Strangely having been to so many amusement parks before, this is not something I specialize in at all. I'm not big on fancy hotels either, but I also get military discounts for just about every hotel out there. So I'm saving regardless. But generally I book at Holiday Inn Express or Best Western. I always know what I am getting with them and with school, I need to ensure all hotels have good internet access at night to do homework while traveling. When I go to Cedar Point, I stay at the Best Western there about 2 miles from the park. I never stayed at a hotel by Kings Island though because I was always stopping there enroute to a different park (Usually CP).