I Still Like You, Priceline
July 23, 2010 § 16 Comments
I clearly remember one summer when I was about twenty years old & was planning on visiting San Diego with some friends of mine. When I informed my parents of the hotel we had booked, my dad basically said, “No, you are not staying there”. Because it was kind of gross & probably not safe, but we didn’t really have money to spend on a hotel, we wanted to use our money for more fun & exciting things!
Even now, I still get restless. Being in one place too long gets me all fidgety so I am usually in a state of feeling like I’ve got to go somewhere.
Tired driving is undesirable nor do I have many friends, especially not any who live in other cities. So hotels save the day, but here is another fun fact, I am not rich.
This is why I have come to really enjoy using Priceline’s, “Name Your Own Price” thing when I need to find a hotel & I would definitely recommend this method. Basically, you tell the website where you want to stay, how many stars you would like your hotel to be, it gives you a map of which areas you might like, you give it a price, & it comes back either telling you to try changing something or that your offer has been accepted.
The catch is that you have no idea what hotel you just bid for, but you have to agree to follow through with your offer.
I’ve used Priceline’s hotel bidding about three or four times & have been really happy with it. I used it for this recent quick trip to Los Angeles & was quite pleased at the hotel I ended up getting a reservation with, the Westin Bonaventure.
The room was clean, not the quietest but nothing intolerable, & the staff were all very friendly. The hotel is made up of window-walled towers so there were plenty of nice views.
On one of the upper floors, there was a revolving lounge which again, gave us really nice views of various city lights.
As with every time I use this method of finding a hotel, I keep thinking, “Maybe this will be the time they give me a horrible hotel & I never want to use Priceline again!”, but that time wasn’t this time, I still like you, Priceline.