Not my first con either, but still this is only my 4th con (every convention has been a new one so far, haven't visited a con twice yet XD) so I'm still kinda new, I think, maybe, I dunno!
Sephirayne - Well, the Premiere Inn we're staying at is £257 for flexible rates (I think??? I didn't book it, ask Freyarule XD) http://www.premierinn.com/en/checkHotel/COVLOC/coventry-south-a45
- it's about a 5-10min drive away I think (although if it's just you, I have one more room in the car as I'm driving! But in the evenings we're probably taxi-ing as I want to drink XD)
However my other friend recommended the Travelodge which has a flexible rate of £169.60 ( http://www2.travelodge.co.uk/search_and_book/rooms_rates.php?hotel_id=398
). He says it's about a 5min taxi drive away so it's not bad. Only problem is as with all Travelodges - you have to pay in advance. But it's considerably cheaper than Premiere Inn.
Prices are for 4 days btw (Thurs-Mon) so obviously it'd be cheaper for either if you stayed Fri-Mon
They're the only hotels I've been told about by friends I'm afraid, I actually did no research into hotels for once OTL.