I traveled cross-country last summer and stayed in a different hotel/motel every 2-3 nights. In order to keep things as economical as possible, I used Hotwire's feature of blind booking. For the most part it was great, we were usually able to stay in a hotel/motel that was pretty decent for reasonable rates. Sometimes we lucked out and got something amazing. But every now and then we got something so awful that, had we not been in a bit of a bind, I would have walked out. So I'm wondering - have you ever tried booking this way? And has it ever backfired on you?