We'd love to stay in the Casco Viejo but I seem to be finding a dichotomy of lodging--either there are very pricey boutique hotels or low-end, bare bones backpacker hostels. Nothing in the middle. Am I missing something?
Since the boutique hotels are more than I'd like to pay, what other neighborhood in the city should I look at? We're looking to stay four days, would like to see the Canal, Casco Viejo, the Mercado de Mariscos, downtown, just general sightseeing to fill up four days.