In Fort Lauderdale, bid on the Downtown area. If you bid on a 3*, you'll get either the Marina Marriott or the Embassy Suites. Both are right near the pier and excellent hotels. Bidding on a 2.5* will get you the Amerisuites.
Looks like people are getting the 3* hotels for less than $80 and the 2.5* hotels for less than $50.
Drawbacks to Priceline, and why some people don't like to use it, are that it charges your credit card for the entire stay at the moment you bid, if your bid is accepted, and there are no cancellations. So make sure you have the dates right! Also, if your bid is rejected (too low), you have to wait three days before you can bid again. And, you can't be sure which hotel you will get until you have won the bid and paid for the room. Biddingfortravel.com helps narrow that down, though.
I went with priceline last week. I bid 60.00 for a 3 star near the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. My bid was accepted. I was given a room at the Wyndham. Very happy with the selection. The hotel contacted me a few days later to confirm my choice for bedding etc: I would highly recommend them. Good luck.
David: I would definitely try Priceline. I got Amerisuites for around $50.00 through them.
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