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5* for Priceline in Europe

tsarkwan
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April 1st, 2014, 4:46 pm #1

Hi Sheryl I'm reporting a quality issue-ish question- I have a friend who was bidding for a 5* hotel in Buda only (instead of Pest, where most of hotels are located). I helped her run hotel list in Buda and obviously there are only two 5* in Buda area- the Hilton Castle Hill and the Aquincum Hotel, the latter of which is really just 4*/3.5*, with regular rate significantly lower than the Hilton property obviously. But anyway my friend bidded for $102 and expected to get the Hilton Castle but Priceline gave her the Aquincum...she was not trying to complain or anything and I told her that bidding for a "specific" hotel is not how bidding works, but still- paying $102 for a 5*(which is really 4*) when you can have it at around $75 is definitely an overbid. 
Anyway I'm trying to figure out the rational behind Priceline bidding in Europe- if I bid, for example, $90 for a 5* hotel and there are two or more 5* that meet my requirement, will Priceline necessarily assign me the one with the lowest possible regular/past bidding price? I did read thoroughly the must-read of the forum and you mentioned that I could be upgraded. But if I bid a higher price will I be able to avoid some less-than-5* 5* hotels with regular rates lower than an authentic 5* hotel?
Thanks in advance for your answer
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April 1st, 2014, 7:18 pm #2

We're glad to answer questions that are not addressed in our Hotel FAQ. Why have you never posted your bids here before?
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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April 1st, 2014, 10:58 pm #3

tsarkwan, are you asking Hotel FAQ #5? Or really Hotel FAQ #7?
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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April 2nd, 2014, 3:45 am #4

Hi Sheryl- I haven't bid yet lol! My friend did but I suppose I couldn't post anything on behalf of other people. I'm bidding for European hotels in April and that's why I'm concerned about her circumstances and ask this question
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April 2nd, 2014, 3:53 am #5

Hi KeenWink- I'm referring to FAQ#5. See the point is that I'm not trying to bid higher to avoid/get some specific hotels but am wondering if bidding higher can get you a true 5* rather than a not-so-5* but a 5* used by Priceline (which certainly didn't happen to my friend, who could have paid less for that less rigorously-rated 5*).
I'm thinking now probably that the best way to avoid a misrated hotel is not to bid the zone where it is at all. So should I only bid in Pest area when I start my bidding in April (Buda has 5* now, and so it's no longer a free-bid zone)? Thank you for any input here.
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April 2nd, 2014, 4:13 am #6

My honest opinion is that if you are that concerned about getting a misrated hotel, don't use Priceline Name Your Own Price or Express Deals. Select a specific hotel and pay the going rate. What we've found repeatedly though, is price almost always trumps quality. Priceline is for those who are flexible and it doesn't seem you are based on your comments. Some people are disappointed by Priceline but the vast majority wouldn't make a hotel reservation any other way, also based on comments here, for the reason I previously stated. Price trumps quality. The only way to assure that doesn't happen to you is for the reason I first stated in this post.
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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April 2nd, 2014, 4:14 am #7

And this has nothing to do specifically with 5* in Europe.
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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April 2nd, 2014, 2:27 pm #8

Thanks Sheryl for your suggestion. Price trumps quality-that's should probably go into the FAQ as well . Anyway I think I will not bidding in that area where the misrated hotel is to avoid it. Thanks, will post my bidding result later in the forum.
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April 2nd, 2014, 4:09 pm #9

tsarkwan, I believe Sheryl's "price trumps quality" refers to a purchasing choice made by the guest, not an assignment choice made by Priceline. I.e., most folks (like me) are rather price-sensitive and are willing to ignore occasional quality issues, because of a substantial discount. But I have reasonable expectations, too, and don't get my panties in a knot if the bedsheets aren't 600 threadcount Egyptian cotton. Since I do prefer a higher-end hotel, I typically bid 3* or better. So "price trumps quality" wouldn't belong in the FAQ, since it's a guest issue, not a hotel issue.

The FAQ does state that bidding higher in the hopes of avoiding a particular hotel typically results in an overbid, often for the very hotel you wanted to avoid. That is exactly what you are asking. You are correct in stating "the best way to avoid a misrated hotel is not to bid the zone where it is at all".

And Sheryl's advice, as always, is spot-on: "if you are that concerned about getting a misrated hotel, don't use Priceline Name Your Own Price or Express Deals."

However you decide to book this, please do use one of the retail links, or Priceline links here on BFT, since you've received such great advice from this site. And please remember to post your NYOP wins!
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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April 2nd, 2014, 4:47 pm #10

Yes KeenWink- Thank you for the inputs! Since the actual travel date is pretty far away (late May), I have plenty of time and can start my bidding at low rate, with low increment every day. Definitely will use your link and report results when I start bidding.
Thanks.
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