I have used priceline for flights, but prefer hotwire for Hotels.... A one star under Hotwire could be a Fairfield, another chain hotel which is very nice. Make sure you look for the Continental Breakfast symbol when booking under hotwire.. You will love the results!!
If you don't feel comfortable with a one star, go to a two or three star...But from previous experience, why pay more money.... I have never been disappointed with any of the 1-2 star choices that we have stay in. Good luck!!