Wildlife Lodge Ngrongro Crater - we took one night in this hotel mostly to indulge ourselves with one decent shower during the Safari.
It was $170 for the night (keep in mind we're talking about Africa) and it was a big disappointment. An old Hotel with archaic rooms, facilities and a poor bf. To quote one critic of the place who stayed there : " the best thing in it was the view" . so if you insist on a Lodge I heard a good recommendation about Serona Lodge : http://www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com/properties/en/seronera_index.php).
Another option which can come cheaper is to dress up warm - it's quite cold on the crater edge because of it's height - (fleece will come handy) and go camping outdoors. Nothing can be compared to a true nature experience.
That said I must emphasize that Ngrongro was the only place which was cold at night.
View from the hotel
We stayed at the E.T hotel on the top floor, which was actually a roof with a very spacious balcony. We had a view of the entire Mandalay center, including its uninspiring cultural buildings.
The hotel has 5 floors with very simple rooms, nothing more than a bed. The breakfast was great, and you can get a lot of information as well as transportation bookings and advice on other attractions from the friendly guys in the reception.
staying in a hotel during Coachella music festival can be pricy, unless you are looking at your sleeping arrangement as exactly that, and willing to drive some back and forth.
to see my youth music bands i slept in Yucca, CA, 45 minutes away. 50$ a night, which super cheap compared to 150$-300$ at low rate motels.
and of course, you get what you pay for :)
Sands Motel, 55446 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
We stayed in a place called Microtel Motel, which I highly recommend. The rooms were big and very clean, and staff pleasant and welcoming. The only disadvantage was the not being able to able to add an extra bed to the room.
We slept at:
Riad Dar Alia, 15, Rue El Hout - Bd Des Consults, 20000
The Riad is located withing the old city in an alley. From my experience, it wasn't easy finding those riads, but usually one of the locals led us easily to them in exchange for several Dirhams.
We payed 55 Euro for a night including breakfast. Number of recommended night: 1-2 days.