I know this is really not the forum for this but I wanted to see if this was the norm. I've used Priceline MANY times in the past and this has never happened to me.
My friend and I are travelling up to NYC this weekend to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and to do some shopping. Since I'm comfortable using Priceline, I decided to book on the website for a hotel.
Aware that it's nearing the high season for hotels in New York, on a lark I decided to bid $80 for a 2.5*. We got the Holiday Inn Express in Brooklyn. This meets our needs just fine. We did not need anything fancy and we didn't want to be too far away, stuck on the train for hours trying to get someplace. I honestly didn't think this bid would be accepted since the "suggestion" was $149.00.
I am quite aware that Priceline only guarantees accommodations for TWO adults per room. The stipulations at the bottom say there is no guarantee that you will get two beds, a king size bed, or anything like that. You have to call the hotel and see what you can get. I've done this before. Every time I get my hotel on Priceline I call the hotel and see if I can get two beds. Almost every time the hotel has honoured this request with no problem. Only once did I get stuck with one king size bed and that's because the hotel was booked solid.
I just called the Holiday Inn Express to ask for two beds and they said it would be an additional $20 per night. Why? I've never been up-charged before. Is this the norm and I've just been getting lucky all these years, or are they trying to hoodwink me? I'm a little bit annoyed because Priceline does not offer a selection of room style (1 King size, 2 Queens, etc). I also feel like if I had bid $100 and I called the hotel to ask for two beds they'd STILL up charge an additional $20. I feel like I can't win in this situation.
Not that anybody can do anything about this but I just feel like griping for a moment: why do hotels assume that two people in a hotel room are a couple? I'm staying in the room with a friend because we could never afford a room to ourselves (and it'd be wasteful anyway). It would be awkward if we had to share a bed.
Maybe there's an industry insider who can shed some light on this. Is there anything I can do, or am I just stuck?