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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 28th, 2006, 12:53 PM
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On www.hoteldiscounts.com there were 3 or 4 for that period in the $109 to $150 range. They were either North Mich. near Lincoln Park or South Loop near Grant Park. All of those would do in a pinch. And you know exactly which one you will get before you commit.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 01:07 PM
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I think I'm too stubborn for my own good. I just can't bear to book a $150 hotel....

Congress Hotel keeps coming up, but it's not exciting me.

I looked at hoteldiscounts.com, and the option that interests me is Ambassador East. But at $149, it's not really competitive with the mystery Hotwire hotel.

I tried the 3* PL for Loop and River North. I failed at $95.

I guess I'll check again in a few hours.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 01:53 PM
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Used all my free rebids and was shut out at $135 for 4* and "B".

Will try again.....[-o<
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:08 PM
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I just received a Hotwire email so I checked Chicago hotels. A 4star on MM, Wacker Drive is coming up at $134 for Sept 2-4.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:36 PM
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I think my 1-night stay is causing the problem. For two nights Sept. 2-4, the Swissotel possible is looking to be 132.

But for one night Sept. 2, it's now 154.

Looks like every minute of indecision is causing money. I don't think that I'm cut out for this bidding game.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:38 PM
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"causing money" -- well that might be nice. I meant to write "costing money."
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:45 PM
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I'm a former Chicagoan who doesn't stay in a hotel if i can't do it P'line. It's been a while since we've stayed downtown, but here are some of my observations: I don't like the Swissotel because of it's off-the-beaten track, longish walk to Michigan Avenue location; try to never bid on the region in which the Grand Hyatt is located cuz I hate big, convention hotels.

We almost always bid 2.5* and have never been disappointed. The Tremont (north michigan avenue) is a little bit dated and a smallish room, but nothing awful and the loation can't be beat. Along with that, we've also scored the nearly brand new Residence Inn just behind the Hancock...and i forget what else. But the point is...read the reviews for 2.5* and think about lowering your sights. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

When we got the Club Quarters on Wacker Drive...although it was nearly brand new...it was the single tiniest room I've EVER been in. Great view. But you couldn't open the bathroom and closet doors at the same time; you had to go down into the nether reaches to find the only ice machine and I felt truly claustrophic and a little scared re...trying to get out of there in any kind of emergency.

If it were me...looking for a room, I'd go to 2.5*
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:49 PM
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Well, you can stay in the boonies for $80 AAA rate at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites North Shore

3 miles from metra train station and the hotel offers free shuttle within 5 miles

just an idea. I know you want to be in the midst of things, but...
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Aug 28th, 2006, 08:55 PM
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Well, personally I'm pretty flexible. I was prepared to stay in a hostel in London, so I'd probably even have taken the HI option. But I'll be there with a friend and I suspect he's picky.

I checked the 2.5* list on BFT, and I can go 2.5*. Problem is that most of the hotels show no availability anyway when I tried to book them directly. I don't think that I'll be able to get this on Priceline, but I'll give it a shot. What sort of price range should I be looking at? I failed at 110 for 3* earlier today.

You know as usual the time wasted isn't worth the $20 (or however much I can potentially save). But then I guess it's a matter of principle. It just seems obscene to me to spend that on hotels, but I've no trouble spending that money to eat.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 09:05 PM
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Ok, no availability at $75 for 2.5*.

I'm going to bed now. Maybe I'll get lucky when the sun rises (yeah right).
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Aug 28th, 2006, 09:22 PM
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It is sad but true, that if there is no availability on a hotel's website, there will not be any on priceline, either. I usually use priceline when I can get as much as 50% of the hotel website price, but that reflects empty rooms they want to fill.
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Aug 28th, 2006, 10:20 PM
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A Saturday night only stay could be a serious problem with Priceline, if you peruse BFT.

For sure, you are ridiculously stubborn about what you are willing to pay...

How much more important to you is paying less than having a fabulous experience??? More important than $10, $20, $50, even a $100 more???

While everyone would applaud your endeaver here, it's quite obvious that your options are quite limited.

And, it's not all that reasonable to be so "picky" (though you say you are not) and "cheap" at the same time.

I would surmise that you will end up spending a LOT more for a lot LESS if you don't book something forthwith.
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Aug 29th, 2006, 04:05 AM
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Well when you hurry you make errors....

I got Swissotel for $125 + taxes on PL. The price wouldn't budge from $154, so I was thinking that I should try to bid on PL to see if I could get it for cheaper.

I started at $100 and it was rejected. I went to $125. Bid was accepted.

I used only one free rebid.

Yesterday I failed at $120. So my thinking was that I should stop at $140 or so today.

Thanks for putting up with my insanity.
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Aug 29th, 2006, 04:05 AM
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FYI:

Your Offer Price: $125.00
Extend Your Stay
Number of Rooms: 1
Number of Nights: 1
Subtotal: $125.00
Taxes & Service Fees:
$27.22
Total Charges*: $152.22
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Aug 29th, 2006, 04:09 AM
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Glad you got your room, 111op!
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Aug 29th, 2006, 05:58 AM
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tuckerdc,

I want you to know that I really appreciate your explanation. I think I will try it your way next time I get a room downtown. I too only stay downtown when I get a great Priceline deal.

Thanks. I've been at quite a few of the big guy hotels anyway now. Maybe I will take off a day this fall just to go to a show and some shopping, thanks to you. I'm sure I would be just as happy with the 2.5 in Chicago.
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Aug 29th, 2006, 06:25 AM
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Aug 29th, 2006, 06:29 AM
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Do people think I overbid? Not that I really want to know.

It was a useful learning experience.

I agree the 2.5* hotels seem quite good too. How much would one expect to pay for them?
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Aug 29th, 2006, 06:34 AM
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111op - You clearly didn't overbid. You bid lower, and it wasn't accepted, so you increased your bid till it was accepted. You only overbid if you weren't willing to pay that much for a hotel room.

My idea of overbidding is having no idea what hotels are going for, jumping in and bidding XXX dollars, only to find out you could have gotten the same hotel for less, or close to the same price, through the hotel itself with no cancellation worries.

You researched (and then some!) and found there was nothing better available at a lower price, so you bid accordingly and got a hotel. Time to stop worrying and enjoy the visit to Chicago.

tuckerdc - Are you aware that priceline does sometimes upgrade bids? So even bidding for 2.5* in the NMA zone, your bid could be upgraded to 3* (HI Mart Plaza) or 4* (Hyatt, Swissotel) without your approval. Most people would be OK with that, but if you're not, it's not a safe bid.
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Aug 29th, 2006, 06:49 AM
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Thanks jlm. I like your explanation. Then of course I could have gotten it at 120.

I think that's probably why I'm still single.

Thanks again everyone!
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