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Local vacations are a great option if you want to get away from home and don't want to pay for pricey airfare. Holiday weekends are always more expensive than regular ones, but an extra day off makes for an ideal time to get away.

When it was decided that some fresh non-city air would be necessary over the upcoming 4th of July weekend my destination was a no-brainer, but the problem of a two-night minimum stay at most hotels during wine country's high season was more of an issue. Find out how I was able to get two nights for the price of one when you


After searching online and coming up with the same expensive results, I finally turned to Believe me, I'm aware that it's hardly a new site, but I had always been skeptical of it because of the permanence of reservations made through it and the uncertainty of where they will actually be made. You offer to pay a certain amount for a particular quality of hotel but aren't aware of which hotel you may be stuck with, and this lack of control has always troubled me.

After I determined my offer to be slightly less than half of the normal rate, I reluctantly plugged in the number along with payment information and crossed my fingers. I didn't end up with some run-down hotel in another town — in fact, I ended up with a hotel where I had stayed before and paid full price. While staying for two nights means we're still paying a little more than we intended, the total cost is equal to the price of one night at this more than comfortable hotel.

I would use the site again after this experience, but am wondering if any of you have ever had a negative one. What's your opinion of priceline? Have you used it to find cheaper flights or rental cars?


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True-Song True-Song 9 years
You'd also be surprised at how much leeway the person at the front desk has with your rate. Sometimes just calling and asking if they can do any better can get you a lower rate. I've had as much as $70 knocked off the nightly rate.
ytw ytw 9 years
I haven't used Priceline for a hotel, but I have used Hotwire twice for 3-star hotels in San Francisco. Even though you can't pick the exact location, I was able to narrow it down to a pretty small neighborhood area. I was very happy with both hotels - the descriptions given on Hotwire were pretty accurate. I would do it again when trying to save money.
lms lms 9 years
I used it once and got the exact hotel that I wanted. I wanted a hotel in Savannah, Georgia and wanted to stay at the Westin. Their was only one other hotel that they could have possibly given me and I would have been okay with it.
pucca24 pucca24 9 years
I used hotwire for the very first time to book a hotel room in Miami. The hotel was listed as a four star hotel. The area was really nice. The thing that was highly disappointing was that once we checked in and walked into our room, the maid had the tv blaring, she apparently used our bathroom, and as we walked further in we noticed that she was watching tv. We were shocked and the customer service there was not up to par for a four star hotel. I haven't gone to use hotwire again after this experience and i don't plan on it either. We were highly disappointed.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I used priceline once and it worked great for me. It was a nice hotel in the area I wanted. I was super nervous booking it, my parents tried to get a room at the same place that same night and it was almost 50% more.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I used priceline years ago to fly from California to Georgia. I got a good deal and I didn't really have a tight schedule so it worked out fine. Now I work for ahotel and I know that what's on the internet is usually going to be the same as what we would offer on our own website or if you just called the hotel directly. The online travel agent sites are really only a deal if they are offering a promotion with an extra discount and most hotels would be happy to match whatever you see on a legitimate website because then they don't have to pay the fees to expedia or orbitz or whatever.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I love Priceline for hotel rooms. Such a great way to save money!
sundrops sundrops 9 years
We used priceline once for a staycation for our anniversary once a few years ago and ended up in an Omni. BUT they were renovating, the pool was closed, the rooms heater was broken in the middle of winter, and there was a hair in the bed!! Ew. Once I used hotwire for an airline ticket from Austin, Texas, to San Jose, California. It flew me up to Chicago, Illinois, for a stop-over before flying me out to California. With a one year old, that was a nightmare. I definitely wouldn't use either one again, but I believe they have fixed the "get stuck with a hotel under renovation" feature. As far as the insane destination for a stop-over, I have no idea.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I've only used Priceline once but I got exactly what I expected (as far as star rating and part of town). It was nerve-wracking for a few seconds, but saved us a ton of money. The only time I wouldn't do this would be for something like a honeymoon where you know exactly what you want and would be disappointed in something else (and you'd be spending a lot of time at your hotel, ha)
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i've always been skeptical of priceline or hotwire. if i can't see for certain where i'm staying before i pay for it, i'm not one to really go with that. it's upsetting cause i know that you can get better deals, but my fear of the unknown still overrules the savings.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 9 years
I tried to book a room in orlando and they couldn't match my price. I just call hotels directly now to get cheaper rates.
ms660bk ms660bk 9 years
The only time I had a bad experience with Priceline was when I was looking for a 4-star hotel in Buffalo for a quick overnight stay in the middle of a week-long road trip. Priceline ended up giving me a really chintzy, cheesy, right-next-to-the-highway hotel. Think Office Space, but with pink curtains, pink bows tying the curtains together, and pink patterned carpeting. Then multiply by 20 floors.
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