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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- Joined: 25 Apr 2007, 01:11
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.