But after the holiday, Mom and I are heading down to Florida to find a place for B & I to live next year. We need to stay overnight and really didn't care where (within a certain region). Everything in the downtown area was about $150 - $189, or $89 on Hotwire (where you don't know the name of the hotel either). So I bit the bullet and bid on Priceline. At first I said $70 for a 3.5-star PLUS (the best there was in the city) downtown hotel, then decided to go for $60. And you know what, I got it! At a great hotel (or at least in a great location with great pictures).
Lesson learned? If you don't care exactly where you're staying (as opposed to wanting to stay near a wedding party or family members), then it seems like a great idea. I checked the hotel's rates on its site and, sure enough, it was $151.20 plus tax for the single night. I paid $60! I'm super proud.
Go forth, young travelers. Book and reap the rewards of nameless hotel bookings!