Just a little tip on getting motel rooms.
Never pay what they ask you for! Part of my job includes reserving motel rooms for our out-of-town crews, and I can tell you right now most motels will drop their prices considerably.
I just had to find a room for one of our employees in the Lake Charles, LA area. I called all the cheap chain motels and we decided on staying at the Days Inn due to the cheaper Motel 6 having horrible reviews online.
The Motel 6 wanted 41.99 + tax. The Days Inn wanted $60 + tax. A quick conversation with the lady at the front desk and bam, she went from 60+tax to 45+tax.
So, call around and use the cheaper hotels prices to your advantage.
(Note: We typically put our guys up in the cheapest motels we can to save money. I can't say how well this will work with nicer hotels.)