Jones and I stayed at Residence Inn in NOLA Warehouse District for $50 that's usually $130-$150/night. We kinda just ended up with it and ended up loving it. Full kitchen, living area, bedroom, and bathroom.. $50.
If it's a special time where Name Your Own Price is not worth it, I go directly through the hotel. I never understood using Priceline or Expedia or any of that shite for regular priced hotels. Much better to go through the hotel itself because you get reward points and you don't risk the reservation not being there.
I stupidly booked through Expedia my freshman year of college with a couple girlfriends. It asks for the name of all guests. Well they put the reservation under my first name and another girl's last name so it took hours for them to find our reservation.