Hi @BubblyOne -
We're more the road tripper types too, with a big trip every couple of years.
We also pack snacks and drinks for the room. Slight departure from @catholiver. We sometimes stay at hotels/motels w/kitchens & communal BBQs (palm springs has many). We go to market first day we arrive and get things for breakfast and grilling. It's actually more private than full service hotels with staff all over. But things have been so hectic the last couple of years; we don't want to cook on vacation. We've been staying at what we call "It would be my pleasure." hotels. But that will probably change again. But definitely bring our own snacks and drinks.
We prefer boutique hotels to bigger resorts. You can usually find ones that serve a continental breakfast and have complimentary snacks and soft drinks in the lobby or office.
And yes, tipping well is a must - for us anyway .