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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 02:13 PM
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Hotwire vs. Priceline???

I'm new to this type of travel, seems it is just pure luck. I researched so many hotels in Washington DC and took a shot at Priceline (after reviewing Fodors, BiddingforTravel, etc). I got no luck so took a Hotwire offer for a 4* hotel in Dupont Circle and felt ok with the ones people had said they got. It was $105/night in 4/07. Well according to "everyone" except Hotwire, it is a 3* hotel and I knew it from my researching and it wasn't a good one, actually pretty bad. I called and complained but they could care less and all the people I spoke with seemed to just keep reading me back their policy and "there is nothing we can do because according to Hotwire, since this facility put in a new fitness room, they feel it is a 4*. It is not and I'm stuck with it. I'll never use them again and was unaware that this kind trade-off could happen. Live and learn. I'm dreading this part of my vacation and am anxious but I'm stuck. The "customer favorite" that was displayed was surely a lie. I'll give a follow-up and try to stick it out with Priceline next time. Anyone have this experience?
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 02:24 PM
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What hotel is it? Is it listed on betterbidding.com? Did you review the possible choices on betterbidding?
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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I'm sorry you ended up with a hotel you did not want.

Hotwire uses its own rating system. You'll find that Hotwire generally rates hotels one star higher than other sites. I believe biddingfortravel discusses Hotwire's rating system.

I've had some good deals from Hotwire and from Priceline. You can usually tell which hotel you'll end up with after researching biddingfortravel.
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 03:11 PM
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I always use Priceline and never been disappointed. One time only I used Hotwire. I wanted at least a 3 star but by the airport. I ended up with a very rundown Holiday Inn 3/4 hour from the airport. I will not use them again.
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 03:40 PM
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If you don't read biddingfortravel.com (for Priceline) or betterbidding.com for Hotwire & Priceline, you're uninformed. They give you a list of hotels for each star level/area and people also post what hotels they're getting. Betterbidding will also try to help you identify a hotel if you can't figure it out.
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Old Feb 7th, 2007, 03:47 PM
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If you did as much research as you said, you'd know that Hotwire hotels are rated higher than priceline hotels. For example Priceline would rate a Hampton Inn a 2 1/2 star while Hotwire would give it a 3 star.

Ratings don't have anything to do with how nice a hotel is but the number of amenities. Again, you would have picked this up by reading.

What is the name of the hotel?

Sorry you had a bad experience. This is exactly why people need to spend several hours studying www.BiddingForTravel.com and www.BetterBidding.com before they bid.
 
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Thanks everyone. I got familiar with so many hotels and did spend time on Bidding for Travel and obviously not enough. It isn't the easiest site to find everything you want to know. I never picked up on that rating system and how Hotwire works it. Live and learn. I got Hilton Washington and Towers for $105/night. I'm not reading any more reviews on this hotel because I have read enough--just going and hope the bed bugs I heard about don't bite. If anyone has gone recently and found it to be ok, I'd love some encourgement. Everyone on this site is so nice and helpful.
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Old Feb 8th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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- It is a 4* hotel
- It is listed on betterbidding.com

You have to do the research on betterbidding before using Hotwire.

Anyways, it's probably not as bad as the reviews say. Have a lowered expectation, and I think you'll be happy.
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