I feel horrible for those who didn’t get a hotel for Comic-Con. It just adds more stress onto an already stressful situation. You’ll probably find yourself over thinking everything. Did I spell something wrong? I entered all the right info, right? Hopefully someone else in your group managed to land something, but what if you’re shutout altogether?
You have a few options. It looks like the Early Bird Hotel Sale is still going on, but I expect those rooms to go quickly once the rejection emails start arriving. They aren’t Downtown but at this point, you just need a room. As we mentioned in a previous post, CCI will reopen Hotel Registration on March 12th but they’ve said that no Downtown hotels will be on that list. That’s not a surprise. Those are the first to go. Keep in mind that as the cancellation date gets closer, more rooms might open up then as well. I know some people out there have hotels but no badges. If those people don’t land any badges, again, more rooms will open up. You can always try booking directly with a hotel as well. Granted, it’s going to cost you more and the pickings will be slim. I would recommend trying to call instead of booking online.
If you’re brave, you can always try rooming with someone. Friends of CCI has a post going on right now where people can find a roommate or two. The reality is, you just need a place to shower, sleep a few hours and store your stuff. You probably won’t even see your roommate that often. If you’re going alone, you might be able to find someone who enjoys the same panels/events and end up finding an awesome new Con buddy. Just remember to be safe if you go this route. You can even use Twitter or Facebook to find someone to share a room with! Again, just be careful!
Finally, you can see if you can find a condo. I expect the prices will start to rise with those too but that’s what happens during Comic-Con. Again, if you’re up for sharing your space with a few strangers, you might be able to save some money and have a better chance of finding a condo that works for you and your group. Just be sure to use a legit website like VRBO.com or even a realtor. I wouldn’t trust Craigslist. Remember, if your gut is telling you something is wrong, something is probably wrong. If the only form of payment is a wire transfer, I would pass. You don’t want to be out a room and out even more money.
Again, I really do feel horrible for those who didn’t get anything. I know these words probably don’t mean much right now. In the end, I hope all of you who were shutout during the sale manage to find something one way or another.
If anyone knows of any hotels, hostels or other options that are available, feel free to leave them in the comments.