This has probably been asked around here before, but with search down and Google not acting as a very good replacement, I figured I'd just ask.
I and a couple of my friends are planning to go to Gen Con in Indianapolis. 4 day pass, August 4 to 7. It's about a 4 hour drive from where we live which is substantial enough that we want to get a hotel/motel room.
Is it a better idea to get a room close to the convention center that's comparatively expensive (say, $150-$200) versus a room at a motel 5-10 miles away for $50-$70? What is your experience in going to conventions and how these situations work out? I realize experiences are going to vary and there's no correct answer, just wanted some insight.
We can probably afford a more expensive room, especially split between several people, but the price of a cheap motel is very enticing. However, what kind of quality disparity will we see? How important is it that you're near to the con center?
I envision getting there and realizing we made a huge mistake one way or the other, and I'd like to avoid that!