If you are reading this post, you probably missed out on the ‘hotel lottery’ and the painful reality of not having housing for SDCC is setting in. You are already imagining glorious nerd filled days in the convention center and terrifying sleepless nights somewhere on the corner of 5th and Market St. Fear not, with some hard work and a little luck, I am convinced you will at least have an upgrade from the picture above.
- First, there will be a 2nd hotel lottery on March 12. By that time, a lot of people will have returned their excess reservations opening them back up to the public. However, because of wait-lists, it’s doubtful that the coveted Gaslamp hotels will be available. It will be another mad rush with a similar experience as the first time around so prepare yourself.
- I’m not sure till how long but Early Bird Hotel packages are still available. These are farther out and might be a little pricey but hey, it’s a roof over your head. Don’t waste your time calling all the popular Gaslamp hotels. They are all booked and/or overly priced at this point.
- Get on Google maps and start calling every hotel along the SDMTS Trolley map. You can find some hotels in National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, etc that may be farther out but will only take 20 mins by trolley. It’s not particularly scenic but the rates will be reasonable. I stayed in National City a few year ago and thought it was fine. We were half a block from the Trolley and it dropped us off right in front of the convention center.
- Twitter is an amazing resource to find hook ups. The past two years, i have been able to find hotels for friends just by searching ‘SDCC Hotels‘ of ‘Comic-Con Hotels‘. In general, the Comic-Con community is generous, helpful, and willing to get you the housing. Some people are looking for roommates too. Like any internet transaction, smart and safe choices are a must. General rule, don’t be weird and the universe will take care of you.
- There are a few Gaslamp ‘hostels’ that might be worth checking into- however they will most likely be booked full too. However, after that movie, I decided I will never step foot in one :)
- You can also do searches for condo rentals in the area but most of these are taken up or overly priced as well. However, if you are desperate and have a LOT of time then it might be worth it. Private renters might not list it on the public search sites, so doing local searches might yield a great find.
- If all else fails, bring a sleeping bag and plan on camping out in Hall H every night. The lines will be there round the clock and you will have plenty of awesome company. The stories of celebrities walking the lines in the middle of the nights are pretty epic.
I hope something here gives you a chance to find housing for this year’s Comic-Con. If you have other great ideas or subbestions, please leave them. See you in 4 1/2 months- if you have a dazed and confused look on your face, I will assume you choice the last option for your housing :)