I am going, regardless of my friend coming or not, so I thought even if my friend later joins me, I can always pay them more and get a bigger room or my friend can make a separate booking for himself. The pictures from the hotel looked like it was a very decent hotel and the location was really good (less than a mile from major tourist attractions). The hotel has a 7 star rating on Priceline.com and was cheap enough to bait me for into making an impulse booking. If it makes sense, I made three separate reservations in total. In the first round, I made the two separate reservations in case my friend comes(17-19 & 19-22), once it was denied I made one single reservation for 17-22 altogether.So you had two separate reservations in one booking- one for one bed March 17-19 and a second for March 19-22? I don’t recall ever seeing one reservation that had two separate dates and room types on it.
But why would you choose a nonrefundable rate at all if you weren’t sure your friend would be joining you? It seems there is more to this story than meets the eye. What is the name of the hotel?
Your error was booking the second room after you approved the first transaction.
The name of the hotel is Ottoman Time Hotel in Istanbul Turkey, 0.8 miles from Grand Bazar and about a Mile away from Sultanahmet which is where most tourist attractions are. I also agree with you 100% that it was my fault to make a second impulse booking once the card was denied at 2AM. I had little experience with changing/canceling reservation with priceline as this would be my first time ever doing such.