going to the USA in March, starting in California then Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico Arizona, then back to California HOPEFULLY!!!. Using a Chevy rental, can anyone advise on small CHEAP motels like average prices/ availability etc I can use (have used the net to search) but most on the net are quite expensive, Im not proud so almost anything will do. Previous trips I have gone coast to coast (East to West) and "slept" on the bus and explored during the day, another time I rented a SUV and slept in the back, now Im getting a bit old for that. Any help appreciated
"Days Inn" are everywhere and I've stayed in many of them. They're nothing fancy - most have a restaurant (although you don't have to eat there) with OK food - and the rooms are very acceptable. Nice thing about them is, they're fairly flexible with check-in/out times and their rates are good.
Plenty of cheap options in the states when it comes to motels, and if you stick with the chains you are far less likely to end up in a hot sheets motel which rents rooms by the hour.
If you carry a smartphone or laptop - you can usually even just book last minute via one of the many websites like hotels.com and be able to compare rates to get the best deals.
Of course the cheapest options are sites like hotwire, or priceline (the bidding option where you can make a lowball bid) usually will allow you to find something for US $30 or so a night except in the cities where the prices will be a lot higher. Still I've stayed for $20 a night in plenty of states that way in very decent hotels/motels.
that said, places like the Super 8 chain and motel 6 tend to be very cheap in terms of chains.
We did this USA trip in 2009. Most Motels are OK and fairly rated.
Have a good time.
(Org. Excel file, partly in Dutch language)
USA - 2009 Route Ad en Pieter Verkooijen 2x Harley Davidson RoadKing
Dag Km Vertrek Aankomst Hotel / Motel
vr 14-aug Geldrop - Amsterdam -Schiphol - Los Angeles 4 Points Sheraton
za 15-aug 256 Lax EagleRider, 110 Hells Kitchen - Lake Elsinore, 74 Hemet, 74 - Palm Desert, 74 Palm Springs Quality Inn
zo 16-aug 432 Palm Springs, 10 Joshua tree, 62 - Vidal Junction, 95 - Needles, 40 - Oatman Route 66 Kingman Day's Inn
ma 17-aug 232 Kingman, 66 Seligman, 66 - Ash Fork, 89 - Prescot, A89 - Jerome, A89 Sedona Rodeway Inn
di 18-aug 378 Sedona, A89 Pink Jeep Safari Flagstaff, 40 Williams, 64 Grand Canyon 7 Miles Lodge
wo 19-aug 136 Grand Canyon Sunrise at South Rim Helicopter flight tour Grand Canyon 7 Miles Lodge
do 20-aug 245 Grand Canyon tour Cameron, 89 Bitter Springs - Colorado Page Page Boy
vr 21-aug 381 Page, 89 Antelope Canyon - Lake Powel, 89 - Kanab, 89 - Gendale - Ruby's Inn Bryce Canyon Brice Cn Resort
za 22-aug 232 Brice Canyon tour Zion Nat.Park, 9 tour Hurricane Rodeway Inn
zo 23-aug 331 Hurricane, 9 St. George, 15 Valley of Fire, 169 Lake Mead, 167 / 147 Las Vegas The Mirage
ma 24-aug 408 Las Vegas, 15 tour HD-dealer Barstow, 58 / 395 Ridgecrest Vagabond Inn
di 25-aug 336 Ridgecrest, 395 Sierra Nevada Bishop, 395 Tioga pass Lee Vining Murphy's Hotel
wo 26-aug 194 Lee Vining, 395 Tioga pass Yosemite Nat.Park Lee Vining Murphy's Hotel
do 27-aug 480 Lee Vining, 395 Lake Tahoe, 207 / 50 / Sacramento, 80 flat tire Napa Chardonnay Lodge
vr 28-aug 119 Napa, 12 San Pablo Bay, 37 / 101 Goldengate bridge, 101 San Francisco Travel Lodge
za 29-aug 215 San Francisco, 1 Half Moon Bay, 1 Santa Cruz, 1 Aquarium Monterey Wilkies Inn
zo 30-aug 184 Monterey, 68 Big Sur, 1 / Cabrillo Hwy Hearst Castle Cambria Bluebird Inn
ma 31-aug 405 Cambria, 1 San Luis Obispo, 1 Madonna Inn Sta. Barbara, 1 Los Angeles 4 Points Sheraton
di 1-sep 36 LAX - HD dropoff 10.00 uur - depart 17.00 uur