I just wanted to share this info with everyone. I've been going to New Orleans for the past 10 years & it seems like the hotels are getting more & more expensive. We paid $250 to stay at the W for New Year's Eve. I knwo it was more because of the holiday but even split 4 ways, that's expensive. I've never used priceline for hotels because I always wanted to stay at a certain one. Also, it makes me nervous that if your bid is accepted, your card is immediately charged, so there's no changing your mind.
But, this time in New Orleans I didn't care where we stayed. I used priceline last week for the first time & I got a great deal. I bid $65 (+ tax was $83) for a 4 star hotel in downtown area or French Quarter in New Orleans. The bid was approved & we stayed at the Hilton Riverside. It was a $199 + tax room. I really couldn't believe it. Even though you don't know which hotel you'll get, it's worth a shot if it's such a good price. Also, I liked the hotel. We had a great view of the city & the river.