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Subject:Ok, this doesn't suck
Time:06:22 am
The flight wasn't great... I had a hard time sleeping, and it wasn't helped in the least by several bits of turbulence across the country. However, I arrived at EWR fairly functional, caught the train without mishap, emerged at Penn Station, and walked ten blocks or so to my hotel.

I expected no rooms, but I was wrong... I was able to check in early. I'm staying at the Westin Times Square, and it's lovely. The room is reasonably-sized, tastefully decorated in a slightly masculne, modern style. The hotel staff was extremely polite and clearly well-trained in the art of friendliness. The bathroom is slate and stainless, and has a large stash of fluffy towels as well as a cozy bathrobe. All this for $200/night in midtown Manhattan on a holiday weeend. I win!

The beds are quite fluffy and inviting. In fact, it's naptime. Then MOMA I think and a quest for tonight's theater tickets.

'night.
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mangosteen
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Time:2008-05-23 01:40 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed!
How did you get a $200/night rate on MemDay weekend for a central Manhattan location?
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whipartist
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Time:2008-05-23 07:15 pm (UTC)
Priceline.
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mangosteen
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Time:2008-05-23 07:21 pm (UTC)
Huh. Okay.

I've always thought of priceline as "How to get a guaranteed crappy deal, by way of paying more than the minimum for a airline you'd never fly (at times that cut a full day off of your trip), and a hotel you'd never go near without Kevlar and five cans of Raid."

However, I've seen enough empirical evidence to the contrary that I may have to reconsider.
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sabyl
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Time:2008-05-23 11:13 pm (UTC)
biddingfortravel.net is a great way to learn about how to do the Priceline thing and get something that's a good deal versus getting a dump.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-05-25 02:42 pm (UTC)
Priceline is good for some things and not for others, in my opinion.

I'd never book a flight through them, since I want pinpoint control over when and how I'm traveling.

I won't usually book rental cars with them, since I often wind up with Alamo.

For hotels, they give you pretty good control over what you ask for. I requested a 3- or 4-star hotel in midtown Manhattan at $180/night, not expecting to get it. They came back and said, "No, but if you raise your bid to $205/night there's a good chance you'll get a response." I did.

I'm not wildly picky about the quality of hotels provided it's in the right neighborhood and not a fleabag. The Westin is well above my minimum standards-- in fact, it's quite nice in every way. I'm pretty sure Priceline will show you a list of hotels within a given area at a given star level before you bid.
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allknight
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Time:2008-05-23 04:50 pm (UTC)
Ding! I sure hope the rest of your weekend goes this wonderfully Patti...
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sabyl
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Time:2008-05-23 11:14 pm (UTC)
Score!! What a steal. Have fun!!
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adb_foldem
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Time:2008-05-24 02:44 am (UTC)
Give my regards to Broadway!
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