After Pre-Registration and Open Online Badge Sales, the final piece of the San Diego Comic-Con puzzle now falls into place for prospective attendees: the Hotel Sale, taking place THIS TUESDAY, 8th April 2014, at 5pm GMT (10am PST / 12am EST).
This Sale is an arrangement between San Diegian hotels and Comic-Con International itself, administrated by Travel Planners, with the vast majority of Downtown and City hotel rooms already reserved, providing discounted rates from the standard charges. As they take up pretty much every desirable room in the city, at reduced costs, the gold rush for these premium rooms will be at a maximum.
As per usual, Comic-Con International have released the full Hotel list, as to allow those wanting to take part in the Sale adequate opportunity to check out which six hotels they’d ideally like to land: either from the more expensive Downtown rooms, closer to the Convention Center and the hub of activity which is Gaslamp, or further afield into Mission Valley, Shelter Island or Airport.
Different hotels have different advantages and varying reviews, which it’s why it’s always a good idea to check in with articles such as the ones When Nerds Attack collate, or Tripadviser, to see what you’re likely to get in advance.
The decision as to which is the better hotel option – whether to stay close to the action or save some money and stay further out of town – is something that will continue to be debated for years to come. (The argument takes another turn when attendees are faced with lugging lots of swag and purchases about, and/or wearing heavy and bulky cosplay!) However, the decision between the two options has been made a lot easier with the introduction in recent years of a continuous 24 hour Shuttle Service which runs FREE OF CHARGE for SDCC Attendees from the vast majority of the hotel locations. (Only the four hotels in Coronado Island, Mission Bay and Old Town locations are not served by the Shuttle service.)
There’s a couple of changes to the list from last year: the Sheraton Suites has been renamed by its new owners into the Declan Suites; a new hotel – the Del Coronado – features on Coronado Island, and the Downtown hotels are joined by the Wyndham Bayside on North Harbor Drive. Also, for the majority, there has been a price increase across the board – from a couple of quid to tens of dollars – so do check the changed rates to see which suits your budget.
The following list is of the Hotels up for grabs and includes conversion rates into GBP for reference (the rate has been calculated by An Englishman In San Diego using www.xe.com at 1pm, Saturday 5th April 2014, they are NOT the official determined rate as used by the Hotels and is purely to be used a guide.. This page will be edited at 3pm, Tuesday 8th April, to give a more accurate conversion, closer to the time of the Sale.)
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Also as per usual, Comic-Con International provides some hints to better land the Hotel that you’d prefer – as well as some Terms and Conditions:
- In an effort to equalize the amount of time each participant spends on the request form, a total of six (6) hotel choices will be required. No participant can provide more, or less, than 6 hotel choices.
- There are more hotel rooms available than ever before. Most of them are on the Comic-Con Shuttle routes.
- Once confirmed, all hotel reservations will require a deposit of two nights’ room rate and tax for each room booked. This will encourage people to release unwanted rooms in advance so people on the wait list can reserve them.
- Hotel reservation deposits are fully refundable if cancelled by April 30, 2014.
- For cancellations received from May 1 to June 1, 2014, a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room and tax will be charged. The cancellation fee will be deducted from your deposit.
- Starting on June 2, 2014, ALL DEPOSITS ARE NONREFUNDABLE.
More details can be found on the Official Comic-Con International website on their Hotels Page – we will be doing a full Hotels Review post tomorrow as part of our Helpful Hints & Tips. Watch this space.
Have you stayed in any of the Travel Planners Hotels before? What were your experiences? Tell us your stories in the Comments below!