I hear alot of folks talking about staying at various hotels (Doubletree) on the Westshore for a "reasonable" price. $100 The only place I have read to avoid is any hotel in the Busch Gardens area. Seems it has become unsafe.
We are staying at the new Embassy Suites - Convention Center off Channelside Drive for 2 days before our Miracle cruise in October.
We are only staying there because it is free, hubby travels and we are using frequent user points.