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Poll Results: What is your favorite hotel brand?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 14% (5)
    The Westin
  • 5% (2)
    The W
  • 8% (3)
    The Hyatt
  • 0% (0)
    The Fairmont
  • 8% (3)
    The Ritz-Carlton
  • 0% (0)
    The Sheraton
  • 2% (1)
    JW Marriot
  • 2% (1)
    Other Marriot Hotels
  • 5% (2)
    The Hilton
  • 0% (0)
    Best Western
  • 0% (0)
    La Quinta
  • 5% (2)
    Holiday Inn
  • 11% (4)
    The Mandarin Oriental
  • 20% (7)
    I Don't Like Chain Hotels
  • 14% (5)
    None Of The Above
35 Total Votes  
post #31 of 39

I really love the Rosen Hotel chain. They really take care of their guests and they have a large variety of hotels that are all affordable. Why do you not have them listed?

 

John

Affordable Orlando Hotel

post #32 of 39
Travel for work: Usually Marriott or Crowne Plaza.

Travel for pleasure: Whatever 4 star I can get for a good price on Priceline.

In my books, Priceline has really revolutionized vacation travel. In a lot of cities, I pay substantially less for a hotel room now than I did over 20 years ago.

Generally, PL means staying at big hotels with lots of excess inventory (think Westin, Sheraton, Marriott, Delta, etc.), but that's fine with me.
post #33 of 39
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Originally Posted by arirang View Post

Travel for work: Usually Marriott or Crowne Plaza.

Travel for pleasure: Whatever 4 star I can get for a good price on Priceline.

In my books, Priceline has really revolutionized vacation travel. In a lot of cities, I pay substantially less for a hotel room now than I did over 20 years ago.

Generally, PL means staying at big hotels with lots of excess inventory (think Westin, Sheraton, Marriott, Delta, etc.), but that's fine with me.

I've heard hotels don't like people staying with priceline as much, and you're libel to getting poorer service. don;t know it that's true but you're pretty fucked on cancellations and other types of last minute requests if you prepay (not with the hotel directly.)
post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by SField View Post

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Originally Posted by arirang View Post

Travel for work: Usually Marriott or Crowne Plaza.

Travel for pleasure: Whatever 4 star I can get for a good price on Priceline.

In my books, Priceline has really revolutionized vacation travel. In a lot of cities, I pay substantially less for a hotel room now than I did over 20 years ago.

Generally, PL means staying at big hotels with lots of excess inventory (think Westin, Sheraton, Marriott, Delta, etc.), but that's fine with me.

I've heard hotels don't like people staying with priceline as much, and you're libel to getting poorer service. don;t know it that's true but you're pretty fucked on cancellations and other types of last minute requests if you prepay (not with the hotel directly.)
I've found that you end up in awful rooms, terrible views, and no courtesy upgrades when booking via discount sites. I now book directly through the hotel, but do so far in advance of travel and check the rates constantly to take advantage of the cheapest rates. I don't hesitate to change my reservation multiple times to get a cheaper rate for the same room, even luxury suites.

The same goes for air travel booking, I no longer use discount sites. This is where you can be really disadvantaged. I've had horrible experiences such as not being able to change flights to get home earlier, disallowed upgrades, put on the last row of the plane, and more.
post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

I've found that you end up in awful rooms, terrible views, and no courtesy upgrades when booking via discount sites. I now book directly through the hotel, but do so far in advance of travel and check the rates constantly to take advantage of the cheapest rates. I don't hesitate to change my reservation multiple times to get a cheaper rate for the same room, even luxury suites.

The same goes for air travel booking, I no longer use discount sites. This is where you can be really disadvantaged. I've had horrible experiences such as not being able to change flights to get home earlier, disallowed upgrades, put on the last row of the plane, and more.

Priceline (maybe Orbitz and Travelocity? don't know how it works) is guilty of putting up some smoke and mirrors in front of the cheap rates they lock in and then sell off, but I've started using Expedia this year for the first time, and have used it for about 5 trips so far - it seems to that Expedia is more an aggregator of live fares and rates and sells it to you as a one-stop thing. If you check the rates on the respective sites for airfare or hotels, the rates are no less, but sometimes not found on their normal websites.
If you still don't like Expedia, you can get the same results via kayak.com - but there are no descriptions or pictures so you gotta know what you're buying by numbers. If you buy on kayak, it links you directly to the airline or hotel websites with their specials/regular rates (oft times what is advertised on any of these travel sites is actually their 'normal' price) and you buy from them.

I've never had a problem upgrading or getting full priveleges on stuff bought with Expedia. This summer my mother booked me a hotel in LA insanely cheap through priceline without asking me, then I read reviews online and it sounded horrible, and it turned out to be ok. It was not the level of place I'd book for myself, and there were some obvious faults, but I've come to expect that from the hospitality business in America anyway. Still, doing it over again, I'd have found a hotel for myself and it'd have probably been through Expedia and not priceline, as I don't have any hookups and pay the plebe price on everything travel related out of my pocket.
post #36 of 39
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Originally Posted by SField View Post


I've heard hotels don't like people staying with priceline as much, and you're libel to getting poorer service. don;t know it that's true but you're pretty fucked on cancellations and other types of last minute requests if you prepay (not with the hotel directly.)

My experiences using Priceline and Hotwire have generally been quite positive. There is only one instance I can think of off the top of my head where I obviously got the "priceline room" - it was a regular (and nice) room at a Westin that had a view of a brick wall a few feet away. All the other times I have received what I would regard to be (as far as I can tell) normal rooms. Service is generally indistinguishable from what I get paying full price as well.

That said, I have never been given a complimentary room upgrade to anything beyond what I paid for (to something like a suite, etc.) but that's not a problem in my books. The savings make having a standard room acceptable, especially given the fact that when I'm on vacation I usually don't spend a lot of time in the room anyway. Obviously if someone needs flexibility to cancel/change bookings, needs a specific type of room or wants a certain view then Priceline is probably not the way to go.

Assuming that PL works for you, the savings can be quite substantial.
post #37 of 39
I voted for Westin: never a bad experience. But for the sheer ambiance and european flair, nothing beats Sofitel
post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by uhurit View Post

I voted for Westin: never a bad experience. But for the sheer ambiance and european flair, nothing beats Sofitel

Plenty beats Sofitel
post #39 of 39
i like the dream hotel(iprefer) in bkk. also like the W(starwood) in montreal.
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