The aftermath of Comic-Con ‘Hotelpocalypse’ and yesterday’s Waitlist Sale has still left some badge holders homeless, desperate and scrambling. If you are a veteran of the show, the reality that a very inconvenient commute is starting to set in- which is tough fate to accept. While getting a Comic-Con downtown hotel has been a roller coaster ride for years now, I do know there are more solutions out there than you think. Here are a few factors to consider.
1. onPeak Waitlist
The onPeak Waitlist sale began yesterday offering various hotels around the outskirts of San Diego. If you did not make it on the waitlist at all, you can check back starting on May 18th to see what is left. It doesn’t hurt to call onPeak but they probably won’t be able to do much for you unless there was some sort of error on their part.
Seriously, our fandom on Twitter is amazing. Even in the midst of a lot of panic, fellow attendees rallied together and helped each other get rooms for the past couple of weeks. If you scour the hashtag #SDCC & #Hotel, you might come across someone willing to give up an extra reservation or is in search of a roommate. Then you have to contact each other through e-mail to pass the reservation (along with some hoop jumping since the deposits has already been made). It is also helpful to send out distress flairs letting Twitter know you are in need of a hotel. Opportunities are out there, albeit a little hard to find.
3. Friends of CC Forum
The title of this forum says it all. For years now the Friends of CC Forum has been coordinating the tribe and helping them resolve any number of issues related to Comic-Con. There are those looking to offload their hotel or those seeking roommates. It will take time to search for the right situation for you but it will be worth it. While FoCC is a helpful community make sure to use common sense and safety when room sharing or engaging in financial transactions. If something sounds to good to be true is usually is so just be careful of any weird offers. Reddit also has some hotel threads (but be careful).
4. Another Hotel Sale?
Each year differs when it comes to secondary sales for Comic-Con badges or hotels. In the past couple of years, we have seen the elimination of the extra badge sales and it’s possible we won’t have another hotel sale. Hopefully, once the hotel waitlist folks have been contacted, there will be another hotel sale but for now, all we can do is pray. The demand for hotels have gone up every year which means more people are holding on to their reservations- so it is prudent to assume their won’t be another big sale this year.
With some patience and Google, you can still find rooms on your own. Whether it’s a private rental, AirBnB or a random Motel 6, if you are willing to go farther out, you can find some options. Now that people have gotten their hotel of choice, many are now canceling their ‘back up’ hotel in other locations. You will probably have best luck with smaller hotels in the outer areas that are off the grid. In the past, I have found a few random gems by hunting and calling. Just make sure to find one near the tram or SDMTS route and you’ll be ok. Be open minded about renting a docked boat, a hostel, camper, etc. Speaking of camping…
Desperate times lead to desperate measures. If you don’t have a room, you might as well have a good seat in Hall H by camping out over night under the tents and borrowing friend’s hotel showers. Or you will have to sleep in your car as long as you have an overnight parking spot. You will end your week pretty frazzled but hey, you’re making memories. So if you’re young at heart and have a healthy back, you might want to consider this option. With the right gear and the right group of friends, this can be the best thing you’ve ever done!
I know this was a stressful experience for some of you but it will be worth it in the end. CCI and onPeak have done their best to handle the situation and I’m sure it will be better for next year. Rarely has the exact same problem repeat itself- but we sure find ways to create new ones! Also, hit me up on Twitter and I’ll help the best I can. Happy hotel hunting and let me know if you have any questions and please leave a comment with your hotel solution.