For many, many fans traversed the last major obstacle on their journey to Comic-Con yesterday by securing a downtown hotel. Twitter was either a harmonious chorus of celebration or it was filled with the weeping and gnashing of teeth. Even though my ‘CONtourage’ was shut out for the first time, it was great to see many fans happy with what they got. You probably spent the rest of the day in denial but woke up this morning panic stricken with the thought that you might be spending 4 days sleeping in the Hall H line. Well don’t go to REI just yet, here are a few options for housing left to explore:
- Travel Planners will do another sale of all the returned hotel rooms at the end of the month. The cancellation deadline is April 30th so it will probably occur just after that. Even though it’s just a couple of weeks away, I know that can feel like an eternity of anxiety as we creep closer to Comic-Con.
- According to the Comic-Con site, Travel Planners says it will re-open housing on April 23rd- TP will make their ‘Early Bird Hotels’ open first before their general hotel return sale after April 30. The Early Bird hotel packages are farther out but it might work for some of you (I’ll update this as I discover more info).
- Friends of CCI Forum is an great place to explore your options. The community posts hotel reservations they are giving away and offer all kinds of help in regards to housing. They are awesome folks over there and a huge help to fans.
- If you have some time, Googling and calling hotels that are off the Comic-Con Hotel grid could work too. I’ve done this before and found a place that was near the tram route.
- Twitter is a great way to pick up a hotel. By searching #SDCC and #Hotel hashtags, you can connect with someone willing to help. It’s another time consuming option but this has worked great for me in the past too.
So before you start shopping for sleeping bags and inflatable mattress, keep exploring your options. Don’t worry, there are hotels out there but you might have to commute in- which is better than trying to withstand the elements. As for my group, we are still working out our options but I have faith in the Comic-Con community I’ll keep you posted.