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Priceline and Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers

Old Mar 8th, 2008, 02:24 PM
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There's something oddly inconsistent here. If you can afford to "eat" $1000, why are you shopping on a website that requires you to pick a hotel blindfolded to save a few bucks?

You'll always have buyer's remorse on Priceline because you can always find something negative about the place on Tripadvisor.

My advice: stick to Tripadvisor to begin with, and pay a bit more.

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Old Mar 8th, 2008, 06:11 PM
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Logan69 - I'm not sure what's inconsistent about michca's post. I completely sympathize with her concerns and in her situation I would have been thinking about "eating the $1000". I travel a lot, and have stayed in basic hotels and luxury suites. I don't believe everything I read in hotel reviews - but the one thing I would take very, very seriously is ANY report of a bed bug problem.

Think of it this way. If there was a 100% chance (not that there is, but this is a hypothetical) that I'd be staying in a room infested with bedbugs, I'd eat the $1000 if there was no other option.

Of course, the odds of having a bedbug problem sound much, much lower than that - only one report (albeit a very recent one) and it sounds like the hotel took it seriously. (But this is not one isolated incident in a very clean hotel - it's one incident relating to a hotel that has had a lot of reports regarding rooms being run down.) So, let's say there's a 5% chance of bedbug problem.

The OP is planning a special trip - would you eat $1000 to avoid the uncertainty and anxiety that might accompany a special trip - a wedding anniversary trip or something similar? I might. The point of this trip is to enjoy the experience. If concerns about bedbugs threaten to ruin the experience, then the OP might be throwing away more than the cost of the hotel, but also the cost of the airplane tickets and the money spent in NYC - in the sense that she and her companion might not enjoy the experience. If that's the calculation, then spending another $1000 to avoid that anxiety could be worth it.

People bid on priceline for 4 and 5* hotels in New York because the 3* hotels are priced above $200 - even into the $300s, and certainly higher than that for 4* hotels. They're looking for bargains within a quality range they're comfortable with. Just because someone might have the funds to pay 2x $1000 for a 4-night stay doesn't mean they wouldn't want to see if they could get the same quality level for only a $1000.

Furthermore, when you consider the potential costs of dealing with a bedbug infestation of your luggage (e.g. if you end up taking the critters home with you, to two different homes), you could easily spend $1000 or more to get clothes drycleaned, replace luggage (and heaven forbid, fumigate your house).

Different people have different tolerance levels for ick factors like bugs, etc - and allocate $ accordingly. I don't think we should judge the OP because we might value things differently or because we're more sanguine about the bedbug risk.
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Dear michca,

How did it work out? I am in exactly the same situation and would love to hear how you got on.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2009, 07:33 PM
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I didn't remember about this thread when I was walked by the Westin Time Square on a PL bid and was put up at the Sheraton NY & Towers for free for 7/3/08.

Anyways, the room is fine, and sorry, but I didn't see any rat, bugs or anything else. And I wasn't bitten by anything either.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2009, 04:33 AM
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I've now stayed there twice since this post was started. It is a large convention/tourist oriented hotel. Rooms were fine though a bit thread-bare and certainly could use some sprucing up. Same for the halls. Lobby was nice. Staff was very helpful and accommodating. And great location if you want to be near TS and theater district.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2009, 04:34 AM
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And, no, I had no critter problems at all.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2009, 04:43 AM
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So Shivster, what exactly is your situation? What hotel are you staying at? Is it the Sheraton?
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