Resort* Marriott Stellaris San Juan 3/18-3/22 $115

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Resort* Marriott Stellaris San Juan 3/18-3/22 $115

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04 May 2011, 23:13 #1



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I'm looking to book multiple days (4) at a San Juan resort next March.
The days I'm looking for are actually Sunday - Thursday 3/18/12-3/22/12.
Is there any different way I should approach my bidding? Do hotels offer multiple days?

I was going to wait as per the advice on this board but someone on Cruise Critic
just posted winning the Marriott Stellaris San Juan for the 2 previous days, Friday 3/16 and Saturday 3/17 at $110.
Is that info any help to me for my bidding????

Any advice would really be appreciated.

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05 May 2011, 00:57 #2

I definitely agree that it's too early to bid for your Spring Break dates but that's up to you.

Please post all of the information requested on the Bidding Assistance Form in the Hotel FAQ category in the Frequently Asked Questions section near the top of our homepage as a reply to this post. Please keep all posts for a single stay on one topic.

Then I'll give you a bidding strategy.

Please place your Priceline/Hotwire bids/purchases through the link in my signature or by clicking the Priceline/Hotwire banners on the right side of the screen. And please keep Priceline in mind for your conventional travel bookings as well.
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05 May 2011, 02:19 #3

1. San Juan PR
2. San Juan-zone 8 only
3. 3/18/12
4. 3/22/12
5. 1 room
6. Resort
7. Intercontinental $170
    Conrad Condado $239
    El San Juan  $241
    Caribe Hilton $278
    Marriott Stellaris  $349
8. Hotel website prices
9. Aguadilla, Cabo Rojo, Dorado, Humacao, Mayaguez, Ponce (zones 1-6 w/o Resorts)
10. $140
11. yes
12. yes
13. yes
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I know there is no guarantee of hotels via Priceline. We stayed at the Marriott this past March via Priceline which we bid
and won very far (9 months) in advance. Would of course love to win it again. The only reason I'm now even considering bidding for
March of 2012 is because of the recent Cruise Critic Marriott win the weekend before we want to stay. Could it be that Marriott
offers Priceline rooms far in advance of some other properties?
Any thoughts about strategy would be appreciated.

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05 May 2011, 05:25 #4

I would recommend that you start at $90 for Resort and raise $5 per free re-bid. I think that's high enough to bid based on the Intercontinental's rate which I'm shocked to see for your peak Spring Break dates. In fact, if you are not successful and the Intercontinental rate is cancellable, go ahead and book that and wait a few weeks to bid again.

Please place your Priceline/Hotwire bids/purchases through the link in my signature or by clicking the Priceline/Hotwire banners on the right side of the screen. And please keep Priceline in mind for your conventional travel bookings as well.

As to the Marriott, no they do not stand out as providing Priceline access to inventory far in advance. What is unusual about Marriott is they are known to accept Priceline bids when they don't allow bookings on their website either for a Saturday checkin or when they are really sold out even during conventions. It doesn't happen often, but the fact that it happens at all really stands out among hotel chains. The biggest standout about a Marriott that I recall is a number of years ago, they accepted $110 bids for New Year's Eve at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. That one put many of our users into a bidding frenzy and we even got new users as a result of that win being posted on other message boards. It had to be a mistake but it went through and the people showed up on New Year's Eve without a problem. Marriott is usually very good in taking care of their guests and quality control. I bet their Revenue Manager got scolded for that mistake during their bread and butter time for room revenue.

Please start posting all of your bids on BiddingForTravel when you obtain them so they will be helpful to others as that post on Cruise Critic was helpful to you.

Good luck!
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05 May 2011, 10:42 #5

I had a successful bid for the Marriott Stellaris for four nights March 18-March 22, 2012.
I opened the bidding at $90 and they asked for a $25 increase.
I know I could have gone up in $5 increments but I added the $25 and won at $115 per night plus tax.
We stayed at the Marriott this past March and enjoyed it (also at $115).
I used this site to access Priceline.

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05 May 2011, 10:52 #6

Thanks Sheryl..........I used some of your advice. I initially bid the $90 and Priceline asked for a $25 increase.
Rather than bid in $5 increments I went for the $25 and won the Marriott Stellaris for $115 per night plus tax.
I did use your site to access Priceline. I know from my readings that the Marriott usually goes for $110-$115 and up.
I'm happy with my results.

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05 May 2011, 12:54 #7

That is just terrific. The exact hotel you wanted at an incredible rate for your peak Spring Break dates. Thank you for using our link to Priceline. I really wish you would have rejected the counteroffer and continued to bid as I suggested since Priceline will always accept a lower bid than their counteroffer as it says in the Hotel FAQ. I also hope that some of next year's Spring Break cruisers who've already made their arrangements will be helped by your post just as you were helped by the Cruise Critic poster. As you see, I have combined your two posts as all posts for a single stay should be kept to one topic.

Congratulations!
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05 May 2011, 14:00 #8

Thanks Sheryl.........I'm pretty new to Priceline. Next time I'll take your advice and patiently increase by bid increments.
I'm very happy with the Marriott Stellaris at $115 for Spring Break 2012......If your readers are interested the Marriott
did not tack on a resort fee to my final bill this past March. The resort fee gives you an upgraded free internet connection but I was fine
with the slower non resort fee set up. Plenty of restaurants nearby. One excellent choice is Ropa Vieja about a 15 minute
walk to the right. Also Orozco's across the street. Walgreens, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Super Max supermarket all within walking. Bus to Old San Juan
very convenient. Plenty of bank ATM's......Condado is a lovely area to stay.
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05 May 2011, 14:11 #9

I want you to know that this is such an incredible deal that I posted this in the Incredibly Useful Posts of the Day forum and I forwarded it to our Tech Administrator who is from Puerto Rico but lives in the Northeast now as well as my sister for her children's Spring Break in March. They live in Dallas where I live. So you may have already saved some people a lot of money. In 2011 (about 6 weeks ago) my sister's family went to Florida and spent an absolute fortune on their hotel booked conventionally at a Residence Inn in a two bedroom suite. It was more than the Marriott San Juan when booking conventionally if you get the picture.
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05 May 2011, 15:25 #10

Great.....not sure who has "Spring Break" that week. Kids in San Juan have the week before off.....Canadian schools might have
it the week of 3/18/12 as a holiday.......US schools....not sure, it varies.....in any event it was a good deal and I'm glad I could help......Marty
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