And Consumer Reports says you can often get an even better deal if you book at discount websites such as Hotwire or Priceline. The downside is that you don't know the identity of the chain you'll be staying at until after you complete your booking. But the description can give you a good idea of the type of hotel. Turns out that on Hotwire, that Sheraton Society Hill Hotel room went ? not for $134, but for $109.
As for the best places to stay, Consumer Reports rates hotels based on a survey of 27,000 of its subscribers. Several moderately priced hotels scored well, including the Wingate by Wyndham, the Drury Inn, and Hampton Inn and Suites.
Consumer Reports also rated bargain hotel chains. Unfortunately, most did very poorly in the ratings. The only standout: Microtel Inn and Suites. Rooms there range from around $55 to $80 a night.
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