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Priceline.... I did it!! Tudor Hotel United Nations. Please don't tell me I over paid

Priceline.... I did it!! Tudor Hotel United Nations. Please don't tell me I over paid

Old Jan 21st, 2009, 03:27 AM
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I think for October you did fine, it might be a little early but no one can predict what will or will not be available 10 months out. Hotels in NYC in the fall can be very expensive and at least now you have a nice hotel at a rate you can live with so you don't have to worry about it!

Not sure what type of food or price range you are looking for, but L'Impero is very good and right near your hotel. price for dinner entrees are $25-$40, or they have a 4 course prix fixe for $64. There are several less expensive options in the area too - what are you looking for? Breakfast? Dinner?
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Old Jan 21st, 2009, 09:14 AM
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L'Impero is closed and has been replaced by Convivio.
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Old Jan 21st, 2009, 09:23 AM
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A free re-bid is not complicated. You can only normally re-bid if you add a new zone (which you may not want to do) or add a lower star level-not usually a good idea. There are some areas in every city where there are no Priceline hotels at a certain star level. So, for example, in NYC, there are no Priceline 4* hotels on upper east side, upper west side and maybe elsewhere, I can't remember. That means if you add one of those areas on a 4* bid, you won't get a hotel in that area but it allows you to increase the price you bid.

aussiedreamer, I think you did fine and don't worry too much about not knowing about free re-bids for this bid. Normally it's suggested you stick with 4* hotels in NYC b/c there are several free re-bid zones for 4*, but the hotel you got is just fine. is a good website for looking for restaurants by area and by cuisine. Your hotel is in the east 40's or midtown east.
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Old Jan 21st, 2009, 09:44 AM
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aussie - It is hard to know if you 'over paid' without knowing what you bid. If you got it on the first bid, you probably 'over paid'.
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Old Jan 21st, 2009, 11:12 AM
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So now I'm going to give you the bad news, but it's a learning curve. You could have booked the Tudor Hotel on for $175/night and wouldn't have had to pay now and it could have been cancelable. I wouldn't assume that you could have gotten it cheaper on Priceline, b/c maybe that was their cheapest price. But the terms might have been better. Now you know you need to check a lot of sites before bidding and know what prices all the hotels you're likely to get are asking.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:02 AM
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Some people are a little Priceline obsessed .

Hotel prices skyrocket in the fall in NY, and I think you are in good shape with your reservation. One less thing to worry about!
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:03 AM
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Congrats on the bidding. To answer the early question... yes, I do get the racing heart with the Priceline bids. I took it upon myself to learn the science of Priceline a while ago and learned to make my "Priceline Bidding Map" before making my first bid. I am one of those Priceline obsessed people but typically get a great deal. The only drawback is sometimes I suspect you get "the Priceline room" at a hotel... ie a room that is smaller or in worse shape than the other full-price rooms. If this happens, however, I usually just ask to be movd to another room and it is not an issue. My fiancee even jokes now that my tombstone will read "Never paid full price for a hotel". lol

Although, she has banned me from using Priceline for the honeymoon. =)
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:08 AM
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Yes, some people are PL obsessed.

But if the OP just got his 3.5* MTE with a first bid of $175, then he could have overpaid. And that has nothing to do with time or hotel price in the fall.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:35 AM
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I didn't go in at 175, I started at 80 and I think it was 5 attempts.
Yep I'm getting that some people are PL obsessed, but some may say I'm Fodor obsessed '-) either way, i enjoy it and am happy with the couple of times I've used PL, the only thing that I will do different after this thread is wait a bit for Vegas and San Francisco and start much lower I guess.
Thanks for all comments, good bad or indifferent, it all helps.
(ps I'm a she, not a he
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:43 AM
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Well, good then. We just worried that you placed a first bid for $175.
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