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Old 08-03-2008, 10:02 PM   #91
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*sigh*

I didn't do my homework and think it through before bidding. I will go with low expectations and hope for the best....

$45 ($58.19/Total for 1 night) - Wyndham Orlando

If I had it to do over, I would have lowered my bid to $30-$40 and requested only the WDW/Kissimmee areas instead of including Universal.

Oh well. Live and learn.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:20 AM   #92
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We stayed at the Wyndham 2 years ago. We thought it was very nice. Lots to do, convenient to restaurants, nice pools.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:54 PM   #93
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We stayed at the Wyndham 2 years ago. We thought it was very nice. Lots to do, convenient to restaurants, nice pools.
Thanks for sharing your opinion! It's only for the night we arrive and then we hop over to POR. BTW, did you eat the breakfast buffet? What was the food quality? Thanks again!
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:53 AM   #94
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Never ate ther, there are 2-3 breakfast buffets within a 5 min walk that we ate at. Golden corral, Ponderosa, Sizzler and a Perkins family restaurant just across the street. A lot less expensive.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:16 AM   #95
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Just won the Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration last night for $40 for 3 nights for a pre DVC trip in September. The hotel has mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, but for the price I'm not going to complain. I started out at $30 at first, and then kept rebidding until I got it. The only drawback is the $10 "resort" fee, but they have fee Wifi which I think makes up for it. I have seen more and more hotels starting to play this "resort" fee game on priceline. Let's say a neighboring hotel is selling rooms on priceline for $100, you want to undercut them, so you are willing to let yours go for $80. When someone wins, you charge them the required "resort" fee to make up the difference.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:53 AM   #96
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Resort fee

Yep - the resort fee is the thing that is making me hesitate about using priceline. You don't know what the fee is before you bid. What's to stop a hotel from charging a resort fee of $20, $30 or more?
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:00 AM   #97
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Yep - the resort fee is the thing that is making me hesitate about using priceline. You don't know what the fee is before you bid. What's to stop a hotel from charging a resort fee of $20, $30 or more?
Nothing, that is my whole point. If they wanted too, they could charge an extra $30 or $40, and get away with it because it is required. At least with Hotwire, they will tell you the resort fee amount before you book.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:02 AM   #98
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$30 Clarion Universal, 2 1/2 stars

Nov 9-14, Clarion Universal $30 per night,
Plus $1.50 per night fee which includes wifi.
This really helps stretch our family budget.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:47 AM   #99
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The resort fee for a couple of the 4 star resorts in the Convention Center area is $35 per night plus $18 for parking. The Peabody still has an $18.00 parking fee but there is no parking due to construction in the area...
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:24 PM   #100
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This 'resort fee' is new to me this year.I don't recall seeing them in previous years. The Wyndham's is $6. Not worth complaining about considering what it could be ($30+)...and it's only for one night. Not sure if I'll be using Priceline in the future. Kinda scary really.
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I quit using Priceline because of this. I used Priceline in May and got the Doubletree at the entrance to Universal Orlando for $39 a night, if I remember correctly, self-parking was $11.00 per day and then the resort fee was like $8 or $9.00 per day. Regardless, I paid close to $20 additional each night. Truly, I didn't mind as it was a nice place which on a good run on hotwire will run for $79 - $90 a night. However, I can only imagine what would happen if you didn't budget the extra fees!

I agree, hotwire is the only "blind booking" site that discloses fees up front. I can see priceline changing it's position on that soon enough, especially as more and more resorts add fees.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:36 AM   #102
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Hope you're right!

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I quit using Priceline because of this. . . .

I agree, hotwire is the only "blind booking" site that discloses fees up front. I can see priceline changing it's position on that soon enough, especially as more and more resorts add fees.
I hope you're right. Until they do, I'm either going to hotwire, or dealing directly with the hotels.
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:03 PM   #103
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Just won the Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration last night for $40 for 3 nights The only drawback is the $10 "resort" fee, but they have fee Wifi which I think makes up for it. I have seen more and more hotels starting to play this "resort" fee game on priceline.
I stayed at this resort last year. I booked it through the Radisson site & it did have the $10. per day resort fee. They stated it was for security & activities during the day, but I agree, it is just another way to add more fees. I just wanted you to know it was not just through Priceline. We did like this resort. The grounds are beautiful & the rooms were clean & a nice size. Pool area was great! Nice and big with a slide for the kids. There are activities throughout the day & night for when you get back from the parks. Pizza Hut & a snack bar on site, along with a full serve restaurant (expensive).
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:45 PM   #104
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Thanks Budget for the info. The reality is that I have been wanting to book a room for the past 4 months, but every time I went online and read reviews from places like Tripadvisor or other online review sites, every hotel that I would look at had some sort of negative remarks to it. I finally decided that as my vacation was fast approaching, I needed to get it booked. The hotel grounds look beautiful, and I love the fact how close it is area restaurants. We will be renting a car for our trip, so I think I go exploring some really good restaurant ideas that I have found on this board. Even if the room isn't 100 % perfect or the grounds not as they described, I don't mind. That is what a vacation is all about. Just the fact that I am in Orlando and not at work gives me a reason to kick of my shoes and celebrate !

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Old 08-17-2008, 10:26 PM   #105
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I didn't know about the resort fees. Is there any way to find out which resorts have what fees? I've never bid before but was considering bidding on a 3* in the Universal area for 2 nights in Oct. Good or bad idea?
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