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Old Feb 26, 10, 8:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Colfax View Post
My winning 3* bid was $35. The Motel 6 up the street was $49.95. When you can get an almost new Hyatt Place, Courtyard, or Hilton Garden Inn on Priceline for less than the walkup rate at Motel 6 or Super 8 then word gets around, especially if the low rate is available for extended stays, and your hotel will attract some of the "cheapest place in town" crowd and the problems that can go with.

In LA and San Diego, and probably other cities, there are zones where you can live in Priceline hotels for less than a decent apartment costs, with no security deposit, utility or cable bills, and maybe free breakfast. Sometimes I see families of 6 or 7 staying in one suite at a Residence Inn and I wonder to myself if they're not there courtesy of Priceline.
Sssh! Don't tell anybody! Actually the person checking in next to you at the Hilton Garden Inn is paying $230, they have no clue that anybody could possibly book a room there for less than $230, or that there is any way to buy hotel rooms other than asking "how much," and if you tell people they could have paid $42 they will just become angry with you.

PL is way better than apartment rentals in many situations and I guess it was inevitable that people would find out.
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