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Old 06-30-2009, 09:35 AM   #241
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I got Hyatt Place Universal for $30 a night Sept 5-6!!

I only bid once and got it!
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:50 AM   #242
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Hi,

It's just the fact that you don't know what you'll get and being confined to somewhere for 12 days is a little too risky for me. I prefer to know that i'm in LBV or DD area.
It's important to really study the map of the different 'areas' so you know where you'll end up w/ no surprises. If you don't want to stay in a certain part of that map, don't bid on that area. Unfortunately, the WDW vicinity is a huge circle so you might end up with a long drive to the parks.

Maybe Hotwire would be better. You can enter 4 guests per room, unlike PL that only guarantees bedding for 2, and you can search for DTD/LBV area.
www.betterbidding.com does a great job predicting what hotel you'll get based on * rating, location and list of amenities shown in your search results.
I like that with HW, I sort of get a 'visual' of my possible choices whereas with PL you're just getting something in that area and don't know if it has a shuttle, pool, internet, etc.

I don't know that I'd risk a 12 nt. vacation either. I use HW for 1 nt. stays for late arrivals/early departures/pre-cruise only.
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:56 AM   #243
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..... What exactly is it about the system you don't trust? It's been around for decades and has sold millions of days of hotel reservations.
PL can be very generous with their ratings. There is a big difference between the top and bottom properties in a given zone/* level. There is a difference between the Hilton and Gaylord Palms/Omni/Hyatt Grand Cypress. You also have unknown charges for resort fees and parking fees with PL.
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:29 PM   #244
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Priceline ~ 10/09/09 to 10/13/09 at Omni Champions Gate for $76 per night. There is also a $16 resort fee per night.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:20 AM   #245
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Hilton WDW - $60/night

July 24-26
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Started at $50...moved up $5 each bid
Stayed with 4 stars and resorts; Downtown Disney & Disney vicinity
Got $60/night, plus taxes and fees
Total for 2 night stay: $145
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:01 PM   #246
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Priceline saves an idiot

Because I am an idiot I had to book a priceline room for tonight.

I THOUGHT I booked a trip to WDW starting tomorrow. At around 11:30 today I discovered that "Opps" the flight is TODAY at 11:55. Let's just say that I was in my PJs, I had not considered packing and the airport is half an hour away.

So I called Delta. Since I fly ALOT they worked with me and I have an 8 PM flight tonight. (Tomorrow was a change in the flights which would have cost $450, for a $78 fare )

So after I got off the phone I cruised to hotwire. Could get a 4 star for $53, but with no gurantee it's the Hyatt or the Renissance.

Really wanted the Hyatt. It was $135 on thier site.

Crossed my fingers, plugged $43 into Priceline and "Viola" I have the Hyatt. One night (7/5)
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:36 PM   #247
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Great recovery CarolA! Thanks for sharing your success with the Hyatt
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:03 AM   #248
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PL can be very generous with their ratings. There is a big difference between the top and bottom properties in a given zone/* level. There is a difference between the Hilton and Gaylord Palms/Omni/Hyatt Grand Cypress. You also have unknown charges for resort fees and parking fees with PL.
That's the sacrifice made for lower prices and most of time it turns out pretty well, for me at least
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:56 AM   #249
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I got Hyatt Place Universal for $30 a night Sept 5-6!!

I only bid once and got it!
You will love it! We just stayed here July 6-12. Rooms are soooo big and the breakfast was good for a continental. If you are going to Universal, it is a 15 minute walk or they have a free shuttle in the morning and evening. A cab is around $4. There are a Cracker Barrel and TGIF right beside the hotel. Didn't get to use the pool, but it looked nice. The hotel is right off I-4, so convenient to everything.

We are planning another trip to Universal for next year and hope we get the Hyatt again.



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Old 07-18-2009, 02:15 PM   #250
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Can anyone give me some pointers on how to get Hyatt Place Universal?
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:54 PM   #251
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Can anyone give me some pointers on how to get Hyatt Place Universal?
Very easy actually. Assuming you are coming from 95, take I-4 West and then take exit 75B. That will put you on South Kirkman Rd/435 North. You will go less than 1/4 mile, then turn right on Major Blvd and then immediately right on Caravan COurt. There will be a TGIF restaurant on your right, then Holiday Inn, and then Hyatt Place. If you see Cracker Barrel, you just passed it.

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Old 07-18-2009, 06:05 PM   #252
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Very easy actually. Assuming you are coming from 95, take I-4 West and then take exit 75B. That will put you on South Kirkman Rd/435 North. You will go less than 1/4 mile, then turn right on Major Blvd and then immediately right on Caravan COurt. There will be a TGIF restaurant on your right, then Holiday Inn, and then Hyatt Place. If you see Cracker Barrel, you just passed it.

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I think he/she meant pointers on how to get it on Priceline or Hotwire.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:09 PM   #253
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Can anyone give me some pointers on how to get Hyatt Place Universal?
www.betterbidding.com tracks the 'wins' on HW and PL. Here are the Hotwire amenities list:

Universal Orlando - I-Drive North
3* Hyatt Place Universal
Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast, Pool, Fitness, Hi-Speed Internet
(one unconfirmed report of Clarion Universal with same amenities)
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Amenities: Complimentary Breakfast, Pool, Fitness, Smoke Free, Hi-Speed Internet, Business
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:20 PM   #254
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I think he/she meant pointers on how to get it on Priceline or Hotwire.
Sorry I guess I didn't read that correctly. Well, maybe it will help someone who won Hyatt Place Universal. WHen we checked out, the receptionist was talking someone through getting there....

As far as how to "win" Hyatt Place Universal, there are no guarantees, but I just bid on a 3 star in Universal/Sea World Zone and bid $30. I checked on betterbidding and was happy with all the 3*s listed so I went ahead and bid. Hyatt Place was what I was hoping for, so I was happy.

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Old 07-20-2009, 05:26 PM   #255
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Just got the Best Western Lakeside for $29 per night October 16- October 18th. While this is an older resort around Disney's Maingate, it still boasts excellent reviews from travelers scoring 4.0 out of 5
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