3.5* Marriott Dublin $59 9/8-10

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3.5* Marriott Dublin $59 9/8-10

ahself
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Joined: 27 Mar 2004, 06:28

10 Aug 2017, 04:04 #1

I'm heading in town with family for the OU/OSU football game and needed to get 2 rooms for 2 nights.  Hotels are fairly limited, as there were no 4* hotels available in the Columbus area, neither in Priceline's standard list or Express Deals (ED) list.

Based on available 3.5* hotels in the ED list and the % off they were showing as compared to the standard prices, I decided to bid on the Dublin area.  The only other 3.5* hotels were outside the 270 belt anyway, either north of the city or at the airport...and the 3.5* ED listing for Dublin showed the highest discount %.

I thought I was bidding on the 3.5* Crowne Plaza, as the available 3.5* ED matched that hotel with the review rating (Very Good: 8+) and with the calculation of % off price compared to list...but I was hopeful that I would get the Marriott since the calculation also worked out as compared to the discounted list price, even though it showed an Excellent: 8.8 review rating on the standard hotel listing.

Since the 3.5* ED in Dublin showed $63 at 52% off, I started bidding at $50 and I immediately received a counter offer of $68.  Since I had several free re-bid zones and I always try to get the lowest price possible even if it takes me a little longer in the bidding process, I bid at 53, 55, 57, 58, and 59, receiving the same counter offer of $68 at $55 and $58.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive the Marriott, since it's rated higher overall, receives good reviews on Trip Advisor, and has been recently renovated.

Looking back on my logic, I realized that the 52% off calculation for the ED price of $63 was based on the discounted list price for the Marriot ($131) and not the "was" price with a strikethrough ($154), e.g. $63 = $131 x .48.  The calculation I was using for the Crowne Plaza wasn't quite as exact and was based on the "was" price, e.g. $134 x .48 = $64.32.  It seems obvious now that the Marriott would've been the choice based on the calculations, but I'm still confused/surprised by the review rating of Very Good for the 3.5* ED not matching the Excellent rating for the Marriott since they typically have in my experience.

As always, I used the BFT PL link.
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Sheryl
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Joined: 16 Jan 2000, 16:19

10 Aug 2017, 16:45 #2

As always, thank you for placing your bid through our Priceline link.
Please place all of your Priceline bids through our Priceline link.
Please check rates at Hotwire and make your bookings through our Hotwire link.
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tilepusher
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Joined: 25 Apr 2007, 01:11

11 Aug 2017, 06:24 #3

Express Deals rounds the guest rating down to an integer (9+, 8+, etc.), and so doesn't distinguish between Very Good (8.1 - 8.4 guest rating) and Excellent (8.5 - 8.9). The number of guest reviews is usually the easiest way to determine the identity of a hotel.
Please place all of your Priceline bids through our Priceline link.
Please check rates at Hotwire and make your bookings through our Hotwire link.
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