What area of London-Priceline Negotiations

Hello Everyone!! :-) I've decided to give the Priceline Negotiator a try for my trip to London this summer. In it, you have to pick what areas you are willing to stay in....which area would be the most Central for seeing all the attractions like Big Ben, the Eye, Tragflar Square, Buckingham, Westminister, etc.....I have the following areas to choose from: Westminster, City and London Bridge, Regents Park, Notting Hill, Mayfair, Docklands, Kensington, Hammersmith, Est London, Chelsea, and Bloomsbury. Thanks in advance to Everyone who responds!!!!!!!
Jen :-)

Posted by Susan
Atlanta, Ga, USA
1462 posts

Good luck with bidding and do not bid below ****. We were happy to get South Kens ($100)but it took five days of bidding. We have gone the PL route for Madrid, Zurich, Vienna, and Lisbon but London took the longest time.

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
678 posts

It really depends how they are defining those areas, and I am sure there will be an element of "boundary creep". But to start you off: Westminster, Regents Park, Mayfair, Kensington, Chelsea, and Bloomsbury - probably central. City and London Bridge, Docklands, Est London: toward the east, less central but not especially far out, worth staying in certainly, it depends less where they are but how good the transport connections are (e.g. docklands could be a pain if you have to use the DLR, then change to the tube). Est London (I assume "east"), could be anywhere. Hammersmith: over to the west, but has decent connections into town (avoid commuting time).

Posted by Susan
Atlanta, Ga, USA
1462 posts

Four stars=**** That is a good point about the areas-they tend to pair some together such as South Kensington & Earl' Court-we were hoping to not end up in EC and most hotels there are ** & ***. Look at Bidding For Travel.com to see what people are getting and at what price. Very helpful.

Posted by Mark
Hannover
1 posts

Hi Jenny, I have been using priceline for a while and bidding on rooms is the way to go. I can't imagine paying full price anymore, all you need is a bit of patience. If you are new to it, I found a good explanation on how to get the best deal at http://ninjatips.com/priceline-bidding-tips-hotel/ - There is a way to bid more times without having to wait 24 hours though, drop me a line and I'll fill you in ;-) Love London, you'll have a great time there! Mark :-)

Posted by Susan
Atlanta, Ga, USA
1462 posts

What great luck Elle-may I ask what time of year you snagged that hotel? There is one option that PL offers-they will price a hotel that is usually better than one would book from the hotel directly. An example is Millineum Bailey's at $159 listed recently on PL. We were reluctant to select Westminster because of the chance the hotel would be on the other side of the Thames-Pl map showed it covering that area.

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
3499 posts

Have you gone to biddingfortravel.com yet? They have excellent advice for 'name your own price' on priceline - like bidding strategy to maximize your chances for savings. There's also a section where people report on what hotels they got and at what price. So you'll have a better idea of which hotel you might get. Then you can go to tripadvisor.com and see what the reviews say about the hotels. I had great success a couple of years ago with hotels in Prague, Vienna and Amsterdam, but I've never tried London - the map areas weren't right for me.