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Old 02-07-2015, 06:02 AM
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anyone use priceline?

I read a thread here where someone stated they used priceline and paid 65 to 85 a night for the munich Marriott. Looking at prices now, the Marriott is 233 a night when I'm there in april. This is a huge difference, so I think I'll give it a shot. The zone which the Marriott is in has only one other 4 star hotel, I'm fine with either one. Anyone use priceline often? I never have, wondering what kind of bid I should start with. Is 85 a night when it's normally 233 a night realistic when using priceline?
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:47 AM
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Priceline used to be a great website but alas, they became too big. I rarely find any type of savings on bidding for rooms these days. Shatner and Kaley Cuoco ruined it. The big chains no longer have The following websites will help you with guidelines and suggestions for making a bid. But the community that once existed there is long gone as are the true deals: http://biddingfortravel.yuku.com/forums/109/Germany

If you want to actually experience Europe, instead of staying in American chain hotels try Booking.com. Like Priceline they too are getting a bit too popular, but you can still find some very nice deals on local Gasthofs, Pensions, B&Bs and hotels. If you sort them by ratings you can come up with some pretty unique and lovely accommodations. My wife and I are heading over to Bavaria this coming Friday and have booked a number of castles, an abbey and a farm all under $100 per night. Then again. we prefer to stay in villages outside the big cosmopolitan centers.

This website has some really unique and cheap small hotels that have also served us very well in the past: http://www.bensbauernhof.com/accommodations.html
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:49 AM
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I read a thread here where someone stated they used priceline and paid 65 to 85 a night for the munich Marriott. Looking at prices now, the Marriott is 233 a night when I'm there in april. This is a huge difference, so I think I'll give it a shot. The zone which the Marriott is in has only one other 4 star hotel, I'm fine with either one. Anyone use priceline often? I never have, wondering what kind of bid I should start with. Is 85 a night when it's normally 233 a night realistic when using priceline?
I used Priceline for both my 2011 and 2014 ED's. Both times just the night before going to the Welt. I just looked on their site and see that they have greatly expanded the bidding regions to 22. I think there were only 5-6 areas to bid on last year.

Personally, I like to stay near the Hauptbahnhof as it is convenient to transportation, S-Bahn, U-Bahn, and trollies. There's parking, but probably at a cost. I bid a 4* hoping to get the Maritim that we got last time, but ended up with the Regent Hotel for $70. With fees and taxes, cost us $83.41. It was nothing fancy, but it was clean and convenient -- just down the street from the Augustiner Keller.

If you are an experienced Priceline bidder, you can get a good deal.
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Priceline used to be a great website but alas, they became too big. I rarely find any type of savings on bidding for rooms these days. Shatner and Kaley Cuoco ruined it. The big chains no longer have The following websites will help you with guidelines and suggestions for making a bid. But the community that once existed there is long gone as are the true deals: http://biddingfortravel.yuku.com/forums/109/Germany

If you want to actually experience Europe, instead of staying in American chain hotels try Booking.com. Like Priceline they too are getting a bit too popular, but you can still find some very nice deals on local Gasthofs, Pensions, B&Bs and hotels. If you sort them by ratings you can come up with some pretty unique and lovely accommodations. My wife and I are heading over to Bavaria this coming Friday and have booked a number of castles, an abbey and a farm all under $100 per night. Then again. we prefer to stay in villages outside the big cosmopolitan centers.

This website has some really unique and cheap small hotels that have also served us very well in the past: http://www.bensbauernhof.com/accommodations.html
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You're right. I meant the two together constantly on the tube signaled the growing success of the brand. Just like Apple having better products when they were still young and struggling.
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I have to recommend my friend's company, vamo. They can help you find flights and hotels using your date and city as input. When I first use it, it looks great for festers who are planning for ED. Give it a shot.

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I read a thread here where someone stated they used priceline and paid 65 to 85 a night for the munich Marriott. Looking at prices now, the Marriott is 233 a night when I'm there in april. This is a huge difference, so I think I'll give it a shot. The zone which the Marriott is in has only one other 4 star hotel, I'm fine with either one. Anyone use priceline often? I never have, wondering what kind of bid I should start with. Is 85 a night when it's normally 233 a night realistic when using priceline?

Yes, I was one of those who grabbed a stay at the Munich Marriott in the 65 to 85 range some years ago. I tried to duplicate the bids for an upcoming ED next month and got all the way to $130 with no bite. Of course even in the past you could have a problem if you were bidding for a night that was during a major convention.

Ended up booking at a different hotel after comparing websites but at least I knew which hotel I was getting instead of the unknown factor when bidding.

Also agree with regard to booking.com for European hotels. It is always a good idea to check TripAdvisor as well for hotel values and guest commentary when looking for places off the beaten track. I actually had Vamo on my list of websites to head to but ended up finding what I was looking for before I tried it out.

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Priceline used to be a great website but alas, they became too big. I rarely find any type of savings on bidding for rooms these days. Shatner and Kaley Cuoco ruined it. The big chains no longer have The following websites will help you with guidelines and suggestions for making a bid. But the community that once existed there is long gone as are the true deals: http://biddingfortravel.yuku.com/forums/109/Germany

If you want to actually experience Europe, instead of staying in American chain hotels try Booking.com. Like Priceline they too are getting a bit too popular, but you can still find some very nice deals on local Gasthofs, Pensions, B&Bs and hotels. If you sort them by ratings you can come up with some pretty unique and lovely accommodations. My wife and I are heading over to Bavaria this coming Friday and have booked a number of castles, an abbey and a farm all under $100 per night. Then again. we prefer to stay in villages outside the big cosmopolitan centers.

This website has some really unique and cheap small hotels that have also served us very well in the past: http://www.bensbauernhof.com/accommodations.html
+1, My wife and I and another couple are spending the entire month of April in France, Belgium and Germany. We booked all of our rooms on booking.com. We are staying most of the time in small, family owned facilities(4-10 rooms) or traditional B&Bs. Almost all include breakfast, free WIFI and parking. We are paying between $75 and $100 most nights. Maybe less if the $ continues to climb against the Euro.
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I ended up booking the laimer hof for our initial stay in munich.
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I ended up booking the laimer hof for our initial stay in munich.
Well, one good thing, you are right next to the Hirschgarten - Europe's biggest beer garden in Munich. We met Boothguy and his lovely wife there for dinner and beer when we both did our 2011 ED the following morning.
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Well, one good thing, you are right next to the Hirschgarten - Europe's biggest beer garden in Munich. We met Boothguy and his lovely wife there for dinner and beer when we both did our 2011 ED the following morning.
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This is a German site that I used on my ED ... I was deliberately trying to avoid big chain hotels, and was very pleased with the accomodations I booked. As a bonus, I got to meet some very nice, helpful owners that added to my experience greatly.

http://www.hrs.de/web3/

You can click the US - English option to ease things
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Also agree with regard to booking.com for European hotels. It is always a good idea to check TripAdvisor as well for hotel values and guest commentary when looking for places off the beaten track.
We start with TripAdvisor which will take you to the booking sites. I also find the community reviews of places to go, stay and eat very useful. The people have no reason to be other than honest with their opinions.
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Has anyone used Tingo before? Once you book a refundable room, they will track the price for you and automatically rebook for you if the price goes down. My ED is planned for September and this seems like a good way of getting the best deal.
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Not far from train station and within walking distance of the Marienplatz is the Hotel Exquisit. My sister is avid trip advisor fan and found this friendly gem on it several years ago. I stayed there prior to my ED in 2012. Will probably repeat this year.
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