For our recent trip, Ray, who is our trip planner, did a good job of finding pretty good lodgings. Our favorite, by far, was the Bed and Breakfast in Santa Fe called El Paradero.
We spent nights in Las Vegas and in Reno, where we had rooms in Casino hotels. Those were very nice and reasonably priced. We stayed in a Days Inn in Flagstaff, which was decent, but oddly had no outlets in the room and no place to put our suitcases—have you ever stayed in a room that did not have at least one of those folding suitcase stands??. We had our phones recharging all night plugged into the only outlet in the bathroom. Also, their "full breakfast" consisted of waffles, cereal, sweet rolls and dry bagels. Carb-o-rama. The only fruit in sight was a bowl of plastic grapes. We thought that was the low point until we checked into the Lakeview Lodge in Lee Vining, CA. It looks great, overlooking Mono Lake. The gardens are beautiful. The exterior is charming. The room was up two flights of stairs and was weird, with overpowering '80s wallpaper and well-worn furnishings. I took a picture of the sofa with my phone to send to my daughter. I told her I thought I had seen its twin on the roadside in Portland several weeks ago with a "free" sign stuck to it.
Travel is always an adventure and as Dean Martin used to sing, "memories are made of this..."