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Old Aug 2, 11, 11:39 am   #1
 
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SFO on Priceline

I'm flying into SFO late (arriving at 11:30) on Friday night in a couple of weeks, with checked bags, and picking up a rental car from Hertz when I get in. As it'll probably be at least 12:30 by the time I'm out of the airport, and 3:30 EDT, I'm planning to get a hotel near the airport to crash for the night. The airport Hyatt and Marriott seem to get generally positive vibes around here and on Tripadvisor, but the Hilton does not. I'd like to bid $75 or so on Priceline for a 4* by SFO, but don't want to get stuck at the Hilton; does anyone have any experience trying this? The posts I've seen here seem to point to people ending up at the Marriott or Hyatt, but I'm paranoid regardless and don't want to get my vacation started off on a bad foot.

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Old Aug 2, 11, 4:27 pm   #2
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If you need a specific hotel or can't use a specific hotel, don't use PL.

If you just need a place to crash near the airport, and will have a car, bidding on any 4 star will get you something decent (Hyatt, Westin, Marriott, Hilton) If you really won't accept the Hilton don't use PL.
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If you need a specific hotel or can't use a specific hotel, don't use PL.

If you just need a place to crash near the airport, and will have a car, bidding on any 4 star will get you something decent (Hyatt, Westin, Marriott, Hilton) If you really won't accept the Hilton don't use PL.

That's pretty much it in a nutshell. If you use Priceline, you'll probably end up saving something in the vicinity of $100 or so for a 4* place. But if it's worth that sort of a premium to avoid a specific 4* property, by all means, don't use PL, and pay the premium (or use some hotel's points program). But I would agree - if you're really just talking about a 1 night stay, and really just need a place to crash, park, shower, and leave in the morning, ANY name brand chain hotel of at least 3* class will be sufficient for the purpose, and you might as well save the bucks to spend them on nice places to eat while on your trip.
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I've never stayed at the SFO Hilton, but for $75 or so, it's hard to see how that would be a disappointment. It's right at the bay, very close to SFO and looks like a typical Hilton in the photos.
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I'm flying into SFO late (arriving at 11:30) on Friday night in a couple of weeks, with checked bags, and picking up a rental car from Hertz when I get in. As it'll probably be at least 12:30 by the time I'm out of the airport, and 3:30 EDT, I'm planning to get a hotel near the airport to crash for the night. The airport Hyatt and Marriott seem to get generally positive vibes around here and on Tripadvisor, but the Hilton does not. I'd like to bid $75 or so on Priceline for a 4* by SFO, but don't want to get stuck at the Hilton; does anyone have any experience trying this? The posts I've seen here seem to point to people ending up at the Marriott or Hyatt, but I'm paranoid regardless and don't want to get my vacation started off on a bad foot.

Thanks!
Is Hotwire in your price range? At least you could ID the property..
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