I thought the whole "name your price" thing was a gimmick, but I actually used Priceline last summer to book a hotel and it was amazing. Obviously if you name your price really low, you're only going to get 2 star hotels or hostels, etc, but I put in a relatively low price, looking for something 3 stars or higher, hoping for a bad motel at worst. What I ended up getting was an old Marriott with a huge history (old bank vault in the bottom, gorgeous lobby, etc)....for about 40 bucks....in downtown San Diego. Yes, downtown. That price is ridiculously low, but they just happened to have an opening the following night and accepted that low bid, so I was stoked. I need to dig up pictures to show everyone, I think, hehe.