I must take a moment and give credit where credit is due. Hotwire.com is freaking amazing.
We just booked a hotel at a 63% savings (vs. Expedia's pricing). That is truly remarkable.
The only catch with Hotwire is that you have no clue where you'll be staying until after you've paid. You select the hotel class and a general area, and that's all you get. But in our case we totally lucked out and got a hotel very close to my brother in law, and it's totally adorable to boot. Can't wait to go!