This is my first post. I've never heard anyone comment on this, but it's undeniably true: Tom's Theory of Motels.
Simply put, it's "The more you pay for a room, the further you'll have to walk from your car with your bags." I look around for old mom and pop motels where you can park in front of your door. In fact, that's why they're called "motels." If I go to a newer place with interior corridors, I'll end up having to schep my bags a quarter mile. These newer places are in fact hotels rather than motels, but without such hotel services as bellhops.
I realize you might not know what you're getting with a mom and pop. I always give it the eye first. If there's peeling paint, uncut grass or rough looking characters hanging around, I'll go elsewhere.
But my theory totally defies all rules of economics. Normally, convenience is something that you have to pay for. A house in town will cost you more than one in the sticks. A can of cat food will cost more in a convenience store than it will at Wal Mart. But with lodging the exact opposite is true.