Advice / opinions on reservations for longer stays?
I have been trying to decide on the best approach for booking accommodations for a fairly long trip to Colorado ski country in Jan/Feb. I had been hoping to find a small condo (through VRBO or Airbnb) somewhere along the I-70 corridor near the big ski areas, but I quickly realized these were all above my desired budget of about $80/night. Now I am looking into hotel / motel options, and I've found a few in my price range, but I'm hesitant to book for the entire 30 days this far ahead of time. There is one option in particular that seems almost ideal in terms of price, location, and room amenities, but it gets so-so reviews online (older place, kinda run down, thin walls, etc). My concern is that I'll be locked into it for the entire trip with no way to cancel, so if I arrive and really don't like the room, it could be a big downer and make the trip less enjoyable. Is this just something I have to live with, or is there some other approach that could give me more flexibility? Wondering if anyone has had to deal with a similar situation and, if so, what would you recommend?