Jun 19, 12, 5:12 pm
Staying at the Hyatt Regency Newport next month. Hyatt was showing $339, kayak had it for $275. Called 1-800-96-HYATT, told her where I found the rate, waited on hold for a few minutes (she seemed to be looking up the rate online), she came back and said it seemed valid and had to double check, put me on hold again for a few minutes, confirmed that it was in fact valid, and gave me 20% off of the $275. ($219/nt). Not bad for 9 minutes' work!
Jun 20, 12, 9:20 am
Just a heads up: The Hyatt Regency is one of less than five 3 1/2* properties on priceline for Newport, RI. On 3 occasions, I've gotten a room there using the "name your own price" feature (on priceline.com) for less than $125. Granted, there's a chance you could get another property, but the Regency is consistently one of the cheapest if not the cheapest (re: room rates) 3 1/2* property on the island. There are no duds in this group of hotels, so even if your bid gets accepted by another property, they're all relatively close to or within downtown (basically the Thames St. area) and GREAT properties. One of these offers was made/accepted the week of, and the other two were about 1 and 3 months from the stay.. If your stay is cancelable, I'd suggest trying "name your own price" and canceling if/when you get a better rate.. Granted, you most likely don't earn any stay credits from your hotel program (if you have one), but the price differential is substantial enough that I figured this info might help..I went to college in Newport, so if you have any additional questions about the area, don't hesitate to post or send me a message.
Jun 20, 12, 11:04 am
Interesting -- thanks for the heads up!
Jun 22, 12, 10:49 am
Thats a good price for Newport as this is a busy week upcoming with the America's Cup races in town next week bringing a lot of people into the area.