5* and 4* plus hotels in Paris - where have they gone??

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5* and 4* plus hotels in Paris - where have they gone??

Coluche105
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Joined: 23 Sep 2004, 16:07

27 Jun 2007, 18:32 #1

I have noticed that PL first eliminated the 5-star hotels in Paris, downgrading these to a new category known as 4-star plus. Recently, the 4-star plus hotels have also disappeared from the bidding scene, to be replaced very simply by "4-star superior". I go to Paris regularly so I was wondering if anyone else had picked up on this change. The 5-star hotel still exists but you can no longer bid for it; you can however purchase a stay there at the Priceline rate (often more expensive than the hotel website's rate). Rome and London both have kept their 5-star hotels for bidding. Would anyone have any explanations on this?

Thanks!
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cnmiranda27
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04 Jul 2007, 00:06 #2

Priceline sometimes switches hotel star ratings to hide a particular hotel from being known, ie, if there is one 5* hotel in a zone it will be renamed a 4* hotel even though it qualifies as luxury to keep the hotel name opaque.
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Coluche105
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09 Jul 2007, 14:43 #3

I wrote to Priceline to ask them why 5 and 4 star plus hotels were no longer offered in Paris and have included their reply below. Talk about wishy-washy...! They don't really answer the question.
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Thank you for taking the time to send us an e-mail. We understand you would like to know why Priceline does not offer bidding on a 5 star hotels in Paris and why there are no 4 star plus hotels offered for bidding either.

After selecting the area in the city you wish to stay, you are given an opportunity to select the quality level of your hotel. We offer hotels with ratings from one to five stars and resort properties. You will only be given the choice to select a particular quality level if we have hotel partners with that quality level in the area that you select.

Depending upon inventory and other factors, the participating hotels and their affiliates may, or may not, be participating at any given time.
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KeenWink
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09 Jul 2007, 15:36 #4

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Depending upon inventory and other factors, the participating hotels and their affiliates may, or may not, be participating at any given time.
I think that is the answer to your question. Simply, no hotels that Priceline will rate as 4+* or 5* are participating at this time. I think it's good that PL doesn't waste your time by letting you bid on non-existant 5* hotels.
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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Coluche105
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10 Jul 2007, 11:46 #5

Bidding for and winning hotel nights in Paris on a regular basis, the issue is that Priceline has for some mysterious reason change their offering in Paris only (why not London or Rome, where 5 star hotels are still available for bidding?). In no zone in Paris are 5 star hotels now listed, whereas they seem to suggest with their reply to me that this might perhaps change on a daily basis, which I find highly unlikely.
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KeenWink
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10 Jul 2007, 15:52 #6

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the issue is that Priceline has for some mysterious reason change their offering in Paris only
It is really up to the hotels as to whether they want to participate on PL or not. And what hotels in Paris might do has no bearing on what hotels in Rome might do.
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they seem to suggest with their reply to me that this might perhaps change on a daily basis, which I find highly unlikely.
I think they suggest that because it CAN change on a daily basis, and if they gave you any reason to suspect that it didn't, there would be outcries of deceptive business when hotels on their own accord joined or left active Priceline participation. Per our Hotel FAQ #3: "It is very important to note that new hotels and quality levels can appear at any time". So, in fact, we at BFT state exactly the same thing that you find "highly unlikely", based upon our own collective experience.
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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Coluche105
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11 Jul 2007, 13:16 #7

Okay, thanks for the information. I won't claim to be an expert but I have been bidding successfully on Priceline hotels in Europe for almost two years now and have never, ever seen 5 star offerings appear and disappear and then appear again in any given city. My feeling is that the Priceline tactic in this city has changed rather than the hotel offering (ie they want people to bid more money for hotels of inferior quality and thus up their gains), but I don't pretend to have all the answers. Let's see what the BFT users report ...
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Coluche105
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17 Oct 2007, 18:53 #8

Three months after my initial comments on hotels in Paris, I can see that noone seems to be winning the top hotels anymore, ie. the Prince de Galles, the Westin, the Scribe, previously 5 star, then 4 star superior and then they disappeared from the bidding scene. You can still buy certain 5 stars from Priceline but at a rate twice as high as what I got through bidding, and certainly not the caliber of the Prince de Galles. So we are now paying more for less!
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