The email came through – it was the Chamberlain (pictured above). It looked lovely, and if we’d booked it through the hotel website, it’d have cost us $195. We were happy.
Of course, when we went back to Hotwire to book another night, the only four star listed cost $118. And it wasn’t the Chamberlain. But it was the Avalon, so again, we’re not sad. After all, it's part of the same family. Although booking through the hotel would only have been $17 more. Not such a bargain.
The moral of the tale? Hotwire is good, but next time we’ll take a leap of faith and book 2 nights together. Much as we like checking out different hotels, we’d have preferred to stay put.