I'd really like to run the Zooma Race (half marathon) in January of 2013. The race is headquartered (expo and finish) at the Ritz. Best rate I can do there is $239 plus tax, plus parking. I'm strongly considering staying at the Hampton Inn (on South Second). I'm bringing my husband and daughter and we live near the beach so the beach is unimportant to us. What we do like is shopping/restaurants/history. We love (for example) St. Augustine.
I can get the Hampton for about half as much and I'm really tempted. Any reason why we wouldn't? I know we'll have to pay to park at the Ritz (probably twice - expo and post race) but other than that, it just seems better to stay at the Hampton (and the savings is pretty significant).