Out-of-stater driving in Boston

Sep 30th, 2005, 11:40 AM
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Problem you mention above with actual hotel location is not limited to Priceline. Since hotels are so expensive in Boston, many hotels list themselves with names such as Boston/North, Boston/Waltham, etc. Then they charge cheaper rates and get bookings. Mileage from point A to point B in Boston does not usually correlate well with time it takes to traverse the same distance. So visitors can end up with a nasty commute into Boston.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 07:55 AM
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WesternHalf - Just for your future info should you give Priceline a try in other locales, we have never had a problem bidding for a 2.5* (Such properties typically are Courtyards by Marriott or Amerisuites, for instance).

No idea what sort of success you might have if you tried 4* Boston airport (which are the Hyatt and Hilton). To get to the city from there, you'd have to take the hotel shuttle to the T stop at the aiport, or - right at the Hyatt is the dock for a water taxi that makes trips back and forth (not the most economical way, of course - and third week of Oct might be pretty darned cool on the water). But it'd be worth a try on the off-chance that you could get a room (or 2) for not too-much $$. If you did, however, be aware that the Hyatt restaurants (which I know for sure, and am guessing the same would be true for Hilton)are pricey and there's no other food choice around. So you might want to schlep back some in-room snacks or nouishment. Can't beat the Hyatt for pleasant accommodations, however. Go to BiddingforTravel.com and review the bidding action and then go to the section with review for Boston hotels. It's extraordinarily helpful.
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Oct 3rd, 2005, 02:32 PM
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I'm sure that the risk exists outside Priceline--friends recently bid with Hotwire, and were given the Hyatt Harborside for under $100, but another has had the experience of being sent 20 miles away. I guess you have to be prepared for the worst and be thrilled with something better. Just recently discovered BiddingForTravel and will definitely study that site--didn't realize there was so much I didn't know!
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