborhood.

If the money savings is important to you, I would jump on it. It really is perfectly fine!!!!
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Aug 27th, 2006, 07:11 PM
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Thanks about the comments re the Hilton. I guess that's gone now, and the 4* is now $148.

Sounds like people's advice were right on the mark. I tried PL again for North Michigan/River North and I failed at 90-105-120.

I think that I'm in trouble. Maybe I should book the Hotwire 4*.
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Aug 27th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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Do you have a backup booked that you can cancel? If so, you can keep on waiting until the last minute.

If you have a good map and outline the Hotwire areas, you can often determine the Hotwire hotels by shopping for a package.

You can figure out Priceline availability by shopping hotels without bidding. In fact, there are some very attractive rates, not too much higher than your $161 on Hotwire, and you can pick the hotel.

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Aug 28th, 2006, 02:05 AM
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No I've not booked a backup yet. The problem is that I can't find a backup at an attractive price to book. I guess I had the wrong expectations in this case, thinking that it'd not be too difficult and that prices wouldn't change so quickly. But I guess prices do change -- every day.

I did check a previous thread and Cass Hotel was suggested as a budget hotel. I checked it last night and the rate isn't that cheap now either. It was written up in the Tribune.

Anyway maybe I'll get lucky later today. (Yeah right.)
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Aug 28th, 2006, 06:33 AM
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One thing that might help is to clear your cookies/cache/browser history (under the tools area in IE, I think). I've heard that hotwire may change the prices it shows you based on your history of recent searching there, so maybe you'd see something better that way? No guarantees, but maybe.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 06:39 AM
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I agree. I often get emails from Hotwire that prices have dropped - sometimes weeks after the original search.

Try another computer and see what rates you get quoted.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 07:22 AM
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No, it was a different computer, so I think prices have changed. I just tried PL again for the Loop area (different account) and failed after three bids (highest = 110).

Hotwire still shows the same prices.

I refuse to pay more for a Chicago hotel than a London hotel....

Are there any budget options? Even in NYC there're hotels that are about $100 a night -- not that you'd want to stay there necessarily. There must be the same for Chicago?

Thanks again.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:07 AM
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If you do a search on Fodors for Chicago budget hotel, you will get lots of past threads with some more ideas.

www.hichicago.org is on several of them.

Also Comfort Inn on Ohio, and Homewood-but very realistically you may have waited a bit too long for that to be a good option. Would you consider not staying downtown or Near North?

There is a new hotel in the South Loop that was cheaper, and is in one of those threads.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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HI looks like a hostel? I'm staying with a friend, so not sure if that's such a good option. Otherwise I'd probably consider it.

I checked Comfort Inn last night (it was mentioned in a thread here). It's booked. Homewood is booked, as I just found out.

I'll try again later this afternoon. Thanks!
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Aug 28th, 2006, 09:05 AM
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Have you tried the easyclicktravel.com site? I used them earlier in July when there were no rooms to be had at reasonable prices through Pline or Hotwire. Got Hilton Towers for $126. There is a reverse link on Betterbidding to help determine which hotel you would be getting.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 10:43 AM
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check travelzoo.com

There are at least a couple of Chicago deals there - with links to other sites
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Aug 28th, 2006, 11:23 AM
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I checked easyclicktravel. It doesn't seem like I'll get a better deal than Hotwire.

Feofeo doesn't seem to have anything cheap for Sept. 2-3.

I tried the two links on Travelzoo (that I could find). One links to eLeisure. Another to Orbitz. Nothing really promising.

Maybe I should just book the Hotwire $148, but I find it annoying that I can't find something better. Maybe it's just too late now.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 11:44 AM
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I just returned from my first Chicago trip and I stayed at the Wyndham Chicago which is two blocks off the Mile. I booked thru the Wyndham website and it cost me $152 + tax. I chose this route so I could be sure where my hotel was, had a recomendation from a friend and felt this was a very fair price. It was a gorgeous property btw. great bed and bathroom!
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Aug 28th, 2006, 11:53 AM
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I think it's common, but not necessarily helpful, to think that there "should" be hotels for certain prices because the same exists in other cities. London has far more budget hotel options than Chicago, so it's a particularly bad comparison.

Also, this is very last minute for Chicago (earlier does definitely seem to be better there), and it's a holiday weekend.

There is always the option to just not go, but otherwise I think the only other option is to take the best rate found through the discounters (unless a better rate can be had directly, which could happen but doesn't often).

You could also look into the bed and breakfasts in the neighborhoods. I don't have specific links, but if you google Chicago bed and breakfasts, I know there are sites that list many options - some more affordable than others.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 11:59 AM
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http://www.chicago-bed-breakfast.com/availability.htm

This website has an option that lets you see all in the group and their calendars at the same time. Three have availability.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 11:59 AM
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Hotwire is showing a 4* for $132 right now on the Mag Mile.It shows a weight room & a restaurant.Maybe it's the same one.
I checked some lesser-known haunts in the city: Hojo, BestWestern River North, Holiday Inn City Center, Seneca-all were sold out.
I'd go for the 132 and start planning the rest of the trip
Have fun. Good luck!
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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:21 PM
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I'll check the B&B list, thanks.

Where do you see the $132? It's still up to $148 for me.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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I saw 3 that I think I would enjoy. And, they have rooms in the low 100's.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 12:42 PM
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I'm going back in P'line for another try.
Wish me luck.

Somehow the terms "B&B in Chicago" just doesn't sound right to me, starssy.
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