Could use some hotel/travel help

Alan Mosca nitbix at
Thu Sep 26 14:04:50 BST 2013

You're not using the 'name your own price'  tool are you? Try that. You can
narrow it by area, star level and bid your own price.
On 26 Sep 2013 12:07, "Smylers" <Smylers at> wrote:

> Alan Mosca writes:
> > I've got one word for you : Priceline.
> OK, I've never used Priceline before so just had a look to see what they
> can find for our London trip.
> > You can easily get sub 100$ per night and have a 4*, depending on
> > period.
> The dates were fixed for us (we're attending a wedding).
> I dispute “easily”. By default it searches all of London, which is
> surely useless for everybody. It doesn't allow narrowing down by
> postcode or Tube station. Admittedly it does offer to search by
> proximity to golf courses, but regrettably directions for venues tend
> not to mention those in the way they do postcodes and stations.
> So I'm left reading through a long list of ‘other landmarks’ to work out
> which one is likely to be nearest to where we want to stay, then going
> through the resulting hotels list, adjusting the distances given to
> allow for the delta between the location we actually want to search near
> and the one it let us search near.
> At which point it turns out that some of the purported hotels in the
> list are actually hostels or apartments.
> So far as I can tell we can get actual, non-scummy, hotels for $182 or
> $239. Which admittedly is less than £189, but still way over the $100
> you mentioned.
> Oh, except that there's an extra mysterious[*] ‘taxes and fees’ added at
> checkout, which I'm guessing is VAT, making the $182 actually $218 per
> night (which, when translated to sterling, is exactly the same price
> that quote for that room on those dates).
> [*] Mysterious in the sense that they don't even try to justify how they
> calculated that particular charge for this booking, just waffling on
> about the kinds of things they cover.
> > YMMV.
> Apparently it did.
> Having already checked, Priceline didn't find anything
> additional or provide better rates. And nor was it's interface so slick
> or process so helpful that I'm wishing I'd used it instead of
> Smylers
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