*Scratches the "Make 200 spare sets of keys to apartment" off list*
We'll have some updated options for hotels to you by this week. I would recommend making rezzies anyplace you feel you're getting a good deal. Unless it is a Priceline "name your price" room or something like that (clearly stated as non-refundable), you can always cancel the reservation if something better comes along.
Really, we're probably going to do a budget option and perhaps two more moderate options that are different in feel (traditional/contemporary).