New York City hotels are notoriously expensive, we were looking at paying $80-90 for a room with a shared bathroom in a hostel or cheap hotel which seemed pretty cheap by New York standards. After a little more research into how to visit NYC on the cheap I discovered priceline.
Here’s how Priceline works
- You choose the areas your happy to stay in
- Select the minimum star rating of the hotel
- Then the enter your bid
- Enter your credit card details, and go!
- Priceline then goes of and finds a hotel that matches your criteria and is willing to accept your room bid.
- WARNING: If you get a hotel you have to accept it, there’s no going back!
The thought of paying without out knowing which hotel we would get was a little unnerving but at the end of the day, its just a bed and on our tight budget it was a gamble well worth taking.
After the initial worry that we had blindly put in our credit card details into a website we’d never heard of we have just confirmed our hotel booking with the Doubletree Metropolatin in New York, its all booked so I feel like we can now celebrate our super saving on our room and big up Priceline.
- Have a search on tripadvisor for the area you want to go + “priceline” and you’ll see all the people who have successfully got a really cheap hotel, you’ll also get an idea of what sort of bids are likely to be accepted by the hotels.
- Choose an area your happy to stay in, we selected 4 or 5 central New York locations.
- Set the number of stars your after, may as well start at the highest!
- Start you bid low, we went for £55, about $80
- Gradually alter your bid criteria
- After changing the stars from 5 down to 3 and a half and the price up to £60 we bagged our Hotel.
- Once Priceline has confirmed give the hotel a call to let them know any requirements, we made sure we had a non smoking room
- We’ve booked 5 nights in the 3 1/2 star hotel at £60 a night plus taxes, total £361, which if you check the price on expedia.co.uk or Doubletree’s website is a massive saving of £547 over expedia and around £1000 over the Doubletree website
- Its as easy as that, sorted!
Anyone else had any good or bad priceline experiences?
Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.
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